The Irish Channel is one of New Orleans's most colorful neighborhoods. It is well known for its Saint Patrick's Day celebrations that include parades, block parties, great food and of course, plenty of green beer. But it also has many culinary gems as well. Dishcrawlers had the opportunity to explore four different restaurants in the neighborhood that were as varied as they were delicious. Crawlers met new friends and had a blast with the old ones.
Stop #1: Atchafalaya is known for its contemporary Creole cuisine and historic, charming setting. Co-owners Rachael Jaffe and Tony Tocco were welcoming hosts and spared no expense in spoiling our guests. Guest enjoyed char-grilled oysters, fried green tomatoes with a crab remoulade, gumbo and bread pudding. Guests also delighted in a custom cocktail menu created just for us!
Stop #2: Dat Dog Nola on Magazine Street is the restaurant's second location. In fact, we were lucky enough to be welcomed in on their Grand Opening night. Bar Manager, Chris Johnson, took great care of us, visiting each table and explaining the wonderful dogs and giving a little history about the restaurant. Did you know Dat Dog originated in the UK? Dishcrawlers chowed down on Duck Sausage with a yummy blueberry sauce, the Slovenia Sausage and the crowd favorite, White Trash fries!
Stop #3: Byblos opened its first location 14 years ago on Metairie Rd. and is credited with introducing Mediterranean cuisine to NOLA. It has since expanded to several locations and crawlers were ecstatic when they realized we would be visiting the Magazine Street location. Chef Robert was an attentive host, greeting the guests and explaining the food which included hummus, falafel and cheese fingers. The crowd agreed that the cheese fingers were to die for!
Stop #4: Started by Chef/Restaurateur/Entrepreneur Joel Dondis and pastry Chef Tariq Hanna in 2007 and has quickly become a major name in desserts not only in NOLA but world-wide. It was named best place for desserts by Gambit in 2011 and even Oprah can’t get enough of their macaroons! Guest winded down and enjoyed gelato and macaroons before saying goodnight.
Our next stops are Only on Oak Street and the Magnificient Magazine Street.
Until we eat again!