Heading to New Orleans
I am heading to New Orleans from New Brunswick Canada next week to watch the Saints take on the Patriots. I am staying at the Intercontinental hotel on St. Charles Ave, and I am wondering where are some good restautrants to eat? I am not a fussy eater and I really want to try some of this famous New Orleans food. I heard that Po-boys and turtle soup are popular items, so where are some good places to go within a reasonable distance to my hotel.
Also I do want to check out Bourbon st. I heard Pat O'Brians, and Tropical Isle are good places to be, but where else would you recommed going?
And other than partying and eating, what else is there to do?
Yes, you want to check out Bourbon St. It is great fun for a first timer. Pat O's and Tropical Isle are fine places to see, especially after a Saints' victory. There usually is great music in town during the Thanksgiving weekend because a lot of the old locals are back for a family visit. DBA, Tipitina's, House of Blues, Mapleleaf, Snug Harbor are just a few of the cool venues we have here. If you are more into sightseeing, check out a garden district tour, the Audobon Zoo or one of our fine museums. You should also spend a lot of time just walking around the French Quarter. There are too many great restaurants to name, but a couple that I like to recommend for first-timers are Jacues Imos, Commander's Palace (turtle soup) and any of Emeril's three restaurants. If you want to watch football on Sunday, take the street car up to Cooter Brown's, get some oysters and a po-boy there.
walking distance from your hotel, check out:
In the Qtr:
Johnny Po Boys
or take the Canal St. streetcar to Mandina's
3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
511 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130
Central Grocery Co
923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
547 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA
217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Mr B's Bistro
201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The eating and drinking suggestions from the others are great. To combine them with something else, you could go to the Commander's Palace for lunch, which is quite a treat. From there you could go to the Lafayette Cemetery (across the street), which is very picturesque, and then walk around the Garden District. Some beautiful homes there. After that a trip down Magazine Street would be fun for some of the same, along with a number of consignment stores and whatnot. Lots of great places to have a snack or a drink or dinner while you're out there.
There are also a number of museums in the Quarter that you may like, along with the World War II Museum out near Lee Circle. A free ferry ride to Algiers and you could take the shuttle to the Mardi Gras Museum, too.
People also like swamp and plantation tours--info available from any decent concierge in town.
If it's Monday night you want to be at the Maple Leaf for Papa Grows Funk. While it is off the beaten path, I think Brigtsen's offers the best Modern Louisiana cuisine to be had anywhere. Worth the cab ride or the street car and a few blocks walk. Fabulous...