This year, J & I dined at a New Orleans institution, Arnaud’s in the historic French Quarter.
Prior to dinner, J & I had pre-dinner cocktails at Hermes Bar at Antoine's, another institution in the Quarter.
With reservations at 9:00 PM, we were seated in Arnaud’s main dining room which was decorated to the “t” with gold burnished magnolia garlands and huge magnolia wreaths lining the lead glass windows.
Located just off of Bourbon Street, Arnaud’s offers Creole cuisine and exemplary service in a beautifully restored turn of the century dining room. Since its inception in 1918, Arnaud’s is a New Orleans classic.
After a round of cocktails, Glen Livet and Ginger Ales, we ordered the famous potato soufflés. O-M-G! Light and airy, the soufflés are delicious.
We each started with a different appetizer to share. I had the Shrimp Arnaud(Their signature dish. Gulf Shrimp marinated in famous tangy Creole Remoulade Sauce) while J ordered the Oyster Arnaud (One of each of their baked oysters- oysters Bienville, oysters Suzette, oysters Kathryn, oysters Ohan, oysters Rockefeller. Both were plated beautifully and tasted divine.
I then had the shrimp bisque soup while J had the seafood gumbo. Both were some of the best we had tasted around New Orleans.
For our main entree, I selected the tempting crab cakes (made with jumbo lump Louisiana crabmeat. Served with a white remoulade sauce), and J chose the Ponchartrain (sautéed fillet topped with fresh Louisiana crabmeat).
We finished our delicious meal with dessert, each choosing the old-fashioned pecan pie. WOW is all I will say.
When looking for a fine New Orleans dining experience, I definitely suggest that you add Arnaud’s to your list.
After dinner, we ran into our awesome neighbors and friends, Nancy & Spivey, and had drinks with their entourage at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar in the Quarter.
We then rang in the New Year with Sal and Tee at a party hosted by BFFs Courtney and Jason. Though we did not know many folks, we celebrated another special New Year.
We ran into the Ritz-Carlton to grab a taxi cab home. I love the seasonal decor in the check-in lobby.
Arnaud’s for dinner, y’all!