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Napoleon House New Orleans | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 22, 2017

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6. (The previous link is an affiliate link, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link.)

I’m not a big drinker. Like many others, I had a few moments I regret in college (and maybe a few after), but for the most part, I will go weeks at a time without a drink. My favorite alcoholic mixed drink is a Pimm’s Cup, and whenever they are on the menu, I’m definitely ordering one.

During our trip to New Orleans, we didn’t plan very well, and so on the night we tried to go to K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, there was a long wait. We were directed to go down the street to Napoleon House. Little did we know that we were walking into our new favorite bar.

Come on. It’s so perfect that you have to go in.

Everything looks as old as it is.

I’m including both images for a full look at the tile details in the entryway.

It is very dark in the Napoleon House, so the next few images are a bit questionable. Don’t let that stop you!

Here’s the look when you walk in the front door. Even with the blur, you can almost taste the air in this bar. It’s incredibly atmospheric.

From the Napoleon House website:

For almost two centuries, the beloved landmark, The Napoleon House, on the corner of Chartres and St. Louis streets in the historical French Quarter of New Orleans, exudes a European charm that is a mecca for civilized drinking and eating. Its vibrant history prevails-the optimistic plot to provide refuge for the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte by the original owner, Nicholas Girod, Mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815, did not come to pass for the emperor. The building has been known as the Napoleon House ever since, either as an Italian grocery store to a restaurant with countless servings of the signature Pimm’s Cup and long list of classic Creole favorites.

Multiple Pimm’s Cups! I went for the original, multiple times. (Perhaps before I took this photo.)

We had to leave Napoleon House before we wanted to, as we got the call that our table was ready down the street. However, we definitely went back the following night before we had dinner reservations at Sylvain.

Old and new(ish) combine well.

A bar with lamps! Does it get better?

Will is having a Pimm’s Cup here as well. Normally he goes for the Sazerac, a New Orleans classic.

In what is one of my new happy places in the world, with my favorite beverage.

I cannot wait to go back to New Orleans. I know that all of our trips there will mean multiple stops at the Napoleon House.

Happy trails!

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The Olde Pink House | Brand Experience Project

by Jamie Sanford on June 27, 2013

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I am excited to share my experience with The Olde Pink House in Savannah, Georgia today on the blog. It’s a bit of a different look at brand experience.

Reservation

Dad called me at work to let me know that he and Mom were able to coordinate their time with my work schedule while in Savannah, and would come see me to have dinner together. I immediately started searching online for somewhere delicious and southern, and went with googling “best restaurant in Savannah.”

Once I saw that picture of The Olde Pink House, I was interested.

Then I got a look at this menu and I was definitely in. I was particularly interested in the “goat cheese stuffed artichoke fritters” and I ended up NOT ordering them. This is just the huge appetizer list.

So, I went ahead and booked a reservation using Open Table, which I have an account with, so this was very simple.

My major complaint about the website is that it is not a separate entity from the attached hotel, the Planters Inn. In addition, the very large header is completely blocking the content, and my Dad was confused by this multiple times while we were talking about the menu. There is too much scrolling to get past this big header each time.

Dining Experience

These photos are all from Instagram, and some are quite dark. My iPhone could not handle the ambiance, but I will share them anyway.

Here’s Mom and Dad in front of The Olde Pink House.

We got there early and so went to the fantastic bar in the back of the restaurant. Lots of wood – and unfortunately a TV. Mom and I definitely would have preferred a TV-free, classy bar experience, but at least the drinks were amazing. I had a Pink Lady and Mom had a Cosmopolitan. Very delicious.

We got up to our table, on the top floor, in what I believe was a bedroom. Check out the lovely chandelier and the dental crown molding!

We had an amazing server named Megan, who was incredibly gracious and helpful. We even tried samples of 3 different wines before committing to a bottle – which worked out really well. The Kaiken Ultra 2010 Malbec was really great. After much lingering over the menu – we decided to share 3 appetizers. Scallops, Shrimp & Grits, and a cheese platter. Pictured above are the scallops and shrimp.

This is the cheese platter, which was outstanding. 3 kinds of cheese, a spread of balsamic reduction, fresh berries, and a piece of honeycomb. Absolutely fantastic. The 3 of us shared all of these appetizers, and they were sized perfectly for it. I would love to go back, and try to have a tapas experience, ordering nothing but appetizers.

For my entree, I chose the Caramelized Vidalia Onion & Sweet Potato Ravioli w/Savory Pecan Cream Sauce. Again, the picture is unfortunate, but this was very delicious. My only complaint was that the flavors were a bit muddled? The cream sauce with the crunch of the pecans was a triumph.

Dad had the fish of the day, with an apricot sauce that looked lovely. I don’t eat fish, so I did not try it. Mom had the Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast, Blackberry Bourbon Glaze, Sweet Potato with Pecan Vanilla Butter and Collards, which I did try, and was SPECTACULAR. I was sort of sad I hadn’t ordered it, but we didn’t want to order the same thing.

This is my praline basket, which has ice cream in it, with fruit and chocolate sauce. I actually don’t remember what Mom and Dad ordered, I was too busy enjoying the hell out of this, because it was stunningly good. The sweetness of the praline paired with the creamy ice cream was a delight.

Here’s a better picture of the praline basket. Thanks to Lucy W who posts on Yelp.

The actual experience in the restaurant was really spectacular. Our service was outstanding, the food was delicious, and I really look forward to going back. Given how full it was on a Wednesday night, I have a feeling that the proprietors are not that concerned about their website which could benefit from some updating.

No report card for this experience, but definitely a 9/10. I highly recommend a night out at The Olde Pink House if you will be in or around Savannah soon!

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