Beignets, red beans and rice, and chargrilled oysters! There is only one place on earth where I can fill up on all three and my palate is totally satisfied! You guessed right, New Orleans baby. Laissez les bon temps roulez!

New Orleans is one of our favorite spots because of the rich culture and rich food. Our last visit was this past spring. ML was craving those chargrilled oysters so badly that we took a four-hour detour on a return trip from Texas to Virginia, just for those darn delicious oysters. We checked into the Fairfield Inn & Suites in the Downtown/French Quarter area, changed into proper French Quarter strolling attire and began our walk to our favorite oyster restaurant, Acme Oyster House on Iberville Street.

I hear there are many good restaurants that sell chargrilled oysters, but this is the only place that hubs will eat them. In 2015, it was a shucker at Acme Oyster House that first convinced him to try them and he swore to him that he would love them chargrilled. ML tried them, he loved them and we went back the next day for him to eat them again. This trip it was all he cared to order but we also tried from the appetizer menu, the Boom Boom Shrimp. This was a full plate of fried shrimp coated in a secret Acme sauce. After the shrimp, a side of fries and drinks to wash it all down, I was just about full. But to both of our delight, in comes the main course – those delectable grilled aphrodisiacs, saturated in an herb butter sauce and topped with a special blend of cheese. I ate a couple but happily watched ML devour those suckers and sop up the remaining butter on the plate with the slices of bread they give you.

  No room for dessert at the time, I took home a slice of bananas foster cheesecake that I ate for breakfast the next day. But on our way out of Acme, we spotted and had to say a quick hello and goodbye to the man responsible for our grilled oyster addiction, our favorite shucker who still works there. I guess he loves the oysters too!

 This was a quick overnight trip but well worth the detour. Our room at Fairfield was nicely decorated, clean and comfortable bed, and in walking distance to many of the downtown/French quarter hotspots. And well, we’ve already told you about the oysters. Give them both a try – YOLO!

 Trip Cost: About $300  (Hotel, Gas to and from VA, Food in NOLA)