20 May 2012 New Orleans

Teagan and I left Franklin around 11am. We arrived at the Quality Inn in New Orleans at 7pm. It took us a while to unload the car and get it to the parking garage. We left the hotel around 8pm and headed through the French Quarter to find The Gumbo Shop. We walked along Bourbon Street and looked in various shops.

There was a big crowd waiting outside the restaurant, but we only had to wait a few minutes to get in.  Shortly after we were seated, a man came to our table and asked Teagan if she was associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation (she was wearing and Make-A-Wish tee shirt).  He told her that he wanted to make a donation and was going to give her money if she worked for the group.  He was very nice, but probably a little inebriated.

Teagan ordered a crab cake appetizer followed by seafood gumbo. I ordered boudin with creole mustard followed by chicken andouille gumbo. This restaurant is supposed to be one of the best places in New Orleans to get gumbo. Teagan improved her seafood gumbo by adding garlic hot sauce. Richard’s boudin was very good, but it didn’t have as much rice as he was used to. The gumbo was excellent.

After supper we went to the corner of Jackson Square just to see the cathedral. We stopped at a few gift shops as we headed back to bourbon street. Now that it was later there was quite a noisy crowd along Bourbon Street. We hit a few more shops as we headed back to the hotel.

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