NOLA : 4 Restaurants To Try Outside Of The French Quarters

 

Recently, I took an impromptu trip to New Orleans, Louisiana for a few days to visit some friends. Once the tickets were booked, I got my hair braided, packed my Beyoncé Formation hat and was off to a new city!

In an attempt to put together an itinerary for our time in New Orleans, my friend asked what I wanted to do while down there. My mind spoke for me and in the next breath the words “EAT!” rolled right off my tongue.

New Orleans is known for having delectable food and I wanted to try it all, especially the grits. It was my personal goal to have the best grits I’ve ever tasted in my life.

Goal set and achieved, but I’ll get to that later.

New Orleans is a city where you’ll find a lot of tourists who want to enjoy the amazing food that the locals get experience on a regular basis. Of course you can’t leave with out having beignets at Cafe Du Monde, but you’ll also want to expand your horizons and venture outside of the French Quarter for a meal or three.

Here are four places to get a great meal outside out the French Quarter:

 

Another Broken Egg 

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This cafe style restaurant is on the smaller side, which means the wait time for a table can push close to 45 mins. However, I believe the wait is worth it. I was told that I would have the best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had in my life at this establishment, therefore, I didn’t really peruse the menu too much as my decision was already made for me. I sided my meal with a fluffy pancake and we collectively topped off everything with a pitcher of mango-kiwi mimosas.

The plate of food came out and I did my “I’m excited to eat dance”. I dived right in and was overly satisfied. My grits were topped with a perfect concoction of seasonings and well cooked shrimp. Definitely the best I’ve ever had.

 

The Country Club 

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I’ll start with the fact that this is a great place to get all of your cute brunch photos. It has the look of an old house, which it probably was some odd years ago, and the interior decorating is a perfect backdrop.They serve bottomless mimosas for brunch and they also have a drag show twice a month.

I started with a roasted corn and crab bisque. It was delicious and a nice start to a meal. It’s also a good dish to get by itself if you want to eat light. I wasn’t able to finish mine because I wanted to save room for my main meal, which included scrambled eggs, grits, a biscuit, and bacon. The food was great and the staff was extremely courteous.

Side note: If you order bottomless mimosas, don’t forget to ask for your togosa (a mimosa to go)

This place is another one that gets booked very quickly, especially when there is a show going on. We had perfect timing and luckily got a table. You can also opt to sit at the bar in the back. Around that time, the bar was extremely packed because everyone was watching the Saints play the Rams and the New Orleans locals go hard for their Saints.

Another side note: They have a pool outside in the back that’s open in the summertime as well as a poolside bar.

Cajun Seafood 

 

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It’s been said that New Orleans has some of the best seafood. Well, I took it into my own hands to test the theory and I would agree with what the people say.

Our last night in NOLA, we stayed in and had a seafood feast filled with crab, crawfish, shrimp along with corn on the cob, potatoes, and gumbo. Everything tasted amazing and was so well seasoned. I learned how to properly eat crawfish and had some of the spiciest corn on the cob ever.

Cajun Seafood is a place you won’t go to sit down at and have a meal. It’s more of a pick it up and take it to go kind of place. Everything tasted fresh like they fished it out of the Mississippi that morning.

 

Wakin’ Bakin’ 

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Talk about hole in the wall. Wakin’ Bakin’ is a tiny coffee shop-style eatery that serves breakfast. There’s nothing overly fancy about this place.  The interior is very laxed with non-coordinating tables and the wall chachkies gave it a cozy feeling.

I ordered a swiss cheese and spinach omelette with a side of grits. I was pleased, especially with the grits. Cooked much more simply than the grits I had earlier in the trip, but still 10x better than what I’ve had at home.

This is a great place for a quick, affordable, and filling breakfast before starting your day. The one downside was that it took longer than expected for them to bring our food, however, the workers were extremely friendly so that made up for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GOMO:Going Out More Often Summer Bucket List

Hey Readers!

Does anyone have a bucket list? If so, what’s on it?

I’m working with Eventbrite to support GOMO: Going Out More Often, which reminds us that we should aim to have more memorable experiences in life with friends and family rather than be satisfied with material things. Statistics show that most of us would like to have more of these experiences anyway so let’s make it happen!

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While keeping this concept in mind, I’ve created a bucket list of things I want to do this summer.

1.Hot Yoga Class

This is a trend that I’ve heard so much about and have been hesitant to try. I’m already not great at yoga and then being in a hot room could send me over the edge. At the end of the day, it would be an experience that I wouldn’t forget. Who knows, I may connect with my inner yogi and find peace and relaxation in it.

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2. Tour a Brewery/Go to a Wine Tasting

No matter if you like beer over wine or wine over beer, both of these things are awesome experiences. I have done a wine tasting in the past and it was nice being able to learn about each wine that we tried (aroma, smell, and taste of course) instead of just going to the store and getting the cheapest boxed wine my friends and I could find. I’m not huge on beer but this is definitely still getting checked off my list this summer.

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3. NOLA!

New Orleans is a place full of culture and one of a kind experiences. Between the food, the people, the festivals, nightlife, and the food, there is so much to take in when you’re there. You probably have to make a separate bucket list just for this place. One of the main things I want to go when I’m there is the Essence Festival. They have a great line-up for the concerts every year and being surrounded by influential melanin leaders is the icing on the cake. And don’t forget the food!

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4. Go GLAMping 

Glamping is the newest trend for those that want to enjoy the pros and other amenities of camping while not having to experience the cons and downsides to being in the wilderness. I am always down for anything new, however, there are some things I NEED if I’m doing the outdoors for a weekend. Nothing outrageous. As long as there is plumbing, hot water, and wifi, we’re good.

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5. Start a Garden

Having a garden is an experience that can last you all summer long. My mom is big on gardening so I guess it’s time I see if she passed this trait on to me too. She usually plants herbs, lavender, lettuce, tomatoes, string beans, peppers etc. and I love it because our food tastes so much better and it’s fresh (obviously).

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6. Watch the Sunrise

I put this on my bucket list because it will probably take all summer for me to get up early enough to do this. Watching the sunset is great too but the other part of watching the sunrise is knowing that I am up starting my day early. Who knows what I’ll be able to accomplish!

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If you have your own experience or event you want to plan for your friends, fam, or community, head over to the event planning page at Eventbrite.