After the great response we received from the Carrollton Crawl and Irish Channel Crawl participants, Dishcrawl Nola can’t wait to introduce fellow foodies to the new and exciting culinary mecca that is Oak Street. Once the “Main Street” and commercial hub of the Town of Carrollton, Oak Street is now a quiet homage to the Americana “Main Streets” of old. On April 23rd, Dishcrawl will be leading diners on a one night, three-hour culinary and cultural tour of four restaurants all located along this one-of-a-kind piece of New Orleans community history.
Diners will discover new restaurants, meet fellow foodies from within their own community, and have the unique opportunity to meet the chefs and owners of local restaurants. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at dishcrawl.com/neworleans.
We started off the night at Mellow Mushroom, the owner came out to greet us and extended the happy hour bar menu to us on top of the sample of white pizza with mushroom, truffle oil and garlic aioli, tomato bruschetta and a spicy arugula salad with portobello mushroom. The pizza was delicious, my only complaint was that it was cold but I guess in the spectrum of foods that are fine served cold, pizza is definitely one of them. I really liked that the bruschetta was served on garlic bread.
Next on our tour was Jacques-Imo! I was very excited to stop by here as it is one of my favorite go-to restaurants for authentic Cajun food. One of the workers, not sure if he was the manager or not, came out to explain to us what we were sampling for the night. I loved how all the portions of our night was perfect for sampling the food.
I love Jacques-Imo cornbread! Doused in liquid butter. I am telling you, there is nothing better in the world.
I was ecstatic to see the alligator cheesecake as it is a dish that Jacques-Imo is famous for. It doesn’t have a uniquely alligator flavor to it, but it is super rich and delicious. I was surprised to see the fried chicken as Jacques-Imo is famous for their smothered chicken or shrimp ettouffee. But overall, the food was fantastic and I was very glad to see Jacques-Imo on the line up.
Next on our dishcrawl was Squeal BBQ. This place I was less enthusiastic for but that is just personal preference, I’m not a huge fan of BBQ.However, regardless of my own personal preferences, this is THE place to go for BBQ in New Orleans. I hear they have killer nachos.
When they brought our dishes I was surprised to see the Berkshire pork shanks and then the owner told us that this has never been on the menu before. I actually found my pork a tad on the dry side but the collard greens and delicious cheesy grits added more than enough moisture to the flavorful pork shanks.
We ended the dishcrawl in the perfect way! Dessert at Cowbell! Cowbell is ranked one of my favorite Burger joints in New Orleans. We got a nice convo with the owner about local business and dining atmosphere while we enjoyed our white chocolate pecan sandies with espresso mousse. Delish! I think dishcrawl is a great opportunity for out-of-towners who visit New Orleans for a short amount of time with a never-ending list of restaurants to try. This way, you get to experience multiple restaurants during one meal.