A local in NOLA once said:
If you go to Sawgrass, you practice your golf game. If you go to Nepal, you practice your mountain climbing. So, when you go to NOLA, PRACTICE YOUR EATING!
Ok, this is for the NOLA locals and experts. In no particular order and completely unedited
, here is what I have found to see and do in NOLA.
Locals please advise on the following:
Breakfast at the BlueBird Cafe
A little bar down near the far end of Burbon street called "The Cat's Meow".
A little Irish pub over on Decatur street not far from Jackson Sq.
Another awesome restaurant is The Praline Connection.
You can visit the very cute little tavern The Rivershack.
Mid-City Rock'n'Bowl....Dancing in rented bowling shoes and fried alligator.
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.
Phil & Liz