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130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
A Sazerac is composed of whiskey and absinthe, and nowhere sports classier digs for this signature cocktail than the Sazerac Bar of the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans, where the low lights flow over heavy wood tables and the big leather...
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307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
How to choose between sweet potato biscuits, truffle grits, and the free-range lamb meatloaf sandwich? Try them all! (Just kidding) As a solo diner, I skipped the sweet potato biscuits (sadly). The grits and sandwich looked and tasted like...
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New Orleans, LA, USA
A Brooklyn transplant who we met on our last day in the Quarter said it best: "Look up, and the beauty you see is magic. Look down, and you see the filth that lies at our feet...vomit, cockroaches...you just have to stop looking down." The people,...
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What a trippy and unique experience. Tourists and locals alike are crowded shoulder to shoulder on this revolving carnival ride, ordering drinks with exotic names like Vieux Carré, London Fairy, and Corpse Reviver. And Sazeracs, of course....
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734 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
You don't need to work hard to explore New Orleans' diverse architecture. Take a walk around the French Quarter and you'll see Creole cottages and pre-Civil War townhouses with wrought-iron balconies. Hop on a street car and take in the antebellum...
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1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
This is the oldest and grandest art institute in a city that’s long captivated artists. The Neoclassical building sits amid the greenery of massive City Park (conveniently at the end of the Canal Streetcar Line). It’s an especially...
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813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
The French 75 is attached to historic Arnaud’s Restaurant, founded in 1918 and located just off Bourbon Street. Once you get through the doors, you’ll feel miles away from the crass college-age drinkers and luridly colored beverages a...
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New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
If you're looking for some quiet time while visiting New Orleans (what?), consider heading across the river to Algiers Point—a residential section of New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River, full of Creole cottages and other...
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French Quarter Fest is billed as the largest free concert in the South and features local musicians of varied genres. Over the course of four days in April, you can experience all kinds of music, by over 100 performers scattered throughout the...
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500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
New Orleans is of the few places in the US to allow drinking on the streets. No glass allowed, but open alcohol in cups is no problem. So get yourself a to-go daiquiri—they're available at these stands in a variety of flavors—and stroll a city...
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441 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Tried the trio:oysters Rockefeller, oysters royale and pepperino oysters. Delicioso! Drinks are not worthy though.
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1000 Howard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Discover a history that can be felt and a little local flavor with one of the many tours available or explore it all on your own. The beauty of this cemetery is a reflection of it's location. Worn and unkempt, its air of mysterious romanticism can...
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221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Alan Walter, the new(ish) creative director at Loa, the bar at the International House, was stamping menus (on vintage game boards) when I wandered in. I was intrigued by his foppish hair and 70s style ensemble – and even more intrigued by...
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514 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Little-known fact: New Orleans was the first place in North America to license pharmacists (starting in 1769, when the city was still under Spanish rule). After Louisiana became a territory, the U.S. governor extended the requirement, also...
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615 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Flashdance on the big screen, go-go dancers, 80s music – so worth the $5 cover. Also: Confirmed my theory that everyone in New Orleans knows how to dance.
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933 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
If you've been shunned by Central Grocery then this is the place to go. Right next store is Frank's Restaurant serving up Muffalettas and many other traditional Southern recipes. Fried Crawfish tails and homemade tartar sauce were a serious...
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820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Tucked away on Rampart Street on the sliver between the French Quarter and the Treme enclave, this cool bar balances neighborhood dive-iness and of-the-moment popularity. Find yourself a cozy corner and order up an updated version of a Big Easy...
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Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, USA
Some find this narrow, neon-lit French Quarter street appealing, others appalling. But it’s worth a stroll either way. It’s as if all the sins of mankind and then some were rounded up and corralled here—tawdry strip shows, cheap...
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617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
This gem in a quiet stretch of the French Quarter earns the French word for bakery—patisserie—for its true-to-Paris pastries. The flaky croissants come in all types, from plain or savory to filled and sweet. Whatever you order, you must get one on...
