Honestly, I have to thank the universe again. We ended up at my favorite restaurant in NOLA by pure dumb luck - and what we first considered misfortune. At about 8:30pm (not late in NOLA!) we decided to head out for dinner. Our three choices were 1) crazy hot dogs at Dreamy Weenies, 2) Killer Po’ Boys at the Erin Rose Pub, and 3) the restaurant I’ve heard nothing but raves about, Green Goddess. Well: 1) Dreamy Weenies closes at 9pm, 2) Killer Po’ Boys doesn’t operate at the pub on Tuesdays (the day it was), and 3) worst of all, we went to Green Goddess and saw this awful terrible no good sign:
Anyong, I am so disappointed that I didn’t get to eat here, but I’m hopeful that I’ll be back. Okay, enough sads. Thanks to the stupidest festival I've ever heard of, we got to eat at Seed, a more upscale restaurant that we were hoping to get to at some point during our trip. So yay! It closed at 10pm, so I called to make sure that arriving at 9:15 wouldn’t be too much of a problem, because I didn’t want our waiter to spit in our food. All the staff members were very nice and made us feel welcome. And, the meal was one of my absolute favorites in any city, really!
We weren’t even that hungry, but this was our one shot here and man alive did we order good. We started with the gumbo with added seitan, and it was fanfreakingtastic! Just absolutely perfect gumbo made from a traditional roux, with okra, peppers, collards, and mushrooms, with a lovely scoop of brown rice on top. It was so good! Oh man. I recreated a gumbo inspired by this dish that I’ll be sharing later this week.
Then, on the waiter’s suggestion (he said it was his favorite dish on the menu!) we got the southern fried tofu nuggets. Oh holy crap, these were uhhhhhhhmazing. So many h’s. The tofu was coated with chickpea flour and deep fried, naturally, with the agave mustard dipping sauce and oh my god it was just perfection deep fried on a plate. Even now, my omnivorous husband just said "That shit was phenomenal!"
We then tried our best to attack the mac & cheese side, which we of course had to try. The consistency was great, super creamy, but the flavor was a little bland. We added the mustard sauce from the nuggets into it, and that made it actually really good.
Next we tried to tackle the eggplant po’ boy, which was really yummy if a bit basic. The bread was a little unsubstantial, and the fillings (eggplant fried in cornmeal batter, some lettuce, red peppers, mushrooms and onions) needed some bulking up, but the taste was great. Definitely a sandwich I could eat regularly. It also came with a scoop of quinoa, which is a nice unexpected addition but I would love if it was some kind of vegetable instead. Seed loves its grain scoops!
We were so stuffed, but we had to have dessert because dum da da dummmm (trumpets) Seed is the only place in New Orleans (as far as I know/was told) that makes VEGAN BEIGNETS. Oh my goddddd. These were amaaaaazing. Little perfect fried doughnuts absolutely drenched in a bowl of powdered sugar. Oh man. They were so amazing that, after we devoured them, I started just eating the sugar in hopes that it would feel like more beignets. Also, husband had had the world-famous beignets at both Café du Monde and Café Beignet, and said they were pretty much the same. Yippee! I want more! We also tried the almond milk punch, which is bourbon, almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and nutmeg. A fantastic combination (especially without the bourbon)! This one, however, was the strongest drink ever! Whoever mixed it wanted us drizzunk. Crazy strong! I will totally make this kind of milk drink without the alcohol. So yummy!
SEED, NEW ORLEANS
Water speed: I remember it being decent.
Bathrooms: Clean, very big single-serve room. I always wish that the big singles could be turned into two, but luckily there was no wait here (it was late).
Service: So nice! Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
Food: Overall, fantastic. Necessary for the beignets…and the nuggets…and the gumbo.
Bonus: BEIGNETS PEOPLE!