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Friday, July 28, 2017

5 Must Try Restaurants in New Orleans

5 Must Try Restaurants in New Orleans

Remember that time the hubs and I made an impromptu trip to Fort Worth? Well we did it again, but this time we headed off to New Orleans. Our friends (more like second family at this point) were headed that way for the weekend and invited us. We ate way too much while there! I even ate seafood! Which for anyone who knows me knows seafood is a no go in my book. New Orleans has some amazing seafood though. That’s why I’m sharing 5 must try restaurants in New Orleans.

Like the usual tourists, we rode the streetcar, had beignets, and listened to jazz music at The Jazz Playhouse. Unfortunately the rain (read as downpour) on Saturday kept us from doing the activities we planned. Since the weather cancelled our plans we visited the World War II Museum. I highly recommend it, it was well designed and huge. The hanger area which contained planes was fantastic. Museum guests are able to go to the 4th floor and look down at the planes below which is unique. Typically you only have the opportunity to see planes from underneath.

Now for the real reason we’re all here, the food!

5 Must Try Restaurants in New Orleans

Cafe du Monde

Opened in 1862, Cafe du Monde is an open air restaurant you can’t skip. Visit the original location in the French Market. It’s open 24 hours a day. Known for their beignets, this piece of fried dough covered in powdered sugar is the stuff dreams are made of. Be prepared to be covered in powdered sugar! Tip: Go late at night, it’s cooler and you won’t have to wait for a table to open up.

Katie’s

This cute little restaurant with a friendly atmosphere originally opened in 1984 and reopened in 2010 after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Katie’s was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and known for their Cochon de Lait. I recommend the chargrilled oysters (after the first dozen we ordered a second dozen) and fried shrimp poboy. Want a drink? Order a Bloody Mary.

Commander’s Palace

Located in the Garden District, Commander’s Palace is another New Orleans landmark and a great spot for an award winning dinner. You really can’t go wrong with ordering at this restaurant. The menu changes from time to time. They’re known for turtle soup. We had the gumbo du jour which was delicious. The table-side bananas foster is the way to go when it comes to dessert. If you feel you need a second dessert, the cheesecake is a can’t miss too. 😉

The American Sector

As mentioned above, if you have time to tour the World War II Museum I highly recommend visiting. Otherwise, you can stop in The American Sector for their Happy Hour from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm daily. The happy hour features appetizers and half-priced drinks. The restaurant is open to the public without requiring admission to the Museum.

Josephine Estelle

Next to the Ace Hotel New Orleans, it’s a great spot for brunch. Plus there’s live jazz music 11:00 am-3:00 pm on Sundays. Their focus is on seasonal ingredients and traditional recipes. From the Weekend brunch menu, Breanne’s Pastry Board is a must if you like bread and carbs. 🙂 For entrees I recommend the shrimp and grits and fried chicken biscuit. If you’re visiting for a late brunch don’t skip the dessert menu which features Sweet Pea Panna Cotta, Peanut Butter Pie Budino, and Banana Pudding to name a few. All of which we ordered and loved 😉

If you’re reading this to get some ideas on where to eat in NOLA, just remember you walk enough that the calories don’t count. Enjoy eating your way across New Orleans! Until next post…xoxo Becca

Monday, July 03, 2017

Weekend Recap: Billy Bob’s Texas

Hi all! Is it really a Monday again? This post is going out a little late because allergies have gotten the best of me. I’ve taken the day off work to hopefully get better. There is something to be said about listening to your body when you start to feel drained. Wish I would have done that. Nevertheless, the hubs and I had a great weekend together, including Billy Bob’s Texas and a few local restaurant finds.

Billy Bob's Texas Billy Bob's Texas

Saturday morning we made the trip to Fort Worth. One of my friends bought her first home and we wanted to see her and the new place. It’s super cute and has an amazing backyard! I’m looking forward to seeing what all she does with it. Saturday night we went to Billy Bob’s to see Eli Young Band. The hubs and I had seen them earlier this year, but this performance was way better.

I have to say, I was really impressed with Billy Bob’s! It’s “The Worlds Largest Honky Tonk” and they aren’t lying. The best part, NO smoking. Somewhere over the last 5 or 6 years I cannot stand to be in a smoke filled bar so I was super happy about this policy. For safety reasons they also have a new bag/purse policy, so ladies definitely check that out before going.

If you want to grab dinner before Billy Bob’s, we went to Los Vaqueros – Stockyards. Really convenient location as it is across the street. For a late night meal we had bacon covered in pancake batter and deep fried at Ol’ South Pancake House. It’s not on the menu, but you should ask about it 😉 Thank me later lol

I hope everyone has fun plans for the 4th! If these allergies don’t go away you will find me laying on the couch.

Did you check out Friday’s post? I added a grocery list to make your life even easier. Check back this Friday for another week of recipes. Until next post…xoxo Becca

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