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On 2/2/2020 at 5:13 PM, Redneck Mutha said:

For a first trip, I'd probably recommend staying in the Central Business District, which is generally between I10 and the river, between Canal and US 90.  It's walking distance to the Quarter, but away from the insanity, and home to a lot of good bars/restaurants.  Old 77 and Eliza Jane are nice, interesting hotels that have been renovated from old warehouses.  The Roosevelt is another great place to stay.  All have really good bars.  Easy in/out with Uber and nearby access to streetcar stops.

If you want to familiarize yourself with the city's history, Free Tours by Foot has some really informative tours of the Quarter, the Garden District, cemeteries.  The Presbytere, next to St Louis Cathedral, has some interesting exhibits about Katrina and the history of Mardi Gras.  WWII museum was mentioned.  Incredible.  You can spend a day there and not see everything.  Sazerac House is a new experience/museum that gives some insight into the city's love of spirits and the Sazerac cocktail.

While you'll probably want to try to hit some of the tourist hot spots - Bourbon St bars and shops, Pat O's, Jackson Square, Carousel Bar, Acme, Commander's - don't get bogged down in that the whole trip.  City Park, Audubon Park, Louis Armstrong Park all offer something unique.  Hit up some Frenchmen St jazz clubs.  Try one of the breweries along Tchoupitoulas.  Find out if there are any festivals going on while you are there or better yet, try to plan your trip around one.  French Quarter Fest is a fantastic experience for local food, drink, and music.  

Food.  So many choices.  Old school institutions (Arnaud's, Commander's, Galatoire's, Brennan's), new institutions (Revolution, GW Fins, Peche), butchers (Piece of Meat, Cochon Butcher, Toups), po boys (Parkway, Killer, Domilise's), neighborhood upscale (Clancy's, Brigtsen's, Upperline), classic Southern cuisine (Dooky Chase, Neyow's, High Hat).  Read this thread to get some ideas, check out the menus online, and make a plan.  Get reservations if possible.  We don't completely fill the dance card every day and try not to over eat.  It's nice to have room for a small bite somewhere you happen to be passing by: souffle potatoes at Arnaud's French 75, gumbo at Herbsaint, bar snacks at Cure, happy hour flatbread at Meril or Domenica.

Drink.  Swing a dead cat, find a great bar.  I'd put Cure and Jewel of the South at the top of my list. But wherever you go, don't get stuck at one spot, here are too many great places to enjoy.  The view at Hot Tin.  A Gin Fizz at the Sazerac Bar.  A daiquiri at Manolito.  A Pimm's Cup from Marvin Allen at the Carousel.  A mint julep (and much cocktail banter) from Chris McMillian at Revel.  The huge beer and bourbon selection at Avenue Pub.  A frozen Irish Coffee at Erin Rose.  Surprisingly good Mayhaw bar at Auction House Market.  Just scratching the surface, oh boy....

Wherever you end up, don't worry about "missing" anything on your trip, because those places start the list for your next trip.  Part of the greatness of the city is discovering the places that speak to you, whether it's the most well known establishment, a locals recommendation, or somewhere you randomly stopped in.  Enjoy!

Right on.  Thank you, great post.

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On 1/31/2020 at 7:44 PM, SMUlawUTgrad said:

What are the names of the places to stop at on the way? I mean the places worth stopping off of I-10 in Cajun country?

Old Tyme Grocery in Lafayette does a really solid po' boy. I find I'm usually ready for a beer and a sandwich by the time I get to Lafayette so we usually stop there.

On 2/2/2020 at 5:13 PM, Redneck Mutha said:

For a first trip, I'd probably recommend staying in the Central Business District, which is generally between I10 and the river, between Canal and US 90.  It's walking distance to the Quarter, but away from the insanity, and home to a lot of good bars/restaurants.  Old 77 and Eliza Jane are nice, interesting hotels that have been renovated from old warehouses.  The Roosevelt is another great place to stay.  All have really good bars.  Easy in/out with Uber and nearby access to streetcar stops.

If you want to familiarize yourself with the city's history, Free Tours by Foot has some really informative tours of the Quarter, the Garden District, cemeteries.  The Presbytere, next to St Louis Cathedral, has some interesting exhibits about Katrina and the history of Mardi Gras.  WWII museum was mentioned.  Incredible.  You can spend a day there and not see everything.  Sazerac House is a new experience/museum that gives some insight into the city's love of spirits and the Sazerac cocktail.

While you'll probably want to try to hit some of the tourist hot spots - Bourbon St bars and shops, Pat O's, Jackson Square, Carousel Bar, Acme, Commander's - don't get bogged down in that the whole trip.  City Park, Audubon Park, Louis Armstrong Park all offer something unique.  Hit up some Frenchmen St jazz clubs.  Try one of the breweries along Tchoupitoulas.  Find out if there are any festivals going on while you are there or better yet, try to plan your trip around one.  French Quarter Fest is a fantastic experience for local food, drink, and music.  

Food.  So many choices.  Old school institutions (Arnaud's, Commander's, Galatoire's, Brennan's), new institutions (Revolution, GW Fins, Peche), butchers (Piece of Meat, Cochon Butcher, Toups), po boys (Parkway, Killer, Domilise's), neighborhood upscale (Clancy's, Brigtsen's, Upperline), classic Southern cuisine (Dooky Chase, Neyow's, High Hat).  Read this thread to get some ideas, check out the menus online, and make a plan.  Get reservations if possible.  We don't completely fill the dance card every day and try not to over eat.  It's nice to have room for a small bite somewhere you happen to be passing by: souffle potatoes at Arnaud's French 75, gumbo at Herbsaint, bar snacks at Cure, happy hour flatbread at Meril or Domenica.

