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Lagniappe in New Orleans

A May 2003 trip to New Orleans by samax

Quote: New Orleans is New York City with a charming Southern style. From beignets to muffelata to shrimp and crawfish, the food is fabulous. For something to drink, stop in to Margaritaville.

Lagniappe in New Orleans

Overview

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Walk through the French Quarter, take a ride on a paddleboat, visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, the wax museum (a history lesson on the city) and the Ursiline Convent. Beautiful architecture! Stop in the French market and get cheap Mardi Gras beads and other local souvenirs. Take a carriage ride and share a muffelata or Krispy Kreme. Quick Tips: Take comfortable shoes and don't forget sunscreen. Stop at La Madeleine and get a large mango iced tea. For a quick, delicous lunch, this place is great. There's one at Jackson Square in the French Quarter. You don't need to go to Commander's Kitchen, NOLA, or Brennan's for a great meal, but if you've got the money, try it!Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Cafe Du Monde

Restaurant

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We sat at a corner table near Jackson Square sampling the freshly-made sweet beignets and sipping cafe au lait on Sunday morning before attending mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. There's no better way to start a gorgeous sunny morning in the French Quarter.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2003

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

Gumbo Shop

Restaurant

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The food is not really French, it is regional cajun or Creole. There are specials on the menu worth looking at such as the three-course special price menu. Everything is delicious. I ordered a side of spinach that was wonderful, a chicken entre with a brown sauce that was delicious, and the bread pudding with whiskey sauce was fabulous. Don't miss this restaurant!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2003

Gumbo Shop
630 St. Peter St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 525 1486; +1

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Restaurant | "Margaritaville"

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We went to happy hour every night at Margaritaville and sat in the tire swing bar, sipping frozen margaritas and munching on conch fritters and other appetizers. We ate dinner there twice, and had great meals both times. If you're a parrothead, you'll love it. If you're not you'll still appreciate the friendly atmosphere, tropical colors, and laid-back atmosphere. There's a gift shop adjacent to the restaurant that's a must do for parrotheads too. There were bars in NOLA I would be uncomfortable in, but this place was as family-oriented as you will find in the French Quarter. On occasion, Jimmy strolls in off the street and has a drink or sings with the musician who is performing, but we weren't ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2003

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
1104 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 592-2565

Audubon Zoo

Attraction

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The Audubon Zoo is an older zoo that is updating its exhibits. They have a komodo dragon as well as a great exhibits of the large cats. Of course they have alligators too! We loved the flamingos who were nesting at the time we visited. If you visit during May or June you may be able to see baby flamingos.

You can take the St. Charles Streetcar to the zoo. It's a nice place to take children and they have a MacDonalds as well as other places to stop for lunch.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2003

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

Walking Tours

Story/Tip

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Stop at the Visitors Center in the French Quarter and get info on walking tours. We took a tour through the Garden District. Our guide was an entertaining young woman who shared lots of information on the history of the homes we strolled past, including some of the famous people who live in them (Anne Rice). She suggested we also take the walking tour of the Louis Armstrong Cemetery and related houses. This turned out to be a great history lesson on the city of New Orleans. For both tours, make sure you are prepared to walk. Take a bottle of water and some kind of protection from the sun. We took a bayou tour to see alligators and I suggest you skip that and see them at the zoo instead. The bes...Read More