Thursday, January 26, 2012

{Anniversary Trip} New Orleans, the Napolean House and Pierre Maspero's.

After a gluttonous afternoon at the Camellia Grill, we trekked back over to the French Quarter to eat more food. After all, we were on vacation. We researched authentic New Orleans cuisine restaurants and were very frustrated by the price tags involved on the top results. As much as I was happy to celebrate three years of marriage with Jake, there was no way I was paying upwards of $100 for a meal celebrating that occasion with him. And that is where Urban Spoon came in with the win yet again. We found a restaurant called Pierre Maspero's that was recommended for their cajun food and the entrees were in the $13-25 range, much better than the $25-50 range we'd been seeing.

So after a nap and a little tv to digest lunch, we walked down to the French Quarter. We stopped on the way to the restaurant at a favorite spot, the Napoleon House. We went there with Jake's parents when we were in town last time and I loved its charm and history. Plus, their signature drink, the Pimms Cup, is delicious.

After a grown-up time spent at the bar of the Napoleon House, we headed across the street to Pierre Maspero's. By this time it was dark and the place had ambience (read: low lighting) and so my pictures are awful but this place was a gem so I wanted to share. 
 I think a lot of locals turn their nose at this place for being geared at tourists, but for us it was exactly what we wanted - affordable, nice, and good food. I got the night's special, crab cakes over a spinach, artichoke, and potato mixture. Jake got a sampler of three cups, one each of jambalaya, red beans and rice, and gumbo. I tried each and think that I could go back and just order the red beans and rice. It was the best I've ever had.
 With the night winding down, we headed home, reflecting on our full weekend of anniversary fun. The next morning, we'd hit up a N'awlins establishment and staple of all tourists before hitting the road for Memphis.

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