Drink.  Swing a dead cat, find a great bar.  I'd put Cure and Jewel of the South at the top of my list. But wherever you go, don't get stuck at one spot, here are too many great places to enjoy.  The view at Hot Tin.  A Gin Fizz at the Sazerac Bar.  A daiquiri at Manolito.  A Pimm's Cup from Marvin Allen at the Carousel.  A mint julep (and much cocktail banter) from Chris McMillian at Revel.  The huge beer and bourbon selection at Avenue Pub.  A frozen Irish Coffee at Erin Rose.  Surprisingly good Mayhaw bar at Auction House Market.  Just scratching the surface, oh boy....

Wherever you end up, don't worry about "missing" anything on your trip, because those places start the list for your next trip.  Part of the greatness of the city is discovering the places that speak to you, whether it's the most well known establishment, a locals recommendation, or somewhere you randomly stopped in.  Enjoy!

Just quoting because it bears repeating. Well said.

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Lafayette is close enough for this thread, right?

Fried catfish Po boy:
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Then had to stop at Best Stop:
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Might meet a family later this year in New Orleans.  It'd be the first time in the city for all of us.  They're not Americans and are traveling through.  There will be 3 kids, so I'm trying to narrow down some good spots to eat that aren't expensive, and would appeal to kids.  I saw Redneck's post and made note of Parkway, Killer, Domilise's and High Hat after seeing their menus.  Are there any others that offer simple po-boys, fried baskets, jambalaya, and gumbo?

The family is interested in doing one of those ghost tours, so I'm guessing the food should be somewhat nearby.

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Going to be checking in a lot more on this thread since my daughter and her husband just bought a house in New Orleans.  PSA - Spirit now routinely had non-stops for $67 (but Spirit...). The wife and I are gonna take a week off after a wedding in Houston and spend 10 days or so in the area.  Will do some tourist shit like see the WWII Museum, and give me a suggestion? Plan on seeing a couple nights of JazzFest the first weekend, and catching some local music in smaller joints.  The good news is with the kids new home base I can leave some shit behind like casual clothes and fishing gear, making those cheap no luggage Spirit flights doable.  Or come to New Orleans then hop over to Pensacola for a day or two.  I always have sort of viewed New Orleans like I view South By on South Congress, Spring break for old people!   I gotta find stuff to do beyond just eating and drinking for a week.  So this thread is great as it helps me to hopefully make the best possible choices and skip any of the "wish I would have gone to" choices. Keep the reviews coming and thanks!!!

 

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Heading to Commander’s for dinner, Le Petit Grocery for brunch, then Clancy’s for the next dinner next weekend. All based on recs from this thread. Thanks for new stuff (I recognize those recs aren’t new restaurants).

Looking for a non-Cafe du Monde place for coffee and beignets as a request from the wife of the other couple going. Actually, she wanted beignets and I said I’ll never be going to that tourist shithole again. I have a fear of cockroaches and saw plenty there (it’s New Orleans, I know) and rats, which don’t bother me but who wants to eat with them? the last time we went to du Monde with someone. 

Also, I sent my wife, the planner, the link to this thread and told her to think about recs. She enjoyed the thread but was concerned about the rest of the site and my well-being. She’s ... familiar with my behaviors on the Internet over the years and aware of Hornfans/Shaggy/Surly. I heard two thoughts from her besides her thinking this thread was helpful: 

1) “you really know how to piss people off”

and

2) “there are some true fucking idiots on that site. what are you doing with your days on places like that?”

So, thanks?

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9 hours ago, closetojumping said:

Heading to Commander’s for dinner, Le Petit Grocery for brunch, then Clancy’s for the next dinner next weekend. All based on recs from this thread. Thanks for new stuff (I recognize those recs aren’t new restaurants).

Looking for a non-Cafe du Monde place for coffee and beignets as a request from the wife of the other couple going. Actually, she wanted beignets and I said I’ll never be going to that tourist shithole again. I have a fear of cockroaches and saw plenty there (it’s New Orleans, I know) and rats, which don’t bother me but who wants to eat with them? the last time we went to du Monde with someone. 

Also, I sent my wife, the planner, the link to this thread and told her to think about recs. She enjoyed the thread but was concerned about the rest of the site and my well-being. She’s ... familiar with my behaviors on the Internet over the years and aware of Hornfans/Shaggy/Surly. I heard two thoughts from her besides her thinking this thread was helpful: 

1) “you really know how to piss people off”

and

2) “there are some true fucking idiots on that site. what are you doing with your days on places like that?”

So, thanks?

Go to Cafe Beignet on Royal St right next to the police station.  The beignets are just as good and you don't have to wait forever.  There are lots of shops in the area so you will score additional brownie points.

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34 minutes ago, kevwun said:

Go to Cafe Beignet on Royal St right next to the police station.  The beignets are just as good and you don't have to wait forever.  There are lots of shops in the area so you will score additional brownie points.

 For true. 

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Morning Call in Metarie has the best beignets in town. A very easy drive from the tourist trap of the Quarter.

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