Us, too, until we stopped at the Irish House an hour ago, where chef Matt Murphy has brought in a keg-sized generator to power the basics: fresh-griddled sandwiches and soups - and ice. Luscious bucket after bucket of glistening ice, chilling beer bottles and cocktails alike.
Don't expect a proper Guinness on draft - the beer lines are too warm for that - but you might check out this week's specialty cocktail, happily inspired not by disaster but rather LSU's kickoff game against North Texas.
The Purple People Eater, as it's called, is a simple shake of vodka, blue Curaçao, Razzmatazz raspberry liqueur and sour mix, served up.
It's got pretty balance and a festive, jeweled hue, but the biggest appeal on this day is that it's cold, and it's served at a working restaurant, and the chef is smiling and the food is hearty.
The Irish House is at 1432 St. Charles; 595.6755. Before heading over, call or reach them @IrishHouseNOLA.
I hope you & yours got through the storm safely.