Antoine’s in New Orleans, LA

Antoine’s
713 St. Louis St.
New Orleans, LA

This restaurant is one of the oldest in the country. When you walk in, the walls are covered with photos of famous people who have dined there (including previous centuries). I was in a huge bind because I had made dinner reservations 4 months in advance for graduation weekend and even then, I didn’t get my first choice. Then my mom decided the night before coming to New Orleans, that she wasn’t in the mood for one of the best steakhouses in town and so I was forced to scramble for a dinner reservation. I literally called about 50 restaurants in New Orleans, all answered with laughs when I asked if they had any availability for a party of 8 on graduation weekend……..Luckily, Antoine’s was available. I think it’s because it’s a huge space and not very popular among local residents.

oyster rockefeller

Our waiter was very informative and experienced (he said that he had been working there for over 30 years), and was able to make excellent recommendations off the menu. It wasn’t like one of those pushy waiters that are intrusive on the ambiance of your dining experience, it was more like a concerned mother goose, advising us on certain dishes. This was one of them, the oyster rockefeller, which was created at this very restaurant. Apparently the ingredients are kept top secret, but it was said to be so rich that they wanted to name it after the richest guy in America at the time, Rockefeller. It did taste different from other oyster rockefellers I have had around town.

spicy shrimp

we started off with the spicy shrimp which was a little disappointing because the shrimp was chilled.

seafood gumbo

We started off with a bowl of seafood gumbo which was pretty good.  After a while, a ton of restaurants serving gumbo, it all tastes quite similar. Not sure if any one place really ever stood out except for Emeril’s.

steak

I had the grilled prime tenderloin topped with lump crabmeat in a butter sauce. It was soooooooo good. I’m so glad our waiter recommended the lump crabmeat topping for our dishes.

pompano ponchartrain

the grilled filet pompano fish also had a lump crabmeat topping which my brother devoured.

baked alaska

Our waiter was so nice to get one huge baked alaska dessert for our entire table of 14 people. It was quite impressive, but you can’t really appreciate the size in the photo though. But this dessert was very yummy and perfect after my steak.

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