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Friday, January 20, 2012

St. Charles Tavern - NOLA

St. Charles Tavern
1433 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans is famous, or rather infamous, for being a city that is 24/7.  Most locations that consider themselves restaurants first take a normal restaurant schedule, closing after dinner at around 11pm.  Even bar and lounges close their kitchens close to midnight.  For a city that is known to party around the clock, where does one--a foodie accustomed to delicious fare--get a bite to eat after a rowdy party night, then?  St. Charles Tavern, of course!

Definitely several large steps above bar and diner food, St. Charles Tavern definitely puts out some delicious dishes available around the clock, 24/7.  Blessed be.  If you think IHOP is great at 4 in the morning after a night out, be ready to have a shuddering tastegasm when you have St. Charles Tavern at 4 in the morning!

Just about on the border of uptown and downtown on St. Charles, it is a most ideal pit stop for those making their way home on the trolley line.  Living uptown on the trolley line myself - it was practically a required stop for going back home after a exciting evening and night.  I've had practically everything worth getting on the menu, and it's all fantastically good.  Definitely give their gumbo a try, as well as all other classically New Orleanian foods on the menu.  I highly recommend the boudin balls.  Deep fried Cajun flavored concoctions of boudin sausage, eggs, flour, and seasonings, all covered with remoulade sauce--boudin balls are definitely a fantastic party in your mouth.

It could just be me, but I typically skip "regular" foods from restaurants that are known to be good for specialty foods.  So don't ask me how good the burger or chicken fingers are here, essentially, because like it or not, it's simply a waste of caloric intake.  In my sincerest humble opinion, of course.

The prices are reasonable, but naturally a waste of calories and dollars if you're coming here with drunken taste buds.  The food is incredibly tasteful and rich, but should definitely not come with a nutritional facts label.  No calorie or fat percentage is spared, but not to excess, of course.

All in all, St. Charles Tavern may not be on the list of places to visit for lunch, but is definitely great for a late dinner, and the place to go to for a late night or early morning tastegasmic meal.

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