I will admit New Orleans is one of my favorite cities: to eat, walk around, explore, etc. I especially love the architecture of the buildings. On this trip to Nola, I had my very first shrimp poor boy from Parkway Bakery and Tavern. That sandwich has changed the way I view po’ boys.
COFFEE and BREAKFAST
Cafe Beignet: I know, I know. This name probably doesn’t ring a bell like another very popular beignet place (unless you’ve watched my Best Thing I Ever Ate on it). These beignets are lighter and fluffier, and of course covered in a heaping dose of powdered sugar. I always finish my meal with a café au lait — if it’s too warm outside for you, try their iced version. I approve.
Parkway Bakery and Tavern: This might be the king of po’ boys. In the past I’ve had their roast beef version — but that shrimp po’ boy is one of a kind. I’m counting down the days in my head until I can get my hands on one again.
Here’s the thing. When I reached out to my fans regarding the best muffuletta in town, it was almost an even 50-50 draw between these two options. So naturally I had to try both. I know. You want to know which one I liked better. But I won’t tell because I want you to try both and decide for yourselves.
Central Grocery: This establishment has been around since 1906 and is the home of the classic muffuletta. Get here early because the lines will wrap around the store quickly.
Cochon Butcher: Muffuletta aside, this is one of my favorite places in New Orleans period. They are doing sandwiches proud — not to mention great cocktails. Their version of a muffuletta is warmed and filled with salty house meats.
District Donuts: Donuts, sliders and brews: That’s the tagline to one of New Orleans’ newest doughnut shops. While you can order what they dub a “simple” doughnut, try one of their “fancy” flavors like Nola Cream, Pumpkin Cheesecake (seasonal), Peanut Butter Cup or Coconut Cream.
Images © Alton Brown, 2014