Freret St. Po Boy and Donut Shop in New Orleans

Freret St. Po Boy and Donut Shop
4701 Freret St
New Orleans, LA

the store

I had heard that this place has the best donuts in town so I had to go check out this claim. This is definitely one of those hole in the walls. The prices are all really good (Budget Breakfast for $3.50 you get grits, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and toast or biscuit). The po boys range from $6 to $12 (they have soft shell crab po boy!) It’s nice to see the original restaurants that have weathered the years on Freret St. get some new company with all the renovations of the neighboring buildings and new restaurants moving in (oooooo competition!)

the twist

Both donuts had that home-made taste to it and they were delicious! There wasn’t much space in here and there were a ton of locals eating breakfast and so I got my donuts to go. The service was very friendly and I will def be back to try one of those blue breakfast plates.

apple fritter

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The Irish House in New Orleans

The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA

the restaurant

We came here because we had a groupon. I’ve driven by this place countless times and it always looked packed. So from the outside this place looked chill so I walked over (yes that’s right. i live close enough to walk) in my t-shirt, jeans, and Rainbows, only to discover shortly after taking this photo that this is actually a nicer bar than I had imagined. I had enough time to rush home, change into nice clothes and drive over and still get there to meet my friend on time. sweet.

soda bread

I believe this place opened in about August or so. The ambiance was nice, dark wooden tables and huge plasma screens all over the place. So i guess this would be a good place to watch Saints games (as if New Orleans watches anything else………maybe LSU games. but even then, someone told me that Tulane is jealous of LSU’s football team and so by default cheers whatever team is opposing LSU).

Guiness

They had a decent beer list so we went with a Guinness. Joe really enjoyed it.

cheesy fries

since I read online that the fries are good, we started off with the cheesy fries. I wouldn’t say these were amazing but they were good. Very hot (cheese was still melting on them as they came out)

fish and chips

Joe had the fish and chips. He didn’t like how the batter came off so easily from the fish. I tried a bite and thought it was good but Joe wasn’t a fan.

chicken wings

my friend ordered the chicken wings. she had had someone else’s wings at this venue a few nights ago and all she could think about were these wings. I tried one and thought they were pretty good. lots of sauce. make sure you have plenty of napkins nearby so you don’t look like a cavewoman like I did.

Bangers and mash

I had the bangers and mash and thought these were really good. The potatoes were creamy and the sausage was good. I always wondered where the term bangers and mash came from and so I looked it up and saw that in WWII, the British were rationing everything and the sausages were prepared in such a way (back then, not today) that if the sausages were left on high heat for too long, they exploded (BANG!).

chocolate tower

we ended our night with this chocolate trifle which was delish! Overall, I would say the experience was pretty solid (altho most of our food was English, not Irish) and kinda expensive for pubfare but we had a groupon.

Tracey’s in New Orleans, LA

Tracey’s
2604 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA

entrance

I came here because of a Groupon but I had actually been wanting to check out this place for a while. One of my friends eats here regularly cuz of their wings and reubens so I wanted to check it out.

menu

it was fun trying to figure out how to spend $20 at Tracey’s! So many choices. I ended up asking the guy behind the counter for local favorites (whenever I go out with my big camera, ppl assume I’m a tourist and they always ask me where I’m from……….then I say I live on St. Charles Ave and hide behind my camera).

ambiance

I feel that this place is more Irish then the Irish House on St. Charles Ave. For one thing, there’s a counter on the Tracey’s website counting down to St. Patrick’s Day. True Irish!! Apparently Tracey’s is the original Irish bar in New Orleans. When I walked in, the number of TV’s in the place was astonishing. Then I looked online to see that this is the only bar with 20 TV’s!

hot sausage po boy

my friend had the hot sausage po boy which came highly recommended by the girl behind the counter. She said that this was their po boy served at the po boy fest and they sell out all the time. I sneaked a bite and it was really good. The sausage had a kick to it.

cheesy fries

we split an order of cheesy fries so that our total could be $20. these were great!

Reuben

I had the reuben which came with a side of potato salad. the reuben was delicious. The meat was juicy and the sauce was off the rocks! The potato salad wasn’t great, but not terrible either. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of potato salad.

potato salad

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Yo Mama’s in New Orleans

Yo Mama’s
727 St. Peter
New Orleans, LA

the front

This bar has a prime location in the middle of the Quarter. Is it weird that so many bars were open on a Sunday morning? We got to lunch a bit early (like 11 AM) but I wanted to make sure we got seats. When we arrived, we were offered seats upstairs or downstairs, and when we went upstairs we couldn’t tell that it was daytime so we came back downstairs.

peanut butter and bacon burger

this burger has a ton of hype around town so I tried it. I will say that it is very creative to combine peanut butter and bacon. I just don’t know if it works with the texture of ground meat….But it was delicious.

loaded baked potato

I ordered the loaded baked potato which was pretty usual for a baked potato.

texas BBQ burger

Joe had the texas BBQ burger which did come out with a bunch of avocado on top. He had ordered his burger medium and it came out well done an super dry (even with the salsa on it).  He was not a fan of this burger….

mac and cheese

His came with mac and cheese on the side which was very bland and overcooked. I guess this place is alright for bar but not really for the food (*sorry to everyone who loves these burgers, I was just not wow-ed by them).

