Saturday morning we started packing for the plane ride home. We wanted a little something to eat before a BBQ shrimp lunch at Deanies
in the Quarter, but surprisingly, we didn't want Cafe Du Monde beignets for a third time. Crazy, right?
We wen't into the Walgreen's on Decater, near Canal and asked the cashier if there were any bakeries nearby. She didn't know anything except Cafe Du Monde
, but a nice gentleman recommended a place a few blocks past Central Grocery
toward the French Market, and then up Ursulines Street called "croissant someting or other" We were a bit leery as on one trip, we asked about a good ice cream shop and were told Baskin-Robbins was quite good (not that it's bad).
We walked up Decatur and turned left on Ursulines and a block and a half up, we saw a line of people. We knew that had to be it. Croissant D'Or Patisserie
was filled with mostly locals and had fresh baked croissants, pastries, sandwiches and quiches. We love going to local places and this was spot-on. We had an almond croissant and a meringue. Both delicious, though the almond croissant was little heavy from butter. A table next to us had a plain one and it looked very light. The meringue was so light and airy I thought it might float away. My wife had a coffee which she said was very good but not as good as Cafe Du Monde (how could it be?) I had my usual diet soda.
The picture didn't come out, but on the tile sidewalk outside was marked 'Ladies Entrance' and there was also a marker for Angelo Brocato's
, so we presumed this was an original location.
It was a perfect start before setting out for BBQ shrimp. http://www.croissantdornola.com/
I was able to do a screen capture of the sidewalk in front of the shop showing Angelo Brocato
. I couldn't find the 'Ladies Entrance'.
We walked up Ursulines as we'd never seen that part of the Quarter. It was mostly residential with the classic New Orleans look. We walked back up Bourbon Street to get BBQ shrimp at Deanie's
. Our first trip to NOLa we were wanting the shrimp as we'd not had it ever. We went to Mr B's
, but for some reason, they weren't open and were quite sour to us. We asked a local and they recommended Deanie's
. We loved the Deanie's
BBQ shrimp, and the salted potatoes they put on the table instead of bread. For years, we shunned Mr B's
, even though we read review after review, and saw award after award.
This trip, as we got to Deanie's, a couple came out and said they were having a private party and wouldn't open until 11:30. It was a little after 11, so we thought we'd walk around the block. Much of the Quarter was decorated for Christmas and the Royal Sonesta Hotel a, giant teddy bear on it's facade.
We got back to Deanie's
a bit before 11:30 and another couple came out and said they wouldn't open until noon. We went in and got the same story. I asked why there was no sign on the door and got a look as though I had leprosy.
We didn't know what to do so we headed to Mr. B's. They didn't open until 11:30, but there was a small group of ladies heading in the door so in we went. There must have been 10 tables already seated. No idea why the early seating.
The waiter came, and we ordered BelleReve
's afore mentioned gumbo ya ya. This was probably the best gumbo we have ever had. The waiter even brought two bowls and served us the split portion with a bit of a flourish. Very kind of him. Not sure why the picture failed, but here is a photo and recipe from Mr. B's website. http://www.mrbsbistro.com/recipes_gumbo.php
We then ordered the BBQ shrimp. Grand slam home run!! This version was every bit as good as we remembered from Deanie's
and probably much better. The sauce was clearly rich with lots of butter, and a nice bite of Worcester sauce as well. We now knew why they win 'best of' awards year after year.
The famous Leidenheimer bread.
Yes, the shrimp IS that good.
We were finishing up the bread from the bag and the waiter asked if we wanted more bread. My wife said no. I said
Had she gone to restroom, I might very well have used a spoon on that sauce.
We headed back to the hotel to meet our cab for the airport, very satisfied with an excellent New Orleans vacation!!!!.
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