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New Orleans

Post by ceylon_tea » Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:15 pm

Booked 5 days in September. Anyone been? Tell me where to eat and drink please.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by Stan In Maryland » Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:41 pm

I used to live in the area but have not been back for over 30 years. I really want to get back one day, just haven't. All of the places I know are the old standards. Lots of people have been more recently than I have and I am sure will provide information, so essentially I am being no help. Enjoy your trip.
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Re: New Orleans

Post by Bastet » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:22 pm

Thease were recommended to me in 2014 for eating.

Cafe du monde
Brennan's - royal st bet conti and st Louie
COQUETTE (outside FC) - magazine st
Restaurant R’evolution
Broussard's - conti st bet Bourbon and Dauphine
Felix's Restaurant - iberville st nr Bourbon
Cafe Beignet - Bourbon st or Royal st


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Re: New Orleans

Post by twodogs » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:34 pm

We always get a muffuletta sandwich at Central Grocery. Wear white if you are going to have a beignet.

If you need some alone time rent a boat and head for Bayou Self.
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Re: New Orleans

Post by VinnyD » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:36 pm

I liked the beignets from Café Beignet better than those from Café du Monde.

Sunday brunch at Brennan's was great.

I really liked the bar at Arnaud's but I didn't eat there.

Po'boys at Johnny Po'boys are good. So are the oysters and Habitant beer at Acme Oyster house.

Those are all French quarter. There are also good places in the Garden District and the Marigny.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by Unwashed_Pom » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:09 am

The Court of Two Sisters is nice for a lunch. And unless you're a candidate for an exploding head forget Bourbon St. of a night. It's the pits nowadays. Frenchmans St. is more low key and has some great little bars with a nice line in music.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by VinnyD » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:02 am

In the middle of the night last night I thought "That beer isn't Habitant. What is it?" It's Abita.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by Stan In Maryland » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:13 pm

Assuming they are still around listening to some music at Preservation Jazz Hall is a classic and of course a hurricane at Pat O'Brien's.
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Re: New Orleans

Post by BeatRaven » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:16 pm

Def. do a search here. No place is as posted about as NO.

Wander south of Frenchman Street (google Marigny) for $5 Jameson's doubles and better po boys for half the money. Also, lots of early bird/ happy hour specials in foodie places priced out of the quarter.

Here's a properly Bourdain-esque charcuterie restaurant in the Marigny, a high end yuppie food court is across the road:

http://www.shankcharcuterie.com/yc7hxh1 ... tahjapv0dv

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Re: New Orleans

Post by BulletPark » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:07 pm

I'm pretty sure Iolar has been and found the food grossly inferior.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by Higgs Bossom » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:09 pm

It is Uptown & not in the Quarter, but I really like La Petite Grocery. That area is well worth exploring, by the way.

Doris Metropolitan in the Quarter for meats.

Really depends on what you want as there are numerous places from low to high end scattered throughout the city.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by twodogs » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:53 pm

We usually have breakfast at The Camellia Grill where the St Charles line turns north. Riding the oldest trolley in the world to the grill is a pleasant experience in itself.
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Re: New Orleans

Post by BeatRaven » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:08 pm

If you're a fan of out of date, so bad they're good wax museums, the one in the quarter looks like it hasn't had a dusting in a dozen years. It's all NO history, you don't get the Last Supper or The Hall of Presidents. Super-powerful air conditioning adds to the allure.

Bastet's list is a great one for a first time visitor. At both ends of the $$$ spectrum, Felix's and/or R'evolution would be my choice for a first meal in town. You'll want to eat it all, so consider app-ing it up at the bar in a few places, and eating all of the time.

For a hippie world fusion place in the quarter, I went to Green Goddess 3 times and would go again. A tourist trap that is much better than it needs to be is The Napoleon Bar. Great muffuletta. Get there before 11 AM. It packs out early and never lets up. The big 3 creole places are a bit of a letdown. Bastet's choice of the 4th one, Broussards, is the most satisfying for the $$$$.

