we felt like any good new orleans culinary experience had to begin with the classic cafe du monde breakfast: cafe au lait and beignets. it didn't disappoint, i would happily wake up every morning this way.
we found out about all these eateries through dear friends who call new orleans home and we were lucky enough to grab brunch with one of them! she took us to an incredible breakfast spot in mid-city called the ruby slipper cafe. totally a local spot, it was an amazing brunch (and enough that you wouldn't need to eat the rest of the day!)
by far one of the most memorable meals of my life was at acclaimed chef boswell's stella in the heart of the french quarter. some dear friends gave us an amazing wedding present: dinner with them in new orleans. the chance to share such an incredible meal (that sorbet is in a bowl made of ice -- literally!) with such great friends made it such a special saturday night. after dinner, we headed to pat o'brien's piano bar!
for our outing up the st. charles street car line, we got a great recommendation for lunch: the camellia grill. this diner had some of the best omelets, burgers and pie we'd ever tried. totally worth the wait.
on our walk down magazine street, we stumbled upon pete's pedal pops and had to try a blueberry lemonade popsicle -- it had whole blueberries it in!
definitely one of my favorite meals of my whole life (both the food & company were perfect) was at irene's in the french quarter. ryan & i had a hankering for italian food and ended up having the best linguini with red sauce, meatballs, and cheesecake i've ever had. it was a long wait to get a table, but the waiters, the atmosphere and the food were amazing and well worth the wait.
as you can see, every. single. meal. in new orleans was out of the park good :) be sure to check out my post on new orleans sights here!