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Finger Lickin’ Good: New Orleans

Was the famous Cafe du Monde overhyped? Is Willie’s Chicken Shop better than Popeyes? 

See what restaurant made our cut and which restaurant wasn’t worth it.

Cafe du Monde

800 Decatur Street New Orleans 70116| http://www.cafedumonde.com

New Orleans’s popular Beignet restaurant located right in the French Quarter. Wait times are typically from one hour up to two. Luckily we got there just as the last person in line got a table. Less than a minute later there were at least 20-30 people behind us. Keep in mind this shop only sells beignets and a couple drink options. The menus are located on the napkin containers and you’re able to sit anywhere that’s available.

What’s on the Menu: 

Beignet – $2.73 for 3

Coffee– $2.73

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Dig in?

Slightly overhyped.

Although this is one of New Orleans(NOLA) popular spots, I didn’t see the worth in waiting in line for something that wasn’t so mouth watering to us. Yes, it was good, but only worth it if the line is short. 

Emeril’s Restaurant

800 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 70130 | http://emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans

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A friend of ours recommended stopping by the world famous chef Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant. It was by far the fanciest restaurant I’ve been to. The waitress had 2 assistances who were such gentlemen by pulling out our chairs and laying the napkin on our laps.

What’s on the Menu:

Gumbo of the day – $8

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Duck Wings “Hunan Style” – $16

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Local jasmine rice, pickled cucumber – Shallot salad, toasted peanuts 

Dig in?

Meh. Try ordering something different.

The atmosphere of the restaurant was by far the best experience I’ve ever had. Never had to ask for water once and they came at your service before you’d think to ask.

The Gumbo of the day wasn’t what I expected. Maybe since it wasn’t traditional, local Gumbo, I didn’t care for it at all. It’s a small soup so I suggest ordering something else if you’re starving.

The Duck Wings were good, but I felt something was missing. There wasn’t enough meat and too crispy. It was very filling for an appetizer, it came with 5 wings and white jasmine rice.

The Ruby Slipper Cafe

1005 Canal Street in the French Quarter | http://www.therubyslippercafe.net/wordpress/home/menus/

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What’s on the Menu:

Irish Cream Coffee  $7

Irish cream, coffee – choose hot or cold

Brioche French Toast  – $ 9

Served with applewood-smoked bacon

The Southern Breakfast – $ 9

Two eggs any style, stone-ground grits, applewood-smoked bacon, buttermilk biscuit, and a fried green tomato

Ruby Slipper Mimosa – $10

Dig in?

Yes! Perfect spot to grab some good breakfast or brunch

The Iced Irish Coffee was refreshing but lacked the rich taste and sweetener.

The French Toast was like any traditional plate with a hint of cinnamon and raisin. The bacon was on point with the right crispness.

The Southern Breakfast was spot on. It would be a must have on my list. The bacon was nice and crispy,  with a side of a fluffy buttermilk biscuit, fried green tomato and scrambled eggs. 

Cafe Beignet 

311 Bourbon St, New Orleans LA | http://www.cafebeignet.com

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Enjoy the live jazz band while enjoying  full breakfast, lunch, and cajun specialties all day. Perfect indoor and outdoor cafe located right in the heart of the French Quarter. 

What’s on the Menu

Shrimp Po’boy – $ 8

Battered and fried shrimp on French bread with lettuce, tomatoes & pickles on the side

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Breakfast Sandwich – $7.99

Scrambled egg, bacon & white cheddar served on your choice of croissant or bagel

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Dig in?

While the fried shrimp was fresh, hot, and delicious, the bread was so dry and basic that I almost threw it at the birds. A better loaf of bread and that po’boy would be everything. 

The Breakfast Sandwich was nothing out of the ordinary – it was a regular breakfast sandwich. You had the choice of a croissant or bagel. The eggs were just how I like them, scrambled with green peppers, onions, and bacon. 

Willie’s Chicken Shack

On Bourbon & Bienville | http://www.willieschickenshack.com

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We saw at least 4 different Willie’s on bourbon street. This was a good late night meal after hours of bar hopping and dancing. Their hours literally say 10am – TILL to accommodate all the hungry drunk people.

What’s on the Menu: 

2-Piece Mix (with biscuit and a side) – $9.99

Choose from breast and thigh. You may substitute the fries with any listed sides.

Dig in?

Yes, BUT the one by “The Beach” bar was by far the best. Juicy and crispy to perfection. The one further down Bourbon street was too greasy and tasted weird. Popeyes won this battle! 

What are your favorite spots to eat at in NOLA? Let us know!

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