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palmtree38 Jan 28, 2014 07:07 PM

Going through old threads I came across these must try items or drink locations. This is our first time away in 10 years from our children for our anniversary. So looking to have a great time.

Gumbo
Jambalaya
BBQ Shrimp
Po Boy(verti martes)
Grilled oysters.(acme or felix)

Drinks at the carasoul
Hurricane at Pat and brians

We would like to try many different dishes and only 4 days so we dont mind doing our own food crawl rather then sitting down to fine dining restaurant for every dinner,

We will also be in NOLA during the Quarter fest 2 of the days where there will be lots of food sampling,

Reading all the must try restaurants , musicians to go watch and all the hapoy hour times is bit overwhelming, we could go and just wing it and have fun but we would hate to miss so much,

Any guidance on must try and location for items would be helpful.

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    shanefink Jan 28, 2014 07:37 PM

    Make reservations for the two nights without the festival at normal times 7:30ish. Leave one day to wing it and eat all the festival food you can and then for the 4th night, make a late dinner reservation, like 9:30ish. Make sure to explore the whole city. Head Uptown and try one of these great restaurants- Brigsten’s, Dominique’s, Le Petit Grocery, Clancy’s or Gautreau’s. If you can, try Commander’s Palace brunch. Go to Mr B’s for a BBQ shrimp snack. Don’t waste a meal there. Same for chargrilled oysters at Felix’s, Acme’s or Drago’s. IMO, they are all one-trick ponies. If you’re looking for a great lunch on one of the non-festival days, hit Cochon Butcher. Their expansion should be complete by then so I wouldn’t worry so much about not getting a seat. Gumbo and jambalaya are widely available to FQ Fest. My favorite is black Bart’s jambalaya and the duck and andouille gumbo. And the best po boy in the city can by found at the Fest as well- Cochon de lait po boy. Oh yeah, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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      hazelhurst Jan 29, 2014 07:38 AM

      I think that is good advice all around. The Festival gives plenty of chances to samplelots of stuff and,obviously, varaitions. The OP should know that there are endlses arguments--and endless fun---over "standards", e.g. whether one puts tomato in jambalaya, what makes a Real gumbo..should remoulade be red or white(yellow-ish), how much clove in turtle soup. I'd argue that remoulade and turtle soup are essential NOLA items..grillades too. Oyster preparations range from sublime to stupid but a good Bienville can be fantastic.

      Nap house is always a good idea..it is one of the Quarter places that is still very much part of the lives of natives.

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        palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 08:51 AM

        Yes I have Couchon Butcher on my list for a sandwich but which one? Or two as we can share them 1/2 each to try.

        What so you mean by one trick ponies??? Just go have a drink have oysters then leave?

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          JazzyB Jan 31, 2014 06:31 AM

          Good advice, especially the Cochon de lait. Be forewarned...the festival has grown tremendously. It has become " Bourbon St. on Fat Tuesday" crowded.

          Don't know why Napoleon House is famous for their Pimms. Just about anywhere else is better.

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            hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 06:36 AM

            You're not kidding. I had to go down there two years ago to deliver some sheet music that a friend had forgotten and it was a zoo. I ended up hiding out with some restaurant friends (who had a place to sit down). Never again.

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              palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 06:55 AM

              Well I am glad we are there then 2 days before the festival gets underway to take in the scenery before the crowds

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                Chulacat Jan 31, 2014 07:03 AM

                Once you get bored of the crowds head to another neighborhood and walk around and randomly try some bars and restaurants. Uptown is easy to get to on the St. Charles streetcar. Walk around the park and maybe go to the zoo. High Hat Cafe is a fun and good drop in restaurant (check the website). I would also recommend Boucherie and Dantes Kitchen for a more upscale experience.

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                  hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 07:04 AM

                  That is excellent advice..and the weather should be perfect for it, too. The perfect time of year to fall in love with New Orleans,and once in love, well....

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                    Chulacat Jan 31, 2014 07:08 AM

                    Dat Dog is also a hoot. Either the Magazine or the Freret location are great.

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                      palmtree38 Feb 19, 2014 09:09 AM

                      Our first day we will arrive mid morning check in at hotel and start walking to FQ taking in sites, smells and music. Po boy or muffalata for lunch and drink is what we are considering,
                      Dinner we were looking at stopping at several places on the list to do a foodie crawl which can be done a few nights so wondering if we tmay not need to make dinner reservations as only in NOLA 4 nights to which 2 are FQF.

                      Bourbon street visit at dusk to get the experience walk around 1/2 hour and head elsewhere. Probably be a earlier night as we would of been up since 2am.
                      Day 2
                      morning have breakfast at our hotel and then head out on the st. charles streetcar to garden district spending the morning here visiting the cemetery, taking in scenery and lunch at commanders Palace.

                      Take the street car back or walk it. On this thread dressing nice is required to dine at CP but will we be looking out of place in a jacket and dress walking the streets?
                      Day 3
                      if alligators are been frequently seen on tour take cajun encounters morning trip. Come back and enjoy FQF for the afternoon early evening of music drink and food.
                      Day 4
                      Walk, talk stop at various places for appys, drinks on list must try, buying souvenirs along the way. Take in more of the festival.

                      Day 5
                      Mid morning check out head to airport

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                        hazelhurst Feb 19, 2014 09:16 AM

                        As far as attire, you should be fine on Prytania Street, any of the "number" streets (First, Second etc). It is hard to convey in words how the NOLA neighborhoods shade off. You can go from one block of well-maintained houses to a row of simple shotgun houses in a matter in minutes. A friend lives on Sixth Street, about a minute walk from Commander's. He can turn the other way out of his door and be among longshoremen's bars in about three minutes on foot,

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                          palmtree38 Feb 19, 2014 09:41 AM

                          Would lunch at CP still require a jacket? Walking around may be a hot day mid April in button down shirt , jacket and long pants.

                          Or nicer golf shirt, docker pants and closed toe leather boatshoes be too casual?mor golf shirt, golf pants with dress shoes?

                          Ladies can wear dressier capris, dressy top and flats? Or skirt and or dress be better?
                          Walking in pumps for long distance wont be comfy for me as i have ongoing feet pain (plantar fascitiis)

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                            hazelhurst Feb 19, 2014 09:57 AM

                            They do not require a jacket at lunch (or even at dinner). No shorts allowed. No sandals. I would not take a date in capris..but no woman would accept an invitation without knowing she was expected to wear a dress.

                            I have known ladies who arrive in comfortable shoes and change to a dress pair held in a bag.

                            I should stress, though, that I am an anomaly and one of the few on this board---or in all of the City now--who won't be caught dead in any decent restaurant without and coat AND a tie.

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                              palmtree38 Feb 19, 2014 10:13 AM

                              Funny I thought of bringing comfy flats in purse and wear heels to wear in CP good plan

                              Walking in heels in cemeteries and around garden district will be uncomfortable for me.
                              Depends on ages of gals going not a lot of my friends early 40's wear dresses unless fancy evening occasion.
                              Skirts and dressy capris seem to be worn more during the day,
                              Open toe heels I guess not allowed either
                              Will come up with something.
                              Im going to take a book on TA under CP reviews and photos as many times guests are in pictures to give an idea of attire.

                              Ok took a look wide range.
                              One couple in T-shirts other women in casual and dressy blouses. Men in golf shirts with dockers or dress pants others in jackets,

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                                JazzyB Feb 28, 2014 06:15 AM

                                Traditional heels are tricky navigating nola sidewalks. Wedges are much better, although some sidewalks will still prove a challenge. Nearly all of my shoes fall into the sandal category..... Wedges and heels alike. It's so warm here, closed toe shoes during winter only. I never feel out of place wearing heeled sandals at Commanders with a sundress. BTW, bring a shrug if you wear a sundress. Nola ac can be quite formidable.

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                                  palmtree38 Feb 28, 2014 01:38 PM

                                  I wear dressier sandals ie not keens, or crocs but with a small wedge. comfortable.
                                  So open toe shoes for ladies is okey at CP its just the men they dont want in open toe?

                                  I have a black shrug I was planning to pack and lycra like material but wrinkle free

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                      palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 07:13 AM

                      Its somewhat confusing on what neighbourhoods are considered safe

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                        Chulacat Jan 31, 2014 07:17 AM

                        Uptown is very safe. It is an extremely upscale neighborhood with mansions lining St. Charles and high end boutiques on Magazine Street.

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                          palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 07:26 AM

                          Sounds pretty. Looking forward to it.
                          what neighbourhood is the river area? And don't laugh just curious is there alligators that come up that river at times?

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                            Chulacat Jan 31, 2014 07:31 AM

                            No alligators in the Mississippi in the city. They are in the swamps outside the city.

                            Try the Happy Hour at the Columns Hotel on St. Charles. It is in the Garden District between Uptown and CBD. Good value and pretty fun experience.

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                              NJlovesNOLA Jan 31, 2014 07:35 AM

                              Aah, the Columns Hotel is beautiful! What a lovely porch to sit on & have a cocktail & watch the world go by...I can't wait to get back to NOLA in April!!!

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                                palmtree38 Feb 26, 2014 10:42 AM

                                if we are at CP for lunch ending before 2pm we might be out of the neighbourhood as Columns happy hour starts at 5-7pm. looks like drinks only at HH no mention of small plates or such at hh.
                                porch setting looks quite pretty.

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                                hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 07:33 AM

                                The whole city is the river area, really. We divide it for practical purposes into four points: Uptown/Downtown/Riverside/Lakeside. Anything "up river" is "Uptown" although the neighborhood "uptown" is a little more defined. In describing a location, we say "it is on the Downtown lakeside corner of St Charles Avenue." (this would be the far, left corner if you are travelling towards downtown. It is not as complicated as it sounds. you'll get the hang of it.

                                I have never seen an alligator in the river in the City although I have seen plenty farther downriver and farther upriver.

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                                  zin1953 Jan 31, 2014 07:42 AM

                                  One of my favorite descriptions . . .

                                   
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                                    hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 07:46 AM

                                    yup, that's it...and it just brings up the old set of eternal New Orleans Un-answerable Questions:

                                    1) Why is it that, when you drive to the West Bank, you go South?

                                    2) Why is Upperline (Street) farther down than Lowerline?

                                    3) Why is "East End" west of "West End?"

                                    4)(extinct) Why is there no Barq's on Sunday at Ye Olde College Inn?

                                    A friend once tried to explain these and we made him shut up.

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                                  NJlovesNOLA Jan 31, 2014 07:36 AM

                                  You'll see some alligators during your swamp tour, especially if the weather is warm.

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                                    palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 07:49 AM

                                    NJ are you going to be here for the quarter fest??

                                    One person mentioned the first time to see Bourbon street is at dusk/night as a real sight .

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                                      NJlovesNOLA Jan 31, 2014 07:59 AM

                                      No. We will be there April 17-22. I found out about the festival after we booked everything but there's always next year! Bourbon Street at night is the time to see the sights, that's for sure!

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                                        montuori Jan 31, 2014 08:17 AM

                                        I firmly believe it's every American's obligation to see Bourbon St., Manhattan, and Las Vegas at least once in his lifetime (but not necessarily twice). Here's my Bourbon St. advice:

                                        1. If it's not a color you can immediately associate with an actual liquor, don't drink it.

                                        2. If someone actively tries to sell you something, don't buy it.

                                        3. He knows where you got your shoes.

                                        4. More on shoes: nothing open toed (you'll thank me later).

                                        5. Be less of a mugging target than everyone else: keep your phone and money in your pocket and don't get too schnozzled.

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                                          hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 08:22 AM

                                          Don't give away Number three..them kids gotta make a livin'

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                                            Chulacat Jan 31, 2014 08:26 AM

                                            They always know.

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                                              NJlovesNOLA Jan 31, 2014 08:29 AM

                                              And ANYWHERE in the FQ, if someone tries to hand you a "free" hat, do not take it. Keep walking. Trust me.

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                                                kibbles Feb 7, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                re: #3, they aren't "kids", they're grown men.

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                                                  hazelhurst Feb 10, 2014 07:00 AM

                                                  Plenty of them are kids. And while some are shaving you don't have as many old men working the streets like Pork Chop did for 60 years.

                                                  Odd you should mention that, though. I saw a former Antoine's captain at the Fair Grounds yesterday and we jawed over the changes to the restaurants and street "entertainers" at some length

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                                                    kibbles Feb 10, 2014 03:02 PM

                                                    maybe youre thinking of the tap dancers? i stroll thru the quarter often on my way to work and most/all the times ive been asked where i got my shoes have been from grown men, not kids and not adolescents.

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                                                      hazelhurst Feb 10, 2014 04:41 PM

                                                      Tap dancers --with the coke caps on the shoes..will do it. (But Pork Chop was a dancer you may recall) Still I don't think anyone asks me anymore. Maybe its carriage but I don't know when the last time I was approached. Still, I've seen lots of 12,13 yrs old pull it

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                                                palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                I was going to wear my wedding band only leave diamonds at home.
                                                No open to shoes? Figured sandals would be worn mid April. Ut with crowds at FQ feet get stepped on

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                                                  NJlovesNOLA Jan 31, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                  Your diamond rings/earrings will be fine, I always wear mine (it's not that type of crowd there). I would wear sneakers or closed toe flats on Bourbon Street because of all the um, wetness on the street & sidewalks there. Can never be too sure what that small puddle was you just walked thru. Everywhere else in NOLA I would defintiely wear sandals & flip flops.

