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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Mr. John's Steakhouse
Spoiling for a steak in NOLA? Bypass the obvious options, namely Morton's and Ruth's Chris, and head straight instead for this Nawlins staple. "Great ambiance, great setting, great wine list, phenomenal steaks, and the freshest seafood," says Brees. "When you walk in, you get the feeling of an old-school, 1940s Italian joint. There's old mosaic tile floors and pictures on the wall with all the famous people that have come in." OpenTable booked solid for Saturday night? Brees has the insider's tip. "Ask for Desi. He'll take good care of you." After Brees finishes the turtle soup, cowboy steak, and shrimp remoulade, he plays the part of spectator at dessert. "I can't eat dairy, but I watch whoever is at my table eat the creme brulee," he says. "Desi's daughter gets it going with a blowtorch – right in front of you."