New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds 61 NFL records, including most completions (468) and passing yards (5,476) in a single season. But in his free time, the Uptown resident shuns the gridiron in favor of exploring his adopted hometown's world-famous Louisiana Creole kitchens. "Friday night is date night for me and my wife," he says, "and we have our spots." We caught up with the Super Bowl XLIV MVP at Samsung's Hope for Children benefit, where he shared his first-choice chophouse, oyster haunt, and – who could possibly forget – his go-to Nawlins sno-ball truck. Launch Gallery >>
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"On a beautiful day, especially at dusk when it's a bit cooler, one of my favorite things to do is ride the St. Charles Ave streetcar line to Emeril's Delmonico with my wife," says Brees. The century-old eatery, known for its modern Louisiana Creole staples like jerk spiced lamb loin and grilled gulf swordfish, was reopened in 1998 following an extensive, historic restoration by now-celeb chef Emeril Lagasse. "They've got a nice little bar there," says Brees. "We'll sit down together and have a glass of wine," he says. "We enjoy those little things, like being tourists in our own town."