I'm back with you today to share part two of my recent trip to New Orleans. Be sure to check out part one if you missed it.
One of my favorite things about traveling is discovering hidden gems, the kind that are off the beaten path and not on the radar of most visitors. We happened to stumble upon just that, an adorable little breakfast spot with delicious food, oozing with southern hospitality and charm.
Bywater Bakery is just a short walk from the cottage where we were staying. Serving both breakfast and lunch, this spot is the perfect place to satisfy your hunger and caffeine needs. The warm greeting we received as soon as we walked in left us feeling right at home.
By the time we nibbled on breakfast and finally made our way back out, it was time to head to our next stop on the food tour. On another note, this is the top I mentioned in my first post that I found at a local boutique the day we got there. It's definitely a top I'll get a lot of wear out of this Spring.
If you're planning a trip to New Orleans, Willa Jean is a must! I've had this place on my radar from the minute I came across a photo of it on Instagram. With a rustic chic vibe on the inside, sunlight pouring through the windows, and beautifully plated food coming out of the kitchen, this is the perfect spot for an afternoon brunch.
If we had room in our bellies to order one of everything we totally would have. Everything on the menu sounded so amazing, like this cornbread...it was everything! I'm not even a cornbread fan but this may have converted me.
Call it basic if you want, but the avocado toast was too pretty not to order.
One of the new things to the menu and most popular, according to our waiter was the fried chicken sandwich with serrano slaw on a hawaiia roll. Holy yum...worth every calorie!
I also couldn't resist trying a bite of the crawfish roll served with remoulade and celery on a buttery bun. I wouldn't say that I'm the biggest fan of crawfish either, but piling it high on a sandwich with all of those ingredients was a game changer.
Extra caffeine was in order after all of the food we consumed. Three words: Milk Money Latte. I would ride in the car 11 hours all over again just to have another glass.
We couldn't exit without trying the frosé as well.
It appears that all we did was eat and drink on this trip and I can't deny that, but, there was also some sight seeing in the mix. Like this visit to the oldest structure in the U.S. that's used as a bar. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is a small, dark, hole in the wall on the corner of Bourbon Street. What's better than a little bit of history mixed with an ice-cold beverage?!
We blame the adult beverages for the purchases that happened on our way to our next stop. I'm obsessed with my new matte black shades from Krewe.
Another must visit place when in New Orleans, Brennan's Restaurat, preferably at 5 o'clock on a Friday to enjoy their champagne sabering in the courtyard.
We intentionally made an early dinner reservation so we could slip right in the restaurant following happy hour in the courtyard. The inside of this restaurant is so unique with glamorous dining rooms, all wreaking of southern charm and sophistication. With a menu rooted in Creole traditions, dinner was a tough choice, but here's where we landed. Grilled foie gras "sweet potato casserole" — ahh-mazing!Gulf shrimp bolognese with and creamy grit agnolotti and Tuscan kale.
Risotto with Cherokee Rose cheddar cheese, smoked maitake mushrooms, collard green purée, and a brown butter sauce. This was my favorite!
And a classic steak diane.
Dessert photos not included. We had another unforgettable evening and meal!
If you're interested in reading up on more about the trip, hang around for the final part of my recap and a summary of restaurants that should be on your list if you're planning to visit anytime soon!