My last night in NOLA, quite appropriately, was filled with a bit of debauchery. It just wouldn’t be a complete visit without seeing the wilder, naughty side of the city!
But first, I had a near-perfect dinner at Herbsaint, a cute little restaurant located on the historic St. Charles Ave. Several friends recommended Herbsaint, and I couldn’t wait to try it! I admired the outdoor patio seating, then made my way inside.
Over the next two hours, I lost count how many times I remarked “oh my gosh, try this!” or “this is to die for!” Every dish at Herbsaint was heavenly.
I started with the beef short rib with potato rosti, salsa verde and horseradish cream. The short rib melted in your mouth.
Next up was the butter poached gulf tuna with pickled chilies and mint. The dish was so flavorful, not to mention beautiful to look at.
My third appetizer was the housemade spaghetti with guanciale and fried-poached farm egg. I never had an egg with my pasta and loved the concept!
With all those appetizers I only had room for one entrée, the Muscovy duck leg confit with dirty rice and citrus gastrique. A-m-a-z-i-n-g.
For dessert I ordered a warm chocolate pudding cake with ice cream. It was a perfect way to end the meal!
As I mentioned, I had quite the change of scenery after this outstanding dinner – I went from a classy, upscale restaurant straight to the notorious Bourbon Street. It was Saturday night, after all. Perfect time for a stroll.
Bourbon Street was filled with hoards of people, all ready to party and let loose.
Music was pouring out of each and every bar, beckoning you inside.
People leaned over balconies, tossing beads into the street.
It’s funny how life experiences and age change your perspective. I have clear memories of walking down Bourbon Street with my mom at age 17. I was wide-eyed and awestruck, at times horrified by the partying going on in that area. I had never seen anything like that before! This time I chuckled to myself as walked, unimpressed, down the same street 10 years later.
NOLA is a special city, filled with so much heart and soul. I can’t wait to visit again!
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