The Big Easy Does It

Temptation awaits in New Orleans

Sugar rush: Café du Monde's beignets
photo: FWD
At Restaurant Cuvee (322 Magazine Street, 504.587.9001,, where any friend of Ginger's is a friend of theirs, we were enthusiastically greeted and given a semi-private table in the dark, brick-lined dining room. Our very knowledgeable waiter seemed genuinely happy to see us. "So you're friends with Ginger?" he asked. We nodded politely, grabbed our menus, and ordered from the chef's tasting menu, which includes wine pairings with each course. Among the standouts: the crème brulée of foie gras, the smoked duck breast and whole confit leg served with walnut risotto, and the braised veal cheeks with roasted garlic-white bean puree. Having left no room for dessert, we finally met our quota. But being that we were "friends" of the house, the chef didn't let us get away without some crème brulée.
The home of the mollusk
photo: FWD
The home of the mollusk

Although it felt good to be so well connected, we couldn't help but go back to Acme Oyster House for a quick bite before our morning flight the next day. There's something almost naughty about sucking down a couple of raw oysters for breakfast. You almost feel like you're doing something taboo—which in New Orleans simply means you're doing everything right.

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