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                                                    palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                    People pee on the streets???? What the?

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                                                      hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                      Well, they are often rather far gone in drink...that is to say, drunk, bombed, plastered, fried, blotto, stinko....there is a certain loss of control under those circumstances.

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                                                        NJlovesNOLA Jan 31, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                        Yes, it is beyond their control. Some also drink beyond their limits & involuntarily regurgitate the excess alcohol onto the street & sidewalks. The bar owners do a great job of cleaning everything off the sidewalk come morning though. And there's also a street cleaning truck that squirts lemony scented soapy water as it drives down the streets in the morning, so you can wear sandals during the daytime!! LOL

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                                                        JazzyB Feb 28, 2014 06:25 AM

                                                        More like "garbage truck juice". Contrary to popular tourist belief, you can not urinate on our streets. Public urination will land you in jail.

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                                                        palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                        So most don't spend much time on Bourbon street then? If you have to plan what shoes to wear before you leave your hotel for the evening lol.
                                                        Our first day we were going to head out for lunch in the FQ for a Po Boy and drink. Get familiar with the area by foot, maybe see Bourbon street in the evening after we have returned to hotel to change and freshen up. Go out somewhere for dinner and drinks.

                                                        Next day take the St charles street car to CP for lunch, walk Lafayette's cemetery, garden district area and would the Columns Hotel be too far from here for a HH cocktail be a good idea? OR Cooter Brown's at the riverbend(509 S Carrollton).

                                                        Third day take a morning swamp tour then return to FQ fest for music and food all afternoon, rpt 4th day and buy souvenirs
                                                        5th day check out of hotel back home.

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                                                          NJlovesNOLA Feb 3, 2014 09:22 AM

                                                          Seriously, one walk down & back on Bourbon one of the nights you're there is really enough to get the idea of what it's like. You'll see the street entertainers, get bumped into by someone who's on a bar crawl, stop in a bar or 2 for a libation and good music, visit the voodoo shop out of curiosity, and head back towards Canal Street. It's a fun street with lots to see & drink, but in my opinion, not something you'll feel the need to do each night of your stay in NOLA.

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                                                            palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                            Ha ha okey I get the drift :)

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                                                              Biglester Mar 5, 2014 09:17 AM

                                                              Amen and Amen!

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                                                              Gizmo56 Feb 3, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                              The Columns makes a nice stop for a late afternoon drink on the porch.

                                                              The vibe (and age group) on Bourbon Street at night is like a giant frat party. If you are in that mindset, I suppose you might enjoy it, but for most folks, a quick walk to satisfy your curiosity is probably as much or more Bourbon Street mayhem than you'll need. There are much better destinations in the FQ.

                                                              Cross Esplanade and enjoy the music venues and festive atmosphere on Frenchmen Street. Have a late night beignet at Cafe du Monde. Stop for drinks at Napoleon House, Hermes Bar, the Carousel Bar and French 75. Get a plate of oysters at Felix's. Catch a set at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, and have a drink in the bar at R'evolution (in the same hotel). Cross Canal Street and have a Ramos Fizz in the beautiful Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel. Get there between 3 and 6 pm for half-priced pizza and Italian wines by the glass at John Besh's Domenica at the same hotel.

                                                              All of the above would be time better spent than the Bourbon Street spectacle, IMO.

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                                                                palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 10:04 AM

                                                                I appreciate this info, were mid 40's so frat party and barfers are not our thing.
                                                                My list

                                                                Sazarec bar-more affordable drinks during their HH here and close to our hotel on way home.
                                                                Lafittes Blacksmith shop oldest bar in USA. Walk in have a drink walk out
                                                                Sylvain for dinner/desert
                                                                Po boys at Johnnys
                                                                Mrs B's shrimp platter
                                                                French 75-drink
                                                                And Carosoul for a hurricane
                                                                Lukes HH oyster fix
                                                                Domenica for HH wine and pizza
                                                                muffuletta at Cochon Butcher
                                                                Commander Palace lunch (reservations made)
                                                                acme or Felix for Oysters

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                                                                  NJlovesNOLA Feb 3, 2014 10:14 AM

                                                                  Yes, it's not worth more than an hour or 2 of your visit. We're in our mid 40s also & would rather visit Bourbon St during the day rather than at night. Your list sounds great! I'm a fan of Felix's chargrilled oysters, but I've heard Acme's are right up there with them & both restaurants are right across the street from one another if your decision is last minute.

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                                                                    palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 10:20 AM

                                                                    Great!
                                                                    Now some say felix is better for char grilled Oysters and Acmes for raw? I think I have that right?
                                                                    oyster crawl may be in order my spouses favourite
                                                                    Also trip to french market for crawfish boil or another location as that was a big must try too.

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                                                                      NJlovesNOLA Feb 3, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                                      Yes, I prefer chargrilled at Felix's & raw at Acme, if I go to Acme, as there are plenty of restaurants that also serve them up nicely chilled & tasty!!! If you have time, I suggest crawfish @ Cooter Brown's in the Garden District (the St Charles streetcar will get you there). Hubby & I stopped in there for a cocktail & the crawfish they were serving looked really good, so we ordered some. They were delicious!

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                                                                        palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                        Yes I saw your post about Cooter Browns . We probably will only have time for one visit to the garden district and we have lunch reservations at commander's Palace. So we could walk off lunch at the cemetery then have a drink and share an order of crawfish lol oink oink

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                                                                          NJlovesNOLA Feb 3, 2014 10:49 AM

                                                                          They might have to roll you out after the crawfish if you do that! LOL There are plenty of places in the FQ to get crawfish so you can have them another day.

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                                                                          palmtree38 Mar 11, 2014 09:09 AM

                                                                          NjlovesNOLA or anyone else have a link to a good map that we can print off and put the addresses of these restaurants on so we know where were going?

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                                                                            Gizmo56 Mar 11, 2014 01:46 PM

                                                                            Do yourself a favor and acquire one of these:

                                                                            http://www.amazon.com/Streetwise-New-...

                                                                            The laminated folding format is ideal for travelers, especially if you plan to be doing a fair amount of walking. Best $6 you'll spend on the trip.

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                                                                              NJlovesNOLA Mar 12, 2014 08:53 AM

                                                                              Here's a link to printable walking maps of NOLA that I have found useful...

                                                                              http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=w...

                                                                              Just copy & paste

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                                                                                palmtree38 Mar 13, 2014 06:03 AM

                                                                                Perfect thanks so much!

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                                                                            JazzyB Feb 3, 2014 11:18 AM

                                                                            After you try the typical char grilled (the attraction here is sopping up the garlicky, parmesan butter sauce) go to GW Fins and have the best....cold smoked, sizzling oysters.

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                                                                              kibbles Feb 7, 2014 04:16 PM

                                                                              we had GW's for the first time not long ago -- actually didn't care for them at all. the oysters were plump and sorta like water balloons... now, i enjoy raw oysters, and i enjoy grilled oysters, but i dont enjoy grilled oysters that feel like raw oysters.

                                                                              Drago's are still our best liked.

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                                                                          hazelhurst Feb 3, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                          The devotees ofCarousel Bar will have to weigh in on this but to my mind it is not a Hurricane type of place. Come to think of it I am not sure I've ever seen anyone have a Hurricane anywhere other than Pat O'Brien's or at a private party.

                                                                          Carousel was once noted for the Vieux Carre cocktail, maybe a Roffignac.but, as I say, one or more of its legion of fans can make recommendations.

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                                                                            kibbles Feb 7, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                            Lafitte's Blacksmith Shoppe -- while i hate the frat boy atmosphere, and addition of TVs and jukebox (what a shame, both), i think they have the best hurricane. real fruit juice, not too sweet.

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                                                                              montuori Feb 7, 2014 06:46 PM

                                                                              I'm not sure if it was a special or what but a friend of mine recently scored a real juice hurricane at Felipe's in the Quarter. While not the apex of haute cuisine, they do a good enough job if you're in the mood for what they do.

                                                                              That said, good to know about Lafitte's.

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                                                                                kibbles Feb 8, 2014 06:38 AM

                                                                                I know some of the bartenders from Felipe's, that doesn't surprise me - one was the bar manager at Maurepas and King Fish, both strong cocktail programs.

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                                                                          palmtree38 Feb 5, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                          Gizmo is this your bar crawl itinerary over 1 night or a few?? Lol

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                                                                            Gizmo56 Feb 5, 2014 09:56 AM

                                                                            :)

                                                                            I didn't expect you to hit them all in one go, just wanted to rattle off a number of FQ options.

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                                                                              palmtree38 Feb 5, 2014 10:06 AM

                                                                              Ok well being a NOLA newbie one has to ask a lot of questions :)

                                                                              Also many like HH for a drink pop in and or light snack.
                                                                              How does everyone keep track of the times and locations lol

                                                                              I think I need to come up with a HH walking map .

                                                                              Many I have read seem to be 3-6pm maybe this is standard

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                                                                                Gizmo56 Feb 5, 2014 10:36 AM

                                                                                Just check the websites of any places that interest you as possible happy hour destinations for the hours.

                                                                                One caveat: some of the bars that are in hotels (Sazerac, Carousel, etc.) will have big throngs crowding in during the late afternoon from business meetings in the hotel conference rooms letting out, etc.

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                                                                            palmtree38 Mar 31, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                            Just to clarify the rosevolt hotel has Domenica restaurant in it as well as the Sazerac bar in it (known for their Ramon Fizz drinks)?? Both places happy hour is 3-6pm?

                                                                            I believe this hotel is between FQ and route back to our hotel Drury Inn we are staying at?

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                                                                              Gizmo56 Apr 1, 2014 12:42 AM

                                                                              The Roosevelt is 1/2 block away from the FQ, just across Canal Street, with entrances on both Barrone and University. Yes, get the Ramos Gin Fizz in the Sazerac Bar. The drink, and seeing it made, are both quite wonderful.

                                                                              I am not sure if there is any "happy hour" at the Sazerac. I suggest stopping into Sazerac during the mid-afternoon when it is likely to be quiet. The Roosevelt often hosts business meetings. When they let out toward the end of the afternoon, the bar can get very crowded and loud. Go before that happens, so that you can soak up the beautiful decor and have a chance to relate to the bartender and servers.

                                                                              Yes, at the adjacent Domenica, the "happy hour" is 3 to 6 pm, and it consists of half price on all pizzas and wines by the glass.

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                                                                                palmtree38 Apr 1, 2014 05:40 AM

                                                                                Thanks gizmo.
                                                                                Someone had mentioned they have a HH as a good time to go as Sazarec drinks are $$$

                                                                                One week will be there. Very excited for our first trip to NOLA

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                                                                                  hazelhurst Apr 1, 2014 05:48 AM

                                                                                  I never go to the Sazerac at 5:30 or so..I try to stop by in the afternoon on a weekend. And the other thing to avoid is live "entertainment." One more than one occasion I have been in there when they had a group playing. These are set up according to interrogation methods used by Stalin's NKVD and the Gestapo. Every instrument is wired to a speaker and amplified in a room that needs no such "enhancement." The resulting noise sounds like London in the Blitz.

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                                                                              JazzyB Feb 3, 2014 11:12 AM

                                                                              There is so much more to nola than the FQ. Boirbon St. Is loaded with touristy bars and souvenir shops. five minutes is enough time spent. Take the street car uptown to get a glimpse of the Garden District, uptown (Audubon Park, universities, St. Charles mansions), the Riverbend and S Carrollton. iRide the Canal St line to City Park (such a gem). Home to NOMA, sculpture and botanical,gardens, paddle boats, golf, tennis, equestrian stables, Morning Call, the list goes on. Oh, and forget to check out Magazine St. , the Marigny and Bywater.

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                                                                                kibbles Feb 7, 2014 04:19 PM

                                                                                here's the problem with sending people to Marigny or Bywater due to the FQ being too touristy -- now the Marigny and Bywater are getting too touristy. Frenchmen Street? forget it. Bourbon Street v2.0.

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                                                                            hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                                            Although they try, the Quarter is not the cleanest of venues

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                                                                            Ziggy41 Jan 31, 2014 10:56 AM

                                                                            3. He knows where you got your shoes.

                                                                            LOL! I still fell for it even with the warning

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                                                                              palmtree38 Feb 5, 2014 09:00 AM

                                                                              What is this all about?? Dudes trying to sell you new shoes as know where your current ones are from?

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                                                                                hazelhurst Feb 5, 2014 09:05 AM

                                                                                It is a bet that you make with a kid on the street who will tell you "where you got your shoes" down to "the City, the state, the time and the place :where you got them shoes." Don't take the bet: you'll lose.

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                                                                                  JazzyB Feb 28, 2014 06:33 AM

                                                                                  Where you got your shoes............on your feet.

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                                                                            palmtree38 Feb 26, 2014 10:45 AM

                                                                            In your opinion if you were in going to NOLA first time and have 4 full days only would time be better used to explore the neighbourhoods and skip the swamp tour? The reason I ask as yes mid April they will be out however, they pick you up early 8:30am good hour or more to pick up guests at hotels. take the tour then drop off mid afternoon 2pm or later. This does take up a lot of one day for our trip.

