New Orleans Food and Beverage Scene
Let The Good Times Roll
The Big Easy, Crescent City, Nola. Whatever you call it, it is easy to have a good time here. Lets start with the French Quarter where you will find some of the finest restaurants in the country, Bourbon Street and the Sazarac. Antoines Restaurant is the oldest restaurant in America; you can eat breakfast like a King at Brennans and you can have a power lunch at Galatoires where on Fridays its the place to be for lunch and it usually lasts until dinner.
Dont miss out on Café au Lait and Beignets at Café du Monde. On one side of The Quarter you will find the CBD (Central Business District) where you will find many good restaurants and hotels, stay at The Hilton St. Charles to see some of the best architectural work in the country. Harrahs Casino also has a few good restaurants and Vegas style shows.
On the other side of The Quarter you will find the Marignay, (Faubourg Marignay) where the locals hang out until the wee hours of the morning (try The spotted Cat) listening to some of the finest musicians in the city. Take the street car to The Garden District where you will find many great restaurants, take a cemetery tour after lunch at Commanders Palace to feel a little more of New Orleans. You can also take a street car to Carrollton and find quite a few good restaurants. Get a Cochon de Lait Po-Boy at Saltwater Grill.
A good area to go if you want to be with the locals is Faubourg St. John, a $10 cab ride from The Quarter where you will find quite a few great restaurants. Have dinner at Café Degas but be sure to get a reservation. If the restaurant and bar scene is not enough there are the festivals, Seafood Festival, Voodoo Festival, Jazz Fest just to name a few. Always great food, music and libations. Mardi Gras need I say more? Dont be surprised to catch a parade out of Mardi Gras season because in the Big Easy everything from a wedding to a funeral is the opportunity for a parade.
Laissez Les Bon Tips Rouille (Let the good times roll)
Chef Sockrider's New Orleans