Restaurant Review: Arnaud’s Remoulade

by Gray Cargill on January 27, 2009

From my recent solo travel to New Orleans:  On Sunday, after my Katrina tour, I had planned to go to the Napoleon House for lunch so I could try their legendary Pimm’s Cup and a muffaletta.  I got there, and it was closed.  (I wasn’t the only potential customer who was surprised and disappointed by this.)  Undeterred in my quest to try a muffaletta, I walked up to Bourbon Street and went to Arnaud’s Remoulade.

Remoulade is a good, casual, inexpensive restaurant right in the middle of the action on Bourbon Street. It has a bar on the left as you enter, and a more diner-like counter on the right, and tables all through the place.  I sat at the counter on the right and quickly ordered a muffaletta (my first).  On this particular day, the several televisions throughout the restaurant were all tuned in to the Saints football game.  I am not a football fan, so I didn’t follow it, but I smiled at the periodic cheers that went up from the group whenever the Saints prevailed.

What did I think of the muffaletta?  Since I have no basis for comparison, I have no idea how it stacks up to others in town. But I liked it.  I enjoyed the olive salad that covered the cold cuts and the bread was not too hard or too soft. It wasn’t too big for me, which is saying a lot, since I’m a light eater.  I ate the whole thing.  It cost $10, which seems a little high to me for a sandwich, but I was pretty hungry, I wasn’t going to shop around.  There were cheaper food items on the extensive menu, but I had my heart set on trying that muffaletta.  The only negative I have is that the toothpick holding part of the sandwich together had broken off in the sandwich, and I nearly swallowed it.  Whew–that was a close call.  Also, my server was not as attentive as he could have been, but I’m quite sure that was because of the football game.  It wasn’t that big a deal to me.  I would definitely eat here again, mainly for the prices and variety of food offered.

If you’re looking for a quick, cheap bite to eat in the French Quarter, give Remoulade a try.  Located at 309 Bourbon Street, it’s open 7 days a week from 11:30 am to midnight.

Gray February 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Ooh, that sounds good, Tracy. I love fried green tomatoes and cheese grits. Haven’t tried alligator sausage yet, but did have some deep-fried alligator once. Not bad.

Tracy Antonioli February 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Wow. We ARE the same person. I ended up here for my first meal in Nola, too. I, too, sort of wandered in. I had the ‘taste of Louisiana’ platter, and it was very good. Turtle soup, some sort of meat filled pastry, and shrimp etouffee. It was good. Not life changing good, but good.

Now, for life changing good, you have to check out Red Gravy on Camp Street–half a block over from Canal. The special the day I was there was friend green tomatoes over a bed of cheddar grits covered in smoke alligator sausage gravy. Honestly, I think this dish may be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Ever. I’d crawl back to New Orleans to have that again!

Brad January 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Being at the counter is often a recipe for bad service too.

admin January 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Really? I’ve always had great luck sitting at counters and bars. You’re sitting right in front of whoever is stuck working back there, so they can’t really ignore you. Unless, as in this case, their face is glued to the football game.

Brad January 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Being at the counter is often a recipe for bad service too.

admin January 28, 2009 at 1:47 am

Really? I’ve always had great luck sitting at counters and bars. You’re sitting right in front of whoever is stuck working back there, so they can’t really ignore you. Unless, as in this case, their face is glued to the football game.

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