If you're a parrothead, stop by Tropical Isle for some live music and a hand grenade.
New Orleans also has the best hamburgers on the face of the planet.
They're found at Port 'o Call, on Esplanade in the Quarter. Their steaks are pretty awesome too.
'Mediterrainian Restaruant" with the usual selections of hummous, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, etc. and it's very good and also reasonably priced. It's called "Lebanon's Cafe" and it's on Carrollton Ave. not far from Jacque-Imo's
While in the French Quarter, visit Clover Grill at Dauphine and Bourbon for some old-fashioned food and then go across the street to Good Friends for a frozen concoction called a "Separator." It's sort of like a Wendy's Frosty only alcoholic with Kahlua.
Eat at Jacque-Imos which is up past the Garden District. You can get there by taking the St. Charles Avenue Trolly (which is a fun ride by itself).
8324 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Hours: (Mon-Thur) 6 pm-10 pm; (Fri & Sat) 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
If soul food is what you seek, then Jacque-Imo's will do you right. Situated uptown in the old Carrolton neighborhood, the atmosphere at this funky joint is a cross between steamy nightclub and your sweet grandma's kitchen. The menu is packed with heavenly local dishes like fried chicken and shrimp etouffe. On the weekends, Jacque-Imo's is packed with people who always seem to be having a raucously good time. Chef and Owner, Jack Leonardi himself, often makes the rounds sporting his customary chef jacket and Bermuda shorts.
Estimated cost per person for dinner = $20 - $30
3162 Dauphine St. (Louisa St.)
New Orleans (504) 944-4445
For beer, ABITA is the local brew. It comes in Amber and "Turbo-Dog" (darker, excellent)
Good clubs include Snug Harbor, Tipitina's (uptown and French Quarter), Maple Leaf (right by Jacque-Imo's)
If you can catch Marva Wright, go see her!
Arnaud's is supposed to be great. Pricey and very formal, expect to spend big $$$ at Commander's Palace. but if you can get to Commander's Palace for a lunch or dinner, I've heard it's very memorable and wonderful food.
Have a Po'Boy at Mother's. Definitely not fancy (cash only).
Famous Ferdi Special
Mother's best baked ham, roast beef, debris and gravy,
shredded cabbage, pickles, mayo, yellow & Creole
In the Hotel Monaco, 333. St. Charles, the restaurant Cobalt.
Acme Oyster Bar
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
A muffeleta from Central Grocery (across from the French Market and Cafe du Monde) is in order...they originated the sandwich...the small Italian grocery smells like olives and spices...
The Gumbo Shop is next to Preservation Hall and has great food.
Preservation Hall (think 80 year old guys playing Dixieland) $4 I think they charge now...there is no food or drink there...or seats for that matter...just about 200 people standing in the dark on concrete in a 150 year old building watching the best jazz musicians in NO...the line starts forming at 7 or 8pm for the 9 oclock show.
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I'm no local, but here's my experiences with a few of the places you mentioned:
I experienced Snug Harbor, I think it was in 1990 and it was terrific jazz and some pretty well known artists played there. A few not so well known, but all great! Back then I was admonished to take a cab there at night and not to walk.
If you are a dixieland/trad jazz fan like me, don't miss Preservation Hall.
Mother's was really good, casual fare for any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Very affordable. Great for families, look for the huge tables in the back and listen carefully for them to yell your name.
Some other things that I like to do is the horse and carriage rides down at Jackson Square. They do a decent tour of the FQ and it gets you off your feet for a while so you can relax. If it's cold out, they have lap blankets you can snuggle under. This is good for families and couples or singles. The kids always fall asleep (BTW the price is negotiable).
Of course everyone knows about Beignets at Cafe Du Monde and cafe au lait its against the law to go to NOLA and miss these.
I wish I could remember the restaurant I first had Oysters Bienville a long time ago. OMG they were devine. I know it was a place right off of Decatur Street. I have actually tried to duplicate the sauce, but its not quite the same.
Court of Two Sisters has a nice Jazz Brunch with mountains of shrimp and crawfish and lots of other local fare to try. Its kind of a nice way to sample a lot of different things you won't find anywhere else but this region.
I do like to go into the Voodoo shops and there is a place called the Bottom of the Cup where I met some interesting folks. But really I love just walking in to all of the neat little shops on the back streets.
I would like to try some new places to eat on this trip. Now isn't NOLA one of Emeril's newer restaurants down there? I hear KPaul's (Paul Prudhomme's restaurant) is great food, and a very interesting dining experience, but have never made the time to try it myself.
Abita beer is good BTW we tried it last year while we were there yummm..
This thread is a great idea, hopefully by the time everyone posts here we'll have all sorts of great ideas to try.
I've done most of those things and it's all fun. I only recently learned of Rock and Bowl. Heard the Preservation Halll Brass Band there. It attracts all ages and all tyes of music. There is a cover charge.
I seem to recall dancing onstage at Cat's Meow. It is usually jampacked.
I recently had Abita pecan beer. It was good.
Dixie is available.
If you are going to walk on thin ice, you may as well dance!
I've been to several of the places mentioned above. There all good. No matter what you choose you should be happy.
If I coud offer a little advice ......
DO NOT wear SANDALS while walking in the Quarter, you'll be sorry if you do!
for all you Parrot Heads out there, J B has a Margaritaville in the Quarter, it's right where Decatur street splits, just past Jackson Square, and Cafe DuMonde. The BEST burgers are found here, along with too many to name "adult beverages"
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