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The Real Dirty South

A March 2001 trip to New Orleans by kimmiekim

Audubon Zoo Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: No matter when you go, there is always something to do here. To me it is better to go when it is not Mardi Gras to cut down on the crowds. The food is delicious, the drinks are off the chain, and there is plenty to do with children too.

Best Western French Quarter Landmark Hotel

Hotel | "Best Western French Quarter Landmark"

Best Western French Quarter Landmark Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Feel the atmosphere of the French Quarter when you step inside The Landmark. Located right across the street from Louis Armstrong Park, it is within walking distance of all the historic, artistic, and eclectic charms that surround you.The Landmark offers more than just a great location. The hotel, with its intimate, European feeling reflects a traditional New Orleans style. Originally called the Vieux Carre Lodge and built on a historic site, the hotel contains 100 recently renovated and spacious rooms, two jacuzzi suites, and hallways that are named after French Quarter streets. The staff is great and eager to please. Breakfast is also served there for a nominal fee, but it is delicious. A full se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

Best Western French Quarter Landmark Hotel
920 N Rampart St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
1-504-524-3333

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Best Things Nearby:Harrah's Casino, Bourbon Street, Decatur Street, Audobon Aquarium and the Riverwalk.Best Things About the Resort:Located in the first block off of Canal Street, this resort wins hands down for best locality to several fine restaurants, just two streets over from Bourbon Street, and 2.5 blocks from the riverwalk where the Aquarium, Harrah's Casino, and the Canal Shoppes awaits you. I was there for seven days and only drove my car once.Resort Experience:The Quarter House don't have a parking garage, but use one nearby. It costs $15 a day and that's a discount! It was only a block away, but when it's raining, even that's too far. There aren't m...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 7, 2003

The Quarter House Resort
129 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-5906

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This place was the sunshine that I needed during my rainy stay in New Orleans. The staff went over and beyond to make us feel at home, even as far as to get a towel to dry off my girls. The food is superb! Please try the stuffed shrimp with crab over rice. Beware of the side of mashed potatoes -- it's like a small mountain with French onions sprinkled on top. I loved the signs they have on the table to get the server's attention. Either you flip it to "Run Forrest" meaning everything is ok, or you can flip it to "Stop Forrest" and the server will recognize it immediately. I will definitely patronize there again the next time I am in town because I didn't get dessert and it looked delicious, but...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2003

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
429 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 5800; +1

Country Flame

Restaurant

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One of the French Quarter's best kept secrets! They specialize in Mexican, Spanish, and Cuban dishes, but I ordered a 16oz T-Bone with a loaded baked potato and it was mmm good! Their po-boys are generous portions too. I especially liked that they offered daily specials, so I purposely waited for the buy-one-get-one-free margarita day. After having my first, it took me by surprise because this place is your typical hole in the wall and you know that they serve the best food. The margarita I had there was better than all the drinks that I've had during my week's stay. The waiter prodly stated that we have the best in the French Quarter. I agree. I truly enjoyed my meal and will be returning the next ti...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2003

Country Flame
620 Iberville St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 1138

Mama Rosa's Slice of Italy

Restaurant | "Mama Rosa"

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I love Mama! As a matter of fact, I love her pizza so much that I craved it during the entire pregnancy of my last child. Needless to say this was the first eatery that I visited when we got to New Orleans. Her ingredients are so fresh and everything is made there. The cheese strings from the pizza as you pull it from the pan. The spaghetti is served with two huge meatballs. I need not mention the gooey lasagna and buttery garlic bread.

The only thing I do hate is that it takes them forever to get it to you, but you forget about it once you begin to savor it. She also offers delivery, which I am debating on because I want mine right when it comes out of the oven!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2003

Mama Rosa's Slice of Italy
116 Sauve Road
River Ridge, Louisiana 70123
(504) 739-1400

Audubon Zoo

Attraction | "Audobon Park and Zoo"

Audubon Zoo Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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If you are spending a few days here, please take the time to visit this phenomenal zoo. The Audubon impressed me beyond words. You will even get the chance to see a white tiger and alligator.

It's a relaxing break from upbeat Bourbon Street that will give the entire family some quality time together. Don't forget to bring a backpack to store snacks and water--you'll like having them while visiting the grounds.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans 70118
(504) 581-4629