New Orleans Trip : Restaurant Week

Crawfish Boil – Cajun Style (c) 2011 One Hundred Roads

I just found out yesterday that I will be heading to New Orleans, one of my favorite cities of all time next week.*  I can hardly contain my excitement! Football season is starting – Geaux Saints! – and the fall festival season is right around the corner.

In New Orleans, there is always something to do, and the festivals are top notch.Besides the obvious bucket-list-worthy Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, there are so many others: Po’Boy Fest, French Quarter Fest, Essence Fest, Seafood Fest…each ‘Fest with its own twist on music and great food. I could seriously eat and dance my way through all the NOLA Fests and still be back for more every year.

So, imagine my elation while dreaming of all the places I want to eat next week, I come upon New Orleans Restaurant Week! 

While not exactly a Fest, it is a week long celebration of food at some of the top restaurants in New Orleans. The notion that food in New Orleans is an institution is well deserved. It really is that good. The slogan of the organization putting on the event is, “We Live to Eat”. I just found the blog today. Combined with the listings and reviews in the excellent and free local weekly magazine, The Gambit (website : bestofneworleans.com), both are a must stop for restaurant research before setting off on any trip to New Orleans. The Gambit calendar is also a great source for all things NOLA and has a calendar of events and music listings.  I can’t wait!

*And one of my former hometowns.