We are in New Orleans, the Big Easy, our second trip to this famous eating and drinking city and the home of Jazz. We visited back in 1999 and now with Katrina well in the past we thought it time to visit again. Unfortunately as we make this second visit, looming large over this entire region is the BP massive oil leak of April 20th. No one knows how badly this man-made disaster will affect the region in the months and years to come.
We arrived on a Thursday evening in New Orleans just in time for dinner after what seemed like a forever flight from San Francisco via Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Our lodging destination in New Orleans is a condomium complex, La Saulet, located in the Lower Garden District. First stop on the way to La Saulet is dinner at a little Italian restaurant by the name of Eleven79. This is truly a neighborhood spot that is lively and very much authentic New Orleans, not a hint of touristy. You won’t find this gem in any of the guidebooks but if you are in the area, it is worth a try. The food and the prices are good but the atmosphere is what it’s all about here. We really enjoyed this cozy restaurant located at 1179 Annunciation.