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Elizabeth’s Restaurant: Worth the Drive to New Orleans, Part Two

Elizabeth's Restaurant

Elizabeth's Restaurant

Elizabeth’s Restaurant

The second place in our “worth the drive” New Orleans series focuses on a restaurant called Elizabeth’s Restaurant. (If you missed part one about Port of Call, be sure to check that out too!)

Elizabeth’s Restaurant is off the tourist’s beaten path in the Bywater neighborhood of The Big Easy. I can thank a dear friend who used to live close to New Orleans for telling me about this place, as it is hands down my favorite place to eat in this city. Ever since I heard about it, my better half and I have eaten there on every trip we make down there.

A delicious Bloody Mary

A delicious Bloody Mary

We had actually only been to Elizabeth’s for supper until this most recent trip, and boy does Sunday brunch give Friday night supper a run for the money! I was not sure it could get any better than fall-off-the-bone pork belly, banana-enhanced sweet potato casserole, and praline bacon, but IT DOES!

After a “50 minute wait,” which was actually the quickest hour-and-fifteen-minute wait I’d ever experienced, thanks to great company and a righteous Bloody Mary, we were seated upstairs in the minimally decorated, light-filled dining room adjacent to the bar where we’d perched while waiting. The most color you’ll see in this neighborhood restaurant, which finds home in an old building on a corner with houses on either side, is in the vibrant old-school vinyl tablecloths covering each four-top. I don’t know about you, but when a restaurant is successful, and it has very little to do with looks, that tells me the food is something really special!

The Boudin Balls!

The Boudin Balls!

The brunch menu had almost too many great sounding choices.  Smoked Salmon and Brie Grilled Cheese, Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast, Waffle with Sweet Potato and Duck Hash, and Chorizo Burrito to name a few… Where to even begin?!

For Starters…

Amongst our group of four, we had one Duck Waffle, one Stuffed French Toast, one Chorizo Burrito, and plate of a la carte items like Cheese Grits, ham, a biscuit, eggs… But before all that made way to the table, we enjoyed a couple of appetizers: Fried Boudin Balls with Creole Mustard Sauce and Praline Bacon. The Boudin Balls were as Cajun as they come, and right tasty! You can rarely go wrong with a ball that’s fried crispy on the outside and soft as room-temp butter (which I’m sure it was loaded with) on the inside!

THE PRALINE BACON

THE PRALINE BACON

Let’s take a minute to talk about the Praline Bacon. This, my friends, is what made Elizabeth’s Restaurant famous. One order of Praline Bacon gets you four not-too-crispy, not-too-soggy strips of bacon decorated with brown sugar and finely chopped pecans. Let’s ignore the fact that it looks as unhealthy as anything we’ve ever seen as it glistens in a shallow film of bacon fat. No, that’s not important. What is important is that you try this sometime before you die. This Praline Bacon alone is worth a trip to New Orleans (Elizabeth’s Restaurant, specifically), as it embodies a distinct essence of the city in which it was born.

The Chorizo Burrito was magnificent!

The Chorizo Burrito was magnificent!

The “Big” Food Arrives

I was the proud orderer of the Chorizo Burrito. This lovely (and large!) burrito was topped with sour cream and pico de gallo as it hit the table in front of me. The face of this dish quickly changed as I hurriedly took my first bite! Inside this breakfast roll was Chorizo (a spicy sausage), egg, black beans, and cheese. The spicy sausage, the cool sour cream, fresh pico, the egg and beans – which seemed to ground the dish – made each bite magnificent. I honestly couldn’t say anything but WOW after each chew.

Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Cream Cheese... OH YEAH

Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Cream Cheese... OH YEAH

I was fortunate enough to get a taste of the Duck Waffle and the Stuffed French Toast, both of which were outstanding. The French Toast, which was layered with strawberry cream cheese, was so satisfying that it didn’t even need any syrup!

The Duck Waffle was actually a Cornbread Waffle topped with Sweet Potato and Duck Hash. This tasted just as interesting as it sounds, but it was absolutely fantastic. Heavy, but fantastic. My fellow diner actually finished this entire waffle leaving our waitress flabbergasted. She told us that in all her years at Elizabeth’s, she’d never seen any one person eat the entire Duck Waffle. My companion walked away with a bag full of bragging rights that day…

The reports from our a la carte orderer were glowing, as I imagined they would be.

Proof that the whole Duck Waffle was indeed gone!

Proof that the whole Duck Waffle was indeed gone!

FOOD: The food at Elizabeth’s is outstanding. Their slogan is “Real Food Done Real Good” and that’s exactly what they do. Chef Byron Peck makes everything from scratch in the Elizabeth’s kitchen and does a fine job of such.

SERVICE: Once we were seated, our server was great. She had a very laid back sense about her, from her style of service to her attire. We really liked her. The time we spent at Elizabeth’s probably totaled 2.5 hours, so if you’re eating in a hurry, you may consider trying another local restaurant.

ATMOSPHERE: Don’t let the drive to Elizabeth’s scare you off, particularly if you’re going after dark. Depending on which route you take, the ride could be a little uncomfortable. But once you walk in to the restaurant, you realize you’re right at home, surrounded by friendly faces. The minimal decorations are all very New Orleansy, and the downstairs is a bit dark, but it’s a very comfortable place to just relax and spend a little time.

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Elizabeth’s Restaurant
Bywater
601 Gallier St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 944-9272
elizabethsrestaurantnola.com
Price: $$

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11 Responses to Elizabeth’s Restaurant: Worth the Drive to New Orleans, Part Two

  1. Jody June 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    That looks fabulous. We go to New Orleans at least once a year and it’s mainly for the food. We love the off the beaten path places. It can be hard to weed through the tourist traps in the Quarter.

  2. Joe June 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Praline + Bacon = love! I have to try this!

  3. Sheila Cargile June 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    We are going 1st of July- will have to check this place out!

  4. T. O. June 22, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Some friends & I will be in NOLA during Essence Fest weekend. We must check out this local eatery!

  5. Katherine June 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Love the boudin balls!

  6. Mary Harvel June 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I can’t wait to try this restaurant on our next trip to New Orleans! Sounds delicious… Already pinned the restaurant on my phone. :D

  7. Lindsay Westbrook June 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    I pinned it as well. My husband and like to take a night/ half a day and go to NO for a great date!

  8. swayze June 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    elizabeth’s sunday brunch is something i think i crave every sunday since moving back from new orleans. i love that y’all are showing jackson more nola places like port of call and elizabeth’s! as much as i love the french quarter, new orleans has so much more to offer! mmmm i can taste the praline bacon now…

  9. Lauren June 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Okay so my list of places to eat in New Orleans has grown…. After reading this story it will be on the agenda for my next trip- I will have to be torn away from the grits with debris at mothers for a new brunch spot!

  10. Joe June 30, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    We’ll be in NO in August and may have to check this place out. Sound delicious!

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