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Mike Anderson’s Seafood – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

On Saturday, before the wedding, almost the entire family went to Mike Anderson’s Seafood for lunch. We had to wait a few minutes because we had 15 people and they needed to get some tables put together. We sat down and were handed the menu, which was printed on two thin pieces of wood. How cool is that? Maybe it’s just me, but I thought that was something that’s fairly original. Everyone ordered something different and we all loved our meals. I had another shrimp po boy with fries. It was very good. Everything was fresh and seasoned so well. The service was excellent and we really enjoyed everything.

On the website they claim, “Mike Anderson’s Seafood has grown into Baton Rouge staple over the last 30 years. For fantastic regional food in a festive atmosphere — and for fun with friends and family too. After three decades in the food business, Mike Anderson’s has earned its reputation for exceptional meals and pampering customers.”, and I completely agree. Everything was fantastic!

Here are some photos from their website, makes you hungry doesn’t it?

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Mike Anderson’s Seafood, 1031 West Lee Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70820

www.mikeandersons.com

 

 

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Cafe Du Monde – New Orleans, Louisiana

After our visit to ACME Oyster House and walking around window shopping for awhile we went to Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans for dessert.

Large outdoor patio

Large outdoor patio

“The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. In 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to the cafe. Soft drinks also made their debut that year.
Beignets were also brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. These were fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit. Today, the beignet is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar.”
Beignets
We got two orders of beignets, so we could take some home. They came out hot and covered with powdered sugar. They were so yummy, and fresh. While we were there we enjoyed some music from a group of men playing on the street. They were wonderful and lots of fun to watch. It was such a comfortable atmosphere, we could have probably sat there all day.

New Orleans

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a blog, but I’ve been busy and I will try to do better. We recently went to Louisiana for my cousin (in law)s wedding. My husband took me to New Orleans, since I’ve never been and we walked around the French Quarter. Some of the buildings are absolutely beautiful, don’t get me wrong some buildings are run down too.

We decided to have lunch at The ACME Oyster House. It has been featured on the Travel Channel, and we wanted to give it a try. According to the ACME Oyster House website their history began “in 1910, before Satchmo had ever formed his first band, the Acme Café was opened on Royal Street in the French Quarter. Acme has been pleasing the palates of discriminating diners ever since.”

“In 1924, a disastrous fire caused the collapse of the three-story Acme Saloon building. The Café was re-established as Acme Oyster House around the corner at 724 Iberville, where it still operates today.”

“Acme has been shuckin’ ever since by serving food so good Prohibition wasn’t a problem at prices so low the Great Depression wasn’t all that depressing.”

“After many decades of success, business had slowed for Acme and many other French Quarter businesses in the early 1980’s. For a while, Acme closed at 4:00 and had only one waitress on staff. This prompted Acme to make the now famous “Waitress available sometimes” neon sign, which is proudly displayed in each restaurant and on the menu.”

“Despite the lack of business, and staff, native New Orleanian Mike Rodrigue recognized the potential. He bought Acme Oyster House in 1985 and revived the charming New Orleans’ institution without having to make too many changes.”

“Acme served about 250,000 raw and chargrilled oysters in Mike’s first year. 23 years and four new locations later, Acme shucked well over 3.6 million fresh oysters in 2008. That’s almost 10,000 oysters a day and doesn’t even include the fried ones.”

“Acme’s key to success is to not get too far from the source. In addition to the original French Quarter location, Acme Oyster Houses are open in Covington, Metairie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in Sandestin on the Florida panhandle. Each location is a short, refrigerated drive away from where Acme’s oysters are harvested so they are always shucked and served at their freshest.”

“There has to be more than just great seafood to make a New Orleans’ restaurant famous. For Acme, maybe it’s eating under the glow of neon lights, or the checkerboard tablecloths, or enjoying a good meal with close friends and complete strangers at the same time. Maybe it’s the ice cold beer.”

We only had to wait about five minutes to get a table. I ordered a half a shrimp po boy and a side. It was fantastic! I should have ordered the full size sandwich, but now I know. Chad ordered the Sampler Plate that came with shrimp and crab gumbo, andouille sausage, jambalaya, and red beans and rice. He was very impressed as well. The service was fantastic, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was lively. If you are in Lousiana we recommend the ACME Oyster House.

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www.acmeoyster.com

Review – F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar

 

Review of F. Scott’s, 2210 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, TN 37215. For reservations (615) 269-5861  www.fscotts.com

Thank you Linda at F. Scott's for allowing me to use this photo

Thank you to Linda at F. Scott's for allowing me to use this photo

 A few weeks ago my husband made reservations for us at F. Scotts in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a wonderful meal and experience.  We ordered the Truffle Parmesan Pommes Frites as an appetizer. The were very tasty and seasoned to almost melt in your mouth. I ordered their Bouillabaisse, which included pan seared grouper, mussels, and shrimp with braised fennel, potatoes, spicy aioli, and crostini. It was fantastic, everything was prepared to perfection. Chad (hubby) ordered the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with roasted garlic herb butter, bacon demi-glace, Gorgonzola polenta, and crispy fried spinach. I tried the crispy fried spinach, mainly because I had never heard of frying spinach, but it was very good and actually did melt in your mouth. I’m not a huge fan of spinach alone, but was pleasantly surprised.

As if the appetizer and entrees were not enough, we couldn’t resist ordering dessert as well. I got the Chocolate peanut butter mousse with Banana ice cream. All I could say was WOW! I took forever with each bite to make it last as long as possible. Chad got the Fresh coconut cake with chocolate sauce and devoured it. There is live jazz music in the bar but it was not so loud you could not enjoy a quiet meal. If you plan to enjoy the music in the bar, make sure to check the website for the Speakeasy Phrase of the Week. Tell the bartender the phrase and you’ll get the special price listed on their website. If you’re in Nashville, check this place out! We went after 9:00pm so our food was half price. We enjoyed a gourmet meal at a chain restaurant price.

Enjoy, Lanah