In order for me to make my way to New Orleans, I had to make a short stop in Dallas. Dallas, is another place I have never been, but it was only for a short layover, so I didn't get a chance to leave the airport and explore the city. I was however hungry once we landed and in dire need of something to eat so I had to find something I could grab quickly and stumbled up Reata Grill.
Once we finished eating, we finally hopped on our plane to our final destination, The Big Easy. Instead of staying in the typical hotel or directly inside the French Quarter, I found a bed and breakfast type place called Melrose Mansion. It is a very beautiful, old Mansion but with midcentury modern design.
Not only where the grounds and common areas magnificent but the room was just as spectacular. I stayed in a Junior Suite and was extremely satisfied excluding the fact that the bed was next to the door. The staff was incredible also, extremely nice and very helpful.
Shortly after check-in and situating ourselves, we were once again hungry and wanted to grab some lunch so we hit the streets for a stroll and made our way to Stanley Restaurant.
This restaurant didn't live up to expectations. The service left something to be desired, although there also wasn't anything to complain about. I had heard about the food here, but it really wasn't that good. My boyfriend, who made the trip with me, decide to get the "World Famous Stanley Burger". I don't know in what world it is famous; it is just a regular burger that you could have probably gotten almost anywhere.
The same goes for the onion rings too.
I couldn't go to New Orleans without having a po-boy and the Soft-Shell Crab Poor Boy sounded like it was going to be a good one. A Whole Cornmeal-Crusted Soft-Shell Crab, Cole Slaw, Spicy Remoulade and Creole Cocktail Sauce on Toasted French Bread, why wouldn't that be delicious? Although it looked delectable, the bread was slightly rubbery and the overall flavor felt like it was lacking something. It needed that kick.
The restaurant wasn't exactly bad but with so many options it definitely doesn't warrant a return.
After lunch, we walked around Jackson Square for a little bit and took in a little taste of the city. We saw fortune tellers, artist and street performances.
After resting and freshening up, we headed to Coop's Place for dinner. It is a small restaurant/bar so we had a short wait for a table to open up before we were seated. It was well worth the wait.
We ordered the Cajun Fried Chicken. Although a 4 piece wasn't on the menu, the server special ordered it for us. The chicken was beautifully delicious and perfectly seasoned. It was truly amazing in itself although the Rabbit & Sausage Jambalaya and coleslaw it came with was really good also.
The drinks were also really good and strong. Excellent prices not seen in expensive Miami.
My boyfriend loved it so much that he want to come back and eat here another time, but I wouldn't let him since I wanted to try other places in the short time we were staying there, but I will be back on my next trip.
After dinner, we made our way to Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, otherwise known as the oldest bar in the United States.
We kicked back a couple of drinks including the popular New Orleans Hurricane.
Lafitte's is a really nice and unique bar. Very low-key with candle lighting and piano music versus the funky and rowdy atmosphere of most bars in this city. I had a really good time here!
After a few drinks and the lure of the late night sky, it was time to call it a night! I cannot wait for tomorrow!!!