By the Bywater, New Orleans
Nestled just down river (east) from the French Quarter are two of New Orleans' most distinct and well-kept secrets: the Faubourg Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods are only minutes away from the French Quarter, yet are tucked back into their own diverse communities, combining old-time New Orleans culture with a hip, contemporary bohemianism.
After Hurricane Katrina many residents left the city and never came back leaving homes vacant and abandoned. As people from across the country came to help rebuild New Orleans, they settled in the Bywater area and today have made it a neighborhood filled with fun shops filled with bohemian art, and restaurants that make you feel like you are at your best friends house for a late night dinner. I spent two days discovering this area wishing I had more time!
Looks just like my friends house in Connecticut. Welcome to Elizabeth's! Real Food, Done Real Good is the tagline. And it was so dang good I had to share with you and my friends.
After a so so first night in New Orleans. I met up with one of my oldest friends Anne. Anne is a New Orleans native we met in our early 20s while we were living in Washington, D.C. Wild, fun crazy times...I'll just leave it there. So it was a bit of a reunion. And what better place to do so!
We went upstairs to the bar area to catch up and to grab a few drinks.
We started off with the Scallops with Wasabi Sauce not spicy but rather a little sweet. The scallops were huge and tender.
The main course was good but a bit criss crossed I ordered the steak with mash potatoes and collard greens and Amado ordered the catfish with ocra and rice and red beans. The sides got a little mixed up but the flavor did not!
True southern dinner with all the fixings including a long, slow convo with my friends over a tall whiskey. Like I said before NoLa marches to it's own rhythm and before you know it you are under it's spell. I which I could bottle it, but I know it would be the same. It's special and should be experienced for yourself.
Finally made it to the Joint...the only one worth hitting if you ask me.
The Joint specialty is BBQ with homemade sides. I ordered the Half Rack and Mac n' Cheese. The ribs fell off the bone it was tender and the Mac n' Cheese was creamy with a little kick of spice. And finished it off with a glass of Sweet Tea. As my last meal in NoLa it was a great hello and see you soon. Will definitely be going back.
This is the laid back, tongue in cheek humor the Joint is, where you don't take yourself seriously.
See you Soon NoLa!