Also, The Tiki Bar. It's a very good Tiki Bar.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by lolasf » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:56 pm

Take the streetcar out towards City Park, and get off just a few blocks before the park at Blue Oak BBQ. Have a great lunch and then get something cold and alcoholic to go, and walk into the park to check out the sculpture garden.
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Re: New Orleans

Post by Electrolyte » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:35 pm

We liked:
Antoines
Arnauds

Also recommended, but we didn't get to them:
Commander's Palace
Galatoire's

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Re: New Orleans

Post by Bastet » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:53 am

Stan In Maryland wrote:Assuming they are still around listening to some music at Preservation Jazz Hall is a classic and of course a hurricane at Pat O'Brien's.
They are still going.

However to get in to Preservation Hall you have to queue for at least 2 hrs. Or 3 for first session. Husband was like a kid at xmas. Even queuing as a couple was fun as we got cocktails and food to eat in the queue.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by BeatRaven » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:35 am

You can book in advance and get a Big Shot pass which entitles you to a seat (first come first serve) and then you don't have to wait.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by kotagiri_tea_planter » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:30 pm

Of all the must have New Orleans and vicinity dishes, I liked the muffuleta the best. I also like Camellia Grill. And oysters at whatever claims to be the famous oyster place.

I ran across some weekend fair in Congo Square that had a live brass band going and they were great. You could probably find a lot of events like that instead of trying to get a limited spot somewhere that requires queueing for hours.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by VinnyD » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:31 pm

"You could probably find a lot of events like that instead of trying to get a limited spot somewhere that requires queueing for hours."
Right.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by Electrolyte » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:57 pm

I second Preservation Hall. There are other places, but that is the famous one. If you really care about finding the best NO jazz go to NY. We waited about 1 hr. I think that was in March.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by BeatRaven » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:31 am

$50 for a first row seat, no line-wait. $40 to be in the second row (no diff). It's only a 45 minute set (not a show). You can book it day of.

I went at 6 PM, plenty of seats were empty (but soon filled in by line waiters for cheaper admission).

Was mostly Brits and just a couple of black players when I went (2 years ago), but they were as good as legend has it.

The funny sign is true: requests are $5, When the Saints Go Marching In is $20 (I paid, the crowd went nuts).

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Re: New Orleans

Post by lolasf » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:24 am

On my last visit, I stayed in an airbnb in the Marigny. It was great. Super chill places for brunch and cheap drinks (plus a great food coop for grocery shopping), and then easy uber rides to Frenchman Street (and beyond) for more nightlife. Frenchman to Bourbon is totally walkable, but after you see Bourbon Street for the first time, you won't be super excited to go back.

If you like jazz, Snug Harbor on Frenchman is a great spot to visit. They have a cool little theater in the back.
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Re: New Orleans

Post by Electrolyte » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:02 pm

Actually, the best part of our trip was when we got out of town and visited a few plantations.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by Bastet » Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:12 am

We went to the plantations too. It was interesting/horrible, especially the one that actual tells you the real story of the slavery.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by BeatRaven » Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:40 pm

For $50 a head, tour companies will take you to most of the Planation Houses.

If you decide to rent a car, I highly recco Baton Rouge, which has some astonishing WPA buildings and murals etc. dating back to when America's Kim Il Jung, Huey Long, ruled.

If it's the right day of the week, you can also go to Jimmy Swaggart's City of Faith for a rave up white gospel service. Most Assembly of God congregations (one of the most conservative and brimstone-invoking) are unwelcoming. This is a no-risk chance to truly encounter the other. You will never again feel so welcomed. And then get real cajun food for half the NO price on the way back.

I put Baton Rouge as an attraction over a Plantation House tourist trap at the level of 10 to 1

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Re: New Orleans

Post by VinnyD » Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:15 pm

We seem to have moved beynd where to eat and drink. I recommend the WWII Museum. Originally it was the D-Day museum, in New Orleans because the Higgins Boat landing craft was originaly made there, based on a swamp boat design. Still heavy on D-Day and the European theater but very well done.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by BeatRaven » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:24 pm

A lot of the time, they have a fake Andrews Sisters performing at the WWII Museum. Book ahead.

Lawrence Welk once read off of a cue card, "And now a salute to World War Eye".

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Re: New Orleans

Post by BeatRaven » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:47 am

Muffaletta porn:

http://www.grubstreet.com/bestofnewyork ... a-nyc.html

I like the minimalist muffuletta at the top. It's all about the bread, not the olive stuff.

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Re: New Orleans

Post by twodogs » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:34 am

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Re: New Orleans

Post by Chip_Oatley » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:26 am

Bayou Bakery in the DC area makes a goof Muffuletta.

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