So last week on Wednesday I was driving back to Florida from New Orleans. Friday I talked a little bit about our eats on the road, passing through Alabama and Mississippi but I never got a chance to share the food we actually had in NOLA. So for What I Ate Wednesday, I am sharing what we ate Monday. New Orleans Eats! And thank you to Laura from Sprint2theTable for hosting this week’s party!
We were in Louisiana to run the Rock’n’Roll New Orleans Half Marathon. The race was on Sunday, but we decided to stick around on Monday and explore the city a little more. This is what we ate on Monday.
Our hotel was only 2 blocks from Café du Monde so we started there for breakfast. This was my first time having a beignet in New Orleans. I LOVED it. Flaky, light and covered in powdered sugar.
And I had coffee – a big cup of hot cafe au lait.
After having our first beignet experience, we ventured over to the river and noticed that every park bench had puddles of powdered sugar before them. Apparently, park benches are a very popular place to enjoy beignets.
We stumbled onto another beignet place called New Orleans Famous Beignets and Coffee and decided to have more beignets. These beignets were very different from the ones we had earlier down the street. These ones were dense, heavier and less flaky. While they were still delicious, we both preferred the Café du Monde version.
However, this time I ordered the frozen cafe du lait and it was sweeter than its hot counterpart. I liked it better.
After we spent some more time exploring the French Quarter we saddled up to the counter at Meals from the Heart Cafe in the French Market. This was our second visit there as we had eaten there right after our little 13.1 mile jog around town. This time we ordered black bean soup, and while it was delicious, it was also very expensive. At $13 bowl, I am not sure it was quite that good.
I also tried their famous crab cake passion, a salad with a crab cake and a side of garlic-lemon remoulade sauce. Eh, I could take it or leave it.
So after two breakfasts and a hearty lunch, we took the next next logical step on our exploration, a nap back at the hotel. Once we woke up it was dinner time and we made our way down to a place called Killer PoBoys. It had been recommended to me by a #RocknBlog teammate who lives in the French Quarter. And while they had plenty of beef, pork, chicken and shrimp PoBoys, they also had a Vegetarian version with sweet potato. Oh my Goodness, this thing was devine!
Sweet potato, braised greens and a blackeyed pea and pecan spread in a PoBoy version.
And I just have to talk about Mr. Beet’s roasted cauliflower non-PoBoy. Never would I think to make a sandwich out of roasted cauliflower, radish, avocado and kale on bread.
I also loved the sugar syrups offered for the iced tea. I loved the spicy citrus-ginger syrup. And since New Orleans has an open container policy, I had a glass to go! (it was non-alcoholic, but I felt like I fit into the scene with a beverage in my hand)A day of eats in New Orleans - beignets, more beignets and po boys! Click To Tweet
Do you have any great recommendations for food in New Orleans?