My first experience in New Orleans was exactly how I pictured it: delicious.
8 a.m. Austin, TX –
The only important thing to remember on the drive there is to stop at Buckey’s for road trip snacks.
No, I’m kidding. There are two helpful tips I have for you before making the drive from Austin: avoid morning traffic in Houston and avoid afternoon rush hour traffic in Baton Rouge
6 p.m. Uptown New Orleans –
We finally made it to Peacock’s Rest – Uptown, which I absolutely recommend. This cozy shotgun Airbnb home was the perfect place.
[Extra points because of the dog artwork]
The home is about a 40-minute street car ride to the French Quarter and a 5 minute drive to Oak Street. Not to mention, the host was spectacular! After chatting about the area, the host gave us a great dinner recommendation.
At this point, we were way too hungry to capture photos of dinner but don’t miss out on their shrimp and alligator sausage cheesecake. Don’t worry, I thought the same thing but it’s not actually dessert. You’ll find it on the appetizer menu and all I can say is… YUM.
Helpful tip: Try to order from their special or featured menu items.
We started day two off right. B R U N CH.
This place is just as famous for breakfast and brunch as it is for dinner so you can’t go wrong at any time of the day.
If you stop by for brunch, here is my best menu recommendation:
Egg’s Florentine – Creamed Spinach, Fried Oysters over Potatoes, Topped with Poached Eggs and Hollandaise
The featured waffle at the time: Peanut butter cream cheese, bananas and bacon. Cross your fingers this is on the menu when you visit.
After brunch, we took the street car to the French Quarter. I’ll go ahead and say it: we didn’t make it Bourbon street and I’m okay with it. At Jackson Square we witnessed a magician pull his boot out of a bandana. On our way to the French Market we saw a live band that is so hard for me to describe but there was an electric violin, beat pad, key board, and drummer.
Oysters and crawfish and shrimp, oh my!
From the French Market we walked to Woldenberg Park for the Louisiana Seafood Festival. For your viewing, oysters and loaded crawfish fries.
After making our way back to the neighborhood, we took a load off at the house until we were ready for more food.
For dinner, we decided to skip the Cajun food and ended up at a small burger diner.
Once again, I was too hungry to take any photos.
I felt like I was in a movie. Small restaurant, counter service only, and the cooks are grilling right in front of you! I recommend the classic burger, fries, and shake. This place totally inspired me to do a diner-themed photo shoot so that’s next on my list of projects!
Waking up on the morning you have to travel back home is always a sad time. My remedy to cure those last day blues is with yes, you guessed it: B R U N C H.
Live Oak Cafe – “Live music, good food, good times.”
Naturally, there was a wait. But we sipped our coffee outside where the air was crisp and the sun was shinning just right. We sat down right in the middle of this small restaurant and right in front of the stage where a gentleman played the harp.
Mimosas and eggs benedict with a side of live music? Yes, please.
Helpful tip: Live Oak Cafe is closed Wednesdays. They are only open breakfast and lunch so be sure to make it on time!
We had planned on stopping for photos at a cemetery on the way out but failed at looking up cemetery hours ahead of time. By the time we finished eating, they were all closed.
In summary, I can’t wait to go back. Aside from the great food, there is so much more culture and history left to explore. I want to create a list of things to do when I go back. What are your favorite things to do in New Orleans?
Sadly, this is my last trip of 2017 but stay tuned for my trip to Guatemala in January!