An old school New Orleans restaurant from the jazz age. The best time is to go for lunch during a weekday. It will be full of local bigwigs making business happen the way New Orleans always does, over a strong cocktail ...
Big brand American chocolate is a pratical joke I am sure - positively revolting and doesn't even taste like chocolate.
There are some beautiful old-fashioned candy stores and praline kitchens however in New Orleans.
My favourite and I think the most popular with the locals, is Southern Candymakers. They have a website from which you can order their incredible pralines, chocolate alligators, tortues and what not, but walking into one of their shops where they are normally pouring caramel over some pecans induces instant drooling.
There are branches of Southern Candymakers sprinkled throughout the French Quarter.
Just like a big regular grocery store but stocked full of the finest local and international produce, they even have a lobster tank! It's the most unpretentious, inexpensive food store ever - Waitrose could learn a lesson or two!
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd
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