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Old 12-06-2017, 08:46 AM
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Default For those that have been to New Orleans

What are the can't miss things to see/eat/drink there? This will be my first trip.
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:57 AM
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Acme Oyster House for REAL Po Boys and cold beer. Any spot on Bourbon Street for awesome music...beware of the brothels You must go to Cafe Du Monde for beignets and then walk around their open air market. Cool stuff.

If you are into it, lots of voodoo shops. Marie Laveauxs is like the oldest. Kind of creepy in my book, but hey I had to at least walk in.
That's a start
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:29 AM
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Acme Oyster House for REAL Po Boys and cold beer. Any spot on Bourbon Street for awesome music...beware of the brothels You must go to Cafe Du Monde for beignets and then walk around their open air market. Cool stuff.

If you are into it, lots of voodoo shops. Marie Laveauxs is like the oldest. Kind of creepy in my book, but hey I had to at least walk in.
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So the first time I went to Cafe Du Monde, I was with some real foodies... They kept telling me how awesome it was.

It was awesome, but they got mad when I said: "I didn't realize a Bignet was just a small, overpriced Funnel Cake."
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:45 AM
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WWII museum if you're into history. I usually skip Cafe du Monde because the lines are always ridiculous, and i'm not big on desert foods anyway. I've really never had a bad food experience at any of the French Quarter restaurants i've been to. Pat O'Briens is fun for the dueling pianos. There's awesome live bands in most of the bars in the French Quarter.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:13 AM
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Ditto on Acme
Pat Obriens is fun
Galatoires is REALLY good and has been on NO a long time for a reason
Preservation Hall at least once
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:17 AM
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WWII museum if you're into history. I usually skip Cafe du Monde because the lines are always ridiculous, and i'm not big on desert foods anyway. I've really never had a bad food experience at any of the French Quarter restaurants i've been to. Pat O'Briens is fun for the dueling pianos. There's awesome live bands in most of the bars in the French Quarter.
However much time you decide to spend at the WWII Museum, add to it. You can spend a whole day there and wish you had more time. Definitely see the Tom Hanks movie.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:43 AM
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So the first time I went to Cafe Du Monde, I was with some real foodies... They kept telling me how awesome it was.

It was awesome, but they got mad when I said: "I didn't realize a Bignet was just a small, overpriced Funnel Cake."
LOL. It's the NOLA version of Krispy Kreme. There's a killer candy shop in that Open Air Market place near Cafe Du Monde. I can't remember the name of, but OMG, their pralines are amazing.
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WWII museum if you're into history. I usually skip Cafe du Monde because the lines are always ridiculous, and i'm not big on desert foods anyway. I've really never had a bad food experience at any of the French Quarter restaurants i've been to. Pat O'Briens is fun for the dueling pianos. There's awesome live bands in most of the bars in the French Quarter.

YES on Pat O'Briens
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:00 AM
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You'll get a hundred suggestions for food and drink.

Block off some time to walk around Jackson Square and the Cathedral of St. Louis. You can't leave New Orleans without a picture of Gen. Jackson.
If you're there a while and need a break from the crowds, Audubon Park is one of the prettiest places you'll ever see.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:08 AM
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You'll get a hundred suggestions for food and drink.

Block off some time to walk around Jackson Square and the Cathedral of St. Louis. You can't leave New Orleans without a picture of Gen. Jackson.
If you're there a while and need a break from the crowds, Audubon Park is one of the prettiest places you'll ever see.
Jackson Square is fun and pretty to see. Lots of cool street performers in that area. My friend got married in St. Louis Cathedral. It's gorgeous inside and out.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:28 AM
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During my working days (that would be before some of you were born) our business office was in New Orleans. I was a frequent visitor and had the opportunity to patronize many of the local restaurants. One of my favorites was Felix in the French Quarter. Haven't been to NO in ages so things may have changed but the food was excellent. Pat O'Briens is a favorite spot but it will be crowded. There were several excellent restaurants on the lake north of the city so you may want to check if some are still there. Several restaurants have been mentioned in above posts and I would recommend them. Some restaurants are better than others but I never had a bad experience.

