2016 & 2010
The clothing shows the difference between our spring visit and our November visit, 5 years earlier. We entered on a hot evening recently and a chilly night, on our first visit. The casual clothing also shows you that K Paul's is a little different than some of the iconic Nola restaurants, which still require jackets for men.
Our reservations for 5:30 were early, because it's not easy to get reservations anywhere, the weekend of graduations in New Orleans. It was nice to get a peek at the place early, before the crowds filled it.
We were given a great table in the back corner, near the rustic brick and green doors/shutters. The younger half of our group arrived and scooted to the far end of the table. Our grad of honor, Andy is pictured on the right. We had many toasts!
The back room was set up for 3 large parties. I'm glad we weren't seated beside a romantic table for 2. We look fairly calm in this photo, but our table of 3 families, was not exactly quiet.
Off to Explore
After the usual round of Sazeracs was ordered, I was off to powder my nose. Which really means, I was off in search of adventure. I took one photo into the wonderful open kitchen and next thing you know...
These 2 photos were taken 5 years ago, when perhaps I had already indulged in my Sazerac! It also looks like it must have been a little later in the evening, because my buddy's apron is a bit more soiled. The main thing that these photos prove, is that dining in New Orleans is just plain friendly and festive! I honestly never threw myself into the kitchen, even though I look like someone who would! Nola dining is not just about the food. There's a lot of fun to be had, as well.
I so wish I knew the name of this wonderful fellow, so I could thank him for generously sharing a quick photo with me! I like his wave in this photo. And luckily my cell phone snap didn't reveal any annoyed kitchen staff. Or does it?
I skipped powdering my nose and rushed back to the table. We shared fabulous appetizers before our main courses arrived.
Eggplant Pirogue with Seafood Atchafalaya
This is my heavenly plate. The mashed potatoes and veggies honestly would have pleased me on their own. And my battered, seasoned and deep-fried Little Cajun Boat of eggplant would have been a meal in itself. But the boat was filled with fresh Louisiana shrimp, bay scallops, crawfish, sun-dried tomatoes in garlic and parsley... It was rich! Which suited me fine. Did I finish? No, but our family has memories of overeating 5 years ago. So I quit just in time!
Blackened Twin Beef Tenders with Debris
There were many dishes at the table, but I did have a bit of these yummy tenders, seasoned and blackened in a cast iron skillet and served with debris sauce.
Dessert and Laughing
Food gatherings with family need to end with some good stories, laughter and yes dessert. While the gargoyle watched us from above, we shared a little of those things. I believe the photo shows Karen with Sweet Potato Pecan Pie... and Chantilly Cream!
We have to thank Andy for pulling us together! Family dining adventures are the best and we had 3 families traveling from 3 states.
And next year, our Scott (who happens to be Andy's cousin) will be graduating in the same ceremony! I wonder where that celebratory, dining adventure will be?
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.