El Libre

I am a fan of this little place on Dumaine right near Decatur. Run by a group of service industry pros, the attention to customers is award-winning and is closely followed by the best rum drinks and right behind that, some seriously good and cheap food.

The picture is of the vegetarian bowl which is absolutely the best deal in  the Quarter at 5 bucks. Their drinks are made to order and according to authentic recipes with some nice little touches thrown in to give you a drink that you will linger over. I am partial to the mojito (seen above) and the Hemingway, but really, all of the drinks are excellent. I hear they have excellent coffee and breakfast too.

 

El Libre

I am loving living in the Quarter again with all of these great, small food places opening with caring owners and chefs on hand. Begone the cranky and overpriced run of the mill food and drink: bow down to Spitfire coffee, Meauxbar’s bistro, Cane and Table’s small plates, Vietnamese food at 9 Roses, authentic Cajun food and dancing with Mosquito Supper Club, traditional New Orleans cuisine at Kingfish (well, under opening chef Greg Sonnier that is- hope it is remains as good) and now Cuban food and cocktails. While you are there, look around and notice all of the lovely little shops selling handmade, local or beautiful items on Royal and Chartres. And for all of you who laugh behind your hands at all of the unfortunate crime news happening here (and everywhere), know that we are enjoying life and fun in the old city very well thank you.

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