Robert-- Some things in NO are not what they appear on the surface. You will be enticed to enter certain establishments to view and enjoy food, drink and ladies of the evening. Make that ladies of the day and night. Some of the best looking women are actually men!!!!! I trust you can tell the difference.

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Old 12-06-2017, 12:11 PM
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We went pre-Katrina so I can't name specific places but I suggest that you do what we did. When we got there and checked into the hotel my friend asked the desk clerk "Where do you go eat?" and we got a list of local places that blow any of the tourist traps out of the water. There was one little family owned grocery at the edge of the French Quarter that made Po-Boys so good we ate there four times in four days.

During that trip we were doing some bar hopping when we stopped to listen to a band. First thing I noticed was the drummer was wearing a Clemson hat. When they took their break as the drummer walked by I said "Go Tigers!". He stopped and talked for a second. He was a Clemson student on summer break making tuition money. Made sure to tip those guys a little extra, only wish I would have had a $2 bill.
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:36 PM
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Central Grocery for a muffuletta....if and only if you like olives....I hate olives.....
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Old 12-06-2017, 01:56 PM
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You'll get a hundred suggestions for food and drink.

Block off some time to walk around Jackson Square and the Cathedral of St. Louis. You can't leave New Orleans without a picture of Gen. Jackson.
If you're there a while and need a break from the crowds, Audubon Park is one of the prettiest places you'll ever see.
They didn't take him down did they?!? I can't remember all the ones that came down
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Old 12-06-2017, 03:04 PM
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They didn't take him down did they?!? I can't remember all the ones that came down
It's been a few months since I was there, but he was still there in June. That one I just can't see being taken down.

You never know, though.
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Old 12-06-2017, 04:28 PM
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Dear Lord! no one has said, K Paul's Restaurant for dinner. Been to the Big Easy four times (pre-Katrina once and three after), eat there every time. There is not a bad thing on the menu and you never know what the daily special will be but know it's great. Been to numerous high end restaurants in New Orleans for business, but would rather eat here every time.

Bourbon Street of course.
George Rodrigue Studio - Blue Dog artist. Lots of other nice shops around him.
The Art District - we love staying in this area and it's just different.

All the following are in the same basic area and are musts:

-Trolley Pass
-Acme Oyster House
-Cafe du Monde
-Walk around Jackson Square
-WW2 museum
-Audubon Butterfly Garden - Amazing walk through and species that will land on you, Cool air, very peaceful, right off Canal St near Harrah's Casino
-Harrah's Casino
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Old 12-06-2017, 06:52 PM
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Pat Oíbriens was cool for nostalgia for me. Iíve got a couple hurricane glasses from my parents from before I was born, probably 60 yrs old now. Then my wife and I got a couple when we visited a few yrs ago. Pretty much the same but with many years in between.
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Old 12-06-2017, 08:33 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback. Good think I will have a week to hit up all of these spots.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:17 PM
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You should check out the Sugar Bowl while you are there. Huge football game, and you will get to see Clemson beat Alabama for the second game in a row.
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:41 AM
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My wife is from NOLA and Iíve spent every Christmas there for 15 years.

Skip du monde unless you have kids.

Dragoís For grilled oysters.
Parkway for Po boys. They have a surf and turf that is killer.
Cochon for a meal. One of the best in the city.
The Columns for drinks if youíre in the garden district.
Napoleon house for a classic pimms cup.
The carousel bar is always a must DO.
Lafittes for late night drinks. Get a purple drank.
Skip bourbon street. If youíve never been walk it once and donít go in a bar.
Get yourself a Big Ass Beer. You can literally take drinks anywhere.
Court of 2 sisters for brunch.
Do a drive thru Daquiri place.
Cemetery tours or swamp tours can be fun. Take a drink.

Commanders Galatoires and Arnauds are the classics for a real meal
Or brunch. Pick 1.

Drink like a local? Rusty Nail and Black Penny are great bars. The bulldog is a classic. Uptown or mid-city. They have a night where bar ware is take home.

Any John Besh restaurant kicks ass. That and Cochon are for foodies.

Have fun!!!
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