So, it's been about a month and a half of working in Mid-City, and I think my go to spots are shaping up to be: Crescent City Pie and Sausage and Cafe Minh. Whenever I go there, the atmosphere's pleasant, the waitstaff are more or less on the ball, and the food is GOOD. They are also the closest places to my office, which means a more leisurely lunch because travel time is minimal.
At Cafe Minh, I have had their chargrilled pork pho and one of their specialty sandwiches, which were both great.
Today I was at Crescent City Pie and Sausage and instead of their Cuban Calzone (which is sooooo good, I dream of it at night) I got their Wednesday lunch special, which is soup, sandwich, salad, and a drink. The soup this week was this amazing parmesan chicken broth with both roasted and sundried tomatoes and an egg gently and beautifully poached in the middle of it. It was so delicate and complex but deceptively simple. Often there's a "more is more" approach to soup with more stuff, and more hearty ingredients, but I was amazed at how soul satisfying this beautiful and delicious soup was.
The sandwich was a grilled cheese with munster and paremsan, and I don't think I need to tell you how awesomely comforting a good grilled cheese sandwich can be. I also dipped the sandwich into the broth, which made it even better. The salad was a standard baby greens situation, lightly but nicely dressed with a tasty vinaigrette.
I also discovered today that they will make sweet tea for you if you request it, but stirring in simple syrup before bringing it to your table.
CCP&S is rapidly becoming one of my favorite places in New Orleans. And the weather here now is just gorgeous! All in all, an excellent afternoon. Till I bring my car into the mechanic to check out why it's making terrible noises. But, that's not for a while yet.