NOLA Notes

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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: Located on the opposite corner from Praline Connection, this is a nifty eatery with hot dogs made like nowhere else. You can get a duck dog, alligator dog, etc.  Worth a try 🙂

Fresh Oysters & Crawfish at French Market (in-season only): Be the tourist and enjoy the mercantile trap of the French Market.  Really, it is what would be a Flea Market anywhere else.  However, this is New Orleans.  So you can get your drink on with a daiquiri to loosen your spending inhibitions.  It is handy that across from the daiquiri vendors, you will find a fresh oyster & crawfish bar.  Do this, in spite of feeling like $20 is a little much for a half dozen oysters.  The daiquiris should numb the cheapskate impulse.  Do this.

Occasional street vendors: So, there we were aimlessly walking around semi-hunting some food and definitely hunting new things to see off the usual paths.  Stumbled (?) past a dude still assembling his business location:  folding table, crock pots, and the trunk of his car (more or less).  File this under “why not” and purchased.  Really, it was very tasty BBQ chicken so tender it fell off the bone.  Lesson?  Do indeed give the popup entrepreneurs a chance.

Copper Monkey: Decadence.  There is a thing they do that for some reason makes this a mandatory stop.  Monkey Buns are a hella good beignet filled with banana something or other.  Oh, and it is a bar (this is New Orleans) and has top notch food such as jambalaya and gumbo and fried stuff (this is New Orleans, after all).

Two Chicks Café: Unless you are boarding a cruise ship in New Orleans, this is pretty far off the tourist path.  It is literally co-located with the cruise ship pickup location in a mall that is under a parking garage.  Also a mandatory stop, because they serve the best shrimp & grits ever made and an amazing benedict.  Of course, this is morning food so I must point out that their Bloody Marys are also amazing.  I did try the bulgur crepe once, and found it surprisingly good for being gluten-free and made of bulgur.

 

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:

Aquarium:

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:

Hilton:

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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