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                                                                              JazzyB Feb 26, 2014 11:03 AM

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                                                                                palmtree38 Feb 26, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                                lol Jazzy sounds like you have been there done that :O)

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                                                                                  Monch Feb 26, 2014 11:16 AM

                                                                                  In our fifteen plus excursions to NOLA, we've never ONCE said "Sure wish we had devoted some time to a swamp tour"....

                                                                                  Just one perspective...

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                                                                                    collardman Feb 26, 2014 02:02 PM

                                                                                    I've been on two swamp tours, one was business but the second was with some visiting friends. I enjoyed both, even tho I've been around the marshes for many years.
                                                                                    Part of the entertainment is having an entertaining tour Captain.

                                                                                    If you have the time not all of Louisiana is urban treats.

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                                                                                      Monch Feb 26, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                                                      Could NOT agree more, CM.

                                                                                      One of our MOST memorable trips:
                                                                                      - We landed at Armstrong and immediately jumped in a rental to drive to Baton Rouge. Spent the afternoon and evening knocking around BR. Fun!
                                                                                      - Got up the next morning for the ride back...along the River Road. Fascinating for a Wisconsin boy!
                                                                                      - A tour of Laura plantation and a lunch at B&C Seafood, in Vacherie, and we headed back to New Orleans for the rest of the trip.

                                                                                      The roadtrip and plantation tour were an absolute highlight.

                                                                                      Looking back on my comment, through your reply, I was being very narrow minded....appreciate the feedback.

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                                                                                        palmtree38 Feb 26, 2014 07:22 PM

                                                                                        First time and 4 days only in NOLA.

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                                                                                          NJlovesNOLA Feb 28, 2014 05:47 AM

                                                                                          We did a swamp tour during our 3rd visit to NOLA. Only because we were still wet behind the ears the first 2 trips & thought there was nothing more to do than eat & drink! (we were young then!). It was a fascinating drive to the swamp & we really enjoyed the tour. I'm sure whatever decision you make will be the right one for you! Plus, nobody visits NOLA just once, so plan the tour during your next visit!

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                                                                                      kibbles Mar 3, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                      our wet lands are beautiful, and a swamp tour is the easiest way for a visitor or even a local to see a bit of them. i recommend.

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                                                                                        hazelhurst Mar 3, 2014 11:26 AM

                                                                                        while I agree wholeheartedly I'd just add that one should see the swamps between now and the end of april...and don't try again until October.

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                                                                                          palmtree38 Mar 3, 2014 11:56 AM

                                                                                          Is that due to the weather ie flowers coming in bloom alligators coming out

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                                                                                            Gizmo56 Mar 3, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                            Heat and humidity...

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                                                                                              hazelhurst Mar 3, 2014 12:08 PM

                                                                                              No, I am speaking of the heat..by May the temperatures are already running in the 80s(F) and humidity is soaring..80%. Simply miserable (unless you are a stalk of sugar cane or a soybean plant). Louisiana in fall and spring is one of the most wonderful places on earth but summer is a killer. I resist summer by dressing in light clothing but I still dress. I have some standards remaining.

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                                                                                                NJlovesNOLA Mar 3, 2014 12:11 PM

                                                                                                I'm going to guess Hazelhurst is telling you that because of the extreme heat & humidity during the summer months. I'm also going to guess that the bug population in the wetlands increases greatly during the summer months. I've been on the tours during February, April & October & it's beautiful.

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                                                                                                  hazelhurst Mar 3, 2014 12:23 PM

                                                                                                  If you can guess horse races and stocks as well as you called that, we have GOT to get together....long Galatoire's lunch....on me. Bring pen &paper (no computer stuff please)

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                                                                                                    NJlovesNOLA Mar 3, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                    I'm much better at the races, so we'll concentrate on that! But I have to insist on paying for lunch since you have guided this Jersey girl in the right direction MANY times thanks to your recommendations here on CH!!

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                                                                                                      hazelhurst Mar 3, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                      Oh, pshaw! you say the nicest things. I'm in love already..we can have fun fighting over the tab.

                                                                                                      are you good on turf races? those are my favorites.

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                                                                                                        NJlovesNOLA Mar 3, 2014 12:42 PM

                                                                                                        I am pretty good on turf races, although I prefer good old dirt. I can be found on any given summer weekend at Monmouth Park. Ever hear of the Haskell Invitational?

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                                                                                                          hazelhurst Mar 3, 2014 01:33 PM

                                                                                                          "Ever heard of the Haskell Invitational/" Child, you cut me to the quick! Grade I stuff, Stop by Lucy the Margate Elephant for luck and rattle over to see your $$$$ fly down the track. Hot. humid July Jersey. (In my youth we wore seersucker out there).

                                                                                                          Come to the Fair Grounds--where the food is pretty damn good again (there two weeks ago at a private party). Longest stretch run in America. goddamn good dirt, too.

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                                                                                                            NJlovesNOLA Mar 4, 2014 04:40 AM

                                                                                                            I see you know Jersey summers too well! That's the time of year when those damn no-seeum's come out to bother us. I'm going to have to grab my sun hat & venture out to the Fair Grounds. When do their races begin? We'll be in NOLA in April & then again in October.

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                                                                                                              hazelhurst Mar 4, 2014 07:45 AM

                                                                                                              Our meet starts Thanksgiving and runs through march. Closes just before the Jazz Fest

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                                                                                                                NJlovesNOLA Mar 4, 2014 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                Hmm, we might have to do a NOLA trip next February or March. I'll look into it. Thanks!

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                                                                                                                  hazelhurst Mar 4, 2014 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                  Anytime. There are few things more beautiful in Life than a Feb/March day at Da Track watchin yo'' money fly away.(Unless, maybe, it is watching Secretariat [turn to the East and bow] demolish the Belmont, footage that never fails to reduce me to tears.)

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                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Mar 4, 2014 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                    We will miss each others NOLA stay by a week or so, we are mid april.
                                                                                                                    A chow meet up would of been fun

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                                                                                                        zin1953 Mar 3, 2014 02:11 PM

                                                                                                        Hey, when my (now 19 year old) daughter was 12, she picked 6 out of 7 winners at the track! That 7th horse, though . . . I think he's still approaching the finish line.

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                                                                                                          hazelhurst Mar 3, 2014 02:21 PM

                                                                                                          I know that (7th) horse! The Borden Chemical Company is well-known to send spies out when I bet so they know who to claim. Borden, as you may know, owns Elmer's Glue/

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                                                                                              JazzyB Feb 28, 2014 06:39 AM

                                                                                              We live here and unless there is a reason (Galatoire's) to be on Bourbon, we avoid it.

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                                                                                                zin1953 Feb 28, 2014 07:23 AM

                                                                                                Agreed (and I don't live there, just visit once or twice a year, going back pre-K)

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                                                                                                  palmtree38 Feb 28, 2014 01:35 PM

                                                                                                  I also had thought the swamp tour would be great to see with the kids so we may just hold out and do that with them as a family.
                                                                                                  Take in more of the attractions that adults would enjoy more ie history. architecture, etc

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                                                                                                  NJlovesNOLA Feb 28, 2014 07:34 AM

                                                                                                  Totally agree with that. In our last 8 visits, we never even ventured down that street. UNFORTUNATELY, we will probably have to spend a few hours on Bourbon in April because we are bringing 3 thirty somethings who have never been to NOLA &, well, that's part of the baptism when it's your first time...

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                                                                                                    palmtree38 Feb 28, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                                                    well we will be newbies so check it out 15 min then leave. Were mid 40's so not into the college crowd

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                                                                                                      NJlovesNOLA Mar 3, 2014 06:57 AM

                                                                                                      Hubby & I are mid 40's too, so the Bourbon Street attraction is long gone. Thank goodness!

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                                                                                                        palmtree38 Mar 3, 2014 07:47 AM

                                                                                                        haha we will have enough problems with the FQ and surrounding areas sampling this and drinking that :O)

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                                                                                                          zin1953 Mar 3, 2014 08:11 AM

                                                                                                          Right now. Plan another trip.

                                                                                                          Spending your entire visit in and around the Quarter is like never leaving the East Village and thinking you've seen all of Manhattan, let alone New York City . . .

                                                                                                          Don't misunderstand -- there is lots to eat, to see, to do in and around the FQ, but (obviously) there is so much more to the city of New Orleans and the surrounding area. (I know you know that already; I'm just trying to encourage you to visit again . . . and again.)

                                                                                                          I first went to New Orleans in 1970, and have been visiting at least once a year since 2002 (except for 2005, when Katrina hit; we cancelled our Oct. 2005 visit, but were back the following Spring), and I still don't know New Orleans . . .

                                                                                                          Try to get out to Breaux Bridge and eat at Poche's or Cafe des Amis; check out the andouille in La Place. Drive out River Road, see the plantations, and eat at Hymel's . . . let alone checking out the other neighborhoods of New Orleans itself.

                                                                                                          And whatever you do, have fun! ;^)

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                                                                                                            palmtree38 Mar 3, 2014 08:40 AM

                                                                                                            Thanks! We wont have a car rental but would consider one for a day .

                                                                                                            I guess to be honest all the talk about safety and past 9pm some hotels you should take taxis back not walk. Dont go in this area as bad neighbourhood on edge of caution we were staying local as not familiar what is good area and not driving around. Needing gas, stopping for photos. Etc

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                                                                              palmtree38 Feb 5, 2014 08:59 AM

                                                                              Cochon de lait is the same place as cochon butcher?
                                                                              And everyone goes here for the cochon mufflattas? Or is there another hot item on their menu? (Menu is not too big)

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                                                                                hazelhurst Feb 5, 2014 09:06 AM

                                                                                Cochon de lait is the food item, "Cochon butcher" is the store. Hog butchering is usually called a "cochon de lait" although purists insist that the pig be a suckling pig.

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                                                                                  palmtree38 Feb 5, 2014 09:15 AM

                                                                                  Ok gotcha! And hazlehurst you go here for the Cochon Muffaletta with house meats and olive salad $12??

                                                                                  Anyone like St. James Cheese Company?? This seems like a fun pairing cheeses,pastramis and wine for a nice lunch???

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                                                                                    hazelhurst Feb 5, 2014 09:19 AM

                                                                                    Yes, Cochon Butcher is doing a good muffaletta. And St James is lots of fun to play around with but it will run into $$ in a hurry

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                                                                                      montuori Feb 5, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                                                      Gosh ... I've never had the live salad. That sounds like something I'd really enjoy.

                                                                                      St. James is very good. I suspect they're providing a fair amount of the cheese served at restaurants around the city. As Hazelhurst indicated, they're not cheap but when the cheesemonger tells you that you really must try the $30/lb Gouda (or whatever) he says it with authority. Plus they're next door the Creole Creamery.

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                                                                                        JazzyB Feb 5, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                                                        St. James is good. However, it's not anything you can't find in any city, USA. their meats are really nothing special. The cheese selection is good. Any pastrami you find in Nola will be sorely disappointing. Steins's deli has it flown in from NY but it is presliced/portioned and "crisped"in a microwave. I know of no place that keeps it in a steam table and slices to order as it should be.

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                                                                                          palmtree38 Feb 5, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                                                          we LOVE our cheeses providing not from a goat or sheep.
                                                                                          Ewww can taste the fur on my tongue so have to make sure menu items don't have goat or chevre which i learned quickly.
                                                                                          5 -10 year chedders.

                                                                                          Will skip the st James lots of other places that are not what we would have at home to sample.

                                                                                          I would find a LIVE salad interesting too :) Olive salad typo

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                                                                                            kibbles Mar 3, 2014 11:06 AM

                                                                                            i like St. James. Justin Trosclair won best-cheesemonger in a big competition in NY.

                                                                                            http://www.specialtyfood.com/news-tre...

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                                                                                      palmtree38 Apr 7, 2014 06:28 AM

                                                                                      I did not see Cochon Butcher on the food lineup for the FQF. to be serving their Cochon De Lait

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                                                                                    NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 07:01 AM

                                                                                    palmtree, Here's a few suggestions for your food crawl:

                                                                                    -We always make sure we go to Camellia Grille (540 Chartres St) in the FQ for breakfast. The food is great with atmosphere to match!
                                                                                    -Venture to the Napolean House (500 Chartres St) for a Pimm's Cup. You'll enjoy the history there.
                                                                                    -We prefer Felix's (739 Iberville St) grilled oysters over Acme's (724 Iberville St). They have a much better flavor in my honest opinion. But I like Acme's raw oysters.
                                                                                    -Deanie's for seafood (841 Iberville St).
                                                                                    -For a nice variety of beers & the best cheese fries I have ever tasted, hop on the St Charles Ave streetcar & head to the Garden District for Cooter Brown's at the riverbend(509 S Carrollton).
                                                                                    -The Gumbo Shop (630 Saint Peter) has a great Bloody Mary if that's your taste.
                                                                                    -Mr B's Bistro for BBQ shrimp (201 Royal St). Out of this world!
                                                                                    Oh, and before a native New Orleanians corrects you, it's Pat O'Brien's, not Pat and Brians. Either way, the drinks are strong & lovely!

                                                                                    Have an awesome time & go with the flow-you're going to be hooked after your first visit to NOLA just like I was, trust me!!

