This past weekend, my husband and I took a trip to New Orleans for a quick but satisfying getaway. While there, we had the opportunity to jump into some serious NoLa cuisine. The most wonderful array of all things sweet, spicy, boozy and more. NoLa also boasts amazing jazz clubs on Frenchman, entertainment of sorts on Canal and the ever famous Bourbon street - no explanation needed.
During our visit, we found this wonderful little bistro with some crazy flavor profiles.
* Enter Willa Jean*
I was looking for more of a local mama-pop shop rather than a tourist trap ( which unfortunately was exactly what happened during the first part of our trip). This place was beautiful and seemed to hit every mark. From the ambiance with more of a modern contemporary feel, to the warm and glowing service - now, that's what I call some NoLa hospitality y'all! I haven't even gotten to the food, which was incredible. The whole experience was absolute perfection. A harmonious balance between heavenly and healthy (with enough dietary options to pass for clean eating...if you behave).
While I don't have pictures of the main courses ( since we ate them so fast) I would say to try their shrimp toast or their chicken dish, both were unbelievable. Because of my situation, I held the burrata cheese off of the shrimp toast and it was still incredible, and lighter than expected. Pop in for just a snack if you're not feeling too hungry, there's a wonderful bakery as you enter holding all of your heart's desires. Willa Jean's really was one of our favorite places during our entire stay. Each option supplying you "with all the fixin's" for indulgence or health and even catering to those with dietary restrictions.
Take a look at their ( not-so-healthy) cookies and milk and house made cornbread. They typically give three cookies and a healthy serving of cookie dough batter, but I have a husband with an affinity for all things dough. Enjoy and happy eats!