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New Orleans through a Yankee's Eyes

A January 2003 trip to New Orleans by azsunluvr

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Quote: Two of my favorite things - history and food - made a trip to New Orleans an experience to remember. But for some of us, once IS enough!

New Orleans through a Yankee's Eyes

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Overview

New Orleans Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans has been on my "list" for a number of years. When my husband’s company revealed that their annual convention would be there this year, I happily tagged along. All I can say is I’m glad I went, but I don’t ever need to go back. The history of New Orleans is fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the Hermann-Grima House in the French Quarter, the haunted history walking tour , and touring the ...Read More

Crowne Plaza Hotel Astor

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Hotel | "Astor Crowne Plaza"

Crowne Plaza Hotel Astor Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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astorcrowneplaza.com This hotel is newly refurbished and has the perfect location on the corner of Canal Street and Bourbon Street. A very elegant, old-style décor fits perfectly with the flavor of New Orleans’ French Quarter. When we checked in, we were asked if we’d like to have a room overlooking Bourbon Street. Of course we said yes. We thought we’d had quite a stroke of luck! Our “view” of Bourbon St. consisted of the top of the building across the street and the top two balconies of a building kitty corner to ours. Sigh. We later found this view to be a blessing, as the roof cushioned much of the club music that t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Crowne Plaza Hotel Astor
739 Canal St. at Bourbon St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 962-0500

Bourbon House

Restaurant

Bourbon House Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Bourbon House Restaurant is located in the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel. It’s another Brennan-owned restaurant, like Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, Commander’s Palace, Palace Café, Brennan’s, and Mr. B’s Bistro, all in New Orleans and all with excellent reputations. Because it was so cold outside and we’d spent several chilly hours touring the French Quarter earlier in the day, we decided to stay in the hotel and try the Bourbon House. Service was excellent; the food was a mixed bag. The swordfish was dry, until it was chopped up and mixed into the delicious sauce it was served with. I really wanted filet mignon, but the $26 price tag turned me off. I chose the chicken with a béarnaise sauce instead...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 522-0111

Pere Antoine Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Before exploring the French Quarter one morning, we stopped here for breakfast. Our experience here would lead us to skip this restaurant if we ever found ourselves in New Orleans again. We sat by an open window, which was very refreshing on this sunny morning. But we mainly needed it to get away from the two women smoking five tables away. I ordered orange juice and pain perdu — literally translated as lost bread. This is what the French call French Toast! When I tasted my orange juice, I thought they had cut it with grapefruit juice. My friend tried it and told me she thought it was rancid. I told the waitress about it and she brought me a new glass from a fresh carton. Much better! But...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Pere Antoine Restaurant
741 Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 581-4478

B&C Seafood

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Restaurant | "B&C Seafood"

B&C Seafood Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Just about a quarter mile down the road from Laura Plantation, B & C Seafood is the only visible place to eat for several miles. As we walked in the front door, we were assaulted with the heavy smell of fish. The whole front area of B & C is a store, specializing in seafood. A huge, stuffed alligator is suspended from the ceiling. Photos on the walls show alligators being caught, skinned, and filleted. Was this really some place I wanted to eat? Someone here obviously had caught the massive, mounted alligator. We were led to the dining room, which thankfully was far enough away from the store that we couldn’t smell the seafood any more. The dining room walls were hung with paintings for sa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

B&C Seafood
Great River Road
New Orleans, Louisiana

Commander's Palace

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Restaurant

Commander's Palace Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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commanderspalace.com After not allowing ourselves enough time to take the cable car to the Garden District and grabbing a taxi, we arrived right on time for our 11:30am reservation (made weeks ahead of time). Only one other party was dining at the time, but by the time we left, the restaurant was almost full. The staff treated us royally, from the moment we entered, to the time the door was held open for us on the way out. We were very happy to find the waitstaff took their cues from us as to how stuffy to be. We asked if it would be terribly uncouth to take some photos, and they assured us it would be quite alright. From then...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 899 8221

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse

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Restaurant

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Our first experience with this restaurant was outstanding. Our original intention was to just have dessert, so we were told to take a table in the bar. Geri, one of the bartenders, became our server for the evening. She was awesome! We ended up with appetizers and side dishes as well as desserts and she was very happy to oblige. The Deviled Crabcakes received mixed reviews from those who tried them: Louisiana blue crab meat, peppers and onions served on baby greens with a tomato and chipotle tartar sauce. The house salad was fabulous due to the pecan vinaigrette dressing. The potato-leek soup was creamy and flavorful. For dessert, the crème brûlée received high accolades from all who taste...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 2467

Harrah's New Orleans Casino

Restaurant | "Harrah's Casino Buffet"

Harrah's New Orleans Casino Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Harrah's Casino website Our first night in New Orleans and we hadn’t thought ahead about where to eat. The cab driver had suggested a seafood restaurant around the corner from the hotel, but after looking at the menu, none of us were salivating. The Bell staff at the hotel suggested Harrah’s buffet as the best deal in town. About a 5-block walk from the Astor Crowne Plaza, the casino seems a little out of place in a city of such old character. It’s a beautiful, rounded building lit up at night just like a Las Vegas casino. The interior theme is, of course, Mardi Gras. The buffet is $20 per person. We were so disap...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Harrah's New Orleans Casino
512 S Peters Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 533-6000

Johnny's PO - Boys

Restaurant | "Johnny's Po-Boy Restaurant"