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430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
A moment of quiet between lunch and dinner at Bayona Restaurant, housed in a French Quarter cottage in New Orleans. It's one of my favorite places to eat, in a city filled with good eats. Bayona chef, Susan Spicer has been pleasing tastebuds for...
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1107 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Molly’s is considered a journalists bar. When Andrei Codrescu lived in New Orleans he frequented the place. The owner keeps it open during hurricanes, and in the days after Katrina, the bar kept the neighbors that did not evacuate in warm...
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6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Audubon Park sits on the site of a former sugar plantation—the only plantation in the city that wasn’t subsequently developed for homes or businesses. It’s about 25 minutes via streetcar from downtown, but feels a world apart,...
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1418 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
From the Cuban Sandwich to the Bananas Foster French Toast we hands-down loved our meals here. Surrey's had great food and a relaxed local feel. I would happily return to this cafe on my next visit to New Orleans.
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547 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Stanley, located near the St. Louis Cathedral, serves up elevated American and Creole comfort food. Since the good times in New Orleans roll long into the night Stanley offers its signature breakfast menu all day. My pick? The Breaux Bridge...
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1332 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The Garden District was developed in the middle 19th century, and is where the mercantile elite built their in-town estates. Unlike the narrow parcels of the French Quarter or surrounding neighborhoods, house lots here were divided up with just...
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2027 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
After I had finished my shopping in the charming boutiques on Magazine Street, I came to Mayas for their famous mojitos, then decided to stay for dinner. It was early enough that the sidewalks were still uncrowded and I was able to sit outside at...
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2800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Exposed brick, dark wood and plenty of natural light beget the handsome space at Coquette, which occupies an unassuming corner on Magazine Street in the tony Garden District. Chef Michael Stoltzfus marries his Eastern Shore sensibilities (crab...
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New Orleans, LA, USA
Frenchmen Street is, more or less, the local-music version of Bourbon Street. It also has its share of tourists trundling about with go-cups in hand, but they’re drawn more by the music than the drink. Plan to spend an evening (things start...
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401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
The very first restaurant that was recommended to me by the bellhop at my hotel was Mother's Restaurant. Mother's is one of the oldest and most successful restaurants in the NOLA. The line to get inside stretches down the sidewalk to the back of...
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618 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
If Frenchmen Street were a republic, D.B.A. would be the capital. It’s an inviting music venue built around a compact beadboard music hall with low stage—the place feels as if you might find a bayou out the back door. It’s also...
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900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
These Crabmeat Donuts with Avocado Shooters were one of myriad scrumptious tastes I sampled at the Grand Tasting of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, held over a spring weekend at the Morial Convention Center.
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2401 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
“Well, we’ll see about that!” loudly harrumphs an endless of stream of out-of-town customers, eager to challenge the claim that Willie Mae’s makes “the world’s best fried chicken.” They’re usually...
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1116 Henriette Delille St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
The Mardi Gras American Indian culture is one of the lesser-known elements of New Orleans life, but it’s been part of the African American experience in the city for well over a century. How it began remains the subject of debate. ("Masking"...
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634 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
In case you've ever wondered what it's like to drink your way up Bourbon Street on a bike, Confederacy of Cruisers can provide the answer. As one of only two ways to speed through the city with an open container (the other way is on a horse), bike...
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626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
This is the one place I must stop at every time I'm in town. The food is slightly above average but the service is spectacular. The atmosphere is that of a 50's diner and the staff are the friendlies servers in town.
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2036 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
My first advice to anyone visiting New Orleans is always the same: explore the wonderful neighborhoods outside of the French Quarter. Take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar and when you're tired of gawking at the Garden District mansions, hop off...
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Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans, LA, USA
This was once the home and recording studio of Fats Domino, an African American Rock 'n Roll / Rhythm and Blues singer and songwriter. He is best known for the song "Blueberry Hill". His home still stands today in the Lower Ninth Ward. Few of the...
