I recently had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans. While I’d traveled a lot through the continental US as a child, I had never stopped in New Orleans before so I was very excited and the city did not disappoint.
First off, I stayed at the Hampton Inn Downtown on Carondelet Street and I would definitely stay there again, if I ever find myself back in the city. The valets were awesome and helpful and I was pleased with the security in the lobby. Breakfast, while nothing special, was provided and while there wasn’t a lot of choice for a vegetarian / occasional pescatarian like me, it was still extremely welcome that I could at least get toast, some eggs, and a coffee to enjoy in my room. As for the bedroom, it was huge, clean, and spacious. I just had to get used to the sound of the streetcar passing outside. My first night there I was wondering why I kept hearing motorcycles. (in case you don’t know, the street car is loud but I quickly got used to it.)
After getting settled in, I was off to experience the food and culture of this unique city. First stop: Deanie’s Seafood, which was possibly the best meal I had on the trip. It was packed but I managed to snag a seat at the bar. The bartender was pleasant and professional and my meal came out quickly.
I opted for the “Barbecue Shrimp Pasta,” which was just unique enough that I had to give it a try. The shrimp was huge and everything was incredibly flavorful. I paired it with the recommended Edna Valley Chardonnay and it did not disappoint. If I could have gone back to Deanie’s before my trip was over, I certainly would have.
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