Criollo-Leaving New Orleans with a bang!

The day we dreaded was finally here. It was time to go home. But, we were determined to have one more incredible breakfast before leaving. It was recommended to us to try Criollo, located inside the Hotel Monteleone, which also houses the Carousel Bar. The breakfast’s that we have had so far have been nothing short of hearty and filling. This one was no different. It was excellent.

The restaurant is beautiful. When you walk in, it’s open and spacious. We were warmly greeted, and seated right away. Eric ordered a mimosa and I ordered the Bloody Mary. Both were delicious. My Bloody Mary was spicy and very flavorful. We’ve noticed that in New Orleans, Bloody Mary cocktails come with fried okra. It’s something you don’t see here in Philadelphia.

For our entrees, I ordered the Criollo omelet, which had andouille sausage, asparagus, and provolone. Eric ordered the same omelet but with wild mushrooms, manchego, and andouille sausage. When the plates came out, we were amazed how big the portions were. They don’t skimp on food here! Both were absolutely delicious. They also came with a croissant and a side of breakfast potatoes. Neither of us could finish our plates! Our server, Edna, was so nice. She has been working at the restaurant for 30 years. Actually, everyone on staff here were extremely nice. That’s one thing we miss about New Orleans, how pleasant, friendly, and outgoing everyone we met were.

Breakfast was wonderful, but it was time to head back to our hotel, collect our bags, and head to the airport. This was one of the best trips we have ever taken. The food, cocktails, shops, and people, especially the people, were amazing. If you want a great vacation that is inexpensive, has perfect weather, great food, great drinks, and the people are the nicest you will ever meet, then go to the French Quarter. We can’t wait to go back!

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