You all probably know by now that $1.25 and I just love spring in New Orleans. Not only is the weather beautiful (for the most part anyway), but it’s festival season! And one of our absolute favorites, French Quarter Fest, is just days away.
In my impatient wait for the weekend to hurry up and get here, I decided to check out the list of festival food vendors set to tantalize our taste buds this year. I was really just checking to make sure I could get my old standby favorites from last year, but I noticed there are quite a few newcomers to the list this year too. So, in addition to all of the faithful favorites, $1.25 and I are going to have to find some room to sample these newbies as well.
In Jackson Square look for Broussard’s Restaurant and Courtyard, where they’ll be serving Crawfish in Puff Pastry with Mustard Dill and Slow Roasted Pork in Onion Stew Po’ Boy (YUM!). Right after that we’ll beeline our way over to Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse for their Prime Beef Debris Po’ Boy and a BBQ Shrimp Po’ Boy.
From there, you’ll want to head to the Old U.S. Mint food booths, where Boswell’s Jamaican Grill will add Jerk Chicken, Rice and Peas, Callaloo, and Beef or Veggie Patties to the mix. I’m particularly excited to check out the new Tempura Battered Softshell Crab Po’ Boy at the new Oceana Grill booth. Oceana will also be serving chargrilled oysters, but $1.25 and I don’t do the oyster thing.
Finally, at Woldenberg Riverfront Park, you won’t want to miss Big Mooney’s Restaurant’s Stuffed Crab, Stuffed Crab Po’ Boy and Seafood Pasta. Mona’s will be there too with their Gyro Sandwich, Gyro Platter and some other Mediterranean goodies.
Phew. And you thought French Quarter Fest couldn’t get any better! Looks like we’re in for a great weekend. We’ll have more for you as we get closer to quittin’ time on Friday. Check back here later in the week and, in the mean time, check out fqfi.org for more information.