#sundayfunday: New Orleans edition

Inadvertently #sundayfunday turned into a New Orleans vibes in LA kinda day.   My friends and I ventured into Downtown for some brunch, of course, because that what Sundays are made for right?!  I remembered this cute spot called Preux & Proper that I had saved in my Yelp bookmarks for well over a year.  We made a plan, decided on a time, and made moves.

Preux & Proper

Sitting on the corner of Spring and Main Streets in the Fashion District, was the most adorable restaurant with an open concept, large windows and a cute, quaint outdoor area. Dope vibes.  A replicated Bourbon street daiquiri bar greeted us when we walked in the door.  After trying a few samples, we settled on “Priyonce” inspired by Prince and Beyonce (if you didn’t catch that), with a small blend of “Preux Punch”.  Priyonce was a mix of gin, lavender, blackberry, and lemonade, while Preux Punch was a mix of vodka, rum, pineapple, and banana.  And it all mixed together equaled perfection.  A nice alternative from the typical brunch mimosas, and reasonably priced (for downtown LA standards) at $12 - add another shot for an extra $3.  Once our table was ready, we headed up the spiral staircase to the small but cozy outdoor arrangement.  I ordered the fried chicken and buttermilk cornbread waffle, with “really good butter”.  It was priced average (again, for downtown LA standards) at $18. Taste was pretty good, not the best chicken and waffle I’ve ever had, but worth a try. Oh and while the music wasn’t jazzy, it still jammed, with some old school hits from Janet and Whitney to name a few.

The Little Easy

Later on in the day, my friend had mentioned this spot that she had saved in her Yelp bookmarks (Yelp for the win!) and we decided to carry on our New Orleans themed #sundayfunday. Only about a 10 minute walk away, from Preux & Proper, The Little Easy didn’t look like much from the outside, but once you walk in you see that looks can be deceiving.  Now this little gem had more of an authentic New Orleans style vibe. The décor was very New Orleans from the furniture, to the Mardi Gras beads hanging from the bar ceiling, to the fountain lit up in purple and green.  There was a small stage for the New Orleans style jazz band, which plays almost every night and during weekend brunch.  Must return for this!  Even though the band wasn’t playing, the background music was still very true to the style, brassy and traditional.  And the food was amazing.  I ordered Mudbug Poppers, which were fried jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and crawfish.  I am obsessed with all things jalapenos so these were right up my alley, and they were huge and a large portion for a starter.  I would absolutely recommend, but only if you can handle the heat!  I also ordered the cheese grits ($5).  Next time I’ll add shrimp to the grits for an extra $5 and try Mardi Gras Mac, shrimp Po’Boy, and a libation of some sort during happy hour.

After this day, I’m ready to venture back down to the Big Easy (haven't been since 2007!) for some authentic beignets at the famed Café du Monde and dance down Bourbon Street. During Mardi Gras maybe? Don’t worry, I won’t be doing anything crazy for beads lol.  Who’s coming?!?

Happy travels!