Friday is my favorite day of the week here at mimicutelips.com because I get to share my love of food with you. This week’s #FatSnacks Friday is about the eats I had while in New Orleans. This is part 3 of the New Orleans series. I didn’t get to eat nearly as much as I wanted to but I got in the basics for sure.
Day 1 we were so eager to hit the ground running that we didn’t eat much. It was after 9pm before we set out to find grub. The city is still popping at that time but everything isn’t open late. Enter Willie’s Chicken Shack. This place draws people in like a moth to a flame. The music is so good that people frequently stop and twerk something. See picture below.
They have a ton of locations like the rest of the world has McDonald’s. The chicken was good and the party was live. I ate and people watched and ate some more. I was so nosy that I forgot to snap a picture of my food. There were some older ladies in there grooving right appropriately to some trap music and I was stuck trying not to watch. That is so going to be when I get old.
Day 2 Babe slept in so I had to get breakfast on my own. I had no idea where to go so I just went to the lobby. I ordered from the menu and sat down with a cup of hot tea. My food arrived and it looked good although I was a bit unsure about the eggs I still ate them. The French toast was really good. The bacon looked good but it was salty as hell, were trying to clog my arteries? Why is the bacon so freaking salty? What did they do to it? I had to quit it and you don’t quit bacon, because it goes against the Food Gods. But I would need 12 gallons of water to handle all of that salt. With the New Orleans humidity I couldn’t take that chance. The egg texture was a bit interesting; it may be due to the lack of quality cheddar cheese that I asked for. Either way it was a fail, but not a total bust because I was filled and the French toast saved the day.
In my search to find lunch I kept seeing Acme Oyster House. They have several locations.
We decided to check out the one in Harrah’s Casino. The decor was really cool, they this bold and vibrant New Orleans style art with a ship behind the bar. The walls made you think you were sitting under the night’s sky.
Po-Boys are a must in New Orleans; the most popular are the shrimp, oyster, or fish. This thing was filled with fried shrimp; they were falling out every time I took a bite. It also has lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayo. Generally I don’t like pickles on my food, but I wanted it to be authentic so I let it ride. We got a side of fries to go with it.
We pulled Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House up in a quick location search. The place was pretty full, so I figured the food had to be good. It was a cozy little two level spot. We started off with the friend gator appetizer. It was fried to perfection. Trust, I know quality fried food.
Babe and I decided to share our meal so we only ordered these two items. It was plenty of food for the both of us. This is the Fish House Seafood Platter, it came with 3 onion rings, fried shrimp, Louisiana fried oysters, Southern fried catfish, a crab cake and jambalaya. The crab cake was not good, it even looks sad on the plate but everything else was really good.
Popeye’s started in the bayou so it was only right that we check it out. It was packed out like the club. They had two lines going on, it made me feel like I was in the HS cafeteria again.
The setup is cafeteria style, you grab your tray, they put your food on it and you slide down to the register. The sides are in the case; you can open the door and grab the one you want.
This part is all kinds of crazy. After you check out you have to move down to another counter area if you want your food to go. WHAT! The people at this counter ONLY bag up your food. Whatever happened to just bagging it up at the register? Not in this here establishment.
Let me tell you about this red crack. Backstory: I went to the World of Cola in Atlanta in 2012. While there I sampled most of the Coca Cola flavors from around the world. Note: Barq’s root beer is my favorite soda. There I discovered Barq’s Red Creme Soda, I didn’t even know that was a thing. I tried to buy it from the store and they didn’t sell it. I tried ordering it online and I couldn’t. I even called the headquarters and they pretty much told me to build a bridge and get over it. Then I go to New Orleans and find it, GLORY!!! I wish I could have taken a case home, seriously.
What is a trip to New Orleans if you don’t experience beignets from Cafe Du Monde?
Beignet: Is a French pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry that is magical. It is powered with sugar from the heavens and it melts in your mouth. In English it means “fritter”. Folks love to dip them in coffee but I don’t do the coffee so I just had them with bottled water.
Another dope place on the Google list of places to eat was Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles. That is a helluva name but they totally live up to it. The next time I come back I will go to the actual restaurant because I need the full on experience. Essence Festival had an Essence Food area within the festival and they were putting it down back there. The seasoning on that chicken was everything and that cornbread waffle melted in your mouth. A CORNBREAD WAFFLE Y’ALL.
The next time I go back, it will be all food all the time.