Restaurants Locals Love?
My boyfriend and I are taken our first trip to Mardi Gras 2014 together and I've never been to the big easy. I want to make the best out of this trip and soak up some good ol cajun soul food and culture. I have no interest for touristy places. Anyone have some good local suggestions on where to go for Great Crawdads and Gumbo/Jambalaya? Also I have a need to hear some good jazz and sounds of New orleans! Any ideas??
A list of don'ts is shorter than a list of do's. i agree with your list except I do go to The Gumbo Shop for gumbo z'herbes.
I'm on the Felix side but I'll leave the Acme/Felix competition open.
The question the OP has posed has been asked before so a search will bring up some more specific answers. Being a food city tourists eat where the locals eat and that;s OK.
Also realize coming at Mardi Gras puts you in to prime tourist season so make advance reservations at the restaurants of your choice
<<Also realize coming at Mardi Gras puts you in to prime tourist season so make advance reservations at the restaurants of your choice>>
I could not agree more, and now is probably a good time to start.
Also, and I feel that it must be noted, during Mardi Gras, rather significant parts of the City get shut down. Travel through those parts can be daunting, and even to a local.
I would print out a schedule for parades during the times that you plan to be in NOLA. Consult those carefully, against a street map of New Orleans. Try NOT to travel across any parade route. Try NOT to book any restaurant in one of the parade route neighborhoods.
Mardi Gras is great fun. New Orleans is a great city. The restaurants of NOLA can stand against most around the world. However, Mardi Gras changes many regions of the City.
When folk ask for my recs. on how best to "see" the City, during Mardi Gras, my rec. is to go at another time. It gets close, when the question is "how best to dine in NOLA, during Mardi Gras?" With planning, one can do it, but it does take planning, and both a good map (I would choose one copy for each day during Carnival, and the Dept. of Tourism should have copies for you), and a parade schedule.
Last year, I was about to get trapped in my Waikiki hotel, by the Honolulu Marathon. We left a day early for the Mainland. Translate that to about two weeks of Mardi Gras, and you can see the potential for a problem.
Plan, and reserve. Do not plan on any parade to pass a certain area by a certain time. Do not plan on the mobs of people clearing the streets by a certain time.
Plan dining, separate from the celebration of Mardi Gras. The two CAN co-exist, but only with planning on your part.
Good luck, enjoy and travel safely!