I recently went to New Orleans to celebrate my brother’s birthday. We don’t know anyone who lives there, but we converged for a weekend of revelry and amazing music. Every time I started to fall head over heels in love with the city, something shitty happened. On the whole, however, it was a great time. My advice is:
1. do heavy yelp/urbanspoon/zagat research prior to every dining experience. We got burned twice, maybe three times and it sucked. Avoid the Somethin’ Else Cafe at all costs and according to my love, eat as many Bourbon St. hot dogs as you can.
2. Get your ass to Frenchmen Street for some seriously good music and great people. Bourbon Street is fun in it’s own garish way but Frenchmen is off the chain! I recommend d.b.a., the spotted cat, and maison. It’s walkable from the French Quarter but a cab is easier and will only put you back about $6
3. Drink exclusively Pimm’s Cup, Sazerac, and Abita beer depending on your personal taste. These regional delicacies should not be missed.
4. Eat oysters, poor boys, muffaleta sandwiches and biscuits and gravy if you can get it.
4. The Cafe du Monde is way overrated. Don’t waste your time standing in line. Go later after the crowds and get a beignet but the coffee is terrible.
5. Walk to the Mississippi River from the Tulane University stop on the Charles Streetcar. It is definitely a bit of a walk but the view is beautiful.
Overall New Orleans was a great trip. The city is it’s own beast, with an unique culture and a distinct flavor that can be found nowhere else. I was impressed by the depth and breadth of amazing music we experienced. From great stage shows to crazy street musicians. Above all the exuberant and impromptu 2nd line street parades were my favorite.
Nola and I will definitely meet again.