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                                                                                      zin1953 Jan 29, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                      Just goes to show . . . we *each* have our own Personal Palate Preferences. ;^)

                                                                                      This Californian also loves New Orleans, but a) absolutely hates Deanie's seafood (quite possibly the worst meal I've ever had in the FQ, and b) can't stand Pat O'Brien's. On the other hand, I love the BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's. prefer Acme's raw oysters to Felix's, and *always* manage to hit up the Napoleon House for lunch and a Pimm's Cup.

                                                                                      As Hazelhurst points out, there are "endless arguments, and endless fun, over the 'standards'." The most important thing is to ENJOY!

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                                                                                        NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 08:24 AM

                                                                                        Zin, you're absolutely right about preferences.

                                                                                        I don't think of Pat's as a place to go & hang out (I grab a to-go cocktail & keep walking). BUT, this being palmtree's 1st visit, it would be good for them to see some of the touristy spots-which I consider Pat's to be. I confess I've only been to Deanie's twice but can't complain about my softshell crab & shrimp dish.

                                                                                        Yes, the important thing is to enjoy, have fun, and don't step on a scale until you get back home!!!

                                                                                        P.S.-this New Jerseyian also loves California and just returned from Sonoma & Napa. I think I was meant to live in Alexander Valley!! ;)

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                                                                                          hazelhurst Jan 29, 2014 08:38 AM

                                                                                          Pat O's actually can be a local joint although it goes in phases. If you can get in there mid-afternoon it can be very pleasant. we used to go about 3:30 or 4:00 for a pleasant time outside and then go to dinner. Nighttime is different. But it shows up on natives' parties with some regularity but I cannot remember the last time I was there at night and I think the last time I saw a New Orleanian order a Hurricane was 30 years ago. I agree it is a place that should at least be seen.

                                                                                          Deanie's in Bucktown is the only one I ever went to and I've not gone in sometime.

                                                                                          Alexander Valley is wonderful. I've played around there when staying at Little River which is a glorious spot.

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                                                                                            palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 09:02 AM

                                                                                            We were just in California 10 nights in October. LA taking hwy 1 all the way up to SF. We love Cali and all the good eats.

                                                                                            Were watching the scale now to shed a few to break even after NOLA lol

                                                                                            I read the hurricane you pay deposit on the drink. Does anyone here have a glass they have brought back as a souvenir?? Or too much to lug bag?
                                                                                            I have to say i love my set of Hula glasses from Dukes in Hawaii are lovely in my cabinet.

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                                                                                              NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 09:18 AM

                                                                                              We'll be in NOLA for Easter & my birthday and can't wait! I do have a Pat's Hurricane glass from my first visit 14 years ago. I always travel with a few pieces of bubble wrap in case I decide to bring home local spices & hot sauce, so I wrapped it in there & put it in my carry on bag. It proudly serves as the stirrer holder on my bar at home!

                                                                                              Never heard about a deposit on the drink though. Maybe because when you stay there & drink they put it in a glass & want the glass back? Hmm.

                                                                                              The next time you're in CA, try Bottega in Yountville. Went there for honeymoon dinner & was not disappointed!

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                                                                                            palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 08:58 AM

                                                                                            What is Pimm's is it a whiskey? I just read the other ingredients in it and looks interesting, for sure a try.

                                                                                            We are staying at the Drury hotel and they provide a decent hot breakfast we will save a few bucks and have it at the hotel most mornings so really lunch, dinner or graze all afternoon & night.

                                                                                            With only 4 days would be advisable to skip a swamp tour? And just walk and walk taking in sights? Stopping in at places that look interesting?
                                                                                            Guess decent walking shoes will be required on this trip.

                                                                                            And a traveller mug or tervis cup that I like to bring will not be needed as each establishment will provide a plastic cup for you to walk with?

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                                                                                              NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 09:25 AM

                                                                                              I always thought Pimms was a gin & fruit juice mixture, but I am probably wrong!!

                                                                                              From one tourist to another, do the swamp tour! Not only is it alot of fun as soon as you get on the boat, but the driver who picks you up at your hotel is 99% of the time a local & tells you the history of everything you pass during your 1 hour drive to the tour. We have done it 4 times & each time it gets better. I actually got to hold a baby gator!

                                                                                              Yes, each establishment will provide you with a to go cup.

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                                                                                                palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 09:41 AM

                                                                                                Good to hear not a tourist trap and others like it.mMaybe a good time to go out in morning so have the rest of the day to enjoy sightseeing food and drinks.

                                                                                                A co worker of my spouses went in early evening and saw the wild boar at that time along with racoons.
                                                                                                Would cajun encounters be a good tour or suggest another one?

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                                                                                                  NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 09:45 AM

                                                                                                  Yes. Honey Island Swamp Tours by Cajun Encounters. You'll see wildlife & the camps that can only be accessed by boat. You won't be disappointed. We've always gone in the morning, although they have a night swamp tour which sounds pretty interesting but I'm a chicken & would never do a night time swamp tour! LOL

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                                                                                                    palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                                                                    Great will look into it. About $80 for a couple with hotel pick up as we wont have a car

                                                                                                    The river that is near the FQ is there ever alligators in there?? Just curious :)

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                                                                                                  montuori Jan 29, 2014 10:02 AM

                                                                                                  Pimm's[*] is a gin (usually) based liqueur. The N.H. Pimm's cup is Pimm's with lemonade, Sprite, and a cucumber garnish. There are other Pimm's cups around town that strive for a slightly upmarket take -- generally by muddling a little mint or cucumber into the glass.

                                                                                                  I make a version at home with a shot of Pimm's, an extra shot of Plymouth gin, San Pellegrino Lemon, and a cucumber garnish. (The garnish is important ... without it you don't get that fresh aroma.) Very nice on a hot day.

                                                                                                  I think the best thing to eat at the Napoleon House -- and the only thing I ever order there -- is the muffuletta. A whole sandwich will feed two.

                                                                                                  [*] This entry seems to be accurate enough: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimm&#x...

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                                                                                                    TeacherFoodie Feb 1, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                    The Pimm's cup at Napoleon House is delicious.

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                                                                                                      JazzyB Feb 26, 2014 11:22 AM

                                                                                                      My Go to Pimms: 2ozPimms, 1/2 oz homemade sour mix (fresh lemon and lime juice, agave), cucumber slices, topped off with 4oz gingerale. Serve in an ice filled, tall cooler with a cucumber wheel garnish. Very refreshing.

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                                                                                                        1sweetpea Feb 27, 2014 09:25 PM

                                                                                                        Try about 4 ounces of Pimms with a full can (12 ounces) of Pellegrino Limonata and a generous squeeze from both a lemon wedge and a lime wedge. Served over ice this is my go-to summer beverage.

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                                                                                                  palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 09:09 AM

                                                                                                  We love raw oysters as well so Acme's raw. felix grilled.

                                                                                                  Mr B's a grilled shrimp drink and leave place?

                                                                                                  Gumbo shop for gumbo and bloody mary sounds devine

                                                                                                  I just looked at Napoleon house's menu it is very reasonable! So this looks like a place for a lunch and pimm's cup. Are the po boy's something to order there or other items on menu you suggest?

                                                                                                  Looking for $25 and under dinner entrees plus appy and wine is our budget.
                                                                                                  So a place to make a reservation with nice atmosphere for our evening treat that is in that budget let me know what you would recommend.

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                                                                                                    NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                                                                    BBQ shrimp at Mr B's. Once, our waiter there told me I was only a handful of people he has ever seen who didn't get any sauce on the bib they provide. I told him it's too good to waste! LOL

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                                                                                                      palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 09:53 AM

                                                                                                      MR. B’S BARBEQUED SHRIMP - A Mr. B’s signature dish! Gulf shrimp barbequed New Orleans style, served in the shells with a peppery butter sauce, and French bread for dipping $21.00

                                                                                                      Is this what you order?????? Is this a one person entree or a sharesie?? And you go there eat the shrimp have a drink and move on? So this is a lunch item or snack one gets? Or other items enjoyable on the menu to make it a good lunch suggestion like Napolean house?

                                                                                                      Also says bloody marys $1.50 mon-fri cocktail specials. Well what time are these specials??

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                                                                                                        NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 10:01 AM

                                                                                                        Yes, that's the dish. No, you won't want to share!! We've never had anything else so I can't speak about the rest of the menu. I would think the drink specials are either during lunch or a happy hour thing. You can always call & inquire.

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                                                                                                          palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 10:19 AM

                                                                                                          I would think for $21 you get a good portion of shrimp then???

                                                                                                          I have to say our best shrimp was from a shrimp truck on the north coast of Oahu.. Sloppy and kick butt spice.

                                                                                                          Many restaurants we have ever travelled list exact times online that happy hour is. I notice several I looked up in NOLA dont say and travellers say you see signs out front stating its HH with 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 drinks.. Do restaurants there just pick times when they feel like having one??

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                                                                                                            NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 10:26 AM

                                                                                                            It's a nice portion, enough to share (but I never do!). Lots of bars on Bourbon St have that 3 for 1 drink special & it's a good bargain. Maybe one of the locals can chime in on the HH subject?

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                                                                                                              palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 10:34 AM

                                                                                                              Thanks for your help!!

                                                                                                              Also turtle soup is this a must try and where to go for that?

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                                                                                                                NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                Sorry, my day was interrupted by a meeting! I don't eat turtle soup, but i've heard it's very good at Commander's Palace.

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                                                                                                                  zin1953 Jan 29, 2014 01:04 PM

                                                                                                                  Commander's

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                                                                                                                    hazelhurst Jan 29, 2014 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                    Just for emphasis, I agree. Once in awhile it can be shading towards salty but I think that is when it has cooked down pretty far. Someone recently was raving about one somewhere but hell if I can remember where.It may have been uptown. Perhaps someone Out There knows. But day in day out, Commander's is the best publically available outside the clubs and even against those it need not hang its head.

                                                                                                                    Bon Ton's is pretty good, too.

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                                                                                                                      collardman Jan 30, 2014 01:02 PM

                                                                                                                      I may have mentioned turtle soup a few times. A while back between a few business dinners and a weekend in the Quarters I went through a few.

                                                                                                                      Then went home and cooked my own for the first time.

                                                                                                                      And they were all different. Mandina's and Ralph's on the Park were good. Mandina's the best I've had there. CP was very good. Grand Isle just OK.

                                                                                                                      Mine got good reviews (from a captive audience) but I know what I want to do differently for the next batch.

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                                                                                                                        hazelhurst Jan 30, 2014 01:21 PM

                                                                                                                        Did you use the turtle stock or switch to a veal/beef stock? That--and browning the meat--are two major arguments.

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                                                                                                                          collardman Jan 31, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                          I understood the two paths and took the recommendation of a Chef and browned followed with a part beef part vegetable stock. I didn't like the results. Good, but no cigar. (Well, maybe a Hav-a-Tampa)

                                                                                                                          Next time I will create turtle stock. If that still doesn't get me to where I want to be it might be the turtle stock kicked up with a bullion concentrate.

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                                                                                                                            hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                            The one my friends like best has turtle stock (but sometimes I will add some beef stock to make more). This takes nerve, though because you'd swear it would be horrible: turtle smells AWFUL when you are simmering(NOT boiling) it.

                                                                                                                            One very well regarded version in town stretches theirs with turkey thighs..they've never been caught so far as I know.

                                                                                                                            Main key Is, of course, the roux. It is one of the few that is more than one-to-one(flour/fat) and you have to watch it like a hawk.

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                                                                                                                              Chulacat Jan 31, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                                                                              Might want to try veal stock. it makes everything better.

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                                                                                                                                hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                                I've done that too. A restaurateur friend buys a box for me. You can also use Commander's trick of adding spinach.

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                                                                                                                montuori Jan 29, 2014 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                New Orleans is, by and large, not an online kind of town. You're almost always better off calling to find out current information. Witness the new Oxalis website:

                                                                                                                http://oxalisbywater.com/

                                                                                                                nicely put together but lacks both opening hours and a phone number. I'm not sure exactly why a restaurant needs a website if not to provide those data.

                                                                                                                Take heed: happy hours that offer discounted drinks are generally better than places that offer X for 1 drinks. Just a general observation after a lot of strenuous testing.

                                                                                                                (Incidentally, Oxalis opens daily at 4.)

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                                                                                                                  palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                  Thanks! 3 for 1 drinks is over the top for us..
                                                                                                                  I rather like you say discount wine or beer for us.

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                                                                                                                    NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 11:56 AM

                                                                                                                    After you check in, stop in the local Walgreen's or CVS there & get a bottle or 3 of wine & a 6 pack of beer for your hotel room.

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                                                                                                      palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 09:19 AM

                                                                                                      NJoves
                                                                                                      I will need to get a map as I am so lost what is bourbon street, french quarter, uptown, garden district. River area.

                                                                                                      We are at the Drury Hotel on Poydres street. Many areas are suppose to be 10-15 min walk away. A street car pass may be something we should look into.

                                                                                                      I have also Slap yah Mamma and punch your daddy seasonings I want to buy along with Crystal hot sauce. Anyone else have any food items, spices. Treats they always bring home?
                                                                                                      Also a king cake they don't look so appealing do they taste better then they look? Do you bring one back home?

