Hey, hey my traveling friends. I just recently had a quick stay in New Orleans…finally! Can you believe I’ve never been to New Orleans! Impossible…right?! You would think with New Orleans being the festival capital of the world hosting such popular events as The Essence Music Fest, New Orleans Food and Wine Experience and the wildest and largest fest of them all Mardis Gras, I would at least own a bead or two from flashing folks. Well, I got to keep my boobs in hiding this time around. Instead, I opted to go on the hunt for some red beans and rice! Yum!
Although, I had a short overnight, I definitely didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity of having some type of experience in New Orleans. That’s one thing I also love about short trips, it pushes you to get kind of creative with figuring out what to do. I got in pretty late, after 10pm and was leaving in the morning and was traveling on company time so my crew hotel was near the airport. As in most major cities, staying near an airport, pretty much means you’re in no where land and probably far from just about everything. But I didn’t allow that to discourage me from venturing out and doing something. I woke up the next morning and the hotel concierge informed me there was a diner in walking distance. Great…I was on my way.
Omg…it was sooooo hot, it was like 9 am in the morning and I was baking! I’m surprised I didn’t turn into a dried up bean on my walk there. After about a block of walking, I was there…thank goodness! A big sign read, American Pie Diner, had to be it. I have to say, I was already impressed with the decor upon walking in. It was a 50′s retro styled diner. For a second, I thought it was actually an old diner that had just been renovated. Actually, it was fairly new, just established maybe two years ago. But nevertheless, I still loved the decor! All the great actors and entertainers of the 50′s greeted you on every wall. Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, The Rat Pack, and many more. It was a very cool setting!
I even had to check out the restrooms, well the ladies’ restroom. So quirky and cute! Just got a pic of the door for the guys. I had to respect their privacy…lol.
Okay now to the reason why I came there…the red beans and rice! The service was really great too! I really felt and received that N’awlins southern hospitality. However, I was looking to have red beans and rice as a side. But I guess, red beans and rice being a traditional dish of New Orleans, it was served as a meal. And boy was it a meal!
Lol…it was the largest bowl of red beans and rice I had ever seen. It seems as I ate, the beans weren’t disappearing but seem to replenish themselves. I didn’t even put a dent in that bowl. But the important thing was I got my red beans and rice and my tastebuds and tummy were quite satisfied!
The Rat Pack…Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Frank Sinatra. Little side note…The Rat Pack was originally centered around Humphrey Bogart, after Bogart’s death, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop were added to the group. Peter Lawford was also the brother -n- law of President John F. Kennedy.
Outside of the diner…Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Huey Lewis, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and I believe Kim Novak pictured here at the entrance of the diner. Some of the most legendary stars of Hollywood.
If you’re ever in the area near the airport in New Orleans, stop in and have a bite at American Pie Diner. Also, it’s open 24 hours, which is wonderful when you have a late flight in and nothing else is around or open. I’ve been there before, hate going to bed starving! If anything it’s just fun to quiz yourself on some of the stars on the wall. And guess what…I have some of the eats and desserts from the menu. They’re actually known for their dessert, *hint* “American Pie”. Well hope you guys enjoyed and as always thanks for reading! What is your favorite food or restaurant in New Orleans?
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American Pie Diner
2244 Veterans Memorial Blvd.