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Mar 17, 2011 12:20 PM

july 4th stay in new orleans

four of us will be riding into new orleans on the 4th of july. this will be our first time in new orleans and will be staying on canal street. we are looking for some places to eat local food, drink cheap and listen to some good music. we will only be in town for two nights so we are trying to pack in as much as we can. specially the night life.

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  1. Canal Street is fairly long, but IS served by the streetcar line. Where will you be staying, and will you have an auto, or be using foot-power, or public transportation?

    What are you looking for in the restaurants - cuisine, price-range, style, etc.?

    From Lower-Canal, so much is right at your doorstep, or very nearly so. You've got dives with great food, to some of the best fine-dining in the US. That is why I am asking what you are looking for.

    July will be hot, and likely with afternoon thunderstorms, but that is not all bad. All bars are air-conditioned, and are great places to duck into, for the showers. One just cools off with a tall ____, and a relaxing conversation with the bartender.

    Even in July, I travel with a blazer, or my white linen suit, but if one does not choose a very few restaurants in the evening, that is overkill.

    Enjoy, and let us know a bit more about what you want and require.


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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      We will be staying at the doubletree 300 canal st. We are looking for local hang out type places. places with good, low costs local food and drinks and great or unusual atmosphere and at least one place with some blues/jazz type bands at night with good inexpensive drinks.
      We are coming in on motorcycle so most of our moving around will be on foot. I hear the trollys run just about everywhere? if that is the case then we will us them or taxi.
      I guess the best way to explain it is " trying to get the great new orleans experience in 2 days"

      1. re: Streetfire

        you are on the edge of the French Quarter. there are 119 restaurants in that 12 block by 6 block area. the restaurants come in all sizes and price ranges. the same with bars and music venues. all kinds of music and all kinds of bars. you can walk this area easily, no need for any kind of transportation. bourbon street is not just a bawdy experience. there are lots of place to see good music. you should post your questions on tripadvisor/new orleans. you will get lots of specific info on music and bars. for food go to then look at some websites of places that interest you for their menus.

      2. re: Bill Hunt

        Brother Bill

        God Bless You for flying the flag...or cravat, anyway. My father would approve...more accurately, he'd take it as simply normal.

        Reminds me...I need new spectators.

      3. Here's a link to cheap drinks in NOLA.

        Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast and lunch.. They serve 25/30 different po boys. Johnny's Po Boy's is in the FQ on St. Louis and has outstanding po boys. Felipe's has great Mexican food using local ingredients. Clover Grill is open 24/7 for breakfast and good burgers and it's inexpensive. Rampart Food Store has good po boys. Antoine's has 25 cent martini's at lunch. Commerce Restaurant is a couple of blocks W of Canal in walking distance of FQ and has good inexpensive breakfast and lunch. Buffa's Lounge has good tamales. Daisy Dukes serves good breakfast, lunch and dinner open 24/7. Here's a link to NOLA specials.

        Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217

        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

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

        Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777 .

        Commerce Restaurant @ 300 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 9239

        Daisy Duke's @ 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 561 - 5171

        Go to Lucy's Bar on Tchoupitoulas for a good 4 to 7 happy hour and $2.50 beer. You can walk there. Tell your wife to wear comfortable shoes. If you go to Lucy's there's another great bar two blocks from Lucy's called Ernst Cafe on S Peters that has great specials also.

        Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995

        Go to Port O Call in the Marigny for good burgers or Praline Connection. Buffa's has reasonable food for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And tamales too.

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

        Praline Connection @ 542 Frenchmen St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 943 - 3934

        Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038

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        1. re: Littleman

          thanks a bunch. that should keep us busy for the 2 days. any suggestions on a place with good music at night. jazz or blues?

          1. re: Streetfire

            Here's a link to Jazz Clubs. Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor and Fritzell's are nice. I really like Davenport Lounge when Jeremy Davenport plays on T/F/S.


            If you want half priced pizza, 50 cent oysters and half priced drinks go to Domenica or Luke's between 3/6 PM.

          2. re: Littleman

            Geography question. I always considered Port of Call to technically be in the French Quarter (and not in the Marigny) because it's on the Quarter side of Esplanade. Have I been wrong all of these years? I always thought that Esplanade was the dividing line between the two neighborhoods.

            Port of Call
            838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

            1. re: Ross B

              Going way, way back, the neutral ground on Esplanade was considered to be the dividing line, like most of the neutral ground on Rampart St. and the neutral ground on Canal St.

              Now, some might make other determinations, and perhaps there are maps, that use other geographical criteria, but that was what I grew up with.

              Regardless, enjoy,


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                I'm with you..never heard it any other way. Now, as to other imponderables, well, why is "Upperline" farther down the Avenue than "Lowerline?" And why is that statue of the woman who left her jewels to build the park wearing a shawl in this kinda heat?

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  After all my years in and around NOLA, I still have not understood that the West Bank is actually the North Bank, the East Bank and maybe even the South Bank, but then I never used a compass, when referring to NOLA.

                  So long as I can find the restaurant, and good food, I really do not care. [Grin]


                2. re: Bill Hunt

                  The Vieux Carré is defined as all properties in the area bounded by the lower side of Iberville St., the uptown side of Esplanade Ave., the riverside of N. Rampart St., and the Mississippi River.

                  1. re: CharlieH

                    Now, here I always thought the the up-river boundary was Canal St. Guess that about eight square blocks fall elsewhere. Must be a netherworld, as they are not in the CBD. Guess that all the old maps were wrong, going back to when Canal St. was actually a canal?


                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      Bill, that really is part of the Quarter, but for development/ historic preservation purposes, it's not included. Of course Canal Street is the dividing line between the French Quarter and the American Sector.

            2. Check out Cooter Browns, Franky & Johnnys, Giacimos, Camelia Grill, Mothers, Drago's.....
              So much music get a Downbeat and see who is playing, see if Keermit Ruffins is in town, Rock & Bowl, Tipitinas, Maple Leaf, Donna's are good choices....

              501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

              Franky & Johnny's Restaurant
              321 Arabella St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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              1. Cheapest drinks in town, Miss Mae's open 24/7. $2 well drinks. Good bloody mary. Corner Napoleon/Magazine. Tipitinas is just a couple blocks toward the river corner Napoleon/Tchoupitoulas.

                501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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                1. re: JazzyB

                  ms. mae's! my favorite dive bar.totally devastated this year when drinks went from $1.00 to $2.00! ha-ha.

                  1. re: califkatie

                    You shoulda been dere when it wuz across from da Frien'ly House and Da Bus Barn...

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      wow, when was that? i thought i had been going to the current location for like 20 years.

                      1. re: califkatie

                        Geez, I guess it was late 80's or so when the move came. We used to end up there after bang-up dinners..I have pix of us outside in white tie. Cannot think of the name of the place before that but it was a favorite late night spot b/c you'd go across the street for the greasy spoon stuff and the morning line..earliest place in town to get it I was told..

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