Girls Weekend | New Orleans
This time last year I was on a week long road trip for my day job (communications manager for Upland Brewing Co) documenting some beer collaborations with Yazoo Brewing Co. in Nashville, Tennessee and Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport, Louisiana. My coworker and I decided we might as well keep driving south after our work was done and spend the weekend in New Orleans. To my surprise one of my best friends from graduate school and fellow blogger, Claire Cothren of Blue Prints & Backpacks, had the weekend free and joined me in the Big Easy for the weekend. I had only been there once before so I was determined to eat as much creole and cajun fare as possible before having to drive back to Indiana.
If you have the chance to visit Nola with a good friend, go! No agenda needed. Seriously, we had no plans other than eating some delicious food and drool over the architecture in the garden district.
Girls Weekend in New Orleans
Dinner at Carrollton Market in Riverbend
One of my sorority sisters from Birmingham Southern College is a Nola native and took us to this little gem in the Riverbend neighborhood. It is tiny restaurant but full of charm and delicious food. Dessert is a must.
The Roosevelt Hotel has been a New Orleans landmark since 1893. Having undergone a major renovation post Hurricane Katrina, it is a must see. If you can't find a seat in The Sazerac(thus the reason of no pic in the bar), grab a cocktail from the bar and wander around the first floor.
*Another classic bar for cocktails is the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone.
Built between 1722-1732, it is rumored to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the United States. Grab a signature purple "drank" and sing classic tunes around a piano with 50 of your closest new friends.
Brunch at Green Goddess
Cutest little cafe in the French Quarter. Located in Exchange Alley, it has a couple of tables inside right next to their kitchen but most of the seating is actually outside on the patio. Get the duck confit hash with grits and sweet potato biscuit.
Walk off all the delicious food you're eating and swoon over some of the most beautiful houses in the South.
After a long afternoon of shopping, Claire and I stopped here for a rest during our walk from Uptown back to the French Quarter. Peche is the latest from restauranteur and James Beard award winner Donald Link of Herbsaint and Cochon. It's a beautiful space with an open kitchen serving up a variety of seafood. We sat at the bar and grabbed a couple of beers, fish sticks and hushpuppies. Would love to go back and try the raw bar menu.
This place is an Uptown institution and famous for their burger and fries. The building was built 100 years ago as full service grocery store with tea, coffee and butter as the specialties. After years operating as a general store, the restaurant Le Petite Grocery opened in 2004. With incredible service, atmosphere and food, dining here was one of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had. And yes I ordered the burger and fries.
Let's be real... a visit to New Orleans pretty much revolves around eating and drinking. Grab your girls, hit the road, and enjoy! Don't forget to make some reservations though.
Have you been to Nola? What are your fav places to go in the Big Easy? Sound off in the comments.