Brennan’s

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Brennan's

Brennan’s

New Orleans was named as the top foodie city recently by our Chowzter group.  The three criteria used to come to this conclusion were 1. The city has to have great fine dining.  New Orleans has many options in this category.  2. The city needs great street food.  NOLA’s got it.  3. The city needs to have food that is unique to that city.  This is where New Orleans beats out other cities like L.A or NYC.  Whether it is gumbo, creole/Cajun cuisine, beignets, po boys, jambalaya, turtle soup, etc. New Orleans cuisine is among the best this country has to offer.  I recently spent 48 hours there as part of Chowzter’s North America Food Awards, and Brennan’s was our first stop.

First and foremost, the building itself was spectacular.  First built in 1795, Brennan’s boasts over 17,000 square feet of restaurant space in the French Quarter.  The building served as the first Bank of Louisiana.

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My favorite hors d’oeuvre of the evening were the oysters.  They were roasted up perfectly and had great texture and flavor.

Oysters

Oysters

Also outstanding were the clams.  I had clams several times on my trip, but don’t recall ever trying them beforehand.

Clams

Clams

I also tried the shrimp gumbo.  To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of this dish.  The broth was rich and beefy.

Shrimp Gumbo

Shrimp Gumbo

Finally for my entrée, I went with the shrimp creole risotto.  It was definitely the highlight of the dinner.  The shrimp was amazing and so was the risotto.

Shrimp Creole Risotto

Shrimp Creole Risotto

I sadly had to leave before the grand finale of the meal, the banana’s foster.  Brennan’s was one of the original creators of the popular dessert.  Brennan’s was the perfect kick off to a spectacular few days in New Orleans.

 

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