NOLA Notes

Have some listing done.  Adding a couple explanations daily 🙂

The Food Awesomeness List

Morning Call Café:  Forget the unholy line at Café Du Monde if you want beignet awesomeness.  Seriously, this place is the best total experience you can have.  Yes, there is the standard order of powdered puffy donut-like bliss.  But they also use that same dough for a tiny pizza that involves crab.  Also on the menu are gumbo (mild & awesome) and jambalaya (passable). It is New Orleans, so you can get a bloody mary, wine, beer, and a few other drinks any time day or night.  Because, of couse, Morning Call never closes, FYI.

Milkshake Daiquiris & Cajun Sampler at Gazebo Café near the French Market:  This café is completely open air, and always has live music.  There are attentive and friendly wait staff, and you can linger without being rushed off.  Their sampler is so good that it is what we usually get – everything is amazing.  They also have fried alligator, but that isn’t on the sampler as far as I can remember.  If, however, you only want the milkshake daiquiri, there is a walk-up bar in the center of the café.  Unless you enjoy being unhappy, you will love one of the flavors – pina colada and orange sherbet are my favorites.

Praline Connection on Frenchman Street:  You wouldn’t think it, but this demure praline shop on the street corner is an essential stop for at least one meal at the adjoining restaurant.  The wait staff are finely dressed and are easily personal yet very professional.  This is soul food.  Your soul will be happy.  Your wallet will not hurt anywhere near other restaurants.  Their sampler platter can easily feed 3-4 adults and is very reasonably priced under $30.  Yes, get that.  But, if you are a PoBoy type, their PoBoy is unspeakably amazing and will stuff a grown man with an appetite, and for much less than what Gene’s PoBoy now charges for a much lesser offering.

Dat Dog on Frenchman Street:

Fresh Oysters & Crawfish at French Market (in-season only):

Occasional street vendors:

Copper Monkey:

Two Chicks Café:


The Things To Do Awesomeness List

October’s annual Macaroni & Cheese Festival (started 2017):

October’s annual Krew of Armenius Cocktoberfest (started 1967):

City Park:

Segway Tour of the French Quarter & surrounding:

Bus Tour of the city:

Drag shows & easy community at Golden Lantern:

Live music and open air art markets in Frenchman Street area:

Natchez Steamboat:


Street music & performers at Jackson Square, Artillery Park, & everywhere:

World War II Museum:

Parades, parades, and more parades:

Just walking and immersing:


The Accommodations List

The Roosevelt Hotel:

Catahoula Hotel:

Old Town Inn:


Air B&B’s:


The Utilitarian List

Where to buy the crap you forgot, lost, need, etc. and not pay tourist prices


The UN-Awesomeness List

Gene’s Poboys:

Bourbon Street:

Pizza on Bourbon Street:

Magazine Street Shopping:



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