Small plates and cocktails – Cafe Amelie (New Orleans)
For our first dinner in NOLA, we came here. No reservations, as we decided to ditch our Phantoms, Ghosts and Vampires Tour when we saw the Cafe Amelie sign. I had bookmarked it on the Yelp app prior to coming here- 400+ reviews and 4.5 stars, how can you not?!
Their lit-up courtyard looked nothing short of magical as we walked the path to the “carriage house.” Brick, warm colors, and homey accents added to the charm of the place.
While the hostess informed us that table for 2 (on a Thursday night) was an hour wait, she invited us to eat at the bar. We gladly accepted and proceeded to have one of the best meals ever!
I ordered an Amelie cocktail (refreshing!) and we shared the following small bites: shrimp and grits, crab cake, and brussels sprouts. All the dishes were spot on. The shrimp and grits was creamy and flavorful and we loved the bacon and dates accompanying the brussels sprouts, which had a nice char to them!
My friend ordered a French 75, made with ginger infused gin and it was a sparkly delight.
For dessert, we had the New Orleans doberge cake…ohmigoodness deliciousness- 9 thin layers of cake and pudding encrusted in a caramel frosting!!!
Super friendly, attentive service by the bartenders and incredibly friendly patrons. We loved hearing the banter among the employees and the people seated next to us (obviously regulars).
This was so awesome that I’m afraid Cafe Amelie may have set the bar too high for the rest of my stay!