|Clementines were our appetizer!|
Ordered: Poached Egg and Crab Cake Passion, Cheese Grits, Vegan Power Smoothies.
Some great things about this place:
- It's located in the French Market and there's plenty of seating either at their counter or in an area with lots of tables/chairs. Because the French Market seems to be a bit of a tourist destination, the crowd is buzzy. This place, however, gets visits from lots of locals!
- They give you clementines after you order
- Everything can be made gluten-free
I had my first crab cake at Meals from the Heart Cafe and I would return again and again for that crab cake. It was light. It was tasty. It came with a sauce/aioli that was finger-lickin' good. The cheese grits were delicious, but I needed to add hot sauce to bring out the depth in flavor. The Vegan Power shake was huge and extremely satisfying. Into one smoothies they pack fruit, walnuts, flaxseeds, almond milk, hemp milk, and possible some other vegan delicious things. I could have just had the shake for breakfast, but when in NOLA...
|My first gfree crabcake!|
|Vegan Power Smoothies|
Ordered: BBQ Chicken, Brisket, and Ribs with Sides of Coleslaw and Baked Beans
|Outside at The Joint|
|Cocktails! A Bourbon Lemonade and a Jalapeno Margarita|
|Oh yeah. Clockwise: Baked Beans, BBQ Chicken, Coleslaw, BBQ Brisket, Ribs|
Ordered: Smoked Sizzling Oysters, 'Scalibut' with Pea and Lobster Risotto
|Smoked Sizzling Oysters|
OK. So these oysters....they're pretty amazing. The oysters are removed from their shell and marinated in butter (and probably some other things, but mostly butter). Then, the shell of the oysters are heated to 500 DEGREES and the oyster are places back on the shell and cooked. The result: creamy, hearty, smooth, delicious oysters that you can chew and that really taste nothing like I think oysters taste like. But they are really really good. If you like lobster, I think you will like these.
Another pretty amazing dish: scalibut. Scallops + Halibut. A piece of halibut is covered in thinkly sliced sea scallops that are then seared. The result: crispy scallops surrounding a perfectly cooked and extremely flavorful piece of halibut. Not to mention this is served over pea and lobster risotto. Not a dish for the seafood faint of heart (or someone looking for a really light dinner), but it was expertly executed. I am glad my mom and I split both these dished because it was plenty of food after a day of eating (see above).
Arnaud's Sunday Jazz Brunch
|Mother's Day Mimosas|
Order: Four Course Brunch Pre-Fixe -- Shrimp Arnaud (shrimp marinated in the eponymous Creole Remoulade), salad, Eggs Sardou, Flourless Chocolate Cake
If you like a little kick with your shrimp in the morning, go for the Shrimp Arnaud. Slathered in the Creole Remoulade, these delicious little shrimp pair perfectly with a mimosa or a Bloody Mary.
And then there was the fudge. I mean, the flourless chocolate cake. This was like someone dropped a block of sweet, smooth, luxurious fudge on a plate and said it was cake. I was happy. Thank god for the whipped cream because the richness of this cake was extreme.
|Arnaud's Flourless Chocoloate Cake|
I was happy with ever single dish ordered. I don't think you can go wrong following this trail of eats.