Uptown weekend before Mardi Gras
We're coming to town on an unexpected business trip that we're extending to stay the weekend. We'll be in town Feb 28 - March 3, and staying Uptown near Audubon Park. I'm not as familiar with that neighborhood as I am of the French Quarter.
What's a good place to eat in that neighborhood, especially for late-night on the evening we fly in? What's great cheap food as well as fine food, and what can we enjoy without too many crowds and drunks?
I'm a repeat visitor to the city, but I've never been to New Orleans during the Mardi Gras season, and I don't know how that affects restaurants, nightlife, or even daytime life. How does carnival affect things, even if there aren't any parades on the nights we're there?
What should we make sure to see or eat to deepen our already profound love of the City?
Late night cheap classic eats at Camellia Grill at end of streetcar line St. Charles fairly close to Audobon Park. As for fine food - make a reservation at Brigstens. Dante's is a good bet also.
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
If you are near the park, you will be far enough fromthe parade route to not have to deal with the worst of the traffic and parking nightmare that is mardi gras.
As far as restaurants go, I highly recommend One in that area. The food is always very good and I love that their turtle soup is made from turtle meat. I don't really care for Brigstens. If I am in that area I prefer One or Dante's.
Things get tricky around Mardi Gras Uptown. Most fine-dining restaurants are closed on Sunday and some on Monday night, and most close on Fat Tuesday as well.