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Nola for Christmas- 2002

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A December 2002 trip to New Orleans by diminor1929

Magazine Street Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: This was our second Christmas spent in the Big Easy...we just couldnt get enough. This time we brought another couple. 8 more days STILL wasnt enough to see everything...and we're planning to make this an annual tradition!

Nola for Christmas- 2002

Overview

The Southern Comfort B&B... Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Our second winter holiday in New Orleans provided some additional highlights; a Reveillon Christmas night dinner at Windsor Court Hotel, dinners at Jacques-Imo's, the tours of Laura, Oak Alley, and San Francisco Plantations, and breakfast at Southern Comfort B and B. We also enjoyed Lafayette Cemetery Tour with guide "Mr. Sublet", a Garden District Walking Tour finished with a stop in The Rink Book Store, lunch at Liuzza's by the Racetrack, Old Coffee Pot Restaurant for hurricanes,gumbo and fried oysters. The list could go on and on. Be sure to see my journal from 2001 for other possibilities. We still haven't seen everything New Orleans has to offer and are planning a trip back soon!Quick Tips:...Read More

Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel

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Restaurant | "The Grill Room-Windsor Court Hotel"

Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The ultimate Christmas Night dining experience! The image of this fabulously decorated hotel with its gigantic tree and antique toy train set will last longer in my mind than any gifts we could have shopped for, wrapped, and opened with half-hearted enthusiasm. Dinner started with an "amusee bouchee" - a delicate cream soup served in demitasse-like cups-with no handles. First course for me was foie gras and smoked duck slices, while hubby went with a salmon tartare/smoked salmon combination. Our second courses consisted of white bean-roasted garlic pureed soup served with teeny-tiny frog legs that were perfect little morsels of tender flavor. Glenn stuck with a mesclun-style salad with an unusual ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2003

Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-1992

Palace Cafe

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Restaurant

Palace Cafe Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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We had heard great things about the Palace Cafe and tried it with friends. The guidebook info had informed me that the place was owned/run by members of the illustrious Brennan family who are also responsible for the fantastic "Commander's Palace" in the Garden District. The excellent food and incredible service soon led me to see what was, indeed, obvious. This truly was, as locals referred to it, "Commander's Palace Lite". Since we had eaten a HUGE lunch, the four of us opted for a selection of appetizers, soups and salads for our meal, foregoing a regular entree. This required some maneuvering by the serving staff, who are trained to serve each course at exactly the same time to all members ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

Palace Cafe
605 Canal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-1661

Jacques-lmo's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Jacques-Imo's"

Jacques-lmo's Cafe Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Run...do not walk...to Jacques-Imo's. We didn't discover it until the next to the last night of our visit and went back 2 nites in a row! (Unheard of for us!). Not only did we have two of the best meals consumed in the Big Easy...the place is a hoot! All thanks to "Jack" who is the owner, chef and "team leader"of this well-known local attaction! We were lucky enough to witness his one of his daily pep talks, delivered to the kitchen and serving staff in a style that can only be described as part-coach, part-preacher, all chef!!! He truly cares about his customers and what they think and is famous for his generous "langniappe" (or Cajun for "a little something extra"). But be prepared to wait...ev...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 7, 2003

Jacques-lmo's Cafe
8324 Oak St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
+1 504 861 0886

Joey K's

Restaurant

Joey K's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Joey K's is a great little local stop you can't miss on the corner of Magazine St. and Washington Ave.(Down the street from Lafayette Cemetary). It's a much less expensive bet for lunch in the Garden District than Commander's Palace. Don't be put off by the smoking section in the front of the cafe. Go through the kitchen (this seems to be a New Orleans ritual) to a smokefree dining room in rear. The food is great -- try the "all-you-can-eat catfish" or catfish po' boy. I recommend the fried oysters and they serve a pretty decent gumbo. Don't miss the 16oz. Margarita's and Abita Beer both served in a huge frosted glass. Our little waitress looked, acted and even sounded just like Sissy Spaceck and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 13, 2003

Joey K's
3001 Magazine St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
+1 504 891-0997

Liuzza's By The Track

Restaurant | "Liuzza's by the Racetrack"

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This is a truly authentic Cajun spot recommended by a longtime fan. But we loved the real taste of New Orleans that it offers . . . not only in food but also in local color. We started our lunch with the house-recommended "Killer Bloody Mary"--and "killer" they were. I could only manage one . . . but it was lethal. Gumbo, reputed to be the best in town, was my starter, while hubby went with oyster/artichoke soup. We split a blue-cheese house salad, which was enough for a meal. As if that wasn't enough, we each had a po' boy--his a catfish and mine the famous barbecued shrimp. Hard to describe, but it earned every bit of its reputation. I could not move, literally, after this meal an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2003

Liuzza's By The Track
1518 North Lopez St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
+1 504 943 8667

Maple Leaf

Attraction | "Maple Leaf Bar"

Maple Leaf Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Maple Leaf Bar is very, very local and somewhat "down-scale" to say the least. No food, no glasses, no wine. Only plastic cups, dance floor, with nothing to munch on- but the music was great -- Kermit Ruffins is a popular trumpet player... some say the next Louis Armstrong. Local fans claim he's blessed with those "puffy cheeks". The rest of the band wasn't bad either, and they played a lot of traditional jazz numbers with their own inimitable style. It was very worthwhile for those inclined to find music off the beaten path. We got there early (daylight) to get a heads up on the crowd. But I don't recommend this technique. This is a spot you only want to hit when it's very dark and very crowded.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2003

Maple Leaf
8316 Oak St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
+1 504 866 9359

Magazine Street

Attraction

Magazine Street Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The real highlight of Magazine Street is the window-shopping. The shops are mainly old shotgun and other Victorian-style homes that have been reconstructed and fancied up in bright attractive colors to catch the eye of passing shoppers. Large shop windows entice passersby with goods in creative and unusual displays. There are some real decent restaurants open for lunch that are worth checking out. Some are open for lunch only, so it's best to check ahead. The only disappointment was that as lively as this street is during the day, it's really dead at night! Only one or two places are open and the street is very dark. Still, it's worth spending a morning or afternoon just browsing along its' intere...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2003

Magazine Street
Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 455 1224