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Rue Bourbon- New Orleans Food

Have you ever had the feeling that your brain is about to explode if you couldn’t get away from work and family just for a couple of hours? Well, I guess I’m not alone. I had that feeling when I decided to join 2 of my best pals Jed Agoncillo and Mark Baldonaza for some beer and a few hours of alone time away from family and work. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, It’s just that I need to have some “ME” time once in a while or I’ll go  nuts!

Meeting Place: Columns, Makati
… Jed and Mark didn’t know each other until I got to our meeting place (I’m late as usual… duh!). They were walking across each other without any idea that they were both joining me on a food adventure. Imagine their faces when I got there late and introduced them to each other. There was a buzzing silence for a few minutes, but they warmed up eventually.
Destination: Rue Bourbon, Makati
From Columns, Makati, we walked all the way to Tordesillas Street while babbling like kids. Crossing Buendia as if there weren’t any cars, or shall I say as if we owned the street. (Drivers were probably cursing us to hell as we crossed the street!)
A few more blocks and we reached our target… RUE BOURBON!

The name Rue Bourbon means Bourbon Street, in English, is a tribute to the unique cuisine and famous party street in New Orleans, Louisiana, the yearly Mardi Gras parade. And for those who don’t know, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Why would someone be interested to use Rue Bourbon as a name for a pub???? Let me give you a bit of history…

Mardi Gras dates back thousands of years to pagan celebrations of spring and fertility. When Christianity arrived in Rome, religious leaders decided to incorporate these popular local traditions into the new faith, an easier task than abolishing them altogether. As a result, the excess and debauchery of the Mardi Gras season became a prelude to Lent, the 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

Traditionally, in the days leading up to Lent, merrymakers would binge on all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese that remained in their homes, preparing for several weeks of eating only fish and fasting. In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.” Many historians believe that the first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when the French explorers Iberville and Bienville landed in what is now Louisiana, just south of the holiday’s future epicenter: New Orleans. They held a small celebration and dubbed the spot Point du Mardi Gras. In the decades that followed, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners. When the Spanish took control of New Orleans, however, they abolished these rowdy rituals, and the bans remained in force until Louisiana became a U.S. state in 1812. (Party poopers!)

Louisiana is the only state in which Mardi Gras is a legal holiday.

Rue Bourbon is a famous and historic street that spans the length of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana. When founded in 1718, the city was originally located in the French Quarter.

Though largely quiet during the day, Bourbon Street comes alive at night, particularly during the French Quarter’s many festivals. Most popular among these is the annual Mardi Gras celebration, when Bourbon Street teems with hundreds of thousands of tourists. Local open container laws in the French Quarter allow drinking alcoholic beverages in the street in plastic containers (drinking from glass or cans is prohibited). The streets are packed with tourists’ drinking Huge Ass Beers (a large plastic cup of draft beer marketed to tourists at a low price).

To make it short, Rue Bourbon is associated with merry making, drinking, topless drunks, beads, masks, floats, parades and literally a place for fun, fun and FUN!!!

As we entered the pub/restaurant, you can immediately feel the coziness of the place. Perfect if you want chill out and relax those stressed nerves. The music they play is not the type that would kick your migraine into high gear. Ambiance was perfect. We proceeded to the second floor as we were ushered by the waitress. Wood, yep, I can see wood everywhere, I can say the coziness definitely came from the amount of wood I saw. Trellises and old-fashioned lamps make you feel like stepping into a different era.

Mark started to take out his camera and other equipment (I don’t know much about cameras) while I started to check the menu.

We decided to order 3 Big Ass Beers for starters (yeah, they’re called Big Ass Beers…) P180

As for the chow, we ordered the following:

Rue Nachos –a smashed piñata: pale yellow, deep red, and purple tortilla chips topped with jalapeños, Mexican spiced beef, sour cream, and cheese. Top it all with tomato and onion salsa, fresh and mild and definitely went well with the Big Ass Beer! P370

For the price, it was worth it!


Bourbon Barbecue Ribs – the ribs were really good, the meat was so tender that it  fell right off the bone as soon as my knife sliced through it. Very flavorful, served with Cajun Rice and corn and carrots. P295 (solo) P550 (sharing) Since there were 3 of us, we ordered the big plate.

Buffalo Fingers- I was disappointed with it though. Don’t get me wrong, it was good but nothing spectacular. Loved the dip though. P225

Gunpowder Shot- Sambucca set aflame; a dash of cinnamon and it blazes. The waiter covers it with a glass, killing the flame and trapping the fumes with a napkin. She hands me a straw.  The waiter passes me the glass, and tells me to suck the fumes. (Php195)

I was the first one to try followed by Jed and Mark.


The kick that I felt was great! Though the cinnamon left a funny taste in my mouth. The shot wasn’t really that strong, it was the fumes trapped in the glass covered with a napkin that was lethal! You can see what I’m talking about with Jed’s reaction…

As for Mark, there was a little accident and I’m not going to post the photos… Lesson, don’t be too excited to take the gunpowder shot and don’t inhale at the same time as you’re drinking the shot… That is if you don’t want to have your sinuses cleaned!!!

Overall, our evening at Rue Bourbon was great! As Jed and Mark said, we will back! Next time with new recruits to try the gunpowder shot(makaganti man lang daw!).

Most of the photos above were taken by Mark Baldonaza, I am not taking credit for his photos. Watermarks were placed to avoid having the photos stolen. Thank You!!!!

Mark Baldonaza with his cam
Rue Bourbon Bar / Pub
G/F Aguirre Bldg. 108 H.V. Dela Costa St. cor. Tordesillas St.,
Salcedo Village, Makati City



6 comments on “Rue Bourbon- New Orleans Food

  1. Juancho Bahero
    April 3, 2012

    The Gunpowder shot was a killer. Good thing di sha lumabas sa ilong ko… wahahah!


  2. fotograpikamanila
    April 3, 2012

    was a great night, surely we need to find a new victim for the gunpowder. wonderful history bout rue. till next time.


  3. rache
    April 4, 2012

    juancho Bahero… u just got lucky… hahahaha!


  4. rache
    April 4, 2012

    fotograpikamanila… the history was really about rue bourbon or bourbon street in new orleans. But am glad you enjoyed it's history and origin.


  5. Anonymous
    April 4, 2012

    Next time magyaya kayo okay… 🙂


  6. rache
    April 4, 2012

    keribells… magpakilalal ka para alam ko kung sino aayain.. 🙂


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