I’m Tunney Barrett, Director of Sales & Marketing here at the Staybridge Suites Hotel New Orleans Downtown and it’s time for my Picks of the Week. Remember, in New Orleans we don’t Eat to Live, We Live to Eat. This is the only place that you will be sitting having an incredible lunch, talking about where you are going to have dinner! Enjoy!
In the French Quarter, on Bienville, between Bourbon and Dauphine, is one on my two favorite restaurants in the city. Arnaud’s is not eating, no my friend, this is dining in the classic southern style. Slow down and enjoy every single bite. You will never have a better meal. Start with the Shrimp Arnaud. Gulf Shrimp marinated in the best creole remoulade sauce you have every eaten! Then try the soufflé potatoes. You have never had fried potatoes like these! As an entrée try the Fish Pontchartrain. Sautéed fillet topped with fresh Louisiana crabmeat. Champagne to start and then a nice Pinot Noir… When I die and go to heaven, this will be the meal St. Peter will have waiting. Get dressed for a really nice evening out. Price: $$$$
If you have had oysters and like them, or if you have never had oysters and want to try them, then Drago’s is what you need. Two words: Chargrilled Oysters!! These are to die for! Chargrilled on the half shell with butter, garlic, cheese, breadcrumbs and special seasonings. Amazing! Absolutely Amazing! You can get chargrilled oysters in other places around town but they will not be this good. Oh, they do a really good gumbo, too. Nothing better with this than an Abita Amber Ale. Right on Poydras to the Hilton. First floor. Price: $$ 1/2
AN ADULT BEVERAGE:
When I first started out in this business, a long, long time ago, if you looked for a hotel sales person after 3:00 on a Friday afternoon, chances were pretty good he or she was at the Ernst Café. Pretty much still that way. Good food, cold beer, nice balcony, seating outside… Out the door to the right, left at the corner, two blocks on the right.
A little less than a mile away, at the far end of the Convention Center, literally on the river, is the place where Mardi Gras comes to life. You can visit Mardi Gras World and see where the sculptors and artists of Blaine Kern Studios work to make the floats and the towering figures of Mardi Gras happen. I enjoyed it and I have been going to Mardi Gras parades all my life. There are usually some $2.00 off on the tour coupons in the little rack in the lobby.
Those are my picks this week. So, go forth and eat!