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One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby OldDawg » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:24 pm

Hey guys.

I shared over on the Browns forum that I recently won a trip for two to New Orleans next weekend. I get flight, hotel and tickets for two to see the Browns-Saints game. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=18930

Our flight arrives in NO at 10am Saturday. Gotta be at airport at 4:30AM, but that's cool with me. That gives my college-senior son and I a full day in New Orleans on Saturday. Here's where I need help from some of you well-renowned world-travelers.

I know virtually nothing about New Orleans. What are the MUST-SEE places and restaurants for a one day visit to N.O that you would recommend for a ONE-DAY trip. You are the first folks I am asking. I know we are staying near the French Quarter.

Neither my son nor I are drinkers. But we are certainly good eaters!! And certainly interested in a good sight-seeing trip.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby General » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:48 pm

For Eating...I like Andersons, near the end of Bourbon near Canal, Acme oyster house is good depending if you like to slurp the little mollusks. They might have crawfish, but it is still too early for them. Sit at the oyster bar for entertainment. Some of the more famous restaurnats like Prudhommes sport some pretty healthy waits. Get some red beans and rice somewhere. I have heard good things about taking the gray line into the Garden district to see the old style southern houses. I also enjoy breakfast at Cafe DuMonde, the beignets are awesome as is the people watching. Bourbon, while entertaining is a drinkers paradise and you may not find that palatable, but again, people watching their is a fascinating. There is music blaring from every street corner, The Famous Door Saloon usually has good stuff. Some of the places are hundreds of years old, like the Olde Absinthe House. Nearly every restaurant down there has great food and the price range can be $ all the way up to $$$$$ and beyond. Don't forget Jackson Square with Saint Louis Cathedral, lots of street performers and vendors. Little shops and restaurants everywhere along Bourbon, Canal, Chartres, Market streets. Some less savory stuff as you begin to move off Bourbon, if it doesn't feel comfortable, then you probably need to retreat. (That's my motto). Stay away from the pain in the ass beggars, try not to make eye contact with street folks and live it up. There is so much more every time I go there we find something new. Laissez lesbon temps roule!!!
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:53 pm

Drop acid in a cemetary
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby skatingtripods » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:03 pm

Flood a Wal-Mart and then steal from it?
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:07 pm

skatingtripods wrote:Flood a Wal-Mart and then steal from it?


Then blame the flood on Bush.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby Erie Warrior » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:23 pm

Hookers n' Blow

Then steal from the flooded Walmart.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby Hikohadon » Thu Oct 14, 2010 5:27 pm

Mother's has the best crawfish etouffee in the universe. Only a couple blocks away from the French Quarter, corner of Tchoupitoulas and Poydras.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby JoJo White » Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:05 pm

I really wouldn't have any plans to do anything - just hang out in the French Qtr and stuff will happen. Plans are too confining.

As far as eats in the French Qtr, Cafe du Monde for beignets in the morning is a must. We also like Palace Cafe for lunch (get the Cochon de lait pot pie). Cafe Maspero's and Acme Oyster House and Redfish Grill are also great, but there's usually a line - maybe go there for dinner? Avoid Tujagues and Emerils and Crescent City Brewhouse.

If you are into dressy, fine dining, the best restaurant in the city is probably Stella!, but prepare to spend $100+ per person and spend a couple hours there if you go.

If you want to venture outside of the Qtr and go to uptown, Brigtsen's and Dante's Kitchen and Jacque-Imo's are exquisite.

Late night, go to French Market Place for great live music with no cover charges - the street has several bars and you can go in and out of each cheaply.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby JoJo White » Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:07 pm

Hikohadon wrote:Mother's has the best crawfish etouffee in the universe.


Not this. Mother's is overrated.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Fri Oct 15, 2010 8:52 am

Just go to Port of Call for a burger
http://portofcallnola.com/

Head to the Uptown area, take a streetcar tour along St Charles Ave to check out the old mansions lining the street. There are also alot of small, independent restaurants in that area.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby JoJo White » Fri Oct 15, 2010 3:02 pm

Larvell Blanks wrote:Just go to Port of Call for a burger
http://portofcallnola.com/



Once again, have to disagree with a suggestion here.

Port of Call has, no doubt, great burgers and I like that they serve potatoes instead of fries.

But if you only have one day to experience NOLA, better go elsewhere and somewhere closer to "the action" than Port of Call. The service sucks and expect to be there 90 minutes for just a simple lunch.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby OldDawg » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:57 pm

Best place for Po-Boys???
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby motherscratcher » Tue Oct 19, 2010 9:58 pm

OldDawg wrote:Best place for Po-Boys???


Down on the corner, out in the street.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby Hikohadon » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:20 am

JoJo White wrote:
Hikohadon wrote:Mother's has the best crawfish etouffee in the universe.


Not this. Mother's is overrated.

Admittedly, as a non-local, this may indeed be true.

Let me amend it to say that Mother's has the best crawfish etouffee in the universe that I've ever tasted.

If there are suggestions of someplace better, please let me know and I'll gladly try 'em out next time I'm down that way.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby mattvan1 » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:27 am

Some time ago I lived in NOLA, and used to know the city pretty well. Post Katrina, I have returned but once (OSU vs. LSU - ouch)and didn't stay very long. New Orleans is such a different place due to the enormous volume of tourists that it can distort the idea of "you must do this when you visit". It really depends on your temperment and idea of what's a good time. For example, I would never be caught dead in some of the classic tourist places - Pat O Brien's, almost anywhere on Bourbon and the Quarter in general, Jackson Square.........

