We went to Red Gravy for breakfast.. while I had heard amazing things about it's food I had read a few not so good reviews about it's service.. but not many restaurants served breakfast on the weekdays.. not many that were walking distance.. and we are breakfast people.. I am so happy we decided to go here. Firstly, because it was a weekday there was no wait.. in fact no people at all when we arrived. We got great service.. and I had the most fluffiest, most delicious pecan pancakes ever! M had cannoli pancakes which were rich and delicious and they made a little kid omelete for D.
After breakfast we caught the Canal St Streetcar up to City Park. Now just because this was one of those trips where things just kept going wrong. The supposedly cute Storyland Park in City Park was closed.. on a Monday! As was just about everything else.. on a Monday.. seriously I was a bit pissed..
But we did what we do.. soldiered on. Thankfully the Besthoff Sculpture Garden was open.
Explored one of the playgrounds
and floated about on a paddle boat for a bit.. not easy to paddle a boat with a kid in your lap.
We stopped at the Morning Call.. a cafe inside City Park to give those beignets and cafe au lait another chance.. well the beignets were much better since this time they were still hot when they got to us but I stand by my earlier judgment.. cafe au lait is a sad excuse for coffee. What is even more sad that this is the only option at these cafes. You can't just get a regular cup of coffee.. so we drank our warm watery milk and we were on our way.
We wanted to hit a cemetery but luck failed us yet again and pretty much the moment we stepped foot inside the cemetery it started to rain.. like a heavy downpour. Our umbrella's were useless.. and we scampered back to the street car which was thankfully just across the street and head back to the hotel.
We left the hotel again for dinner at the Olde Nola Cookery.. very good.. the red beans and rice.. so good. We were a bit limited in our food options because there are a large number of items.. especially of the seafood, reptile and pork variety that we do not eat. But what we did eat.. we enjoyed. We had some gelato for dessert and roamed the streets of the French Quarter.. there are so many shops, so many beautiful galleries and art.. it is fun just to wander about..
The next day we had a noon flight.. so we had a quick breakfast at Cafe Beignet.. it had real coffee :) And on the way back to the hotel D had a celebrity sighting.. he spotted an excavator. Yes, he could hardly contain himself. He even volunteered a smile and a salute?
Kids are weird. And with that we said farewell to New Orleans.
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