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New Orleans - Food Lovers Mecca

A November 2004 trip to New Orleans by vtvagabond

Muriels Jackson Square Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: One fantastic week in the foodie capitol of the U.S.!
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Best Things Nearby:Bourbon Street - 2 blocks away! Desire Oyster Bar - a New Orleans staple Old Absinthe House - built in 1856, this is the coolest bar and the former stomping grounds of the likes of Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman!Best Things About the Resort:Paul, the general manager, who is a true, down-home, Southern gentleman just oozing charm and grace. Just ask Paul, and he can tell you how to get there and what to do when you do!Resort Experience:Quaint, charming, gated resort in the heart of the city with a delightful little courtyard and swimming pool. Our unit had its own balcony that faced out onto the bustling street. There was a nic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2005

Chateau Orleans
240 Burgundy St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 524-8412

Muriel's Jackson Square

Restaurant | "Muriel's"

Muriel's Jackson Square Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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We discovered this restaurant in Frommer's New Orleans 2004 Guide Book, and as the author said, we too, "were shocked it could be so good." (Being restaurant owners ourselves, we are somewhat skeptical of pronouncements such as this.) Muriel's not only serves up some of the best Creole/eclectic dishes in New Orleans, but has an atmosphere like none other. Definitively Gothic, Muriel's not only has a floating doorway to nowhere, but also sets a "ghost" table nightly (see photo) for the one-time former owner (who reportedly hung himself in the mansion where the restaurant is now set) and has the funkiest "Séance Room" we have ever seen. Muriel's is a New Orleans destination in and of itself, and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2005

Muriel's Jackson Square
801 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504-568-1885

Audubon Zoo

Attraction

Audubon Zoo Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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After a recent total renovation, this zoo has become one of the best in the country and will delight even non-zoo fans (like my husband!). Created in a setting of subropical plants, waterfalls, and lagoons, over 1800 animals, including some really cool rare and endangered species (like the white gator)live in their own natural habitats (i.e., no cages - yay!).

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2005

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

New Orlean Tours Swamp Tour

Attraction | "Swamp Tour"

New Orlean Tours Swamp Tour Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Wow! There are a lot of guys and gals out there in the New Orleans area hawking these tours, and choosing one can be mind-boggling, but let me assure you that this one truly is the best. Led by native, professional naturalist guides, you are guaranteed a true, educational experience by knowledgeable wetland ecologists who seem to know everything about the swamps and bayous of Louisiana, not to mention the flora, fauna, and wildlife that live in them. What a great way to spend half a day - out on a swamp boat in the blue bayou!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2005

New Orlean Tours Swamp Tour
233 N. Peters
New Orleans, Louisiana