SHERMANS TRAVEL: Anne Roderique-Jones
May 20, 2014
Sure, there’s Pat O’Brien’s, Café du Monde and Acme Oyster House. And you’ll have a great time at all of the above – because these venerable institutions are what New Orleans is all about. But why not hit up some places where you’re more likely to mingle with locals and less likely to be sold a commemorative t-shirt? Here are five places in New Orleans that you probably won’t find in your guidebook.
1. Sip Tiki Drinks at Cane & Table
New Orleans has a dynamite cocktail scene and the city takes pride in their carefully crafted libations. While many guidebooks suggest hurricanes or hand grenades, you can one-up the boozing experience at Cane & Table in the French Quarter. The tiki-style sips are heavy on the rum. Consider their version of an Old Fashioned, called the For Walter, which is made with scotch, house-spiced rum, Italian vermouth, Benedictine, and bitters. And don’t miss their ribs: fried in a sweet batter and topped with a piquant sauce, it’s their version of fall-off-the-bone goodness.
2. Get a Pie from Pizza Domenica
John Besh holds godlike chef status in the Crescent City, and for good reason. His Southern-focused fare is fully worth of worship. Pizza Domenica is the newest uptown restaurant from Alon Shaya and Besh (who also own Domenica), and it revolves more around charcuterie and Italian cheeses than Gulf oysters and gumbo. The oven churns out nearly 20 varieties of wood-fired pizzas, like the meaty “Tutto Carne” with sausage, bacon, salami, and prosciutto, and the “Roasted Carrot” is topped with goat cheese, red onion, Brussels spouts, beets, and hazelnuts.