Day 7: Lunch in Memphis and on to New Orleans
Trip Start Aug 17, 2008
19Trip End Sep 05, 2008
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We drove back to Beale street for a keychain and a day photo, then on to Rendezvous Charcoal Ribs for lunch. The entrance is down an alley, and the restaurant is situated in the basement. The specialty, obviously, is ribs. We were seated quickly and served complimentary red beans and rice (with sausage). Again, we were so happy to see delicious bowls of food that we forgot to take a picture before piggy 1 and piggy 2 inhaled the bowls
We left Memphis at around 1:15PM; 400 miles to New Orleans, Louisiana. It was a straight shot South, through the entire state of Mississippi, so boring, nothing at all to see. We passed through Jackson, which was enough to say we were there, no offense to anyone from or affiliated with Jackson. However, like I said yesterday, this was going to be the last day of West-less travel, in which we make no progress toward Southern Cali.
6 hours later, we arrived in downtown New Orleans. We scored a place to stay right in the center of it all. We decided it would be worth it to spend a little extra and stay close to the action. We headed down to Bourbon street, only a 5 minute walk
We ate at Oceana. It specializes in typical New Orleans dishes, which I suppose most places down here do, but it looked decent enough. Our meal began with a couple glasses of Jack Daniels, a tribute, if you will, to the man we learned so much about the previous day, and some alligator sausage. Evan ordered the "Taste of New Orleans," a trio of local flavors, red beans and rice, Jambalaya with sausage, and crawfish gumbo. I ordered "the special", blackened tuna stuffed with a crab crake, smothered in a creole crawfish cream sauce, with Jambalaya on the side. For dessert we had bread pudding. Everything was fantastic. We have nothing to compare it too, but it was awesome all the same
After dinner, we strolled up and down Bourbon street, finally deciding to grab a seat in a jazz bar and enjoy some music. I got a quick clip of the band, even though I wasn't supposed to take video (the singer even tells me to stop taping mid-song..haha) The music was great, better than the cover bands playing everywhere else. But the 1 drink per set rule was annoying so we left after 1. It was getting late and we head west tomorrow. Texas should be interesting, and will take us at least 2 days to cover. Adios amigos.