Had the best burger I've had in my entire life in NOLA. I am being very serious right now. THE BEST.
My friends swore they had taken me to Port of Call the last time I was in town, but I definitely had never been here before. I would have remembered this burger. And this kooky pirate-themed space, for that matter.
Located on the edge of the French Quarter, the place had a shipwrecked, lost-at-sea vibe, with heavy knotted rope hanging from the ceiling, dark wood paneling, and a fishtank behind the bar. I was smitten immediately. Ahoy, matey!
Their drinks list consists of fruity rum cocktails that whisk you off into tropical fantasyland. This is my "Windjammer" (two kinds of rum, juice, "Capturing the South Pacific Isles"). Appropriately garnished with an orange and cherry.
The server came around to take our order. How would we like our burger cooked? What would we like on our complimentary baked potato?
Without any frills, my cheeseburger came heaped with a mountain of shredded yellow cheese on a regular sesame bun. It's a half-pound of BEEF, freshly ground. And dude, check out this baked potato.
The potato only comes with butter. If you ask nicely, they give you bacon bits and green onions for free. HECK YAH! They do NOT skimp here, either.
My perfectly cooked burger, medium rare. The beef was fresh, with little char bits from the grill on the outside. The proportion between beef, cheese, lettuce, onion and tomato was spot-on. LOOK AT THIS.
Now, onto the baked potato.
Here's Alex with my butter from the potato. Again, they don't skimp here.
Now I honestly, truly, totally, did NOT think I would finish my burger AND the potato. But I couldn't stop. This potato was too damn good. The butter, bacon and green onions was such an insanely food orgasmic combination of soft, crunchy and spicy. Could. Not. Stop.
Port of Call is quite well-known for their burgers, as well as their steaks. It was definitely a locals hangout, with tourists sprinkled here and there. The place was definitely poppin' for Mardi Gras, that's for sure.
I loved the overall look and feel of the place. From the menus, the interior, the drinks-- it is all so cohesive in concept and design. And I love a place that just does a few things on the menu, and does it all exceptionally. That is very important to me.
They also have these trademark plastic cups that they serve water in and you can take them home. It's pretty ingenius, in terms of marketing.
PORT OF CALL
838 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA