Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans, LA
I went to New Orleans last month and one of my favorite parts was the absolute history there. From old architecture to spooky history, New Orleans definitely has lots to see and do for those of us that enjoy learning about the roots of a place. That’s why I was thrilled to try a restaurant named Arnaud’s in the French Quarter of the city.
Arnaud’s Restuarant in New Orleans. LA
Arnaud’s (pronounced ‘Arr-noes’) was opened in 1918 by a wine salesman who wished to serve quality Creole cuisine. Today, it still holds to that dream. The restaurant is located in the heart of the historic French Quarter in a historic building that is over 100 years old as well. I was really in love with the exterior of the building as well as the interior. There was iron features on a beautiful exterior that told of the history of the building and gave the restaurant an amazing atmosphere and first impression.
Inside, the walls had wreaths and lights since it was during the holiday season, but the floor was beautiful antique tile and the ceiling was brass. I loved the old touches in this building as you can tell the owners really value the antique touches that they keep well-restored. It almost felt like stepping back in time.
Our host and server was amazing. They made sure our glasses never went empty and checked on us many times. I can definitely say that the customer experience I enjoyed with my travel mate, Dannelle from Operation 40K, was above and beyond as I felt completely welcomed and food came out extremely quick.
We tried the world-famous Souffle Potatoes with Bearnaise sauce for dipping. These were unlike anything I had ever tried and I absolutely loved them. The best way I can describe them was they were soft. hollow french fries. I felt them practically melt in my mouth.
I had a second appetizer as well. It was Crab Claws Provencale. This was by far the most decadent crab I have ever had in my life. It is Louisiana crab claws that are simmered in a sauce of butter and garlic. They are unbelievable.
When my entree came, I enjoyed the way it was displayed on the plate. I ordered frog legs and was excited to try them as I hadn’t had this dish in many years. The breading on my legs was crispy and flavorful. The plate was served with a lemon in some cheese cloth to squeeze over the top.
We enjoyed house cocktails. I had one called the Jack Rose. It was a mix of applejack, grenadine and lime juice. It was very strong but quite good, even for someone like me that doesn’t drink very often.
The end of our meal included a classic New Orleans dessert; Banana’s Foster served table-side. It was good, but rather messy looking so I didn’t manage to snap a picture of it because it needed to be eaten quickly.
One last thing, and it may seem silly to some, but the bathroom was impeccable. It was bright, clean and even had these cute little towels near the sink with the logo on them. For me, that is impressive.