The Irish House in New Orleans

fish and chips

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.

Fat Harry's New Orleans, LA

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Fat Harry’s
4330 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA

I’ve driven by this restaurant countless times and have always wondered how the food is. Well I finally found out. There were huge TV screens everywhere, even outside! really emphasizing the sports bar atmosphere, I guess.

reuben

The reuben was the sandwich special of the day.

blue cheese burger

I had the blue cheese burger. This burger was way overcooked and was actually tough to chew.

buffalo wings

the buffalo wings were actually pretty good. they were a nice texture and spicy.

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Between the Bread in New Orleans

Between the Bread
625 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA

It’s a breath of fresh air to find a casual lunch spot where you can get delicious and healthy meal for under $10.

the specials

It is open daily from 7 AM to 7 PM and it’s your usual deli sandwich and salad place. It gets a bit crowded exactly at noon (probably cuz all the people who work in the area come and grab a bite to eat for lunch).

upstairs and downstairs

deli counter

I had the chicken with pesto sandwich that came with a side of chips for $8.75.  The chicken was good (not your frozen reheated stuff), but what i really loved was the pesto mayo spread.

chicken pesto

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Santa Fe Tapas in New Orleans

Santa Fe Tapas
1327 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

I’ve driven past this place many times and so I when I saw a Groupon for it, I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t too sure what to expect so I went in with no presumptions. There was only one woman working at lunch time and so it took a while before we got seated and our menus. When we asked for suggestions, she leaned in and the smell of smoke overpowered all my senses.  I was also sad to see that other tables got chips and salsa and our table did not. I wonder why?

beef empanada

We started off with an order of beef empanadas. They were crispy and pretty flavorful and the corn salsa was very refreshing.

crabcake

The crab cakes didn’t have much flavor but the jalapeno tartar sauce was the redeeming quality of this dish.

grilled chicken

The brioche bread was pretty good but the chicken was extremely dry. I had to ask for some sort of sauce to moisten it and was brought Crystal hot sauce. Despite the chicken being dry, the spices on it were pretty delicious. The yucca fries were extremely dry as well, and very bland.

tamale

I think out of all the dishes, the tamale stayed true to the cuisine of origin. I had the braised pork tamale with poblano sauce (which was yum!). Overall, I wasn’t really impressed with this meal but I did go for lunch and apparently they have an entirely separate dinner menu.

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The Delachaise in New Orleans

The Delachaise
3442 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA

the front

I’ve driven by this place on St. Charles Ave thousands of times but have never known what the name is. It says “Le Grand Comptoir” which I tried googling but nothing came up except for someone’s photo album in which they had a picture of the patio and luckily had the correct name The Delachaise as the caption for the photo.

the bar

There are signs everywhere that says place all orders at the bar so that’s what we did when we arrived. Unfortunately, there is only one bartender and one busboy. So the bartender tries to go down the line and be fair, but we were at the end and so it took a while to get his attention. We told him it was our first time and he was very nice to us (saying that we got lucky cuz apparently a lot of people complain about the service but he said your experience all depends on which bartender you get.)

There is a board at the end of the bar with drink specials, where all the glasses of various wines are $5 each. Pretty good deal! We eat had a drink.

We decided to split 2 appetizers and 1 main entree.

We started with the Flank Steak Bruschetta with grilled marinated flank steak, Peruvian garlic sauce, and topped with shaved aged manchego cheese on ciabatta crostini. The meat was a little tough to chew but this was so delicious! I loved the harmony of the manchego cheese with garlic and ciabatta.

flank steak ciabatta

The other appetizer we split was the eggplant cannoli with grilled eggplant with the chevre, ricotta and served with muhamamara sauce which is a Middle Eastern spicy roasted red pepper dip. I thought the eggplant was kinda oily and unfortunately the cheese flavors were lost in the oil. My favorite part was the spicy muhamammara sauce (would’ve loved just this and ciabatta)!

eggplant cannoli

We ordered one entree, the Cuban twice cooked pork fried in goose fat served with orange mojo sauce and fried yucca. This was my favorite dish by far. The pork was so tender and flavorful. I loved picking up the fried yucca with my fork and dipping it in the orange mojo sauce (reminiscient of a garlic aioli).

cuban twice cooked pork

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Mr. John's Steakhouse in New Orleans

Mr. John’s steakhouse
2111 St. Charles ave.
New Orleans

Outside of Mr. John's Steakhouse

If you’re lucky enough to get a window seat, you get an amazing view of St. Charles ave (great for people watching). Thank you Living Social Deals for another opportunity to eat out at a restaurant that is out of my normal budget for food!! I love the old school feel to the place. The maitre’d walking from table to table, asking people how is their meal and can he get them anything. It was great! Especially as we were walking out, he ran ahead of us to get the door and told us to watch out for a step! (very insistent)

complimentary garlic bread

As we sat pouring over the menu, we were promptly brought ice water and garlic bread. I noticed a lot of bigger parties here (family lunch? On a Friday? Oh yea, this restaurant only serves lunch on Fridays). So it was a bit chaotic and so I think all the waiters were running from table to table instead of divying up the tables and sticking to their stations. Which was nice because we almost always had service immediately when needed.

amuse bouche aka classic Italian meatball

After placing our orders, an amuse bouche arrived from the chef. Classic Italian meatballs! What is Julia’s favorite meat? The kind that falls apart at the slightest touch of my fork! It was DELICIOUS!

stuffed mushrooms. $9

To take full advantage of our coupon, we had to spend $50 on our bill. We were sad to see that all the steak prices were the same from dinner prices (the lower end steaks were at about $37) which was when we decided to take a look at lunch entrees not available at dinner time.  We started off with these stuffed mushrooms.

crabmeat stuffed mushroom broiled with butter and romano cheese

The crabmeat gave it a wonderful fluffy texture while the butter and romano cheese satiated my taste buds. It was an amazing dish, with all the flavors complimenting each other for buttery goodness.

seafood cobb salad. $16

My fellow foodie had the seafood cobb salad filled with boiled Gulf shrimp, crabmeat, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, bleu cheese, tomatoes and avocado served over a spring mix salad with Creole mustard vinagrette. I stole a bite and the salad dressing was so refreshing! The shrimp was boiled to a perfect crisp texture. I liked how colorful this dish was.

Paneed pork chop

I thought the paneed pork chop which was pounded thin and panko crusted, topped with a petite salad of baby spinach, grape tomatoes, and bleu cheese with a side of mashed potatoes sounded wonderful. I was shocked at how huge it was! When I cut into it, I realized that my pork chop was cut butterfly style, probably so that it was thin enough to cook all the way with the panko covering.  So although it was very wide, it was super thin which I prefer because you can appreciate the flavor more. I love Japanese bread crumbs! It has a bit of its own flavor that enhances any meat you coat it with.

creme brulee $6

To reach our $50 mark, we ordered the creme brulee. The caramelized sugar was still hot but the cool custard brought it to a luke warm on my tongue. I loved that the sweetness wasn’t overkill. Delicious! And this meal cost me and my fellow foodie about $16 each including tax and tip. Boo-yah!

I think the thing that shocked me the most though was the time. My friend and I left two hours after our reservation! We were trying to think where did the time go, we really did not feel like there was a lag in our meal except for maybe from garlic bread to stuffed mushrooms, or entrees to dessert.  But the meal did not feel like it was dragging on at all! Good Job, Mr. John’s.

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