I spent almost 2 weeks in New Orleans last summer for a conference. One of the fun things was exploring restaurants. That said, Montrel’s was an accident. Leading a group of hungry guys to get the supposed “best muffalata in town” we arrive to find out the restaurant shuts down after lunch. So we look around and find that most places are full of tourists, except Montrel’s. We walk in get a table and proceed to have some of the best jambalaya, red beans and rice, boiled crawdads, blackened catfish, and a few other goodies.
One of the challenges in NOLA is trying to find food that isn’t tourist priced, meaning really high. Montrel’s is reasonably priced ($20 for 3 pounds of boiled crawdads that two people shucked and devoured) and is a nice relaxed atmosphere. I actually went there again later in the week when a group I knew was running low on cash but wanted a good ol’ Nawlins dinner.
You should check them out, you won’t regret it. They are located in the French Quarter at:
1000 North Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
(P.S. they are right by Cafe Du Monde so you can wash it all down with some Chickoree coffee and begniets.)