So every Friday night, a bunch of beer geeks (from Beer Advocate and others) congregate at the Balcony at the Avenue Pub on St. Charles Avenue in the Garden District. The always wonderful Eileen presides over the bar upstairs and occasionally folks will bring special beers to share. It's a nice and relaxing way to unwind at the end of the week. Good beers, good folks, nice environment.
The Avenue Pub is pretty much the best beer bar in the city. The Bulldog on Magazine has a nice variety as well, but the Avenue is much more oriented toward the beer connoisseur. But without being snotty about it, you know?
The Avenue's kitchen is run by J'Anita's, who I guess used to be where Jackson Bistro is now. Tom loves their Best Fish Sammich Ever with a side of black bean and mango salsa, and I jump around between various sandwiches and sides. Tonight I had their special chicken salad sandwich. I think it had tarragon and apples in it and was served with bacon and tomato. Tasty. Exactly what I was in the mood for. In the past I have had their duck sandwich with horseradish aioli and cheese- how much do I love being able to order an amazing duck sandwich at the best beer bar in town?!
We'll go to bed early tonight so that we can get up early to hit the Farmers Market right when it opens at 8am- that way we can be sure to get the sweet potato pies, duck eggs, and other popular items that tend to be sold out by the time we roll up at 10:30. I have a yoga class at 9:30, so that will (hopefully) help keep us on schedule.
Later in the afternoon, we are planning on taking the tour of the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery, so stay tuned!