If I ever get mercury poisoning, it will likely be due to the confluence of the oil spill and graduation from law school - I've ramped up consumption of seafood, mostly in various iterations of oysters, over the past month.
But I've also had a chance to branch out a bit.
Here are a few of the foods I've tried in New Orleans for the first time recently:
Softshell Crab at Clancy's
Quail with morels at August
Skate Wing at Elizabeth's
Goat at Domenica
Softshell crab is old hat, no doubt, for Nola folks, but I had been a bit wary until I ate the entire claw off a crab at Clancy's - it was strange, but surprisingly delicious. Elizabeth's treated me to something I had never even seen on a menu before: skate wing. Sauteed in lemon butter with capers, the large, market fresh corrugated wing proved pleasantly tasty - I would order it again.
As far as new restaurants go - I also tried Capdeville, a Nola play on an English public house, with a few friends. Grade? I'd give it a B for the moment. The crowd was decidedly young, the location is neat, the prices weren't outrageous, and we all enjoyed our food, but I think the establishment is still getting its sea legs. The waitstaff needs an anchor, some kind of mature guiding hand. We were blasted by a high power fan directly overhead until we asked for it to be stopped. A large group of inordinately loud and rowdy drinkers added to the acoustic nightmare in such a small place...and prevented us from even having a conversation for the first half or our meal. I also ordered mussels, one of the main appetizers...and they were out of it.