New Orleans Journals

Honeymoon in The Big Easy

An August 2002 trip to New Orleans by themusicaltraveller

Quote: The food and music were the reasons for visiting The Big Easy. If you want some of the best food on the planet, whether for the budget-minded or for those who dine in luxury, this is the place to go. This is a great destination for culture as well.

The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans

Hotel | "Fairmont"

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I was told that this would be a great place to stay, but it really wasn't that nice. The front desk folks were very stuffy and didn't have anything special for honeymooners. The room wasn't very big, and I felt it was a bit overpriced. The pool was on the roof, with no real view except of the bigger buildings around it. The restaurant was pricey and didn't look that great. The lounge had no live music while we were there because it was the off-season. I would stay somewhere else next time I go for sure.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 8, 2005

The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans
123 Baronne St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 648-1200

Commander's Palace

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

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This was one of the two greatest dining experiences of my entire life. When we made the reservations, we told them it was our honeymoon so they put us in a beautiful room with a garden view next to us. We decided upon the seven-course tasting menu without the wine-tasting, although we had a few wines that were outstanding. The first few courses were like appetizers, with fresh seafood prepared in an elegant Creole style with delicious sauces. The best dish was a "deep dish" rabbit and fois gras pie. It was very rich, but the fois gras was absolutely amazing. The entrée dishes were beautiful presentations of broiled scamp and then Mississippi quail. The quail was a little tough, but that would be my...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 8, 2005

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

Brennan's

Restaurant | "Breakfast at Brennan's"

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My wife and I loved our breakfast at Brennans. Most travel guides I've read feel that Brennans is a little bit too pricey, which in a way it is, but I felt it was completely worth it. The three-course brunch was $35 per person, which may seem like a lot of money for most, but when it's one of best breakfasts you've ever had, you don't mind paying the bill. My wife had the eggs Houssard, which she claims was the best breakfast she's ever had still to this day. Eggs Houssard is like eggs Benedict with a Hollandaise and another special sauce with a very meaty flavor to it. My eggs Benedict was also excellent. Our server was extremely friendly and did his job perfectly. He even let me help him m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

Brennan's
417 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 525 9711

Bayona

Restaurant

Quote:
Chef Susan Spicer is brilliant! This restaurant has beauty in everything: the decor, the courtyard, and of course, the food. Besides the food, however, the restaurant is really lovely. If I could download my pics, I’d have a lovely picture of my wife and I at this restaurant here. The restaurant is in a 200-year-old Creole cottage, with a gorgeous courtyard where you can sit and eat dinner as well. For dinner I had the cream of garlic soup, which was supposed to be a favorite of many locals, and it certainly lived up to its name. For an entrée I went with the pork loin medallions, which were amazing. My wife had lamb with a goat cheese on it that knocked her socks off. I should also mention tha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2005

Bayona
430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 525-4455

Preservation Hall

Attraction

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This has the best Dixieland Jazz in New Orleans, not to mention the cheapest. If you like good music, then this is the place to go. These guys have been playing jazz for a long time, but they still play it flawlessly. For $5 (although the price might have gone up by now...), you can sit in this room all night and listen to great jazz.

You can request songs for an extra fee, including "When The Saints Go Marching In," but that one costs a special fee to request. The only problem with this place is that the seating is a bit uncomfortable, but it doesn't matter since the music is just amazing.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 8, 2005

Preservation Hall
726 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 522-2841

Audubon Zoo

Attraction | "Audobon Park and Zoo"

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This is probably one of the best zoos in the country. Its beautiful design is full of tropical plants, waterfalls, and lagoons. It houses many rare animals that you can't find in other zoos, as well as a replica of a Louisiana swamp with a rare white gator. There's even a big butterfly exhibit with some of the most beautiful colors I've ever seen. One of the aspects of an attraction like this are all the different areas of the zoo. You have an African area, an Asian area, a Louisian swamp, and much more. I love how they detail each area with sets full of artifacts from those regions of the world. It makes you feel like you're amid other civilizations. This is a truly great experience for anyone. We to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2005

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

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

Attraction | "Aquarium of the Americas"

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I thoroughly enjoyed this aquarium as much as I enjoyed the zoo. This aquarium had sea life from all over the world divided into separate exhibits. There was a beautiful glass tunnel that surrounded you with species of the Caribbean. The jellyfish exhibit was amazing. There were some of the biggest jellyfish I've ever seen. A tropical rainforest with piranhas and wild plant life was a lot fun. It's the closest I think you'll ever get to a piranha, unless of course you'd be silly enough to go swimming in a rainforest somewhere. There's a fun penguin exhibit that I think is great for the kids. The Gulf of Mexico exhibit has some big and rare sharks. From w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 10, 2005

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

Quote:
I decided to consolidate this entry to just talk briefly about the best places to eat cheap in New Orleans. These are the best places to go to get real Creole food. Acme Oyster House: They have the best oysters in town. I liked it better than its neighbor, Felix's. Cafe Du Monde: Lots of powdered sugar and wonderful fried donuts are the only things to be found here. Oh, and coffee with chicory root in it, otherwise known as cafe au lait. There is nothing like going to this 24-hour eatery and having beignets and a cafe au lait. It's a one-of-a-kind experience. Mother's: I think this is the best place in town for Po'Boys. These Po'Boys are just dripping with fat and goodness....Read More