New Orleans is famed for its festivals (talked about here), especially those involving food and spirits. We love celebrating our distinctly unique culture and pride ourselves on being able to let loose and have a great time. It’s nice to know, however, that food and alcohol aren’t the only things driving us to get up and stand out. On Saturday I participated in my first ever Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, helping to benefit and aid in the fight against breast cancer. The weather cooperated, bringing sunshine and a breeze so that thousands of women and men could comfortably sport their pink shirts, shorts, and even tutus while running or walking the 5k race. My friend and I were on team “Tough Titties” (hilarious, I know), and though we opted to walk the race, our brisk pace caused me to work up quite an appetite!
Once I had changed out of my “Tough Titties” shirt and pink shorts, we headed to Ignatius on Magazine Street with friends to chow down on some cajun/creole goodness. I hadn’t been to Ignatius but one time in the past few years, so I couldn’t quite remember what I had eaten and if I had liked it or not. We grabbed a big outside table and our waitress brought us lots of water (for which I was thankful) and took our orders. I decided on the Crawfish Etouffee after learning that the Shrimp Creole wasn’t made with Gulf shrimp, my boyfriend ordered the Roast Beef Po-Boy (pictured above), and the others at our table ordered the Crawfish and Mushroom Pasta, Seafood Stuffed Pepper, and the Boudin Meatloaf.
My etouffee wasn’t nearly as good as I had hoped it would be. I even added salt, pepper, and Tabasco thinking it would liven it up a bit, but it remained rather bland. I couldn’t taste the crawfish beyond the sauce, which was a lot creamier than I’m used to, reminding me more of a chowder than an etouffee. I managed to snag a few bites of my boyfriend’s debris style po-boy, that, other than being slightly greasy, tasted pretty delish.
I can’t speak on behalf of everyone else’s food, since I was nice and didn’t demand tastes, but the general consensus was that everyone was happy with what they ordered. I did notice though that you’ll get the most bang for your buck–at least with portion size–at Ignatius by ordering pasta or dishes containing rice. The specialty entrees, such as the Boudin Meatloaf and Seafood Stuffed Pepper for example, were a little on the small side, and for a not-so-small price.
After lunch I took an afternoon nap while watching “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and woke up just in time for dinner. I can’t remember the last time I woke up on a Saturday morning to exercise, since that’s usually reserved for the weekdays, but it was for a great cause and I’m so happy I did it, considering the rest of my day was about as lazy as they can get.
What we eatin’?
The inside of the restaurant has a vibe that reminds me a lot of St. Joes Bar (written about here)