Ye Olde College Inn, New Orleans, LA Report #323

This is an old New Orleans restaurant that’s been around in one form or another since 1933. They actually have a garden across the street where they grow things to use in the restaurant for a farm to table experience. You can’t get any fresher than that!

I told a fellow New Orleanian I had never been here. She thought I was insane. I see why. We had a terrific dinner here tonight. I feel horrible now. By finding this place so late in life, so much of my life has been utterly WASTED!

We decided on:

And the FOOD!

This was one of those rare dinners where EVERYTHING was fresh and delicious! I couldn’t find anything to complain about if I tried.

I kind of frowned when the seafood gumbo came out. They had tomatoes in it. I’m one of those people that feel it’s a sin to put tomatoes in gumbo. But it was really good! And the tomatoes were in big chunks so I just ate around them.

The onion rings were perfect. Thick sliced onions fried crisp in a well seasoned batter.

The Crawfish Mac & Cheese was unbelievable! Super creamy, but not too rich, and you could really taste the white truffle essence. I’ll never come here again and not get this!

My dining partner had a shrimp poboy. If you were born and raised in New Orleans you’ve eaten a lot of shrimp poboys. She said this one was one of the best she ever had. Fresh French bread makes all the difference in the world, and the bread was super fresh. Dressed nicely with large, deveined shrimp, fried perfectly.

I love lamb. There was a slow cooked lamb shank with grits and a Creole mustard demi-glace on the menu which sounded divine! But, I also was kind of in the mood for a shrimp poboy. But not just a regular shrimp poboy. There was a shrimp remoulade poboy on the menu with fried green tomatoes. The menu said it was a Best of Show award winner at the first annual Po-boy Festival. That did it for me. I had to try it.

I was thinking the shrimp would be fried, like a regular poboy, but dressed with remoulade sauce. Nope. They were boiled, cold, and coated with remoulade. I liked it! And the fried green tomatoes were great on the sandwich.

We also had a side of fries, which I also have to mention. Tasted like they were right out the fryer. No silly batter or anything. Just thin cut, fried, salted potatoes. Simple perfection.

Last but not least was the Fried Bread Pudding Po-boy. Also a Best of Show award winner. I asked our waitress what the hell was a bread pudding po-boy? She said they take Leidenheimer (well respected French bread brand) French bread, soak it in a bread pudding making concoction, batter it, bake it, then flash fry it and cover it with a coconut rum sauce.

Did ANYTHING about that sound bad? NO!! Excuse the yelling, but I got excited again just thinking about it. It was one of the best bread puddings I ever had. Again, I will never come here again and NOT get this!

As I said earlier, so much of my life has been wasted by not coming here much sooner. Don’t be like me. Don’t live with regrets. Come here and eat.

3000 S. Carrolton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118 Ph: 504-866-3683

Blaine 9-18-2020

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