We were still needing to get caught up from being gone for a week, so Labor Day was just a work day at Almost Heaven South. Of course it could be argued that every day is a holiday when retired and it would hard to dispute. And now back to NOLA.
The hard rain continued on Saturday, but fortunately, I like to spend my first day in an area getting oriented. We drove around and located some of the places we wanted to visit, eat, shop, and buy seafood. We found several DDD places in the garden district, located spots in the French Quarter and found Willie Maes Restaurant.
It was featured on a food show, which we saw, as the best chicken in America and since it was 12:30, we decided to give it a try. It used to be called Willie Maes Scotch House and is now being run by the founder’s granddaughter, who was working in the kitchen.
We had to wait a few minutes for a seat and according to our waiter, their business is out the roof since the TV show aired. As for the chicken, it was delicious and lived up to it’s billing – which seems to be unusual. Here’s my plates – 3 pieces of chicken sided with some red beans and rice.
While we got right in, this is what we found upon exiting and they’re standing in the rain.
As you can see it’s not in a very prosperous area and seemed to be the only business around.
Actually, I’ve been surprised at the condition of most of the structures I saw while driving around. While there are many big old homes in the Garden District, most were in dire need of a good painting and the real shocker was the closeness of the homes as seen here. And if you live here, it would be hard not to know your neighbor – this is typical house spacing.
A little further out, St. Charles Street, near Tulane and Loyola, there are some truly big fine homes and I can almost imagine their owners of antebellum times, sitting on the porch, drinking mint juleps and contemplating the state of things.
There were very few tall structures in the Garden District so at 12 stories our condo building may have been the tallest around.
The building had a roof deck and this is a shot of the Central Business District with the Superdome on the left.
For dinner, we walked down the street to Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro and I had a crab and crawfish bake appetizer and Bev had a popcorn crawfish salad and both were good. We weren't very hungry and had to pass on their famous cheesecake dessert.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.