We had a hard time finding a good place to eat on Frenchmen Street, during our January trip to New Orleans. Our son and all of the guide books and several other people recommended going to Frenchmen Street for music. Early in our trip, we walked through the French Quarter to Frenchmen Street and were frustrated. We ended up at a Creole restaurant that served lots of fried food. It was ok, but not really what we were looking for. After that, we went into a few of the clubs, but they were jam-packed and no chance to get a seat.
We had better luck when we came back a couple nights later. This time we had a reservation at 3 Muses. It was one of the few places on Frenchmen Street that will take a reservation, offer a creative menu, and present talented jazz performers.
Our reservation got us seated in time to catch the last set of the early evening performer and we stayed through the first set of the later performer. We enjoyed both very much. They weren’t big name jazz performers, but both were talented and entertaining.
The cocktail ‘program’ at 3 Muses is very creative. I had a cocktail called ‘Conjugal Visit.’ (I had two of them, actually.) It was made from rye, sorrel, Cointreau, and Lillet rouge. It was very good, very creative, and I’m struggling to figure out how to replicate it at home.
The food menu is equally appealing. The menu consists of small plates. You can order as few or as many as your appetite dictates. Our server told us to pick out a few. She would pace the kitchen in bringing them out. And if we wanted more, we could always order more.
We ended up only ordering three plates.
- Bacon-wrapped, blue cheese stuffed dates. Wow! They were amazingly delicious.
- Seared scallops with chorizo, lentils and greens. Tender, beautiful, and very flavorful.
- Braised, barbecued short ribs. Fork tender and fantastic.
If we would have ordered one more plate, it would have been the lamb sliders. The people at the table next to us got an order, and they looked fantastic – thick and meaty and juicy.
So in the end, we got what we sought on Frenchmen Street – good food and good music in a comfortable venue. So, yeah!