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                                                                                                        hazelhurst Jan 29, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                        Bourbon Street runs through the French Quarter (also known as the Vieux Carre) which will be marked on any map. The Garden District is Uptown which means it is "upriver" from Canal Street, one of the French Quarter's demarcations. Poydras is a few blocks Uptown from the French Quarter and is easily walkable.

                                                                                                        It has been years but the last time I heard of deposits on Hurricane glasses was for the HUGE one used for parties. Even those have been successfully stolen. They'll sell you one of the signature glasses, though..well they used to so I assume they still do.

                                                                                                        I think by "one trick pony" shanefink is saying "stick to the chargrilled oysters only" and don't bother with anything else. That's probably good advice although the raw oysters should be fine..depends on who is supplying them and I am note sure right now--I have not talked to the guys at Big Easy or Rock Hard in awhile..they usually keep me posted.

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                                                                                                          NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 09:34 AM

                                                                                                          You'll be fine after the first day, but on the corner of Canal & Bourbin (I think), there's a visitor's bureau where you can get maps & the folks there will point you in the right direction. I went on amazon.com a few years ago & ordered a guidebook that showed what was located at each stop along the St Charles streetcar line. That was very helpful!
                                                                                                          I usually shop at Rouse's Market on Royal St (in the French Quarter) for all of my take home spices & sauces. One secret: there is a Walgreen's on Royal St (a block in from the main drag Canal St). That is the only place I buy my blackened seasoning. Everywhere else it's $7, at Walgreen's it's $2.99. It's Louisiana Blackened Seasoning. Very good spice with no sodium!
                                                                                                          I've never brought a king cake home so I don't know if they travel well.

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                                                                                                            palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 11:14 AM

                                                                                                            I had read on Trip Advisor that Rouse's is a great place to get spices at lower prices then gift shops or the market and there is a large one close to our hotel at the corner of Girod and Baronne.

                                                                                                            Is Walgreens only less on the Louisiana blackened seasoning ? as you said you shop at Rouses's for your take home spice /sauces and wondered why you didn't just buy all from Walgreens.

                                                                                                            I will look into buying that louisiana blackened spice is that the name of the brand to look for?
                                                                                                            We love to cook so love to add some spices to our collection,

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                                                                                                              NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 11:59 AM

                                                                                                              The Louisiana blackened seasoning is the only thing I pick up from Walgreen's. All other take homes are bought at Rouse's. Rouse's for some reason doesn't carry that one particular brand. It's in a small blue round container & it's a powder. Tried Zataran's blackened seasoning but way too salty for me. And I like salt.

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                                                                                                                palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                Great thanks for clarifying. Will pick some up

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                                                                                                                  JazzyB Feb 26, 2014 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                  The only blackened seasoning to buy is Paul Prudhomme's. The recipe is in his Louisiana Kitchen cookbook should you want to mix it up yourself. FWIW, Frank Brigtsen unabashedly uses Prudhomme's seasonings.

                                                                                                                  There's also a (smaller)Rouse on Royal in the FQ.

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                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Feb 26, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                    What is FWIW???
                                                                                                                    dont know who Frank Brigtsen is either. local chef?

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                                                                                                                      zin1953 Feb 26, 2014 12:49 PM

                                                                                                                      FWIW = For Whatever It's Worth

                                                                                                                      Frank Brigtsen is chef/owner of Brigtsen's -- see http://www.brigtsens.com -- an excellent, James Beard Award-winning local chef and restaurant.

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                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Feb 28, 2014 01:46 PM

                                                                                                                        Is Paul Prudhomme's black seasoning for sale at Rouse's??

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                                                                                                          palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 10:41 AM

                                                                                                          Mrs B's shrimp plate is $21 so a plate each and drink is a $60 snack more a lunch for us.

                                                                                                          We may go for a drink each share the shrimp and move along for another tasty vittle .

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                                                                                                            palmtree38 Feb 19, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                                            Mr b's bistro is in which neighbourhood?

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                                                                                                              Gizmo56 Feb 19, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                                                                              The French Quarter:

                                                                                                              http://www.mrbsbistro.com/

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                                                                                                            Tara57 Jan 29, 2014 09:07 AM

                                                                                                            I hope you'll try some red beans and rice, too. Have a great trip.

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                                                                                                              palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 11:23 AM

                                                                                                              Are they similar to Bahamas peas and rice or cuban rice and beans.
                                                                                                              Tried both wondered if similar.

                                                                                                              Spouse is hoping to try crawfish too

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                                                                                                                Tara57 Jan 29, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                I'd say red beans and rice is (are?) creamier and more saucy than Cuban black beans and rice. Oh, yes, do try some boiled crawfish, too.

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                                                                                                                  lsmutko Jan 30, 2014 05:04 PM

                                                                                                                  Yeah, the red beans really become a sauce or gravy over the rice, not the mixed, drier nature of peas and rice/rice and beans.

                                                                                                            2. Steve Green Jan 29, 2014 10:40 AM

                                                                                                              How about beignets and chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde?

                                                                                                              Also, I know some look down on the place, but I sure love that crab cheesecake at the Palace Cafe.

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                                                                                                                palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                Is there a wine and beer store close to Drury hotel to pick up refreshments? Or somewhere on route from the airport our taxi driver can stop before the hotel?

                                                                                                                Great suggestions!
                                                                                                                So we check in our hotel, unpack bags and set out to the FQ. Im thinking we would like to try a Po boy as our first NOLA grub as it will be lunch time paired with a cold drink (beer wine, cocktail)
                                                                                                                A Verti marte all that jazz,shrimp philly, or the combo oyster/ shrimp,
                                                                                                                Johnny's roast beef dressed or
                                                                                                                Quartermaster deli
                                                                                                                (Or if missing a must try Po Boy please suggest)

                                                                                                                Place your vote!

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                                                                                                                  Chulacat Jan 29, 2014 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                  I would just go to a drug store for refreshments. You may want to stop by Luke on the way back for happy hour. Great prices on fresh oysters and drinks. Luke is between your hotel and the FQ.

                                                                                                                  I like Central Grocery muffalettas but they are not at all popular on this board.

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                                                                                                                    JazzyB Feb 28, 2014 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                    Pick up your refreshments at Rouse's either on Royal or in CBD.

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                                                                                                                      palmtree38 Feb 28, 2014 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                      thinking of NOLA now and although 5 weeks to go I just poured myself a Ceasar drink (candian version of bloody mary) and went on Chow to my posting .

                                                                                                                      Pimms sound refreshing thanks Sweetpea

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                                                                                                                        1sweetpea Mar 3, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                        I'm going to have to try mine with a slice or two of cucumber. That sounds lovely!

                                                                                                                        I am a Caesar fan as well. I had a few Bloody Mary's in NOLA and couldn't help thinking (to myself) that all could have used some Clamato Juice.

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                                                                                                                          palmtree38 Mar 4, 2014 07:35 PM

                                                                                                                          Lmao sweetpea.. I have had a bloody mary but not in years and I gagged and thought wow there is something seriously missing in this.. :)

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                                                                                                                            1sweetpea Mar 5, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                            Of course, my cottage Caesars could use the punch of a pickled okra pod. That's a nice touch of deep southern sentiment.

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                                                                                                                              palmtree38 Mar 5, 2014 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                              I like pickled hot beans in mine, the skewers with pepperonni. Cheese and pickle in a ceasar is nice too

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                                                                                                                  saeyedoc Jan 29, 2014 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                  Back to the original question, dishes not to miss, IMO:
                                                                                                                  Chargrilled Oysters
                                                                                                                  Mufalletta (excellent one at Cochon Butcher)
                                                                                                                  Pecan Pie
                                                                                                                  BBQ Shrimp
                                                                                                                  Gumbo
                                                                                                                  Beignets

                                                                                                                  Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                    chargrilled oysters (acme or felix's debate personal choice)
                                                                                                                    Muffaletta -Cochon butcher and Napolean House
                                                                                                                    Bbq shrimp -Mrs B's
                                                                                                                    Gumbo ?????
                                                                                                                    Pecan pie??
                                                                                                                    Turtle soup?
                                                                                                                    Jambalaya ???
                                                                                                                    Beignets? Maybe somewhere close to our hotel as could bring some back for the kids.

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                                                                                                                      hazelhurst Jan 29, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                      Jambalaya can be a problem since it is usually made in large amounts and thus it changes over the time it takes to sell it. Some places used to make it and then separate individual servings and add shrimp or whatever when it was ordered and heat it up then. Folks around here rave about Coop's but last time I had it with Russian friends I told them I'd make us a batch at home to show them what it should be like. It is basic stuff, really

                                                                                                                      Best turtle soup is probably Commander's; Mandina's makes a good one;

                                                                                                                      I'd say the Camellia Grill pecan pie is fairly representative.

                                                                                                                      Most peopleswaer by Café du Monde's beignets. I always prefer Morning CAll but that is nowhere near your hotel.

                                                                                                                      Someone else wil need to help with gumbo..I always make that myself.

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                                                                                                                        NJlovesNOLA Jan 29, 2014 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                        I make it a point to stop by Coop's during each visit (their gumbo isn't bad either). I am friendly with the bartender, Fay. My first trip to NOLA 14 years ago, we got stuck in a storm while at Coop's. Fay was getting off shortly & actually gave the 3 of us a ride back to our hotel. I've been a patron ever since!

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                                                                                                                          palmtree38 Jan 29, 2014 01:48 PM

                                                                                                                          Is turtle soup a must try item in NOLA or skip it. Seems bit creepy but then again frog legs are too and i have eaten that

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                                                                                                                            Chulacat Jan 29, 2014 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                            It is definitely worth a try if you have never had it.

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                                                                                                                              hazelhurst Jan 29, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                              A good one is one of God's Gifts to a Suffering People.

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                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                            Can say $21 Mrs b's shrimp is a low priced appetizer either.

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                                                                                                                          palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                          commander's Palace comes up frequently and suppose to be a great place to try their gumbo and turtle soup.(items we want to try)

                                                                                                                          The entrees i have to say are over our budget of $35 plus.
                                                                                                                          Is it a establishment a couple could go at lunch time for a drink and a gumbo and turtle soup and thats it? As they are considered starters on their menu. We wont be in NOLA on the wkd for their brunch hours.

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                                                                                                                            hazelhurst Jan 30, 2014 07:20 AM

                                                                                                                            You could easily go and have their soup combo plate and a salad or something like that. If it is a light day they might put you in the Garden Room but they'd be more likely to sit you downstairs rather than burn up a good table for such light return.

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                                                                                                                              palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                              How do they know what a customer is ordering when seating you??? They come out and say so are you ordering our $35plus entrees for lunch if so then you get better seating?

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                                                                                                                                hazelhurst Jan 30, 2014 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                Apologies for untimely response..I didn't see this until just now. You are right in that I did not fully explain. No, they wont ask what you plan to order..things will be fine. They are professionals and can roll with the punches. I tend to think a great deal on the side of The House and the staff. they do a lot to take care of me and I try to be considerate of them. I can play King For A day but that's no fun. You'll be fine. They won't worry about it and, as someone pointed out, there is the lunch special (which would be more than you plan on spending but not too bad).

                                                                                                                                It is a fun spot and they'll accommodate you.

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                                                                                                                              NJlovesNOLA Jan 30, 2014 07:22 AM

                                                                                                                              You absolutely can go there just for soup & gumbo during lunch. They also have 25 cent martinis during lunch too! I think they limit you to 3 per person, but that's ok.

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                                                                                                                                NJlovesNOLA Jan 30, 2014 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                palmtree, I just remembered that the Sazerac Bar inside The Roosevelt Hotel has a nice happy hour. The hotel is at 123 Baronne Street, which Google says is a 7 minute walk from your hotel (the Drury, right?). Anyway, the Roosevelt is a grand hotel with a lobby straight out of a Hollywood movie. And the Sazerac bar is cool.

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                                                                                                                                  hazelhurst Jan 30, 2014 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                  I only have one drink there at a time these days but they are stiff prices. I cannot imagine the happy hour is exactly a bargain but maybe so... I try to avoid that bar when crowded and especially when they have live "music."

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                                                                                                                                    NJlovesNOLA Jan 30, 2014 07:58 AM

                                                                                                                                    You're right about the high prices. If I remember correctly the prices during HH are 1/2 price for food & drinks. We met friends who were staying at the hotel for the HH and it wasn't overly crowded. Maybe it was an off day...

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                                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                    Great thanks NJ!!

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                                                                                                                                    Chulacat Jan 30, 2014 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                    There are plenty of great places to eat in NO that are less expensive than CP that are just as good or better (I am not a fan). Do not think that you need to go to one of the Grand Dams in order to get an excellent meal.

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                                                                                                                                      palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                      I agree and why we wanted just the gumbo and turtle soup as heard very good at CP and both $10 or under each.

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                                                                                                                                        zin1953 Jan 30, 2014 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                        I don't think anyone here suggesting that one *must* go to one of the "Grand Dams" [sic] for a great meal. You are not a fan of of Commander's, and that's fine -- this is why there is more than one restaurant on the planet; we each have our own tastes, our own Personal Palate Preferences. On the other hand, to *my* palate, their turtle soup is the best I've had in New Orleans. "Different strokes," and all that . . .

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                                                                                                                                          Chulacat Jan 30, 2014 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                          Zin--OK. Trust me, you do not need my approval. My point was that when someone asks for suggestions for under $35 an entree, we should try to oblige.