Johnny's PO - Boys Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I HAD to try a muffaletta. Along with beignets and alligator meat, a muffaletta po-boy is a must-eat when in Louisiana. Johnny’s had a Good Housekeeping seal of approval, so we figured we couldn’t go too wrong. Never having seen a muffaletta before, I can’t tell you if this one was any different than at any other restaurant. At Johnny’s, you’d better have a huge appetite or plan on sharing one of these sandwiches. The sandwich roll was about 9 inches across--massive! It’s filled with ham, salami, mozzarella cheese, and an olive salad mix. We ordered ours warm. I loved it. Everyone else gave it a so-so review. If you don’t like green olives, it may be a little strong. At $6.25, it is a great bargain an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Johnny's PO - Boys
511 Saint Louis St. (French Quarter)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 524-8129

Court of Two Sisters

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Restaurant | "The Court of Two Sisters"

Court of Two Sisters Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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courtoftwosisters.com Located on Royal Street, The Court of Two Sisters is an easy walk from anywhere in the French Quarter. The outside is very unassuming for such a highly rated restaurant. As you walk through the entry, take a moment to brush your hand across the wrought iron gates. Wrought in Spain and delivered to the Court of Two Sisters in 1832, legend has it they were blessed by Queen Isabella and bestow charm on all who touch them. Our large party of 10 was welcomed and seated quickly on a Thursday night. As we walked through the empty buffet area (a daily Jazz Brunch is served here), I caught the smell of dirty di...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 7261

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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Attraction

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Audubon Aquarium Website If you’re touring without children, allow a couple of hours to thoroughly tour these wonderful exhibits. With children, plan to stay longer as they’ll be enraptured by some of the creatures here. On the first floor, saunter through the “Caribbean Tunnel,” a clear plexiglass tube through an underwater garden. Fascinating fish and colorful coral will keep you gawking for several minutes. Wander past tanks of glowing jellyfish and stop to watch the sharks swimming in the Gulf of Mexico tank. Climb the stairs to the 2nd floor to see sea creatures of the Amazon Rain Forest, including huge catfis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(800) 774-7394

Haunted History Tours

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Attraction | "Haunted History Tour"

Haunted History Tours Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The company offers several tours: The Haunted History Tour, Voodoo/Cemetery Tour, Vampire Tour, and Witchcraft, Voodoo and Magic Tour. Some of the tours are only run at night, others have a daytime option. I would have loved to try a nighttime tour, but I was lucky to get my easily frightened friend on a day tour. Besides, the weather was very cold and we lucked into a sunny, somewhat warmer day for our walk around the French Quarter. Our guide, dressed as his favorite local historical figure, pirate Jean Lafitte, took us on a 2.5-hour walking tour of his favorite haunted places in the French Quarter. We visited Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith’s Shop on Bourbon Street, which is now a bar and was never a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Haunted History Tours
97 Fontainebleau Dr
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
+1 504 861 2727; +1

Hermann-Grima House

Attraction

Hermann-Grima House Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Hermann-Grima House is a National Historic Landmark in the French Quarter. Built in 1831, this mansion has been slowly restored and now offers a very good look into life in that era. Very little is original to the house, but many things are antiques from the time period. The most interesting thing to me was the outdoor kitchen. On Thursdays from October to May, volunteers hold cooking demonstrations in period costume, using the kitchen and implements. You’ll hear how the residents of this mansion dealt with the humid, summer heat and accompanying mosquitoes. You’ll learn how a multi-course meal was served, and what a bare dining table signified. Do you know how they kept the food hot in case s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Hermann-Grima House
820 St. Louis St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 568-9735

Laura Plantation

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Attraction | "Laura, a Creole Plantation"

Laura Plantation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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My girlfriend and I really wanted to visit some plantations, and our husbands, rolling their eyes, grudgingly agreed to come along. They enjoyed the tour of the Laura Plantation so much they suggested coming back the next day to tour Oak Alley! Tours at each of these plantations cost $10, or $9 with AAA discount. Laura, a Creole Plantation is a fascinating look into life as a wealthy Creole landowner. Our tour guide at Laura was a knowledgeable, personable college student. My friend had toured this plantation a number of years ago before restoration was this far along. For her this tour was every bit as enjoyable as the first and she learned some new tidbits. This brightly colored house, built in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Laura Plantation
2247 Highway 18
New Orleans, Louisiana 70090
(225) 265-7690

Oak Alley Plantation

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Attraction

Oak Alley Plantation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Oak Alley Plantation, just a few miles past Laura Plantation, further down Great River Road, was built in 1839 by a Frenchman named Jacques Joseph Roman. The most outstanding and breathtaking feature of this mansion is the quarter mile canopy of oak trees, 300 years old, which frame the entrance to the estate. The main house here is much more what we’ve come to expect a plantation to look like — more like we’ve seen in the movies. By comparison, Laura Plantation seemed almost dowdy, yet I enjoyed that tour much more. Our tour guide here was quite young, and her delivery was very rote. She had memorized the tour, even the pauses so we could laugh or ooh and ahh. The tour told us much about the hous...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 26, 2003

Oak Alley Plantation
3645 Highway 18 (Great River Rd,)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70090
225-265-2151

The Magic Words

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Commander's Palace Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Our first full day in New Orleans was largely spent in the Garden District, dining at Commander’s Palace. As I tend to do on the first day of a vacation, I took a lot of photos. I was also trying to write down everything we ate. Our waiter noticed and offered to bring us souvenir menus, which we gratefully accepted. By way of explanation to our waiter about the photos and notes we were taking, my friend mentioned that they were to post on MY travel review website. Now, I didn’t really think much about the comment, and didn’t correct him. A few minutes later, the assistant waiter came by to inquire about my website address. The two magic words appear to be: Website and Review. I clari...Read More