Every time we visit New Orleans we do our best to have a meal at Cafe Pontalba on Jackson Square. Not only is the food delicious, but you have the opportunity to people watch at the same time. With a wonderful view from any seat in the restaurant, you can watch street performers, listen to wonderful music, hear accents from all over the world, see gorgeous artwork for sale, AND have this gorgeous view of St. Louis Cathedral.
Let's start with a Bloody Mary. Not too spicy, with pickled green beans and lime slices, this was very refreshing and a nice start to our meal. $6.00
We shared a cup of Gumbo Ya Ya (gumbo with chicken and sausage). Loaded with onions, bell peppers, and celery there was still room for a nice mixture of chicken and sausage. The heat was very subtle and left a very pleasant glow rather than scorching your mouth. $5.95
I try to order differently each time, but it seems I'm always drawn to my favorite, Shrimp Etouffee. I added a little extra heat courtesy of Louisiana Hot Sauce and it was, as always, perfect. Creamy and rich sauce was the perfect base for the delicate shrimp. $12.95
Harold LOVES fried shrimp so the Shrimp Platter was his selection. Sixteen LARGE shrimp fried to perfection served with fries and tartar and cocktail sauces. $18.95