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3494 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
One interesting way to explore New Orleans history is by kayaking on Bayou St. John with Kayak-iti-yat. Not only will you get to see an array of birdlife and interesting fish, but you'll explore local neighborhoods and learn about the history of...
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3121 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
We stumbled upon this unpretentious cafe after being turned away (no reservation) from a more popular and much revered Magazine St favorite. Thank God! The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is perfect. We started with the shrimp remoulade and...
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4930 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
In flavors that mirror seasonal fruits or classic combinations, this strawberry and chocolate donut is heavenly with a perfect espresso pulled by barista-extraordinaire (and MJ co-owner), Coleman. This place has great vibe, free wifi, and a...
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8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
In 2012 I went to New Orleans for a business trip. I was no ignorant to the excellent reputation this city had for flavors and food, so needless to say I was ready for it! I did my homework: researched online and asked friends... and just like the...
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723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
No one ever left New Orleans hungry. Since the dawn of the Delta, food has been more a part of local culture here than any other cosmopolitan city in America. It’s a matter of respect, because whatever comes out of the kitchen in New Orleans will...
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8100 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Celebrate any holiday, birthday, or occasion with an on-the-go daiquiri. This place has got every flavor under the sun. So whether you like the fruity stuff, the chocolatey mess, the liquor-rich taste or the creamy flavas, Fat Tuesday's got it.
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City Park, New Orleans, LA, USA
When it comes to festivals, Mardi Gras get all the glory—and there's a reason for that: The weeklong celebration is non-stop action, with plenty of parades and parties, beads and booze. Still, lesser known fests like the Voodoo Music + Art...
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1565 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
New Orleans is known for gumbo and étouffée, but also for pho, goi cuon, and bahn mi. The majority of Vietnamese restaurants are on the West Bank and locals (including Emeril Lagasse) made the trek across the river to Gretna for steaming bowls of...
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501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Rock music lovers are most certainly familiar with Tipitina's, named after the Professor Longhair song. What started out as a spot for a few friends to enjoy live music together back in the 70s has now become a true powerhouse in the local &...
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Barataria, LA 70036, USA
Jean Lafitte is a great day trip from New Orleans. See the Jean Lafitte Preserve, eat at Jan's Cajun Restaurant, take an Airboat Adventure or go on a swamp tour. You can even rent a fishing cabin.
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Edgard, LA 70049, USA
We rented a car and drove out of New Orleans for a day to see some of the plantation Homes. Not being from the South, we wanted to take the opportunity to see a piece of our country's history even with the gloomy knowledge of slavery as part of...
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41490 Crawford Landing Rd, Slidell, LA 70461, USA
Head out to the NOLA suburb of Slidell and go on a swamp tour. I went with Honey Island Tours and saw this big guy lounging in the sun.
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22275 LA-36, Abita Springs, LA 70420, USA
As we stood in front of the UCM, I knew right away that the $3 entry fee would be worth the payout by the sign outside that read FREE POSSUM(poo) WITH EVERY PURCHASE. I love that kind of crap (pun intended) and it did not disappoint. The museum...
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Gramercy, LA 70052, USA
On our day trip out from New Orleans we made the memorable stop of buying a sweet juicy watermelon from a local farmer and his dog at his moving road side stand. The watermelon was wonderful, as was the conversation, and the spontaneous road side...
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3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090, USA
Standing on the porch of Oak Alley Plantation and looking out at the hundred-year-old oaks, I imagined I saw into the past.
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25020 US-190, Lacombe, LA 70445, USA
It's not every day you can enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch, and then be invited behind the restaurant to visit their pigs. At La Provence, the charming auberge-style restaurant in La Combe, Louisiana, the staff not only encourages it, but will...
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Much has already been said concerning the resiliency of South Louisianans in the face of adversity. Still bearing the scars from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Grand Bayou Village has also had to endure the oil spill debacle that nearly wiped out...