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                                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                            Actually we requested $25 and under
                                                                                                                                            "Looking for $25 and under dinner entrees plus appy and wine is our budget.
                                                                                                                                            So a place to make a reservation with nice atmosphere for our evening treat that is in that budget let me know what you would recommend."

                                                                                                                                            This is why we figure a lunch at CP for a drink each or 25cent martini and $8.50 turtle soup, $8.50 gumbo would be good for a starter then move on our food crawl to somewhere else to fulfill our foodie bucket list

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                                                                                                                                              hazelhurst Jan 30, 2014 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                              I would be certain to tell Commanders when you call or walk in what you are up to. They have a right to know that you are only doing an hit-and-run.

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                                                                                                                                                palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                What were up to???? Having a soup and drink for lunch is wrong???? Many people go out for a soup for lunch...

                                                                                                                                                If nothing else is a must try on CP list why would I waste my time and $ when i can go and try another NOLA must try such as grilled oysters.

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                                                                                                                                                  cornflake10 Jan 30, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I think what the post meant is that COmmander's is not a place where people go for just soup and salad. Most folks go there for a lengthy meal for not only the food but for the dining experience. For many, is is a special occasion type of restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                  You would probably be better choosing something a bit more casual for a light lunch. Hope you enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                                    Plano Rose Jan 30, 2014 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Commander's is worth it for the experience as well as the food. Last time we went for an early dinner, I had two appetizers and a dessert. Ti Martin came by our table and was most friendly. Didn't scowl or anything'

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                                                                                                                                                      hazelhurst Jan 30, 2014 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Corndfake (below) has the right idea. there are many things on Commander's menu that are very good but for your price considerations you are not going to have them. That's fine; Commander's food cost is probably about 35% so if your total tab is $25 they make $16.25 and the waiter gets $5.00 at 20% post tax and the busboy needs a cut of that and then there are the linens &c. So there is considerable work for a small amount of money and not that they'll begrudge it but the waiter, at least, should know that he needs another table of five or so to make up. There are lots of people to consider.

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                                                                                                                                            Gizmo56 Jan 30, 2014 01:39 PM

                                                                                                                                            Commander's Palace always has specially priced lunches. The current lunch menu has two course lunches starting at $17 and three course lunches starting at $34. See: http://www.commanderspalace.com/menu/... When you add the ambiance factor and the impeccable service to the very fine dishes coming out of Tory McPhail's kitchen, it is a great value.

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                                                                                                                                              palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                              Yes but their fixed lunch does not include turtle soup or gumbo so it would be at least $30 each to get the 2 course fixed and the soup/gumbo.We can always go by and if its not busy they may seat us or will go elsewhere. I'm sure there is a few other runner up restaurants serving turtle soup that are quite good

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                                                                                                                                                hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                You'll be fine. No one else has as good a turtle soup on a regular basis, though.(which means some places "hit it" on some days but Commander's is invariably excellent.)

                                                                                                                                                Dress nicely even if on a walking tour. It is not a sandwich shop, as you probably know.

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                                                                                                                                                  uptownlibrarian Jan 31, 2014 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                  The lunch special does include gumbo. It includes your choice of soup or salad and entree, and one of the soups is always gumbo. It's a great deal.

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                                                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Hmm well maybe we will go enjoy a nice lunch there and get dressed up

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                                                                                                                                                      hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I hope that you will dress up for CP...you will enjoy it all the more, I am certain. Relax..they'll take care of you.

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                                                                                                                                                    topeater Feb 4, 2014 07:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                    If you just want gumbo and turtle soup, go to Mandina's in mid city. Their soups are very good, it's kind of a dive and the price is right.

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                                                                                                                                                      JazzyB Feb 4, 2014 08:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Sorry, but I must steer you away from Mandina's turtle soup. It is thick glop without a scintilla of turtle.

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                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Feb 4, 2014 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Lol.. We have reservations for lunch at CP.
                                                                                                                                                        I have no reservations for dinners. I may not need them if I am going to many of the places on my list that seem to be drink and HH locations lol.
                                                                                                                                                        HH are just walk ins correct?

                                                                                                                                                        How does one keep track of what place has HH and when ?

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                                                                                                                                                          JazzyB Feb 4, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I always make rsv for Domenica. One can never be sure of the crowd on any given day. At the very least, call before you go. Sucks being told there's a 1 1/2 hour wait.

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                                                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Feb 19, 2014 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Domenica you make reservations during happy hour? 3-6pm i believe you had said.?

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                                                                                                                                                              JazzyB Feb 19, 2014 05:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Always. Sometimes it's just before heading out. More than once we've found out there are no tables available. OTOH you may luck into a seat at or in the bar. Bar seating is first come first serve, no rsv.

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                                                                                                                                                                palmtree38 Feb 20, 2014 05:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Ok good to know as we have been to HH that are only offered in the bar area not in the restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                Any special pizza you like Jazzy for HH??
                                                                                                                                                                Love a good pizza and hamburger fix

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                                                                                                                                                                  JazzyB Feb 20, 2014 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Clam and quattro formaggi (ask them to add basil). You have to ask your waiter to bring crushed red pepper to sprinkle. Don't overlook their small plates. We often split a pizza and several small plates, sometimes an entree. Whatever sounds good. The soups are good and unlike what the name suggests.

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                                                                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Feb 21, 2014 12:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    HAPPY HOUR
                                                                                                                                                                    7 DAYS A WEEK
                                                                                                                                                                    3-6pm
                                                                                                                                                                    HALF PRICE off all pizzas, wines by the glass, well cocktials.and beer

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted for others browsing for a place to go..
                                                                                                                                                                    Their pizza's look great and the clam you suggested.

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                                                                                                                                                      JazzyB Feb 28, 2014 06:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Read the entire R hand side of the menu

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.commanderspalace.com/_asse...

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                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Feb 28, 2014 01:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Jazzy I have seen CP fixed lunch menu and it looks devine. We have booked a reservation

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                                                                                                                                                    ktmtp Jan 31, 2014 09:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Cafe Adelaide, 300 Poydras, is a sister restaurant to Commanders Palace and uses their Turtle Soup recipe. It's on the menu at their bar, The Swizzle Stick, which coincidentally has a Happy Hour on beer, wine, cocktails, 3-6PM daily.

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                                                                                                                                                      palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 09:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Well there you go!! Turtle soup at a bar with happy hour sounds divine :)

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                                                                                                                                                        Gizmo56 Feb 1, 2014 11:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                        I like Cafe Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar. But I will make one more pitch for CP.

                                                                                                                                                        Commander's Palace is in the heart of the Garden District and a very short walk from the St. Charles street car line. It is directly across the street from Lafayette Cemetery # 1. CP is a historically significant building, it has been one of the most significant restaurants in the USA over the past several decades. The food is excellent, the space is beautiful, the service is impeccable, and you can go there at lunch for a surprisingly low cost.

                                                                                                                                                        For as little as $17 for a two course lunch (and 25 cent martinis), you can experience all of that, with a stroll in the cemetery and a ride on the iconic street car, making for a multifaceted NOLA experience.

                                                                                                                                                        Or, sure, you can check turtle soup off your checklist in a ambience-lacking hotel lobby restaurant in the CBD (albeit a pretty good one).

                                                                                                                                                        I think a leisurely lunch in the Garden Room at CP, and a streetcar ride (at least one way) with a stroll through Layfayette #1 and a few of the surrounding blocks would be a much richer experience, and a much better value, than a happy hour bowl of soup at the Swizzle Stick.

                                                                                                                                                        Either way, have a great time in New Orleans. It is next-to-impossible to do otherwise, thank goodness.

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                                                                                                                                                          ktmtp Feb 2, 2014 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Gizmo,

                                                                                                                                                          Absolutely agree with you regarding Commander's. It's one our favorites and have been several times. Love walking that area of the Garden District as well. Just giving the OP another option for Turtle Soup nearer to their hotel per their request for not necessarily fine dining/food crawl. Maybe we're cheapskates, but we often go from HH to HH for dinner. Luke for oysters, Domenica for pizza, Adelaide for soup/gumbo, Hermes for a sandwich etc. You can compile quite a list these days as long as you're willing to eat (and drink) 3-6PM.

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                                                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Feb 2, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Lol cheapskates. Not at all. Happy hours are also fun can try more items as well
                                                                                                                                                            Well we are use to eating earlier with kids in tow so we could make it before 6pm

                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a lunch for the atmosphere and food palate we will need to go to CP.

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                                                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Feb 2, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                            That sounds like a good idea GLZ.
                                                                                                                                                            This is the most frequented cemetery visitors go to?

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                                                                                                                                                              Gizmo56 Feb 2, 2014 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I am not sure whether Lafayette # 1 is the "most frequented," but it certainly is one of the most interesting and atmospheric, and there are guided walking tours available, which will give you fascinating details. Lafayette #1 has been a location in many Hollywood films, including Interview With A Vampire.

                                                                                                                                                              I certainly did not mean to imply that enjoying the many pleasures of New Orleans happy hours amounts to being a "cheapskate" but instead simply wanted to underline the fact that one can have a very affordable experience at CP at lunch, especially when one considers the bonus of the gorgeous Garden District neighborhood, the cemetery, and St. Charles street car. Cafe Adelaide is great for happy hour in the CBD, but I would not swap that out for a lunch at CP, if I had never been to CP.

                                                                                                                                                              Tip: if you do end up going to CP, request the Garden Room when making your reservation, and ask your server to show you the kitchen and the courtyard on the way out at the end of your meal. The staff is very happy to give you a personalized tour at the end of the meal.

                                                                                                                                                              Whatever you decide, you really can't go far wrong in NOLA. Enjoy!

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                                                                                                                                                                palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 08:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                So our trip is 9 weeks away I will see if we can make a reservation this far out.
                                                                                                                                                                Also I believe the st charles street car can be taken from our hotel (drury hotel) ?
                                                                                                                                                                So we would hop on here and stop at CP have lunch and view the cemetary and walk back ?
                                                                                                                                                                Skirt and blouse? Or can nice top and capris work for a women?
                                                                                                                                                                Men docker pants and golf shirt? As I see it says no shorts and men need closed shoes.

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                                                                                                                                                                  zin1953 Feb 3, 2014 08:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  As with ALL cities and all destinations, some restaurants open their books for reservations a year in advance, some six months, some 90 days, 60, or 30 days . . .

                                                                                                                                                                  You need to EITHER check out each of the restaurants via their own website, through OpenTable, or by calling the restaurant directly.

                                                                                                                                                                  Some restaurants may make exceptions -- for visitors coming from out-of-town, or for returning out-of-town customers (that's me!), or for local regulars -- and take reservations for farther out (into the future) than their stated policy would permit; some will not. It all depends upon each individual restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                  I shall be back in New Orleans for a week in March, and made at least four dinner reservations in January for our trip . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 08:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    I was able to make reservations for Commanders Palace. I requested the garden room as well indicated it was our 10th wedding anniversary

                                                                                                                                                                    Thank you everyone for your tips sounds like this is a must try place for first timers for food and atmosphere and service.

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                                                                                                                                                                      Gizmo56 Feb 3, 2014 08:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Great! Be sure and leave us a trip report with your impressions after your visit.

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                                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        I sure will!! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                    Gizmo56 Feb 3, 2014 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Your hotel is quite close to the street car line. It would be a fairly long walk back, so I would consider returning on the street car or in a taxi. I like to taxi to the restaurant and ride the street car back. Use United Taxi whenever possible, they have the nicest vehicles and the biggest fleet.

                                                                                                                                                                    I don't think you will have any problem booking 9 weeks ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                    You can probably dress as described (you might raise this topic with the staff when you call to place the reservation), but my overall advice is that the better you dress, the more comfortable you will be in the grand environment of Commander's Palace.

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                                                                                                                                                          JazzyB Feb 26, 2014 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Commander's lunch is a steal. Peruse their online menu. They offer several prix fixe. Have a late lunch and all you'll need is a snack for dinner. 25cent martinis, request the Garden Room. They try to accommodate. If not available, ask for window table in the patio room. Best bargain in town....August's Friday lunch.

                                                                                                                                                          Muffalettas keep and travel well. Pick one up at Central Grocery, stick it in your mini frig to take home, or for a snack. Best eaten at room temp. Get there when they open to avoid the line.

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                                                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Feb 26, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                            yes we are going for their fixed lunch. one of us will have the gumbo and the other turtle soup as the starter. 25 cent martinis. we have a 12:30pm seating as the later were already booked few mths out I requested the garden room per tip on here :) thank you and will ask for the kitchen tour on the way out,
                                                                                                                                                            augusts friday lunch is the best bargain in town?? i have read on few locations that August is a nice restaurant to try

                                                                                                                                                            Cochon butcher. Napolean house and Central grocery all have comparable Muffalettas?

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                                                                                                                                                            kibbles Mar 3, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Commander's has several prix fixe items on the menu, so IMO its pretty budget friendly.

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                                                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Also since we are not familiar with any musicians in NOLA. Is there a top 3 jazz, blues band or like you could suggest that we should look out for to watch with a drink??

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                                                                                                                                                              NJlovesNOLA Jan 30, 2014 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I do not know of any in particular, we just literally play it by ear & stroll in when we hear good live music coming from a bar...

