Just like most people around town, we all tend to refer to time we spent in NOLA in a post or pre-Katrina fashion. Back in the day, when I was a pre-driver liscence, pre-pubescent, some of my fondest memories growing up were the experiences I had at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Veterans in Metairie.
If you've followed and have been enjoying our content here on iHeartnola.com for some time, you've realized we are obsessed with coffee in all it's facets. One of our favorite places in the city to refuel is Merchant, located in the CBD, Merchant serves not only grade A Illy Coffee but some of the best and quickest breakfasts downtown.
I will admit that the tagline on this week's feature is a bit bold. In less than a year, the nearly 150 year old historic French Quarter Hotel Monteleone completed it's most ambitious renovation yet. The transformation features an expanded Carousel Bar and the new restaurant Criollo.
There's the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Andrés "Big Cat" Galarraga, and then there's El Gato Negro, where some of the best Mexican food I've ever had is allowed to roam around like a big dog.
I find myself intentionally lost in the Bywater quite often as of late. Some of the best kept secrets in New Orleans food and otherwise are kept off St. Claude. Besides the fact that it's an up and coming area, I dig that it's the nouveau bohème. There is something special and unique about the Bywater.
Here in New Orleans we use and/or eat everypiece of "Sus scrofa domestica", even right down to, well, I won't get into that. Without using my Deliverance-esque accent, swine is wide ranging in flavor and preparation. One of the places in NOLA that does right by swine is The Cochon Butcher. Here's what they say about themselves...
Without performing an informal Google search, I would venture to say that within the New Orleans metro area there are at least 500+ establishments that serve alcohol. Needless to say there are lots of options around town to quench your libatory thirst. This week's feature has become one of my favorite spots to wind down and enjoy a few choice cocktails. The LOA Bar is quaintly situated within the International Hotel on Camp Street in the Central Business District.
Very much the Katz of New Orleans, Stein's shines neighborhood deli with a glimmer of intrigue. Walking through the sticker laden doors, regulars and newcomers line up along the straight and narrow countertop, rocking back and forth in front of the deli cases under the sweet spell of indecision. Trying to decide what sandwich you are going to have is not the only test. Among the local standards, Stein's offers a myriad of beers, sodas, teas, ginger ales, and one squeeze!
Each and everyday like clockwork I stumble into my regular chain coffee joint for a triple shot mocha. At a clip of 364 days a year, and sometimes twice a day. Anyone who knows me, even in the slightest, will tell you I have a serious hankering/addiction to caffeine. Just recently I've become more and more aware of how much customers just don't matter in these places. Don't get me wrong, I realize that in the grand scheme of things, I'm only one person among hundreds of folks who shuffle in and out. What seems to be missing is community.
Growing up in New Orleans you always hear about the storied hotels and historic addresses. Windsor Court was always in that number when it came to a truly top notch place to hang your hat when in The Crescent City. I remember the first time I visited Windsor Court. It was hard not to be impressed with the sophistication and their absurd attention to detail.