Café Minh in New Orleans: Viet Creole

I’ve been keeping this installment under my hat for awhile.  No particular reason.  I just had other things to talk about and today is the day I feel compelled to tell you about Café Minh in New Orleans.  It’s in the Mid-City neighborhood, outside the French Quarter, but about a 15 minute ride on the Canal Streetcar line.  It’s in a very interesting part of the city, as most parts tend to be.


I took a photo of Café Minh the night I was there:

Cafe Minh, New Orleans
A romantically lit night at Café Minh on Canal Street in New Orleans.


Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation but she was in Kenner the night I took that picture.  She is big into training our dog to and the two of them have won all sorts of ribbons from him running obstacle courses. The dog is AKC certified Expert.  They were practicing that night and I was looking for something to do.  It was a Monday.

That white light over the front door is the sign.  It says Café Minh and has their logo on it.  You can see their logo on their website.  It didn’t come out in the picture.  It was late and you know what happens when it gets late—-it gets dark.

I got the idea of going to Café Minh for dinner because I was talking to Jimmy over at Ralph’s-on-the-Park.  Jimmy told me he was going to have his 70th birthday dinner there with all his family.  Now, Frau Schmitt and I have been to Café Minh before for lunch, but we’d never been for dinner.  Jimmy is a big fan of Café Minh.  “If it’s good enough for Jimmy, it’s good enough for little old me,” I thought to myself.

So, after I had finished writing our blog that night, I saddled up on motor scooter and made my way to the intersection of Canal and David Streets.  That was one nice meal, let me tell you.

Frau Schmitt and I go out for lunch every day to keep abreast of New Orleans’ restaurant scene.  We don’t go out to dinner often because we usually have to guests to our check in at our artisanal hotel.  As micro-hoteliers, our work hours revolve around the morning and the evening.  We usually have our mid-afternoons free to explore this wonderful city we call home.

I didn’t know what to expect.  I parked my motor scooter across the street, in front of the bank.

Out on patrol on a well-lit night!
The most amazing motor scooter in New Orleans. You know who it belongs to—one of New Orleans’ most colorful characters!

I was greeted graciously, ‘natch, and given a menu and a table toward the front of the room.  It wasn’t terribly busy that night.  I asked to be closer to the bar rather than in the back.  I had nice conversations with everyone on duty that night.  I didn’t order a big meal.  I had already had a big lunch.  I ordered two Viet-Creole spring rolls and a mix of satay: one skewer each: beef, pork and chicken.  Here’s what the plate looked like when it arrived.

Café Minh, New Orleans, Lousiana
I had forgotten what I’d ordered to eat. Good think I took a picture!

I don’t eat a lot of chicken.  As a general rule, it doesn’t appeal to me.  Being able to try three versions of satay, all of which were delicious, I now know why chicken satay is the most common.  It’s the best.

I didn’t see any trace of Victoria at Café Minh.

What did I have to drink?

I’ve got a confession to make.  I like hot sake.  I know it’s rotgut, but I like it.  Good things are usually wasted on me.  That night, though, I decided to try a bottle of the good stuff: cold sake.  Live it up.  I chose this sake because of it’s name.  It’s called Bride of the Fox.  Some people call Frau Schmitt this very same thing:

It's not all Hurricanes and Hand Grenades in New Orleans!
This is some smooth sake. Some say it is named after Frau Schmitt: Bride of the Fox.


Like Frau Schmitt’s company, this sake was delightful, with hints of pistachio, white choclate and honeydew.


I know that you think all we eat in New Orleans is gumbo and shrimp po’ boys, but we eat other things, too.  If you want to discover interesting neighborhood eateries that still hew close to New Orleans traditions while building off them, I know a nice very small personalized hotel where you should stay to get recommendations and an introduction into The New Orleans State of Mind.  We love where we live.  You will, too.

Have a great New Orleans day today, wherever you may happen to be!

-La Belle Esplanade.

…ranked the #1 place to stay in New Orleans and in Louisiana, #3 in the U.S., and the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

——-The people have spoken!——


Wednesday, August 29, 2018:  As we remember the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of 80% of the city after the federal levees failed, we take heart in the resurgence and vitality of New Orleans today.  There is no place else so nice as New Orleans.  We hope to see you here someday, preferably sooner rather than later.  –À votre santé.