Eating Around New Orleans

We are near the French Quarter and it’s been a food fest! The crawfish and oysters are in season so Charlene and I are trying to eat our way around New Orleans. Our first find was The Ruby Slipper. Our hosts Cooper and Susan took us to this New Orleans staple on Magazine Street. Tip of the day if you check out the nowait.com you will find the Ruby Slipper. Then all you have to do is sign up and the app will tell you how long your wait will be and when you need to be there to walk in and eat. The nowait.com app is a great way to miss the lines that are always forming outside The Ruby Slipper.

Once in side The Ruby Slipper is classic with a bustling atmosphere, the light hint of jazz playing in the background and the sweet scents of coffee and pastries. The restaurant is a single room punctuated in the middle by a large bar area. Enough about the atmosphere, this is about the food and if you like a fine breakfast you’re in the right place.

The Ruby Slipper specializes in their own versions of Eggs Benedict and in an effort to make every one happy you can choose two of their versions with each order which is great when you have Benedict choices like: Shrimp Boogaloo, Eggs Cochon and Chicken St. Charles. If one of the unique versions of Eggs Benedict doesn’t work you can always try some of the stuffed french toast or the Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes.  This classic New Orleans breakfast stop can be found at 200 Magazine Street and is open for breakfast, lunch and brunch.

It’s New Orleans and the world doesn’t start until about 10:00 AM. That means that you can hit the 4:00PM to 8:00PM happy hour at Samual’s Blind Pelican on St Charles Street near the Garden District. If your coming up to the Blind Pelican from the French Quarter just catch the St. Charles Street Car that will let you off right in front of The Blind Pelican. As you walk up the steps to the restaurant on your left you’ll see a huge butane seafood boiler. This big boy boils 80 pounds of seafood and can put out about 160 pounds an hour. The boiled seafood is reasonable and cooked to perfection but DO NOT go to the Blind Pelican just for the Seafood Boil. Go for the 25 Cent Oysters! That’s right Geezer’s from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM the raw oysters are only a quarter a piece, and they are fresh, fat and salty. Our friend to the left is hauling off almost 100 empty oyster shells. There are few treats on earth better than hot boiled seafood, good raw oysters and ice cold beer. The Blind Pelican offers indoor and outdoor seating in their converted Victorian house. As you enjoy your late lunch you can watch the traffic up and down St. Charles street. Not only is the food reasonable but the cool drinks, cold beer and wine is on sale for happy hour too!

During our four day stay in New Orleans there were three meals that really stood out and I’m saving the best for last. Our host Cooper wondered into this rough looking little restaurant just because it was named after him and discovered that Coop’s Place may have the best fried chicken in New Orleans. The tables are raw wood and the atmosphere is pure French Quarter local. Our waitress sat down and joined us and after a little chat took our orders. With Cooper as our guide we all got the amazing fried chicken. This is not the Colonel’s chicken this chicken is lightly dusted with a cajun spice infused seasoning that brings out the perfect flavor of the chicken. As most of our meals with Susan and Cooper there was cold beer involved and the live music from BB Kings bar across the street seeped in from the street to give us the perfect local New Orleans atmosphere.

New Orleans offers dining with white table cloths served by gloved waiters in black and white tuxes but these Geezer’s prefer the Raw dining and raucous atmosphere of these three gems.