In the Big Easy wander with the Jazz Music and you can find iconic creole, french, soul, deli offerings utilizing the abundance of the Gulf of Mexico, the Bayou, and the traditions of the peoples. Many culinary treats stand out, you can spend days trying to taste all the combinations. Our Chef at CPK was on a mission, to try as many iconic dishes provided in New Orleans as possible.
Lunchtime brought on two challenges, one met at the only place to partake of the bounty of the Gulf in a timeless setting doing it right for over 70 years. In the heart of the French Quarter, patrons have been coming over the years to try the world famous oysters on the half shell, and many other offerings sourced locally through partnerships with the fisherman in port. The lunch counter, unchanged since the restaurants inception, provides one the nostalgia of the time honored tradition implemented by the shucksters and a chance to catch up on the local gossip. Locally sourced seafood, produce and beer, how can you go wrong….Check out Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar (www.felixs.com/) in the Big Easy!
Without skipping a beat, our crew rolled in, the glasses were filled and the oysters were shucked. With the precision of a skilled surgeon these two guys held conversations and laughed away with us, all the while plying their skills on this particular bounty of the Gulf. Our Chef had his sights sets on something more fried. You can have the oysters, and don’t get me wrong they looked and from what others were saying they tasted marvelous. I wanted not only a traditional Po-Boy but a Soft-shelled Crab Po-Boy, and at Felix’s this Big Easy lunch icon is fantastic.
How can you go wrong, whole soft-shelled crab lightly battered and deeply fried, platted on locally sourced french bead hoagie laid out on a bed of tomato, pickles and shredded lettuce. The crab was succulent, definitely could pick up hints of the Gulf Waters it was likely swimming in just a few hours ago. The fries, true deli style, crisp, lightly salted paired well with the Po-Boy. This was the first Po-boy and certainly will not be the last. I tell ya, I would say the sandwich was the “winner winner crab dinner” for lunch this day. You can’t get this in the desert, there are but a few places you can get this in the country.
When in town go to Felix’s, say hello to the guys and prepare to have an iconic meal that others will only dream about. You know you want that Po-Boy!