Travel Diary: Weekend in NoLa

To celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary, we wanted to plan a weekend getaway to a city we had not visited before. After some research, we landed on New Orleans – a foodie city rich in culture.

And boy did NoLa deliver. We absolutely fell in love with this beautiful city and its people. Hands down the best food experiences we have had and the best service ever. Everyone has so much pride in their work and in their city…it’s palpable.

Here is a breakdown of the spots we visited and highly recommend.

Cafe Beignet

We kicked off our foodie adventure with a visit to Cafe Beignet for beignets and iced coffee. The cafe was packed and we ended up eating the beignets while walking. These were good, but no where near as delicious as Loretta’s (more about those beignets later). But when in NoLa…you have to stop by!

Court of Two Sisters

We visited this historic restaurant for their iconic Jazz Brunch. It was a very well done, “AYCE” style buffet with omelette station, carving stations and favorites like gumbo, jambalaya and etouffe. Definitely recommend. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous too and huge – with lots of pretty spots to dine.

Commander’s Palace

Nestled in the Garden District – this gorgeous restaurant has been around since 1893 and is where Emeril sharpened his chops. From the iconic teal and white look of the outside to the award winning cuisine, this was most definitely the spot for our 10-year anniversary dinner.

The staff was incredible and the food was even better. Craft cocktails and a multi-course feast was exactly what we were hoping for to celebrate this special night. Unintentionally my outfit matched the china, which was perfection.

Confederacy of Cruisers – Foodie Bike Tour

Ride and eat your way through NoLa with this NOT to be missed food your. We had an amazing time with Jeff on our Foodie bike tour. He is fun, knowledgeable and a true local! You are getting equal parts NoLa history, food immersion and overall fun. The bike ride took us through different neighborhoods and we stopped at three local spots: Cajun Seafood for crawfish, etoufee pies and gumbo, followed by the St. Roch Food Hall for a variety of treats including cocktails, fried chicken and shrimp & grits and finished off the tour at the French Market for the most amazing praline filled beignets by legendary food icon – Loretta.

If you’re looking for a fun way to ride and eat your way through the city, look no further than Jeff and the Confederacy of Cruisers bike tour. You will not be disappointed!


For our final meal in NoLa we decided to go to another historic spot – Antoine’s, a legendary restaurant serving the Crescent City since 1840. It is the oldest family run restaurant in the entire country. The service was unbelievable and it was unforgettable dining experience.

The restaurant has more than 10 unique rooms that we toured after dinner. It is such a unique building with incredible architecture and history.

On the food front of course we had to have the Oysters Rockefeller – as this is where they were first invented. They had an amazing dinner with wine pairings and every course was rich and flavorful.

Overall we truly enjoyed the foodie weekend in New Orleans and highly recommend the destination if you’re looking to immerse yourself in culture and food!


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