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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Whats cookin' in the old New Orleans Slave Exchange?

Some of the best food in New Orleans, that's what!

For years, long before the Quarter was our home (well, it's always been our home, we just finally got around to getting down here permanently) we have been coming to Pierre Maspero's Restaurant on Chartres and St Louis Streets. The food is exquisite and very reasonably priced. The gumbo, crab cakes and New Orleans Bar-B-Q shrimp are not to be missed and all served up in a building erected in the 1788.

Here is an exerpt on the history...
Of all the historic sites in New Orleans, none have witnessed more drama than the old exchange coffee house known as The Original Pierre Maspero’s Slave Exchange. 

This Building is one of the oldest in the French Quarter, having been erected in 1788 by Don Juan Paillet. During the first decades of the 19th century this coffee house was a meeting place where brothers Jean and Pierre Lafitte and their men met and planned escapes.
It was also in this historic site that Andrew Jackson met with the Lafitte brothers to plan the defense at the epic Battles of New Orleans. It was at this battle that the British surrendered to the American troops led by Jackson. America’s Independence was finalized and General Jackson went on to become the 7th president of the United States.

So next time you're in the Quarter and hungry, soak up some of the history and great food at Pierre Maspero's.

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