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                                                                                                                                                                palmtree38 Jan 30, 2014 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Ok thanks NJ.. You have been very helpful on this thread and i have copied much of the tips from this thread from yourself and others.

                                                                                                                                                                Very excited a out our trip

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                                                                                                                                                                  NJlovesNOLA Jan 30, 2014 10:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Glad to help out, palmtree! I just hope your 1st visit to NOLA will be as fun & full of excitement as mine was! And they continue to be!!

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                                                                                                                                                                phatchris Feb 3, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Kermit Ruffins and Rebirth Brass Band... Check out the Mapleleaf, maybe an App next door at Jacques-Imos.

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                                                                                                                                                                  JazzyB Feb 26, 2014 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Many of the best local bands tour. BOLO for: Galactic, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Rebirth has a weekly gig at the Maple Leaf. Kermit Ruffins plays at Vaughns in the Bywater. Check Gambit online for current listings.

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                                                                                                                                                                    montuori Feb 26, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Just a heads up that Kermit hasn't played Vaughn's in a while now: http://www.louisianaweekly.com/kermit... -- though he sure does get around elsewhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                  If Paul Prudhomme's chicken tchoupitoulas is the wrong answer, I don't wanna be right!

                                                                                                                                                                  Had it at the very accessible K-Paul place for lunch a few years ago and still think about it.

                                                                                                                                                                  Susan Spicer's garlic soup was also a high point.

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                                                                                                                                                                    emu48 Jan 30, 2014 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Veal sweetbreads with sherry mustard sauce at Bayona. Beyond good ... memorable.

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                                                                                                                                                                      hambone Jan 30, 2014 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      It's also fun to eat food from a chef names Spicer.

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                                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Who's Spicer??

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                                                                                                                                                                          ibew292 Jan 31, 2014 06:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Chef at Bayona

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                                                                                                                                                                            zin1953 Jan 31, 2014 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Susan Spicer. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Sp...

                                                                                                                                                                            I should also point out that she's become a friend through our frequent visits, and in 2012, we traveled with her through parts of Spain.

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                                                                                                                                                                              kibbles Feb 7, 2014 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              glad we got that into the open.

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                                                                                                                                                                        scoyart Jan 30, 2014 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        *Note: I'm not a local, but I married a NO transplant, so we go down once a year or so.*

                                                                                                                                                                        Given your parameters, I would definitely recommend having a grazing lunch at the French Market. You can try a bit of many local foods there, and everything I've had was tasty. Get some boudin, a couple pounds of spicy boiled shrimp to share, maybe a debris sandwich. Though I see you are going during the Quarter Fest--I've never been--and looks like you can get a good fix on the staples there.

                                                                                                                                                                        Outside the other recommendations, I have to mention two of my favorite meals have been at Feelings Cafe in the Marigny (impossibly romantic, great service, not too pricy) and the Bombay Club (fabulous drinks, rich atmosphere, solid Continental-ish cuisine). Of course, they are both classy piano bars, which I have a weakness for. :)

                                                                                                                                                                        I have had a lot of ridiculously expensive and lackluster experiences in NO (*cough* Drago's), so I'm kind of picky.

                                                                                                                                                                        My husband strongly recommends Casamento's for oysters. I've not been there though--usually we end up shucking 100 lbs. of oysters at his mama's house. :)

                                                                                                                                                                        Have fun!!

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                                                                                                                                                                          80 replies and no mention of Bread Pudding, the one thing I look forward the most.

                                                                                                                                                                          OP dont be afraid of the Turtle Soup. The meat itself will not taste like anything unusual or Turtle-ish.
                                                                                                                                                                          For any NY/NJ folks reading this board, you can have a similar Turtle Soup at Henry's End in Brooklyn during the winter. An old Paul Prudhomme/CP recipe

                                                                                                                                                                          The BBQ Shrimp at Mr B's is excellent and can be a meal in itself for many. So although its listed as an appetizer I dont view it as such.

                                                                                                                                                                          Question to the board: Is there a way to have the Brigtsen's Pecan Pie without eating there. I'm guessing no but figured I'll ask

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                                                                                                                                                                            Chulacat Jan 31, 2014 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Good point about the bread pudding.

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                                                                                                                                                                              palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              Ok so where is the best bread pudding?
                                                                                                                                                                              And is one of the best pecan pies at Brigtsen's???

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                                                                                                                                                                                Ziggy41 Feb 2, 2014 10:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Sorry forgot to answer this..

                                                                                                                                                                                We tried all sorts of bread pudding variations during the last trip, and our favorite was at GW Fins. But it could have been the dark chocolate inclusion that did it for me. probably was

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                                                                                                                                                                                  palmtree38 Feb 2, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks ziggy..
                                                                                                                                                                                  We are not big desert people so when were going to indulge in all the calories for one it has to be the bomb, my spouse lovessssss pecan pie and key lime pie

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                                                                                                                                                                              hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 06:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I've heard great things about henry's turtle soup and will have to try it someday. I'm glad it is being made in New York again...it used to be readily available, if not common. Luchow's had it and Gage & Tollner did to. There was a place in Gravesend Bay too..can't think of the name right now. Both it and G&T claimed it took three days to make...a claim Commander's Palace asserts sometimes. Its good press....

                                                                                                                                                                              I imagine if you call Brigsten's they'll sell you a slice on a drive-by. I've done take-out from just about every place in town.

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                                                                                                                                                                                palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                How does everyone rate Emeril restaurants??

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                                                                                                                                                                                  hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Emeril does a very good job cranking out a consistent product. The day-to-day stuff is perfectly fine and it is representative. As he would say himself "It ain't rocket science."

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                                                                                                                                                                                    TeacherFoodie Feb 1, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    When we were in NO a year ago we went to both Emiril's (for the prix-fixe lunch) and NOLA (for dinner). We enjoyed both very much. NOLA had a creme brulee trio and housemade gelatos that were delicious. NOLA is interesting because it is on mulitple floors and has an elevator. We enjoyed the food as well as the atmosphere there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                JazzyB Jan 31, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                My 2 cents:

                                                                                                                                                                                Skip Verti Mart. Instead: killer Po-boys, Johnny's, Parkway (shrimp)

                                                                                                                                                                                gold standard: cold smoked sizzling oysters at GW Fins....unless you have a hankering for eating a loaf of bread sopping up the garlic parm sauce and over cooked char grilled elsewhere. Unquestionably tasty sauce, the oysters are unnecessary. Scalibut is a must have at Fins as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                Best gumbo: Commanders. All but the seafood version are terrific. Have an early lunch in the garden room.

                                                                                                                                                                                BBQ shrimp: Mr. B's. Grab some at the bar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  palmtree38 Jan 31, 2014 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  And do you like Johnny's roast beef dressed?
                                                                                                                                                                                  I had Johnny's, killer Po Boys, Verte's, NOLA Po Boys on my new list. We may just have to try a few and report back on our PO Boy comparison.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for your input will def get to Johnny's and killer

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                                                                                                                                                                                    hazelhurst Jan 31, 2014 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Almost everyone I know gets all their sandwiches dressed..except me because I loathe raw tomato. But normal people insist on the full deal. Johnny's is a good sandwich and you'll like it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      JazzyB Feb 26, 2014 11:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't get mine dressed either b/c I loathe warm iceberg and soapy hothouse tomatoes. Only pickles, butter, Crystal on shrimp and oyster.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  lenwood Feb 1, 2014 07:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  There are many types of gumbo- seafood, chicken and andouille, gumbo des herbes and others. Get some boiled crawfish at the French Quarter festival- I think Rouse's serves them near the New Orleans Mint.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Look for some cajun/creole dishes such as an Etoufee, Shrimp Creole, A sauce piquant such as Alligator or Turtle. Redfish Courtboullion.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Look for red beans and greens-mustard greens, turnip greens or collard greens.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Poboys- Roast beef smothered in gravy (sloppy), oyster and shrimp.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Cafe Au Lait-- Coffee mixed with chicory at either Cafe du Monde or Morning Call.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Mufalletta at Central Grocery or some of the places already mentioned.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think you can find a lot of this list at the French Quarter Festival.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Feb 2, 2014 11:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for your suggestions.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Will the quality be there as well at the Quarter fest? Meaning if so crowded will the standards of cleanliness and food quality be good?
                                                                                                                                                                                    Are these many restaurants in the area that work a booth for the festival to promote their establishment??

                                                                                                                                                                                    All this food is making me hungry. Football food cant come soon enough today

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                                                                                                                                                                                      shanefink Feb 3, 2014 03:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      You can not be in the FQ Fest as a food vendor unless you have a restaurant. The food quality is usually outstanding and there is so much variety that the lines are always manageable, except maybe in Jackson Square which gets very crowded. The trick to FQ Fest is to set up a nice space early, get lunch and try not to move around too much, especially at the main stage at Woldenberg Park. If you like key lime pie and you see lemon ice box pie on the menu, order it. I don’t know if it’s a regional dessert or what, but I love it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Feb 3, 2014 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Set up space? Should we be thinking of buying fold up chairs down there? Being our first time we will not know what stage to hang out at and probably do lots of walking stage to stage stopping and taking in different musicians,

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                                                                                                                                                                                          kibbles Feb 7, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          i wouldn't over plan it. and thats solid advice for new orleans in general -- just go, follow your nose, enjoy it. it'll all work out. not having it planned to the T is part of the magic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Feb 9, 2014 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds good Kibbles.
                                                                                                                                                                                            We will go with the flow on when and where but at least we have a good list of restaurants/joints to eat at rather then wasting our time at sub par or tourist trap places.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Sazerec
                                                                                                                                                                                            Hurricane
                                                                                                                                                                                            Pismo cup
                                                                                                                                                                                            Abita beer
                                                                                                                                                                                            (Wine/beer pick up at drug store for room)

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                                                                                                                                                                                              roro1831 Feb 9, 2014 01:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Pimms Cup

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                                                                                                                                                                                                collardman Feb 10, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                With the Pismo cup my mind had to wonder if there is a Pimps Cup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks to Bing I find that there is a drink, I'll not call it a cosktail, of gin and orange juice that is a Pimps Cup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                On top of that there is a beverage container that is called a Pimps Cup. I hate to say this but it looks a lot like what you see Carnival Kings holding.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  palmtree38 Feb 10, 2014 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL it was a typo error

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                                                                                                                                                                                              JazzyB Feb 26, 2014 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes to the chairs. You can pick them up anywhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Feb 27, 2014 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        august. Someone mentioned that August's friday lunch is the best deal around. I noticed John Besh ownes this restaurant as well as Dominica and Lukes,

                                                                                                                                                                                        Looking at the fixed lunch reservations are needed.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Dos this fixed lunch menu do you choose one appetizer, entree and desert? Does the menu change? I noticed rabbit is their entree and I don't eat rabbit . Sorry personal as have had pet rabbits :)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Dinner at August is bit higher for our budget so considered the lunch here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          zin1953 Feb 27, 2014 07:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          August is Besh's "flagship" restaurant. Lüke, Domenica, Borgne, American Sector, La Provence, and Besh Steak -- did I miss any? -- are all his restaurants as well . . .

                                                                                                                                                                                          I've never had lunch -- only dinner -- at August, so I can't comment on their lunch, especially on their "Friday Lunch," but I've had lunch at Lüke, Domenica, and American Sector . . . though never on Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I usually have Friday Lunch at Galatoire's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Gizmo56 Feb 27, 2014 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            The menu is online: http://www.restaurantaugust.com/menu....

                                                                                                                                                                                            You have your choice between two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts. The current alternative entrée to the rabbit confit is grilled Louisiana white shrimp (Israeli cous cous, black garlic and citrus).

                                                                                                                                                                                            The menu selections for the Friday prix fixe will change from time to time, but not week-to-week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              palmtree38 Feb 27, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              gizmo56. good to know as my spouse does not like rabbit either. Do you go there on a friday lunch?

                                                                                                                                                                                              The lunch experience here wouldnt be as upscale as CP??

