Mara’s Homemade – Syosset

You know the feeling — when all you want is some Southern comfort, Cajun spice, barbecue, and good old fashioned home cooking. There’s very few places around that can give you that level of authenticity that is commonly found in the streets of NOLA. But, there is a place… Mara’s Homemade is tucked away in…

Emeril’s – New Orleans

Ever since I was little, I’ve been a huge fan of Emeril Lagasse’s big attitude, catchphrases, and television appearances. I even did a book report on him back in the third or fourth grade. So, I was more than excited to go to his first restaurant that he opened back in 1990 — Emeril’s. Emeril’s…

CafΓ© Du Monde – New Orleans

After all was said and done on my trip to New Orleans, I think it’s safe to say that the most famously classic New Orleans dessert is the “beignet.” A beignet is a French donut topped with a load of powdered sugar. In my eyes, they’re very similar to zeppoles. However, it’s apparently essential to…

Commander’s Palace – New Orleans

Commander’s Palace is very famous in New Orleans, and is considered the premiere upscale dining experience. It is not located in the French Quarters — it was about a 15 minute taxi drive from our Hotel on Royal Street. The area around Commander’s Palace is a bit sketchy, but the restaurant itself has a colorfully…

Royal House Oyster Bar – New Orleans

The moment we got to New Orleans, we asked around for a good place near our hotel to eat, and we were directed to the Royal House Oyster Bar. Looking back after the trip, it was a very solid option. The restaurant is pleasant, and I was a fan of the seating upstairs. The downstairs…