Our bestest friends from Oklahoma are in town for a Saturday through Tuesday visit. Saturday they arrived and I had a poolside spread of crawfish & baked bries that I bought at the Mandeville Farmer’s Market & a spinach pie and doberge cake from the Mandeville bakery. I had Abita beer of all flavors on ice and we were good to go in the swimming pool for the afternoon. The men needed a “real dinner.” What is it with men and their stomachs? Dang – I was good with the brie and beer for nourishment. Where do we go to eat that is a good variety of local flavor and popular, family friendly and not too fancy?
We headed to Acme Oyster House in Covington (for the first time). I never complain about restaurants – really. I may not come back, but I don’t complain unless my order is really screwed up! Hubby and our guests enjoyed the grilled Oysters (dang allergy for me). Everyone placed orders to the all too busy and scatterbrained waitress. I got the catfish po-boy and…stale bread, tasteless catfish, tiny and about $9. Yuck phooey! Sorry ACME – unless the roadrunner is making a guest appearance there, we won’t be back.
Then Sunday we headed to the French Quarter – both families and 5 kids. First on the trip, everyone’s stomachs…again with men and eating! We walked by “Pierre Masperos” and hubby remembered someone recommending it. I asked the waiter if he would accomodate kids with an unwritten kids menu and if he thought we were better off somewhere else. He said, “welcome” and pulled 3 tables together for us immediately. The food was great and son #2 was treated to a fabulous dessert by the waiter when he heard it was his birthday. We had a great time… then everyone had to go potty! If i had to go before my meal, I would have lost my appetite. I camp, I’m not a bathroom prude, but come on folks, are you trying to win the “Grossest, most disgusting, dirtiest floor, never wiped down bathroom in the Quarter contest? If it costs 5 people $60 dollars for lunch – CLEAN THE BATHROOM!!!!
We walked the streets afterwards and the 2 1/2 year old was getting mighty tired and they didn’t bring a stroller – UGH! They wanted to check out all the “non-kid” friendly shops while the girls complained about the smell (alive & well on Bourbon Street). I thought it best if we head to Jackson Square to sit and watch some street performers. By then the toddler was maxed out. I suggested I leave them in the French Quarter, they get a cab to the Causeway and I’d pick them up later that night. They decided to stay in the Quarter over night instead (my suggestion in the first place). Oh well, they are having fun New Orleans style & I have to face a day with a toddler – I love her, but this is great birth control for me (snicker).
(cross-posted at NOLA.com)