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Hi ALL,

We are leaving for New Orleans tomorrow and i would realy appreciate some advice. We are a tourist couple (from India) and just wanted to get a taste of Thanksgiving in New Orleans. We might not get to visit this city again so wanted to go around as much as we could....food is not a riority as we are vegetarian and can survive on sandwiches! :)
We reach Thursday afternoon and leave Sunday Morning. We are on a budget, staying at radisson airport hotel, will have a car though.

Here is what we have planned so far:

Night of Thanksgiving
Bourborn Street to experience music, drink, and dinner. Po' boy and Italian Muffuletta sandwiches for dinner (also wanted to try out the famous rice and beans).
any cheap places you can recommend?

Friday morning
French Quarter include Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, our lady of guadalupe, st augustine cathedral and WWII museum
Mule drawn carriage at the french quarter
French Market (including Café du Monde, famous for café au lait and beignets)
Try out the praline (where do you get these?)

Friday Evening
Free canal street ferry from Algiers Point and back for a great view of the river, downtown, and the Quarter
Eat lucky dogs (whatever they are, any places we can try these out?)
gombo d'zherbes" (vegetarian) option for me, any cheap places for a good bowl of vegetarian gumbo?
Try out free oysters on friday nights at le bon temps roule, this is for my husband!
at night go to Harrah's for a taste of slots (this will actually ne our first time!)

Saturday Morning
Go for a Swamp Airboat tour. I've heard Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve, a free park, with as good a view of local swamp flora and fauna as various pay tours. Honey Island Swamp Tours Inc. - nearly 70,000 acres of the Honey Island Swamp is a permanently protected wildlife area. Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours - Cajun-style boat tour takes you out on an 1 hour and 45 minute trip through the heart of Southern Louisiana's swamplands.
See the Superdome
streetcar ride; the Canal Street route also provides a pleasant ride

Saturday Evening
Try out 100 year old restaurants like antoinnes, commander’s palace, and galatoire. which one is the cheapest and also sure to have vegetarian options? we do not eat beef, steak, baby alligators, etc.
Experience Live music at fulton or the frenchman street
Drink! the tourist favorite "Hurricane" (a fruit punch and rum drink), which originated at Pat O'Brien's bar but now common in the Quarter, and the "Hand Grenade" (billed as "New Orleans' Strongest Drink") at the Tropical Isle. However, drinking does not have to be about quantity. Popular refined local cocktails include the "sazerac" and the "Ramos gin fizz". Beer lovers should try local brews like "Abita" on tap, from light Wheat to dark "Turbodog" to the quirky "Purple Haze", a raspberry beer loved by some. New Orleanians also love wine.
any cheap places for trying these out?

Sunday Morning

See the mansions on st charles avenue
try out sno balls before returning home

I know i am asking for a lot of information but any help would be much appreciated. I've heard New Orleans is a beautiful city and would like to make our stay here memorable.

Thanks for your help in advance.

  1. Hey deptt--

    On Thanksgiving, much of the town is closed. You're going to have a tough time with dinner. I think Bourbon House or Cafe Adelaide might have something for you, but they're not cheap.

    Lucky dogs can be had on the street, which is generally where they end up, in the form of vomit or garbage. I guess everyone has to try them. You might want to skip the hurricane, too, but I tried one the first time I was in town.

    For vegetarians, I've had good luck at The Commander's Palace. If you're going for dinner, they have an option all set up for you on their online menu. If you don't see it on their daily, just say something, and you'll be fine.

    Every place has Abita, really, but if you want to try many different kinds, you can hit up the Bulldog, Mid-City or Magazine Street.

    You're going to get a lot better info from the others. Have fun.

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    Commander's Palace Restaurant
    1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Cafe Adelaide
    300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Bourbon House
    144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: hamsoda

      Thanks, Hamsoda.

      So what do you suggest we do on the night of Thanksgiving?

      I read on the New Orleans tourism site Lucky Dogs are to be tried, but i'll take your work for it and skip this one! Thanks!

      Will try Commander's Palace for Dinenr, then.

      Thanks for the advise, this helped. :)

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      Commander's Palace Restaurant
      1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: deptt

        Hey deptt--

        Commander's and Bayona will both set you up with vegetarian options for lunch, and both have cheap martinis at that time (25 cents and ten cents, respectively). If you're into that kind of thing. Specials at Bayona Wed-Fri and Commander's Mon-Fri.

        Vegetarians should try Green Goddess in the Quarter, I'd think. Search these boards for other options.

        Try the namesake at the French 75, if you can. And try a hurricane. Why not? Souvenir glass + war story.

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        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

        Green Goddess
        307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: hamsoda

          Hey,

          Commander's palace for lunch sounds good, i have heard it has a nice ambience too. Will certainly go for the maritnis while at it!

          Will definitely try out Green Goddess for dinner one of the days.

          I am planning on trying a hurricane! Why not! It's New Orleans after all! I am allowed to have some fun, aren't i?

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          Green Goddess
          307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

        2. re: deptt

          Darn. I forgot the Thanksgiving tip.

          Well, Cafe Adelaide is good, and it has a vegetarian option. Might be your best bet--if they have any reservations left. Pricey, but very tasty.

          If not, you might be stuck at the Clover Grill. It's open. I've eaten a late Thanksgiving snack there myself.

          Good luck.

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          Clover Grill
          900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          Cafe Adelaide
          300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. I dont like to eat baby alligators either...just the grown up ones :)

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