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Dec 26, 2010 09:06 AM

New orleans with teenagers?

Help! My husband and I have decided to whisk our teens (son 15, daughter 14) to New Orleans for Wed - Fri this week and looking for things to do. Staying at the Ritz in the French Quarter and thinking of Cafe du Monde, Commanders Palace, Elizabeth's, Parkway Bakery, Casamentos for food. Other suggestions? Jaque Imo's? We will have a car. Also thinking of riding the street car, haunted tour, post-Katrina tour or Bayou hovercraft tour - any recomendations? Thank you for all your help!

Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. I also want to add that my daughter and I love to cook and take cooking classes together so if anyone knows of a good one there I'd love to know about it - Thanks!

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    1. re: jjwhitson

      Your list is pretty good as is. Personally, I think the oyster places in the FQ (Acme/Felix/,etc) are better all around than a drive to Casamantos. A walk through the Roosevelt would be nice and lunch at Domenica to see what upscale pizzas can be like. There are a few cooking schools but I haven't heard of anyone being talked up more than any other.

      Skip any bayou tour until about April. Half of what you would want to see, lush swamp and gators, are now dormant. Instead spend your half day at the WWII Museum. If nothing else, the Against All Odds movie will entertain and educate a teen. BonTon might also be a good place for a bit of New Orleans atmosphere and Creole cooking. The aquarium and zoo are decent but the insectarium is unique. They even used to have bug cooking demonstrations and tastings around lunch time but that may be gone.

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. re: collardman

        Also something to think about while here, if you're into food and cooking, is the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, which is in the Convention Center/casino area.

        1. re: noradeirdre

          The SoFAB Museum is lots of fun. It is in the Riverwalk - which lies more or less between the casino and the convention center - and is most easily accessed via the Julia Street entrance. The museum gift shop offers some good offbeat souvenirs of your trip to NO. If your husband and son prefer, they can find other things to keep them busy in the Riverwalk Marketplace while you and your daughter tour SoFAB.

          Should you work up an appetite, there are some good restaurants nearby. Drago's is in the Hilton Riverside, at the downtown end of the Riverwalk. They are famous for charbroiled oysters, and their charbroiled mussels (which are off-menu) are great too. I would recommend snacking on those dishes rather than going for a full meal there. Also nearby is RioMar, a Spanish seafood restaurant on South Peters St. Their lunch menu includes very good tapas. If you are feeling non-fishy, check out Cochon Butcher, a casual little shop on Tchoupitoulas St with artisanal meats and gourmet sandwiches

      2. re: jjwhitson

        Go to Galatoire's for lunch. It's one block from the back door of the Ritz Carlton. Go by the Davenport Lounge at The Ritz and listen to Jeremy Davenport's outstanding jazz from 9 PM on T/F/S. I second the WWII DDay Museum visit.

        Take the streetcar to Napoleon Avenue in the GD and walk to Commander's. After lunch stroll Magazine in the 3,000 to 5,000 block area and visit the neat shops and stores on Magazine. Have a great trip.

        Galatoire's Restaurant
        209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: jjwhitson

          Check out the New Orleans Cooking Experience http://www.neworleanscookingexperienc...
          I took a class there from Frank Brigtsen, and it was great fun. They are offering one class this coming Wednesday, and two on Thursday. The location is fabulous: a beautiful 1790's Creole plantation house on Bayou Road, off Esplanade, a drive of less than 10 minutes from your hotel.

          If your kids go for sweets, I recommend a stop at Angelo Brocato's, a pasticceria and gelateria that dates back to 1905. The pastries and ice creams are excellent, and they brew a good cup of coffee too. Brocato's is on Carrollton near Canal St. The original location of Brocato's was on Ursulines St in the Quarter. Croissant d'Or is there now - a local fave for light breakfasts and lunches. As you might expect, the croissants are very good.

          Croissant D'Or Patisserie
          617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

          Brocato Angelo Ice Cream & Confectionery
          214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

        2. I really liked Commander's. I second taking the street car to the Garden District, fun place to walk around and look at the houses.

          I went on a graveyard tour which was better than I expected but make sure you go with a tour.

          Cafe du Monde is always nice.

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          1. re: redfish62

            These are wonderful suggestions! Thank you all so much. Yes, we will skip the Bayou tour - didn't think about the seasons and I will definitely check out the cooking school and other suggestions - thank you!

            1. re: jjwhitson

              You are most welcome. Hope you and yours have a great stay, and when it is concluded, please post a report here. Btw, the photo below is of a class at the NO Cooking Experience.