We ended up on Freret Street after a drive down Louisiana and our first glimpses of the grand Garden District. Freret Neighborhood is an awesome area to walk around in, offering all kinds of restaurants, bars, and eclectic local shops. We stopped to have lunch at Dat Dog, absolutely incredible. They offer local sausages, alligator sausage, bratwurst, and they come on a fresh bun with any sort of topping you can imagine. They also make their own sodas, have an excellent beer selection, an open kitchen with a lot of personality, and, of course, a lot of hipster flair. I chose the spicy sausage from Kenner, LA, with andouille sauce, onion, cheese, creole mustard, and jalapenos, I am down with the heat as an eater, but this all together wasn't overwhelmingly spicy. It was soooo good! It hasn't even been a week and I cannot wait to go back. Aaron got the alligator sausage with chef's choice, which ended up just being an onion and red tomato pico and rather uninspiring. The sausage was excellent though, it wasn't stringy or gamey, it was moist and absolutely delicious. Both sausages were cooked perfectly, crispy on the outside, juicy and flavorful on the inside. We also got the fries with etouffee, sour cream, and tomato, we had just arrived to N’awleans so we had to go with ettouffee and it was everything I imagined. Tons of crawfish in the sauce, great crustacean flavor, and the tomato and sour cream were incredible palatal additions with the fresh and hot crunchy fries. Just like most of the good places in NOLA, Dat dog is cash only but sports an ATM right near the entrance in case you forget.
While feasting on this incredible meal Aaron got a phone call and was accepted for a handyman job he had applied to the night before and had to start that day. Our very first day in town. I took him to the sight, and began my search alone for an apartment. We weren't trying to live in a boujee apartment complex or going through a lot of bullshit with realtors, we wanted a very chill house hopefully with a yard for the dog. I drove this town for almost six hours looking at all the addresses I had painstakingly researched and compiled between the Picayne and Craigslist. While looking online for apartments from Winston-Salem I used Google earth to try to see what the street and house looked like, and was surprised that most of the houses still had FEMA trailers around them. I looked at my own house in Winston and saw that that picture was at least two years old because we had had a fence installed two years ago and this picture had no fence. I tried to keep this in perspective while apartment hunting. I was amazed to see that, although there weren't many FEMA trailers left, there was a plethora of condemned buildings. No luck finding a house today.
Tonight we are camping out about twenty minutes outside of town at St. Bernard State Park. The park is great, far enough from NOLA to feel like true country swamp, but let your pets sleep in the tent with you, there are relatively large animals tromping in the woods at night; and, as almost everywhere down here, bring the strongest bug spray you can find.
Dat Dog 5031 Freret Street New Orleans, LA 70115 504.899.6883