Before the cocktail tour commenced, Dave and I joined a walking food tour. Being big fans of New Orleans foods and the food tour in Manhattan, it seemed a natural choice. As it turns out, it was a very good thing to have eaten all this great food first.
The tour began at Mike Serio’s Po-Boys on St Charles. Here we sampled a muffaletta sandwich which was invented for workers to take and eat later, so instead of mayonnaise is olive salad with processed meats like ham and salami that keep better. I don’t care for any of the ingredients in this sandwich, however, they all seem to work together for big yummy flavor. The muffaletta was a surprise hit with me. Dave said, “It’s okay.”
The next stop was at Cafe Beignet on Bourbon Street at the Musical Legends Park for beignets and cafe’ au lait. The cafe’ au lait is made using coffee with chicory and half and half, which Dave liked and said had an interesting flavor. I don’t drink coffee and passed, but we both LOVED the beignets. We liked these beignets so much, we never bothered getting any at Cafe du Monde and just returned here. However, we took the tour guide’s advice and watched them make beignets at Cafe du Monde – see the video above.
At the Old Coffee Pot on St. Peter, we tried the seafood gumbo and jambalaya. I liked and Dave loved the gumbo. This was a surprise for me since I do not care for seafood in soup. We both thought the jambalaya was okay but rather bland and dry. When I make it at home, I spice it up a lot more and keep it a little saucy. Sometimes homemade is better. We did try jambalaya the next day at Acme Oysterhouse and liked it much better.
The guide picked up some roast beef po-boys at Johnny’s Po-Boys on St Louis which we brought the to a park off the Mississippi River to eat. These were messy and delicious! We were not hugely impressed with the shrimp po-boy we had gotten there on our previous trip. It seemed sparse and flimsy, but this roast beef was very hearty.
Our final stop was Laura’s Candies on Chartres. Neither of us are fans of pralines, but we tried the various samples and loved the peppermint bark. I loved the Mississippi mud even though it had pecans in it. It is just a bunch of chewy gooey deliciousness. Unfortunately Dave can’t eat the nuts, but he was happy with the bark. It was a good tour with a lot of history on the city, architecture, and foods that I didn’t share. You’ll just have to take the tour. Still, though, our all-time favorite food tour was the West Village in NYC!