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NOLA in August.Yikes!

So Dad and his 14`yr. old daughter are off on a roadtrip. She has her mind set on NOLA. She's been to 4 Jazzfests; Dad to 24. Dad's not a big heat guy, but I couldn't dissuade her. Any suggestions on food choices that might get us out of the heat.Or other AC activities? I know Hansen's is a must. Plum St. too. Thanks, 'hounds.

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  1. The Aquarium is perfect !! It's great in general and VERY chilly in the hot weather. We're headed there in August too and I already have it on the list!

    1. The WWII museum is certainly worth a visit -- both for the exhibits and the American Sector restaurant (which, while appealing to kids & families is surprisingly good).

      Since you're into music, you might also consider a trip to Euclid Records down in the Bywater. It's a short, easy walk from there to Piety St. Snowballs (which is not bad at all) and also to a few decent restaurants: Pizza Delicious, Booty's, Elizabeth's, Maurepas Foods, and Suis Generis. PD, Booty's, and Maurepas all serve smallish portions ... I'm not (too) ashamed to say I've hit all three and the snowball stand (and Euclid, but that's a different vice) on the same afternoon. On more than one occasion. Alone.

      Also ... keep in mind that Buffa's back room -- where they have their music -- is (so far as I can tell) teen friendly. If you're down that end of the world, the Clover Grill is good fun ... though if Buffa's hasn't 86'd the chuck wings already (they're excellent but fleeting), they're worth the mess.

      Note that while it's blistering hot outside it can be frigid inside. You probably know that but keep it in mind, more than once I've ended up uncomfortably cold inside eating.

      1. new orleans school of cooking in the old Jax brewery is fun ( I am 13 and had fun)
        I also liked the vampie tour it was at night so it was cooler
        we also did the wax musem which my sister wanted to see
        and there is a great history center on the river.

        My very favourite is restraunt August

        1. First - seersucker suits, or white linen for dad, plus a Panama hat. For the ladies, a parasol, even in clear weather is not a bad choice.

          Lot's of tall, cool drinks - an afternoon in the Carousel Bar would not be out of the question, as would The Columns.

          In August, I would plan on both Hansen's and Williams Plum St. More will be better.

          When we left NOLA for Colorado, I stood on the platform of the train, and told my wife's family "You will NEVER see me back in New Orleans in the Summer... " Sort of like Teddy Roosevelt campaigning for President. Well, her family conspired. It seems that all weddings have been in the Summer. The New Orleans Wine & Food Festival decided to move closer to the Summer. Nieces and nephews held off their graduations, until the Summer. I have had to eat my words - but with light-weight clothing, plenty of tall, cool drinks, a lot of shade, and the AC in all restaurants, have made it bearable, at least for me. I do not put in the walking in the Summer, and often cab-it, so that I am not wet, when I arrive at the restaurants, but it is doable. Just remember that everyone will be using the hotel's hairdryer, just to be dry enough to put on a shirt!

          Enjoy, and stay cool.


          1. I don't even play a doctor on TV but my medico friends have confirmed that constant hydration is essential especially if you are drinking alcohol which runs you the other way. I have a friend who wined and dined a great deal Albeit in an arid climate in Oregon) who found himself in the hospital severely dehydrated and was on a fluid IV. It takes awhile, I gather, for drinking water to process so a quick slug won't do the drink if you are badly rundown. As noted elsewhere, light fabric anda hat are essential After sweating you might find restaurant air conditioning TOO cold

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            1. re: hazelhurst

              Well, I DID stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night, and agree with you. In Phoenix, we have dozens of patients, per day, who do NOT hydrate. They suffer mightily.


            2. "Cool Zoo" http://www.auduboninstitute.org/cool-zoo

              NOMA in City Park

              Saints home preseason games Aug. 9th and 16th. Many season ticketholders sell these seats (myself included) on the Saints site. A great way to experience the dome, if you've never been.

              1. If your daughter likes seafood and is willing to be at least a little bit adventurous, Peche on Magazine Street is in a great fun space (the building used to be a funeral home where they embalmed, among others, Jefferson Davis) with amazing food. Also, it gets mentioned a lot here, but the 3-6 Domenica happy hour with half priced pizzas is a great deal and very good.

                If you haven't done it before the Backstreet Cultural Museum is more than worth doing - a small community place in a Treme house, one room devoted to the Mardis Gras Indians and another room devoted to second lines and social aid and pleasure clubs. Very cool. As they're small and informal, you might want to call ahead and make sure they're open. In the Quarter, off Jackson Square, you could stop into the Cabildo which is where the Louisiana Purchase was signed and has air-conditioning plus exhibits devoted to New Orleans history and then go to Pirates Alley on the other side of the cathedral and grab a nice cold gelato at La Divina.

                For music, the only club I know that lets kids in is Rock n Bowl, but there's nothing wrong with that. You might also want to keep an eye out for concerts at the Old US Mint or at Louisiana Music Factory (you probably know it, but, just in case, it is a record store on Decatur - if you like Louisiana music worth stopping into even in the absence of live music).

                Hope you have a good time.

                1. Kids and Music---

                  We were at Kermit Ruffin's Speakeasy in June. There were several kids there. (ages 3-13). We had a good time and pretty good food.

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                  1. re: asuzc

                    Didn't know Kermit's allowed kids - that's great. He usually plays there Sunday and Monday. In theory, he starts at six but more often it's seven or later.

                  2. I would consider one of emerils restaurants:
                    1)NOLA has a great pork chop. Desserts were good there too - specifically the creme brûlée trio and also their house made ice creams.

                    2) Emiril's offers a 3 course lunch. Gumbo, porchetta sandwich and peanut butter pie were all great. 22.50 per person. They also do a banana cream pie which is rumored to be a must, but is not offered on the 3 course menu.

                    Another restaurant to keep in mind is domenica which has very good pizza.

                    At the WWII museum be sure to get tickets to the film produced and narrated by Tom hanks. It is very well done

                    A city bus tour is another AC idea. We did a general city tour and it was quite interesting.

                    Have a great trip and stay cool.