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Kyoto in New Orleans, LA

Kyoto
4920 Prytania St.
New Orleans

the front

A lot of my friends eat here and so I wanted to check it out. The location is convenient with dessert next door (Creole creamery)!

ambiance

We got here early for dinner (like 5ish) and so there was no wait! We had time to peruse the menu and make some good decisions with the help of online review forums.

Desiree Roll

The Desiree Roll has dynamite (spicy tuna) rolls, crawfish, crabstick rolled together and then deep fried in tempura batter served with creamy wasabi sauce. My first bite had a ton of wasabi sauce on it and it felt like wasabi was coming out of my nose! (You know you’ve all been there). This was my favorite roll of the night.

The Funky Margarita roll and Hot Box roll

The funky margarita roll

The funky margarita roll has a dynamite (spicy tuna) mixture with crunchy that is topped with slices of tuna, salmon and with a spicy avocado sauce. This roll came highly recommended online and then by the waittress who said that almost everybody that comes in orders this roll but I gotta say, we weren’t impressed. The sushi was just not flavorful. And the dynamite flavor didn’t mix well with the topping.

the hot box

The Hot Box roll is the rainbow box (spicy snowcrab on the inside, wrapped on the outside with the tuna, white tuna, fresh salmon and avocado) with eel sauce, chili sauce, margarita sauce, crunchy flakes, smelt roe, and green onion. Our night was saved by this roll! We started off strong with the desiree and then got super disappointed with the Funky Margarita roll but thank God we saved this one for last. The eel sauce was the perfect addition to this savory roll.

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Yogurtland in New Orleans, LA

Yogurtland
4903 Prytania St.
New Orleans, LA

the front

Well look who’s finally joined the New Orleans frozen yogurt scene! Welcome, Yogurtland! I’ve been expecting you!!

ambiance

This is like the more affordable version of frozen yogurt done right! When we walked in, we were handed several sample cups (most stores are super strict on limiting the number of samples you get). Joe and I had enough to sample at least one of each flavor (there are like 10? 12?)

lots of candy options

Don’t forget, you can put as much frozen yogurt and toppings as you want, but they will charge you by the price. Now I am pretty used to my order and expect it to come out to about $10 at Red Mango (at Pinkberry, they control how much frozen yogurt you get and how much of each topping so they can’t really be compared to these self-serve places) so imagine my shock when I went to ring up my order and it was only $4!!! Hello, Yogurtland! Goodbye, Red Mango (that is all the way in Baton Rouge).

lots of fresh fruit options as well

The service was friendly, the place was uber clean (just opened up 3 weeks ago) and the toppings looked amazing. On top of that, the flavors were delicious. Not too much tart.

Joe's creation

Joe went for the chocolate milk shake flavor frozen yogurt with mochi, cookie dough, chocolate chip and honey.

my creation

I went for the red velvet cake batter (that’s right!!) with mochi, twix (uh huh!), and toffee bits. Heaven! I’ll definitely be back.

 

 

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Ye Olde College Inn in New Orleans, LA

Ye Olde College Inn
3000 S. Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA

the front

I’ve heard of this restaurant from countless friends but I never had the chance to dine here before tonight. The wait was pretty ridiculous even with our dinner reservation, we were seated about 20 minutes after the reservation. We were so hungry we were on the verge of going to Felipe’s for dinner instead but then the hostess came over to let us know our table was ready. I guess one perk to eating late was that we were the only table for our energetic waiter and so we got a lot of excited descriptions about the items on the menu.

ambiance

I like the ambiance, it’s a mix of sports bar and old fashioned pub depending on which section you sit in. We got to sit in the old fashioned pub area with our wooden benches.

oysters bleu

we started off with the oysters bleu which were delicious. Joe said too much blue cheese but in my opinion, you can never have enough blue cheese. The fresh oysters are flash fried with the perfect amount of batter and then topped with blue cheese on a bed of iceberg lettuce.

the famous cheeseburger

Joe was indecisive between a po boy and the cheeseburger and so we asked our informative waiter for his expert onion and he could not stop raving about this burger. “I don’t want to gross you out, but this hamburger was mooing 2 days ago. That’s how fresh it is.” And somehow, that line sold Joe and he had to try this burger. Ye Olde College Inn has their own farm in Louisiana where they grow fresh veggies and raise cows for their restaurant (a real farm-to-table kind of deal).

fresh catch of the day

Our waiter had the fresh catch of the day for lunch and so when I asked him to describe it, I could tell how good it was by how he illustrated it. He said that the red fish was very fresh and then prepared in various methods (grilled, braised, baked with garlic) on top of corn maque choux which was heavenly. The fish was light and flaky and the corn was sooooooo flavorful.

bread pudding po boy

Our waiter was nice enough to bring out this dessert on the house. He called it “the lovechild of a beignet and a bread pudding.” The top was flaky and the bottom was moist and delicious. It’s obvious why this dish won “Best of Show” at the 2nd annual po boy fest.

