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Herbsaint and Bourbon Street

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.

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

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.

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

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.

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

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!

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

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.

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

For dessert I ordered a warm chocolate pudding cake with ice cream. It was a perfect way to end the meal!

Herbsaint - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

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.

Bourbon Street - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bourbon Street - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bourbon Street - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bourbon Street - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bourbon Street - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Music was pouring out of each and every bar, beckoning you inside.

Bourbon Street - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

People leaned over balconies, tossing beads into the street.

Bourbon Street - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Bourbon Street - New Orleans travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

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!

~S

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