This summer I was lucky enough to visit New Orleans TWICE! Once with kids and once without. You can imagine that each experience was completely different and came with individual satisfaction.
My first visit, with 4 of my kids and my sons best friend, happened when we took our annual cross country trip. It was a quick one day visit and I think that was enough. We visited the famous Cafe Du Monde and left completely covered in white powdered sugar. We took as stroll through Jackson Square. There were not that many performers as I usually see, so that was a bit of a let down. My kids didn’t care, they came for the food! I tried to explain to the the rich culinary history surrounding them in the French Quarter…they wanted Pizza. So we ate at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen… Don’t get me wrong. It was absolutely amazing, but I was hoping we could go for something a bit more “local”.
My second visit this summer happened to be part of my training for my Travel Business. I was lucky enough to be able to take this trip with a very sweet friend. On this visit, we did the traditional Cafe Du Monde, but we went at night, like adults should. First we stopped at Tropical Isle, an essential part of New Orleans. The Bourbon St bar is known for the hand grenade, a gigantic drink that tastes vaguely of fruit but mostly of alcohol. Going without the kiddos had many adult perks, like a fancy dinner for two. Now I will be the first one to tell you, I am a jeans and t-shirt and flip flop kinda girl. But with a little bit of encouragement and a ton of love and support, I made my way into a dress. Being the Jeans-tshirt-flipflop girl, my idea of fine dining is usually extra napkins so my street tacos don’t drop on the ground. That being said having dinner at Broussard’s was a bit of a stretch. As the premier French- and Creole-influenced restaurant in the French Quarter, the sophisticated ambiance and menu of appealing appetizers, sensational soups and salads, excellent entrees and decadent desserts, kinda made this girl feel like a princess.
Not only did everything taste amazing, the presentation was absolutely stunning. Now… I did not know how to pair a wine, nor did I want to figure it out that evening. The staff was absolutely genuine and sweet. making me feel very comfortable. Event taking photos of us to cherish. If you are ever in the French Quarter and looking to grab a bite to eat, where the napkins are not made of paper, I highly recommend Broussard’s.
As beautiful as that place was, my favorite part was that I could order my signature drink without too many stares. I do hope you get a chance to visit. Make a reservation!
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Always remember…”The days are long, but the years are short”