Long Weekend in New Orleans
My wife and I are headed out tomorrow night for a Thurs - Sunday Night trip to New Orleans. We arrive at 8:30pm tomorrow and leave Sunday night at 7pm. Not much on the agenda other than eating and relaxing.
We're staying in the Quarter. I've been a dozen or so times and she about 3 or 4.
The only thing we have on our agenda right now is the Southern Comfort Cocktail Tour. We're more of the go it alone types, but this tour sounded fun. We plan on doing a couple of walking tours as prescribed below and catching some good jazz at night. I'm sad to say that I've never been to Preservation Hall, so that is something I am forcing this time around.
I'm all about cramming 6 or 7 small meals into a day. We'll just split whatever the house speciality is and move on to the next place. Sometimes we just stuff ourselves silly. As you can see we're not into the really hi-tone places. I got enough of that type of food in a previous life.
Our meal list includes:
Coop's (never been)
Irene's (never been)
Mr. B's (been for dinner, thinking of lunch this time for BBQ shrimp and gumbo only)
Bon Ton (never been)
Willie Mae's (never been)
Port of Call (been many times, but she never has. We love burgers)
Lucky Dog (wife will probably eat half a dozen of these in the wee hours of three nights)
Galatoire's (still trying to decide if I want to bring a jacket!)
I'm needing recs for the following
Oysters. We've been to Felixs and Acme. I know it's not the best time, but she LOVES oysters and we will be having them in some form or fashion
Po Boys - probably not make a meal out of it, but just share one for a quick snack. I've had Johnny's, but am open to others. I'm more of a roast beef/shrimp, she's more of a fried oyster
Cool drink places with good music - Napoleon tops my list here
Jazz. I like places that you can slink in and out of so we can hit more than one a night
Breakfast. We like good atmosphere, somewhere to read the paper and have a good cup of coffee along with standard breakfast fare.
Walking Tours. Most of my past trips have been focused a little more on the Quarter than I would have liked, so we're trying to branch out a bit.
Any help would be appreciated on things missed or comments on the above.
late night in the Quarters go to Angeli on Decatur for drinks or really really good milkshakes made with Hagendaz (sp). I like mine with Baily's. They are expensive that way but hey...
Breakfast: La Paniche in the Marigny triangle at Dauphine and Turo around the corner sorta from Frenchman Street where you should be anyway listening to local live music.
Joey K's - very down home Garden District Magazine Street.
Drinks: Mimi's-tapas and whatnot upstairs. Fanklin and Royal in the Marigny/bywater
Editilla~New Orleans Ladder
Oysters: Bourbon House
Po boys: Parkway Bakery (take the streetcar, then a short walk)
Stroll down Frenchmen, many music venues. Head over to Mimi's for tapas. Marigny Brasserie makes some good cocktails.
Galatoire's doesn't require jackets lunch time, no shorts allowed.
Lucky Dogs (aka nasty dogs, really) I couldn't eat more than a bite, then in the trash.
Irene's: resv. a must. Request the front room. Mussels are great as is the crabcake "special".
Get to Willie Mae's at 11 when they open. Have a plan "B" in case they don't.
POC: get here when they open (11) to avoid the wait. Early evening (5-5:30 ) before dinner rush works too.
Not a breakfast person so no help here, sorry.
There is a Botero exhibit at NOMA. It's in City Park so you can take the streetcar. There's also a botanical garden as well as a sculpture garden in the park.
Audubon Zoo is located behind Audubon Park.
Private carriage ride, especially when you're too lazy/tired to walk. They will drop you at your hotel, by Marigny, where ever.
Thanks for coming. Enjoy!
add Cafe Degas for a meal/snack before or after the Botero exhibit at NOMA.
Croissant d'Or for brekkie
Galatoire's still has jackets at the door for you, if you want to do dinner there.
visit Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits for some bubbles to go for that carriage ride; they're located next to K-Paul's.
take a spin on the Caroussel Bar at the Monteleone, across from Mr. B's. they also have live music there.
go to the Ritz Carlton to hear Jeremy Davenport.
pick up a Gambit, for more musical lineups for the weekend.