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New Orleans Balmy Summer

A July 2002 trip to New Orleans by lance73

Quote: Every Summer some of my wifes friends plan a trip somewhere. Usually somewhere near a body of water that might be available for swimming, boating, diving, etc. However, this summer they wanted to hit New Orleans. Seems like the right place for heavy drinking, heavy eating, and tons of fun!

New Orleans Balmy Summer

Overview

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Every Summer some of my wifes friends plan a trip somewhere. Usually somewhere near a body of water that might be available for swimming, boating, diving, etc. I have been to New Orleans several times in the past. However, never in the balmy summer months. This gathering happens annually and has become somewhat of a spectator event. It's turned into a reason to drink (A LOT), stay up late, and eat lots of food. What better place to do those things than in New Orleans. The organizer of this trip planned a very cool scavenger hunt that took us to most of the "hot" spots within the French Quarter. It made for a VERY long hot afternoon, but also made for a very interesting way to see all the sight...Read More

Chateau Bourbon

Hotel | "Chateau Sonesta"

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This was a spectacular hotel and very close to all the "action". It''s only half a block off Bourbon St. and one block from Canal. Chateau Sonesta is a converted old department store, however newly updated. There is a splendid courtyard in the center, so all rooms either have a French Quarter view or a courtyard view. The rooms were wonderful and modern (something most hotels in the French Quarter can''t say) and very well priced; of course Mardi Gras was still six months away. I''m certain that a hotel this nice and close in will cost a ton during Mardi Gras. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Ask any bellman where you need to go and he''ll gladly explain your options. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2002

Chateau Bourbon
800 Iberville St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
504-586-0800

Acme Oyster House

Restaurant

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This is one of those places that everyone talks about going but never does. It's an old place that serves great oysters and some other seafoods. If you are looking for a very low-key dining experience, with beer out of the bottle and oysters on the half shell, then this is for you. I would recommend getting there before the dinner crowds. There is always a line out the door for dinner. Come for lunch, the food is the same and you have some elbow room. If you have kids bring'em they'll love this place too!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2002

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 835-6410

Antoine's

Restaurant

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Let me preface this entry by saying: I'm not a snooty type of fellow. This is definately a snooty kind of place. There are two types of people that go here: the very rich people, and the wanna-be very rich people. I got suckered by my wife and her friends into going. The food is out of this world good!! However, it's all a la carte and the portions are small with a HUGE price tag. I had some type of fish that I don't remember, and some spinach, with one glass of wine, and it was $75. This place has been in N.O. forever, and at those prices they'll pay rent for a while to come. There is a lot of history to the place and your waiter will give you a tour after you pay the bill. Too bad th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 12, 2002

Antoine's
725 St. Louis St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 581 4044

Deanie's

Restaurant

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This is a very good place. My type of place! It's a little pricey, but you get tons of food and it's not too snooty. They give you the option of beer in a glass or out of the bottle. It's quite good food. I had a "Crawfish Quartet" which is fried, broiled, ettufie, steamed crawfish. It was more than I could eat... and I'm a big guy. The place was fun with not too much noise, but not a library either. If you want good food at the right price this is the place. This place is right for couple or small groups.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2002

Deanie's
841 Iberville Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 581-1316

Petunia's

Restaurant

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This is an old house converted into a fine dining establishment. Don't be fooled by the shady bathroom, or cracks in the wall; this place is expensive. I have to say that the portions were good, and the food was very tasty. I would, however, look somewhere else when planning a family dinner. Couples feel free to indulge, but a family would really hurt your wallet. It's a nice place for dinner and I understand that brunch is good too.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2002

Petunia's
817 St. Louis St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 522-6440

Harrah's New Orleans

Attraction | "Harrah's New Orleans Casino"

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Harrah''s has built a Las Vegas style casino and brought it close to all the action of the New Orleans French Quarter. It''s a huge casino with loads of games, but there is not a hotel attached. It''s just there for your gambling pleasure. Free booze and loads of tables make this place feel like your in Vegas.

There''s only one problem with this casino . . . it''s in New Orleans. With so many other things to do, why would anyone want to spend more than a few minutes in this place . . . get out see the city!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 12, 2002

Harrah's New Orleans
8 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 533-6000

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Folks, I am here to tell you that Happy Hour (from 3-9pm) is the time to be out on Bourbon St. There are not the millions of people that come out after 10pm, and the drink prices are extremely good. Most places have 3 for 1 prices during this time; if they don't then move on to another location, or ask what happy hour special is. It could be some other equally tempting deal. There is no reason to pay full price for a drink anywhere during this time of day.

This has got to be the best kept secret of having fun in New Orleans. Go and enjoy the lack of hordes of people and cheap booze.