So, we slept in. The most sleep we had in a week or so. Nice comfy bed, central ac. For those of you who have the luxury of central ac, you probably don't understand how nice it is to have it. Anyway, we walked around the quarter, got coffee at CC's, and then we pretty much went to Coop's Place. The place we had been dreaming about. The one place that we absolutely MUST go to every time we are in New Orleans.
It's a dive. It's dingy. It's dirty. It's not the most appetizing place to go to, especially during the day. They prep food out in the courtyard out back. But it's delicious.
So, we knew what we wanted. Well, we discussed everything, and we came to an agreement.
House salad with green goddess dressing:
This is the shiznit. The dressing, that is. It's green goddess dressing. Doesn't sound exciting, right? It is though, it really is! There are any number of things I could eat with this - french fries, boiled potatoes, boiled shrimp, cucumbers, crackers, potato chips, okay, mostly potatoes... but it's delish!
Fried crawfish with a side of remoulade sauce:
I had been craving fried crawfish ever since I saw some on a Popeye's commercial a week or two prior. That's how my mind works. I get some food fixated in my head, and I can't stop thinking about it until I have it!
Okay, well, this sucked. It was thin and bland. Basically, it seemed like it wasn't ready but they served it anyway, and they dumped a bunch of file and other stuff in it to try to compensate.
As the FP says, it's not made in the proper tradition from a culinary point of view. The rice is too mushy and overcooked. But the flavor. It's so fucking good. It's really just some of the best jambalaya around. I don't care what kind of culinary background whoever came up with this shit had, he or she is a genius. And it tastes pretty much the same every time!
I LOVE COOP'S PLACE
So, later, we went to see our friend and her new baby boy in Oschner, the hospital by the riverbend. So, of course, on the way back, we needed to stop by Cooter Brown's for ersters (oysters). Vince, the guy who has been shucking oysters there for I don't know how long, was still there, shucking away. We got two dozen of the most perfectly shucked, plump, delicious, sweet, just briny enough gulf oysters. Just wonderful.
We also got a link of boudin. OMG. Boudin. Rich and flavorful and just delicious.
New Orleans. If you've never been, you should go.