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Cafe Abyssinia in New Orleans, LA

Cafe Abyssinia
3511 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA

ambiance

I had heard about this restaurant through word of mouth and wanted to check it out. The friend I heard it from is a foodie herself and anytime she makes a suggestion, I make a mental note! Thanks Jane Y! There wasn’t much info about this place online but I thought, what the heck and headed out. It was a little tough to find this place because it’s not directly on Magazine st., its driveway is on Magazine st. and then you walk behind all the other buildings and find this little nook.

vegetable sambusa

I thought the decor was quaint, with seats that came up to knee height and these authentic (Not sure) tables. I read the sign saying open Tuesday to Sunday  from noon to 9:30 PM. Im glad I came in on that Friday instead of my original plan of Monday (I don’t understand why restaurants and hair salons feel the need to take a day off on Monday when the rest of us are working….just sayin). The waiter was very friendly at greeting us at the door, but for the rest of the night, service was on the slow side even with 2 waiters for 3 tables….My friend and I split the veggie platter which came out with a bunch of different components. the vegetable sambusa was crunchy on the outside and a little oily on the inside.

veggie combo

The veggie combo came with:
1. Yemisr Wot: red lentils with onion in a homemade spicy sauce. this was by far my favorite. it was bursting with flavor from all the rich spices! soooo good. it had a nice kick to it.
2. Kik Alicha: split peas cooked in a mild sauce of onion, garlic, ginger
3. Tikel Gomen: sliced cabbage and carrots cooked in a mild sauce. i liked that the carrots sweetened this up.
4. Dinich Alicha: potato and carrots in curry sauce.

Yemisr Wot

spongy bread

Sorry, I don’t know what the correct term for this is, I just called it spongy bread all night. It had a bit of a tang to it, can’t really describe (as clearly evident by this non-descriptive sentence).  It’s not too often that I get to eat out with my hands, so this was a fun experience.

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Mat and Naddie’s in New Orleans, LA

Mat and Naddie’s
937 Leonidas St.
New Orleans, LA

Whenever possible, I try to make dinner reservations ahead of time if I know I will be dining out on a Saturday night. Usually if I don’t call early enough, the restaurant will tell me that they are completely booked. Well not the case with Mat and Naddie’s! When I called, they still had a few availabilities so when I picked up Joe I told him to rush into the car so we could make our dinner reservation.

duck confit salad

Joe and I are so predictable, just from glancing at the menu, I already knew what two appetizers we would most likely order and sure enough when the waiter came around, we got the duck confit salad and crabcakes. Joe asked if we should try something new but I said why mess with something good? PS. im also a super picky eater, so once I find dishes I like, I tend to stick to them like glue…. I thought the salad was surprisingly delightful, and I say surprisingly because all the duck was hidden underneath the lettuce and so when you put your fork down for a bit of lettuce and come back up with a bunch of other delicious treasures like succulent duck, what other word can you use to describe it?

crabcakes

The crabcakes were warm and crisp on the outside. They smelled delicious! A mouthwatering combination of ocean and bread. WHO DOES NOT LOVE THE SMELL OF BREAD? you know what i’m talking about! it’s the same reason y0u all of a sudden get hungry when you’re walking on a block with a bakery. BAM! BREAD SMELL!

rack of lamb

Joe ordered the rack of lamb but he didn’t realize it would come out as lollipops of meat (I don’t know why because the description clearly said it would). He let me try one and it was delicious!

filet mignon

I had the filet mignon. It was melt-in-your-mouth-good! I have a few friends who are vegetarians and I say, hats off to you guys. I don’t know how you do it. I don’t think I could ever cheat on Meat with Veggies. =)

I think this place is a gem regardless of its location. When I was parking, I saw a security guard standing out front and thought, oh geez! please God let me find a parking spot within sight of the security guard. Let me explain, this area by the riverfront tends to be dodge-y at night and I’m already super paranoid….And it doesn’t help that we get emails from Tulane Security saying a younger person got mugged at gunpoint in this area at 3 AM (ok, why would you be out here at 3 AM anyways?). I figured since it was 6:30 PM, parking around the corner from the restaurant would be fine but I admit, after dinner, I did make joe join me in a light jog back to the car because I realized I was holding around 3G’s worth of camera gear around my neck.

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