New Orleans Journals

Christmas in New Orleans

A December 2002 trip to New Orleans by modernist

Quote: The big easy is a great Christmas-time destination. This is one of its big secrets.

HIlton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue

Hotel | "Hotel Monaco"

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This was a very nice hotel. One of the features that makes it unique is that it is a pet-friendly hotel. Also, if you don't have a pet, you can request a goldfish on loan. I did not realize this until I got to the hotel. Apparently you have to request it before coming here, so be sure to call ahead for a goldfish if you want one. The room was very elegant, although the motif was a bit too bachelor-paddish. There was a leopard-print bathrobe in the room, which actually I felt a bit queasy about putting it on. The room was clean, but showed signs of age. The hotel did not have a pool like many other comparatively priced hotels in New Orleans, but it did have a nice gym that was prett...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 31, 2002

HIlton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue
333 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 524-8890

Bluebird Cafe

Restaurant

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This is one of my greasy eggs and bacon joint. I have to say the food is not of the highest quality. But it is one of those local places that a lot of uptown folk hang out on saturday and sunday with the papers. If you want basic eggs over easy with sausage and bacon this is the best place in the uptown area.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Bluebird Cafe
3625 Prytania Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
(504) 895-7166

Cafe Du Monde

Restaurant

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If you've been to New Orleans and you missed Cafe du Monde, you have made a serious mistake--get back on the Jet Blue flight and grab a cup of chicory coffee and a beignet. This place is open at all hours of the day and every hour brings plenty of people-watching entertainment. One order of beignet is enough for two people. The coffee is quite good here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 525-4544

Camellia Grill

Restaurant

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In the uptown area, this place provides your best bet for greasy burgers and a shake. It is particularly popular with locals after a night of drinking, who seek this place out to solve their hunger pains. It's a lively place where everyone sits at the bar--there are no tables. This way, you can bump elbows with the tuxedo-dressed couple coming in for some grease after attending the Louisiana Philharmonic concert or overly-friendly college coeds who've stopped in with the frat bunch from nearby Tulane University. The cook/server wears a white uniform and will joke with you and make fun of you. But, above all, go for the chocolate shakes (made the old fashioned way), chili cheese fries, and a bacon burg...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
(504) 866-9573

Clover Grill

Restaurant

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Until I found out about this place from a local friend, I thought Carmella's Grill was the best place for late-night greasy burgers and that Blue Bird Cafe was the best bet for morning eatin'. How uptown-centric I was! This is, hands-down, the best place for breakfast or a late-night burger run. It's located near the residential area and away from the crazy hustler part of Bourbon Street, though that's not to say it lacks character--the cooks and waiters are quite outlandish. The 24-hour food is amazing; I've never had fries this good! I went back four times over the course of three days! Thank goodness I don't live down the street from this place; if I did, I'd be like the Michelin Man.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Clover Grill
900 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 598-1010

Cafe Marigny Royal Street Courtyard

Restaurant | "Cafe Marigny"

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This place is tucked away in the Marigny, the neighborhood right next to the French Quarter. It's a great area to hang out in as it has many clubs and restaurants. This place usually has a great lunch special. The coffee is strong and good--none of that warmed-over Starbucks junk.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Cafe Marigny Royal Street Courtyard
2438 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
(504) 943-6818

Samurai Sushi Restaurant

Restaurant | "Samurai Sushi"

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I am a sushi fanatic. When I'm in a new city, even if it is New Orleans, I can't seem to fight off the urge to check out the quality of the sushi in a particular town. In this case, I must say I was not disappointed, but I was not wowed over either. The sushi was relatively fresh, but my taste buds were not set on fire. In fact, for the price, the sushi quality should have been better. But the cute waitress made up for it.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Samurai Sushi Restaurant
239 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
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Every year, the weekend before Christmas, the Delta Festival Ballet and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra present a very good production of The Nutcracker. It's a very good ballet company with about 20 professionals and the remainder of the cast made up of local talent. What makes this production stand out is the fact it features a full orchestra--many regional productions often cheat by using canned music or a reduced orchestra (17 musicians rather than the required 75, say). Bravo to this particular production for choosing to stay with the entire orchestra.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 26, 2002

Delta Festival Ballet
Mahalia Jackson Theatre
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 565-7470

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Here is a dilemma if you are traveler to New Orleans: Do you rent a car? Well, that depends on many things, but usually the advice is no if you are staying in the French Quarter. I usually prefer to have my "feet" when traveling by having a car. In many cities, this option is very possible, as hotels usually provide free parking; however, in the French Quarter, that is another matter. Most hotels in the New Orleans area have valet parking as one of the options, but this can get quickly very expensive if you are renting a car. As a rule, expect to pay about $30 a day for the lowest option car. That is a bit higher then most cities, but not as high as in New York. I needed a car on my trip as ...Read More