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Nov 17, 2010 09:18 PM

tourist needs help...

Hey guys, I've got business to do in Hattiesburg, MS on a Monday so figured I'd combine business with pleasure and come in to New Orleans Sunday morning to spend Sunday and a little bit of Monday in the city. Basically, I just wanted to get some places that I HAVE to go to to get a taste of New Orleans. I'm staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in the French Quarter and am going to the Saints game at 3 that afternoon. I planned on hitting up Cafe Du Monde for some famous beignets, and maybe Central Grocery before the game?

If anyone could just point me in the right direction to the best local places to get a quick taste of New Orleans while I'm there I'd really appreciate it alot.

PS- I'm from Orlando so I'm not really into the touristy crap haha

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  1. How long will you be in NOLA. What type places are you interested in. Do you want fine dining or inexpensive like po boys. I assume you will have a car if you are going to Hattiesburg, MS. Stop by The Shed in Hattiesburg, MS for good BBQ while you are there. Leatha's may be the best. Let us know what kind of food you are looking for. Thanks.

    The Shed BBQ @ 126 Mobile Street, Hattiesburg, MS. 601 - 336- 6755.
    Leatha's BBQ Inn @ 6374 Hwy. 98, Hattiesburg, MS. 601 - 271 - 6003. *

    1. CG will be closed on a Sunday :(

      Post a little more specifics about what your looking for and I'm sure you will get a bunch or Recs.

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      1. re: Mytah

        Sorry for not being very specific. Looking for inexpensive, quick places where I can just go and get a taste of the city. After posting I realized central grocery would be closed on Sunday. But things along those lines, would like to go and grab a quick poboy, hopefully a muffuletta somewhere, planning on hitting up Cafe Du Monde when I get in to NOLA in the morning. More things along those lines. I'm going with my dad so we're planning on going as many places we can and just sharing everything so we can try alot of different foods.

        1. re: fsuguy92

          The best po boy is at Parkway but you will have to take the streetcar N on Canal to Jefferson Davis then get off and walk 3 blocks E. They are open on Sunday. You could stay in the FQ and have a great po boy at Johnny's. Take it to go and eat on a bench in Jackson Square. Coop's is a NOLA dive that's a lot of fun serving good NOLA seafood. They have TV's if you want to watch sports. Buffa's Lounge is open 24/7 and has good resonable food. The tamales are very good. Clover Grill is inexpensive and has good burgers. They are also open 24/7. Felipe's serves goog Mexican food with local seafood ingredients. Felix's is a fun place for good seafood and po boys. Port O Call is a fun joint with good burgers. Good luck.

          Coops Place @ 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9053.

          Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047.
          Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.

          Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.

          Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.

          Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.

          Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar @ 739 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 4440.

          Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.

          1. re: fsuguy92

            Cafe Maspero on Decatur St (NOT the one on Chartres) it's an ultra casual New Orleans style place. Tasty food, nice size portions and inexpensive drinks. Po boys, muffaletta's, red beans and rice, seafood etc

            Cafe Maspero
            601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        2. Muffalettas also at Napoleon house on Chartres.

          69305 Highway 21, Covington, LA 70433

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          1. re: expatorleanian

            I second the Napoleon House. The muff is not bad and the atmosphere can't be beat if you want to get a real taste of New Orleans.

            Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
            500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: expatorleanian

              expat, your post links the address of a place in Covington just as an fyi.

              The Napoleon House serves their muffaletta's heated, but I'm sure you could get it the traditional way. I still vote for Maspero's (it's a little more "earthy" HA)...But I'm sure you'd be pleased with both...