New Orleans Creole Cookery Review: Authentic 'Nawlins Faire
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No doubt about it, New Orleans is know for its food. I was excited for a recent trip there and couldn't wait to experience some of the sights, sounds and (especially) tastes of the city.
Traveling to a relatively unknown city can make it challenging to find good places to eat. Online review sites like Yelp can provide a little guidance, but the 1-star to 5-star reviews don't always help. I like personal recommendations from friends that have been there (and have photos to show for it).
Well, here's my New Orleans Creole Cookery review & recommendations, along with a few photos as well.
New Orleans Creole Cookery
508 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130
How is the food at New Orleans Creole Cookery?
Let me just say that the food was absolutely fantastic. No one at the table (there were 7 of us) had any complaints about anything we ordered to eat. As a table, we ordered the following dishes and appetizers:
- Fried pickles
- Cajun calamari
- Chicken and sausage gumbo
- "Bounty of the Sea" seafood bucket
- Gulf shrimp
- Jambalaya (x2)
- Shrimp creole (this was my order)
- "Taste of New Orleans"
I was able to taste some of the fried pickles and the Cajun calamari appetizers and both were very good. I had been to Mississippi a few times in the past and tried fried pickles there for the first time. The Creole Cookery versions were equally as good, with good pickle flavor and breading that didn't overpower the taste of the bite.
For my entrée, I had the shrimp creole dish. At first I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. It was a portion of rice swimming in a red sauce with decent sized shrimp. Once I dug into the dish, I found that I loved the sauce and also appreciated the size and flavor of the shrimp as well. It was a good sized portion and I'm not a very big eater but I also finished it by myself! I'd highly recommend this dish and would definitely order it again.
How is the atmosphere at New Orleans Creole Cookery?
Not having a plan for dinner in New Orleans, like most cities, can be a hit or miss experience. I set out with a small group one evening with no specific plan. The only thing we knew is that we wanted authentic New Orleans flavor within walking distance of the Riverwalk area.
We wandered up to the New Orleans Creole Cookery as we were working our way toward the French Quarter area of the city. I stopped long enough to glance up at the sign above my head and check out the menu.
Like many restaurants that depend on sidewalk traffic like us, there was someone standing outside encouraging passers-by to come in and give it a try. So, we did!
How is the service at New Orleans Creole Cookery?
Overall, the service was very good. Our server was attentive with our drinks, appetizers and food. He was quick to offer beverages (and we obliged) and refills of our water never got too behind.
The one issue that I had that requires mentioning is that the restaurant only allows a table's check to be split two ways. Well, with 7 at our table that made for quite the challenge, especially when few of us carry cash any more. Warning: come equipped with cash or a pre-agreement to split the check some other way.
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Is New Orleans Creole Cookery worth a return trip?
I would definitely go to New Orleans Creole Cookery again. I think I may have gotten lucky "stumbling upon" the establishment, with so many others in the area.
I only got to experience one dinner out in the Quarter area on this trip and hope to make it back to try out a few other places. I'm dying to see if it was luck or if New Orleans food really is that good!