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Top 10 Things We Ate in New Orleans

Peche Crawfish Capellini“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.  Everywhere else is Cleveland.” ― Tennessee Williams

Having been to New Orleans, and San Francisco, while living in NYC, I’m starting to believe it.  He was talking about food, right?  I believe so.  As I’ve said before, I always compare the excitement of going to NOLA to that of Italy.  Amazing, in a way somewhat foreign cuisine in one heck of a unique setting.  Without further ado, here are our top NOLA bites during a recent trip.

(Note:  For the Dessert list, click here)

BBQ Shrimp at Bevi – I’ll start with the no-brainer.  Perhaps our top eat came from a little shack in Metairie about 30 minutes out from the quarter, close to the airport.  We came for the Crawfish boil and got that and so much more.  Huge, plump fresh perfectly cooked head-on gulf shrimp complimented by what I can only describe as Sauce of Dreams.  Or maybe it was the beer talking, as in Canebrake beer, the sauce main ingredient.  Move over Mr B’s, and say hello to Mr B!

Bevi BBQ Shrimp

Savory Bread Pudding at Atchafalaya – Funny how this trip turned out.  After eating our way through eight sweet Bread Puddings on the previous trip and therefore aiming for more of the same this time, it was actually a savory one that won top marks.  Filled with Mushroom, Sundried tomatoes and topped with tomato sauce, this was addictive stuff to say the least. A joy with every morsel at this popular neighborhood brunch spot.  Bonus:  Try the Eggs Atchafalaya and Shrimp and Grits

Atchafalaya - Bread Pudding

Blue Crab Beignets at La Petite Grocery – This is an absolute must at LPG.  Those little suckers are packed with fresh crab and explosive flavors.  For my TCI readers these are like Conch Fritters on crack!  Bonus:  Get the Ricotta Dumplings, Hand-Made Spaghetti and Turtle Bolognese

La Petite Grocery Blue Crab Beignets

Chargrilled Oysters at Felix’s – Last trip we enjoyed them at Drago’s who invented the Chargrilled Oysters, but now we have a new favorite looks like.   They are not as cheesey and buttery at Felix’s but lightly breaded, some lemon, oil and a little bit of cheese just enough to bring out the flavors of the oysters without overpowering.

Felix's Chargrilled Boilers

Gnocchi Bolognese at Herbsaint.  So much for the “Lets avoid all things Italian since we enjoy great Italian where we live and in Italy” —  We not only managed to eat a lot of interesting pastas pretty much daily, but somehow 3 Bolognese dishes.  Expertly done pillowy goodness with a fine lamb ragu.  But the thing that took it to another level was the herby notes from the Mint Gremolata.  Get this.  Bonus:  Spaghetti with Guanciale and Fried-Poached Egg,  Lamb Neck.  Pastas here are superb

Herbsaint Gnocchi

Whole Grilled Redfish at Peche – Another no brainer.  This one is quickly becoming one of the most celebrated dishes in town.  Expertly cooked Redfish, perfectly complimented with first-rate minty oily Salsa Verde.  You dont mess around too much with greatness.  This little guy can easily be shared by 3, 4 at this multiple James Beard award recipient.  Bonus:  Crawfish Pasta (Top Picture) and too many to mention.  Read the post

Peche Whole Redfish

BBQ Shrimp at Mr B’s – Yes, two BBQ Shrimp dishes on the list this time, which prompted to ask on Chowhound where can I get this in NYC.  No replies so far and its been at least 5 minutes!  This thing was our top eat last time and the only repeater on the list.  If you cant get to Metairie, or even if you can, get this!

Mr B's BBQ Shrimp

Beef Cheeks at Sylvain – If you never had beefy cheeks, you are in for a treat!  Beef doesnt get any more tender and juicy than this, without getting all soft and mushy.  Especially love the supporting cast here of potato purée and field peas.  PS. New Yorkers,  try Bar Bolonat’s Tagine for more cheeky goodness.  Bonus:  Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Chick-Syl-vain Sandwich

Sylvain - Beef Cheeks

Seafood Platter (aka the “Shell Beach Diet”) at Brigtsen’s.  Six different items on the plate including a great Drum Amandine with plenty of almond action, two different baked oysters, a terrific smoky shrimp jalapeño cornbread (really liked this) and shrimp coleslaw.  The only thing I didn’t care for is the Why-So-Sweet scallop but what a fantastic jam-packed plate. Bonus: Crawfish Shortcake, Paneed Rabbit, Pecan Pie

Brigtsen's Seafood Platter

Beignets at Café Du Monde – Yes, this is a cliché I know.  But considering we ate Beignets every single morning I have no choice but give credit where credit is due.  Just edging out Café Beignet, these Beignets were consistently great.  Nice texture, not too daughy, not too airy, just perfectly executed Beignets.  The lines for a table move quick, and don’t forget to look inside for the best views of the action and history

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Bevi Seafood – Game of Prawns

Bevi CrawfishOpulence! they dont has it.  No chandeliers, no white gloves, no benches for your man-purse can be found in little Bevi in Metairie.  What you got here instead is some outstanding seafood.  This small shack off the main road close to the airport delivered quite possibly the most memorable meal of a trip that included some pretty nasty eats (Peche for one).  It took just one bite of a BBQ Shrimp dish to confirm we are not in Kansas anymore.  We are in New Orleans, Louisiana – Seafood country!

BeviFresh Seafood that is.  The “if not fresh, we dont have it” kind.  When I ordered the BBQ Shrimp, the nice girl at the counter said “Let me see if we still have fresh Shrimp”.  She might as well have said “Let me go check in the back if you can get the best thing you will ever eat in this town”.  Who knew so much was at stake.  Ok, I may be a tad melodramatic here but this BBQ Shrimp instantly beat the BBQ Shrimp at Mr B’s Silly.  What it was lacking in butter, the addictive sauce more than made up for it in Canebrake beer and spices.  The ultra plump, ultra fresh head-on Gulf Shrimp swimming in that bright, flavor packed sauce can only be described by this quote from Seinfed “They are real, and they are spectacular”.  I just couldn’t get enough of this dish.  An unexpected gem that was not the main reason we came here.  That honor belonged to the boiled crawfish which we absolutely smothered.  There was plenty of meat in those little tails that day.  We also shared a smokey Oyster Po-Boy with smoked Gouda and pastrami bacon, dressed in delicious toasty bread.  I imagine long lines for this thing at the next Po-Boy festival uptown.Bevi BBQ Shrimp

After the meal a nice chat with chef/owner Justin LeBlanc revealed the passion and motivation behind this project.  Bevi may be new but Justin is no stranger to cooking, and it shows in the attention to details in those dishes.  I must have looked at their menu over 20 times before the trip, trying to remember the reason for schlepping the family up there.  You know its far when the name of the street is Airline Drive, and those cab rides can get as comfortable as a Donald Sterling interview sometimes.  But its all about the end results.  Counter order food has never tasted this good.  If only they had those little benches for your purse.

Bevi Seafood
4701 Airline Dr
Metairie, LA
Reccommended Dishes: BBQ Shrimp, Smoked Oyster Poboy, Crawfish (in season)

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