But how can a first timer go to New Orleans and not experience those things? Impossible.

My only advice is to make sure you split your time between the touristy places in and around the Quarter and then other spots. Are you renting a car? If so, drive out St. Charles until it dead ends at Carrollton and have a snack at The Camillia Grill. Or better yet take the street car, as was suggested above. Many good off the beaten path places to eat along Magazine Street. Most of the restaurants I used to know are now long gone, but I would really suggest getting away from the Quarter if you can and try and eat where the locals eat. Cassementos, Joey K's and Surrey's Cafe, all on Magazine and reasonaly priced, have been featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, FWIW.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby JoJo White » Wed Oct 20, 2010 11:20 pm

OldDawg wrote:Best place for Po-Boys???


Lots of good places, but one of the best (if not the best) is Deanie's Seafood. Two locations - one in Metairie and one in the Qtr.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby Gradysmanldy » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:11 am

Jacamos. Antoines. The prosecution rests.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby OldDawg » Fri Oct 22, 2010 12:47 pm

I appreciate all the advice.

I think these items are on our itinerary, but subject to change:

Po'Boys (or something else if it strikes us) at Mothers (sorry Jo Jo. But may look at Deannies.
Café Du Monde for some beignets
The Napoleon House Bar & Café for a muffaletta.

Would like to hit a jazz place on Saturday night. Favorite spots??

How do you guys get around the area? Taxi to it and then walk? I hear parking is a nightmare? We rented a car but if we can't park anywhere, may not be too helpful when we want to stop somewhere.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby scsecaur » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:39 pm

Best to use taxis to get around. Parking in the Quarter is always an adventure. Snug Harbor on Frenchman's Street is a great jazz club. Late night, Maple Leaf Bar has live music--next door to Jacques-amo's on Oak St. near Tulane University. Cabbies will know it.

If you like Italian food, Mona Lisa's Restaurant on Royal St. is really good, too.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby Hikohadon » Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:50 pm

OldDawg wrote:How do you guys get around the area? Taxi to it and then walk? I hear parking is a nightmare? We rented a car but if we can't park anywhere, may not be too helpful when we want to stop somewhere.

My suggestion would be to park the car at the hotel and not bother with it again until you leave. Most places in the Quarter/Warehouse District are comfortable walking distance (Frenchman St. can be a bit of a hike though if you're starting from Canal or parts west of there). If you want to head down St. Charles, take a taxi or a streetcar (streetcar's a good way to see some of the houses).

Bourbon Street is the Times Square of New Orleans. If you like that sort of thing - fine. Personally, I avoid it like the plague. Walk up to it, look around, nod my head, and leave.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby Bayou Tribe » Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:39 pm

Sorry I didn't get to this earlier, with the new job and newborn I've been slacking.

Rack the following -- Deanie's in the Quarter (Saints post-game show with Bobby Hebert will be live there), Cafe du Monde, Acme Oyster House (get the chargrilled oysters), and Camellia Grill.

I know your trip will be brief, but if there is anyway possible that you can block out 3 or 4 hours try to get down to the National WWII Museum. Imho, the best thing that Nola has to offer.


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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby OldDawg » Sun Oct 24, 2010 12:47 am

GREAT SUGGESTIONS, GUYS

PoBoys at Mothers were great!

Had dinner at Jacques Imos. Unbelievable food. Neat place.

Drove down Bourbon St at 1:00 in afternoon. Have no desire to see what that place is like on Saturday night!!
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby OldDawg » Sun Oct 24, 2010 11:53 pm

Hit Cafe du Monde for Beignets. Simple concept, great taste. Its amazing that s place with such a small menu can be considered one of the premier 'Cafes' in the country.

The Napoleon House was closed on Sunday, so we hit the Market Cafe to split a Muffaletta and a "Taste of New Orleans," which had Gumbo, Jumbalaya, Red beans and rice, and Shrimp Creole.

For such a short stay, I feel we hit a pretty good sampling of New Orleans dining. Almost went to Port of Call instead of Market Cafe. But we thought we can get a burger up north and we wanted to sample N.O. specialties.

Again, thanks to all of you for you suggestions. Had a great stay and you all were very helpful.
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby Larvell Blanks » Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:50 am

OldDawg wrote:GREAT SUGGESTIONS, GUYS

PoBoys at Mothers were great!

Had dinner at Jacques Imos. Unbelievable food. Neat place.

Drove down Bourbon St at 1:00 in afternoon. Have no desire to see what that place looks and smells like on Saturday night!!


Fixed it for ya!
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Re: One day in New Orleans. What to do?

Unread postby OldDawg » Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:05 am

Larvell Blanks wrote:
OldDawg wrote:GREAT SUGGESTIONS, GUYS

PoBoys at Mothers were great!

Had dinner at Jacques Imos. Unbelievable food. Neat place.

Drove down Bourbon St at 1:00 in afternoon. Have no desire to see what that place looks and smells like on Saturday night!!


Fixed it for ya!


Thanks. I thought it stunk at 1:00 in the afternoon.
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