                                                                                                                                                                                              looking at the photos of August it looked more casual.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Domenica we were going to try their HH pizza and drinks.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Lukes is suppose to do oysters at HH but I dont see it listed on their menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                Gizmo56 Feb 27, 2014 09:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                palmtree38, I am a visitor to New Orleans, not a local. But I have had Friday lunch at August a couple of times within the past two years, and I think it is an excellent value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                As for "upscale," I would describe August as definitely fine dining. It has a different vibe than the historic "Palace" in the Garden District, but you will be in an environment with beautiful woodwork and chandeliers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Lüke is the more casual "bistro" style Besh property. Although their happy hour offerings may not appear online, they do have great prices on oysters (50 cents each as I recall...?) and Lüke cooks up a fine hamburger too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The Domenica happy hour with half price on all pizzas and wines by the glass is also a steal, and when you are there take time to drop into the Sazerac Bar and explore the beautiful lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  palmtree38 Feb 27, 2014 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  thanks gizmo. We are staying at the Drury hotel and it was recommended we stop on our way from FQ back to our hotel to the Roosevelt and have a Sazerec here at their bar. We were looking to try Domenica HH pizza and drinks and reservations might be a good idea as gets packed. (we love speciality pizzas and they have some good ones on their menu) they look large enough that 2 could share one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now thinking out loud this may be a good idea the first night were here as we will have been up since 2am travelling . A day in FQ and browsing the French Market taking in the atmosphere then hitting Domenica and Lukes for HH( my spouse LOVES oysters) retire early at our hotel to relax

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gizmo56 Feb 27, 2014 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The pizzas at Domenica are indeed big enough to share. If you split two pies, you won't need dinner and might bring some slices back to the hotel with you. You should take a look at the full menu as well. Domenica's Chef Alon Shaya has put together some really delicious plates in that kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    My only thought is that the French Bistro fare and oysters at Lüke might be a less than optimal digestive combination with your pizza, and so you might want to split the two experiences out to two different days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2 am? Yikes. Where are you coming in from?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      palmtree38 Mar 5, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      5:30am flight from Buffalo NY of course a stopover but arriving just after 10am in NOLA. We live 1 1/2 hrs from Buffalo so at least 2 am we leave house. Yikes need to be at airport by at least 4:30 will be leaving 2am up at 1am. Yawwwn

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Gizmo56 Mar 6, 2014 12:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yikes again, hope you can manage some quality naps in-flight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Enjoy your visit. This thread is approaching record-breaking length, and I am sure all the friendly advice is hard to absorb and reconcile, but rest easy knowing that it is extremely hard ever to go wrong in New Orleans, for the all of the incomparable dining, music, and the countless historical and cultural attractions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        In the meanwhile, put a little Professor Longhair on your music player, and let the good times roll...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          zin1953 Mar 6, 2014 07:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yikes, indeed! And I've been complaining about air service ever since Katrina, when Southwest cancelled (and never reinstated) their daily non-stops between Oakland and New Orleans . . . it's added about an hour or so to the travel time. But we'll be up at 4am out the door by 5, and should be on the ground at MSY by 2:30pm - but as we lose two hours between Pacific and Central time, it will be just in time for lunch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Still, you should be able to catch up on sleep at MSY while waiting for your luggage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Now if I could only convince Virgin America to fly there.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Biglester Mar 6, 2014 07:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        No offense here but I keep seeing "pizza at Domenica". NO is a dining mecca but the LAST thing I would waste space on is pizza! Of course I've never had Domenica's so I could certainly get proven wrong. ha ha

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          hazelhurst Mar 6, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you live here it is of value as a change of pace..the same way I might--once in awhile--have scallops. If I lived in New York I think it would be silly to do that if I were here only three or four days. On the other hand it is good pizza. Plus, there is the eternal traveller's situation of wanting something familiar. Lots of times you see Americans in Europe flocking to a McDonald's. I've even seen it in Russia, of all places.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            zin1953 Mar 6, 2014 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yeah, back in 1977 -- when I was taking some college courses in the UK, I ran into some other American students I happened to know, and was dragged along to McDonald's on the Champs-Élysée. After ordering for everyone (I was the only one who spoke French), the guy behind the counter replied, "OK, guy, anything else?" in one of the strongest Brooklyn accents I've ever heard!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only saving grace to McD's in Paris? Beer. (Didn't make Le Gros Mac et frites taste any better, though.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            zin1953 Mar 6, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ah, but a) it IS really good pizza, and b) you need a break from shrimp-and-grits and gumbo and oysters every once in a while.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Biglester Mar 5, 2014 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Haven't seen any mention at all of pralines (honestly didn't read every single post though!) Anyway, pick up some pralines at Southern Candy Makers when you go down to Decatur St. They are great, especially if warm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've stayed at that Drury before & its in a good location between the FQ & Garden Dist. Its the corner of Poydras & Carondolet. Carondolet actually becomes Bourbon St when you get to the FQ (about 3-4 blocks north) Also the street car runs down Carondolet too! I personally always have to eat at Mothers, probably more of a nostalgia thing but its also budget friendly. Its on Poydras & only a few blocks away (towards the casino). Pick "off hours" b/c there's usually a long line.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    zin1953 Mar 5, 2014 02:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prefer them from Tee-Eva . . .

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      palmtree38 Mar 5, 2014 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I had read up on Mothers looks good.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was told in evening at this hotel we should take a taxi back from FQ as this area is quiet at night and no crowds

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        montuori Mar 6, 2014 05:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mother's isn't as bad as the naysayers would have you believe; if you're in the later stages of malnutrition it might be a good option. (If you're not, there are about 800 better restaurants to choose from.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          kibbles Mar 6, 2014 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          it is in my book. i work nearby, last time i went there w/ a coworker my RB poboy was a watery, bland mess. Brett Anderson had the same experience in his series on RB poboys. would never send anyone there in a million years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Biglester Mar 6, 2014 07:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes it's in the area known as central business district so most of the foot traffic is daytime. Good thing about the trolley stopping at the Drury is that you can ride it 3 blocks over to Canal St & your at the FQ. I personally have never had any problems walking in the CBD or FQ but I've been in NO alot (only live 3 hrs away) so I've learned where to walk and where to run, uh I mean take a cab!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            JazzyB Mar 6, 2014 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            A taxi or pedi cab is sound advice. The taxi will be cheaper, the pedi cab more enjoyable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              palmtree38 Apr 1, 2014 05:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I wanted to bring a purse cross body but they are too small to put in a few items (camera, bottled water etc and dressier shoes to thrown on for restaurants. I have plantar fascitis so for our longer walking I got a pair of walking shoes but prefer to wear something more feminine once we get to a bar etc,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is a cross body bag bring too much attention?
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The straps are thicker harder for someone to cut strap

                                                                                                                                                                                                              https://www.lesportsac.com/Deluxe_Eve...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                NJlovesNOLA Apr 1, 2014 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Why don't you look into getting a sling bag? They're lightweight & you can carry it on one shoulder, or use it like a backpack. I've used them to carry my wallet, camera, water, etc. & they work great!! Also, I would not worry about someone trying to cut the strap. In all my years visiting NOLA, not once have I ever been approached or I have witnessed anyone trying to snatch a purse. The FQ is a cool & safe place in my opinion. Just like every other city, they have their dregs of society to deal with, but honestly, I have never encountered them in NOLA nor have I ever felt unsafe there. If you are worried about the large crowd during the FQ Fest, definitely look into the sling bag. We don't leave for NOLA until 4/18 but I'm counting down already!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kibbles Apr 7, 2014 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ive never heard of anyone having their purse's straps cut while walking around in the CBD. nor a more routine snatching (tho it's probably happened at some time). you'll be fine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                kibbles Mar 6, 2014 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                i work right by the Drury and i wouldnt sweat walking at night. have walked it at night hundreds of times, never had an incident. there have been a couple incidents in the CBD, but its pretty rare. and there are plenty of people on the street w/ the hotels and new restaurants and bars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                i think people from the burbs have a different world view than i do as a city dweller. the mere fact that walking in a city outside of a vehicle and being exposed to the *possibility* of crime is not the same as a legitimate risk concern.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  JazzyB Mar 22, 2014 06:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yea, I guess you can consider the lakefront the "burbs". Lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kibbles Mar 24, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    definitely auto-culture

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              palmtree38 Mar 22, 2014 06:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wanted to see what your thoughts are on surprising my spouse and going to a New Orleans school of cooking demo class? We did one of these 3 years ago near our home and had a great time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2 of our 4 day vacation will be during Quarterfest so it may be too much food overload going to the demo one of those days as will be sampling many local cuisines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agenda first day arrive mid morning and set out for FQ we could grab a quick poboy as will be hungry and then do a afternoon 2-4 demo cooking class which will cover dinner and just eat light such as oysters and appetizer in evening. Take a horse and carriage and see bourbon st. at dusk .fairly early evening as we will be exhausted leaving for airport 2am

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Following day taking st charles line to Garden district, walk the area visit cemetary and lunch reservations at CP made,
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trolly back after finish sightseeing this area. Back to our hotel relax, freshen up and back out on the town.taking in the sights and shops and sampling our must try list from Chow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thursday and friday get souveneirs ie spices and like from Rousse's, gifts for kids , walk, browse and enjoy the music of the festival (dr john, amanda shaw, Irma Thomas) artists we wanted to catch playing in the evenings of thursday and friday. Please recommend another must see artist to add to my list as not familiar with most,

                                                                                                                                                                                                              We have reservations for August friday lunch but maybe not necessary with all the good eats esp at the jazz lunch .
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Next day checking out of hotel mid morning to go home.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                montuori Mar 22, 2014 08:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Luke Winslow King plays at the US Mint on Friday morning ... that'd be my suggestion. Rouses will have their crawfish going there as well -- they do a nice job of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  palmtree38 Mar 22, 2014 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rouses variety store serves crawfish boil or is this restaurant?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    JazzyB Mar 22, 2014 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rouses is a grocery store that sells boiled crawfish.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      palmtree38 Mar 22, 2014 10:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow one stop shopping at Rousess's lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  palmtree38 Mar 23, 2014 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any thoughts on the cooking school demo class?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Apr 1, 2014 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We are going to attend the 2-4 cooking class at NOSC as a surprise for my spouse the first afternoon we arrive. Give us some introduction to cuisine and history.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NJlovesNOLA Apr 1, 2014 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like a great way to start your visit there! Please report back, as I have always said we were going to attend a class but never have...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Apr 1, 2014 07:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NJ I will.. have a great time on your upcoming trip too..
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        packing began on the weekend and out buying few things needed for trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think I will bring a cross body bag as i can throw in water bottle or two. few purchases. camera. STUFF. MY small over shoulder purse wont hold water . I noticed the straps on these bags are almost like seatbelt material so for a pick pocketer be hard to cut the strap.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Indy 67 Apr 2, 2014 05:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          " I noticed the straps on these bags are almost like seatbelt material so for a pick pocketer be hard to cut the strap..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ??? Pick-pockets don't cut straps and make off with the purse. They pick pickets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That said, visiting NO under normal conditions you don't have to be as worried about safety -- to your person and your property -- as you seem to be. I like cross body purses because I can load them up and the weight gets distributed across my body rather than pulling down on one shoulder or against one arm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The equation changes somewhat during crowded conditions like Quarterfest. Happily, a little situational awareness goes a long way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But about the food...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I read in another of your posts you're interested in eating oysters. You might want to read the recent thread about clean oysters not because that's a serious concern, but because there's a lot of conversation about raw Gulf oysters VS cooked Gulf oysters. I've learned that I enjoy the local oysters cooked in a recipe much more than the raw version in the half shell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            palmtree38 Apr 2, 2014 06:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I too like the weight distribution as well having a bag can hold more then just hotel key, lipstick, and small camera .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our hotel is outside the FQ so we wont want to walk back and forth to drop off small items in hotel as one could do with hotel in the FQ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes i read the oyster thread on varities and gritty sandy ones being cleaned etc,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1sweetpea Apr 2, 2014 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I like to walk a lot and am the kind of person that plans for all weather (within my personal bag) and other potential issues. Thus, my bag isn't small. A cross body bag is a great idea, unless it creates an unflattering fashion figure flaw, but that's entirely your business. I didn't feel at all threatened by pickpockets or purse snatchers, but I try not to make my valuables too easily accessible. A bag with inside zipped compartments solves that problem entirely.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                palmtree38 Apr 2, 2014 07:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks sweatpea.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I also didn't want a nice leather purse getting yucked up with sticky drinks and other things on our food pub crawls.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Great will bring the crossbody bag

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  palmtree38 Mar 26, 2014 06:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Getting very excited 2 weeks for our first trip to NOLA!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If we have breakfast at our hotel and head out for the french Quarterfest afternoon and early evening there seems to be enough food selections (small plates ) i have seen on the festival website to try so many things from good restaurants. I'm wondering if skipping dinner reservations those days might be a good idea??? Can only eat so much and may save a few $$ going to a nice restaurant to really not appreciate it as grazing all day

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    shanefink Mar 26, 2014 10:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can do it, but I think a day and a half of grazing at the FQF, you would probably want a nice sitdown meal for dinner. Maybe make a reservation for 9. You could always cancel if you aren’t hungry. That’s just my opinion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      montuori Mar 26, 2014 10:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shanefink's right ... there's something to be said for eating one handed out of paper trays and something else entirely for a real restaurant meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Especially if it rains.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Mar 28, 2014 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        True but i have to say with younger kids we never eat later then 6:30pm so 9pm way to late for us.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    palmtree38 Apr 7, 2014 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yipeeeeeeee . I am so excited we start our journey early morning tomorrow for NOLA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First stop Verti marte's All That Jazz (share) then off to NOSC for a surprise for my spouse. Evening hit Acme's for oysters. Carriage ride, glimpse of Bourbon street at Sunset, hurricane at Pat O's and head back to our hotel as we will be exhausted as been up since 2am

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NJlovesNOLA Apr 7, 2014 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I am excited for you!!! One would think that I live in NOLA, because I get so happy when first timers visit! Palm, you will not be disappointed, I promise you. You can actually kill 2 birds with one stone: use Pat O's Bourbon Street entrance. Then you can say "Been there-done that" to being on Bourbon Street & going to Pat O's! Have a fantastic time & save some oysters for me!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        palmtree38 Apr 7, 2014 05:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks your a doll!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        W ll gve a report when we rtn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks everyone for your input and help

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      palmtree38 about 10 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Back from NOLA had an amazing time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I will do a chow review but will start a new thread since this one is at record 300 replies lol

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        zin1953 about 10 hours ago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Glad you enjoyed yourself . . .

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