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New Orleans Notes

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Five things not to miss: 1) A walk down Magazine Street to browse antique and second-hand shops and soak in the flavor of the Lower Garden District, one of America's hippest neighborhoods. 2) Brunch at Mother's--downhome food for the soul (see dining entry) 3)The Garden District--take your time on a walking tour of this impossibly beautiful neighborhood 4)Dumaine Street--the heart of the supernatural French Quarter, with its magic shops and Voodoo Museum 5)World-class antique shops on historic Royal Street, French QuarterQuick Tips: If a party is what you're looking for, you can find it any day of the week in this town. The first night, go ahead a...Read More

JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans

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Hotel | "Le Meridien"

JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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A tasteful, convenient representative of the upscale French chain. The Canal Street location is excellent for those who want to be able to walk to the French Quarter easily but have peace and quiet when they come home. Very comfortable (especially the beds) and dependable service. There''s a heated swimming pool and full service health club free to guests, but if you''re going to use these make sure you bring some appropriate clothing--wrap/shorts for the pool and exercise areas. The concierge was very helpful--he made an excellent call for us to dine with the locals at Copelands before a Tipitina''s Uptown show--a good tip because we were going to be dressed very casually and didn''t want to h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

JW Marriott Hotel New Orleans
614 Canal St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-6500

The Columns

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Hotel

The Columns Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Columns Hotel could only be in New Orleans. Built in 1883, this is one of the grand old mansions lining St. Charles Street that visitors eye longingly as they tour the Garden District. Its wide veranda, whirring fans, and antique furnishing make you feel as if you’ve stepped into another, more elegant era. The Columns has that sumptuous, timeworn ambience that lures you into a dreamy mood—the perfect attitude from which to appreciate one of America’s loveliest and most sensual cities. It’s no wonder Louis Malle chose to use it as the set for his visually stunning film Pretty Baby, starring a 12-year-old Brooke Shields as a young girl raised in a New Orleans brothel in the 1920s. An ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2003

The Columns
3811 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
504.899.9308

Mother's

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Restaurant

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Yum, yummier, yummiest! Mother's is the ultimate brunch/lunch spot for hangovers or for any occasion when calories don't matter and you just need solid, tasty grub. Because this is New Orleans, solid, tasty grub can be a sublime experience. There will likely be a line when you stroll up at noon, including a few souls wearing dark sunglasses and already drinking hurricaines. But that's all right; it's a pleasure to chat with people--and a great chance to pick up tips on what to do in the evenings. The host guarding the door was an extremely pleasant fellow who told me all about his nephew making millions up in New York. Thanks. As a New York editor, I needed that! Inside, the smell of gumbo and c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Mother's
401 Poydras St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-9656

Copeland's of New Orleans

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Restaurant

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Imagine a soulful TGI Friday's where the food is actually good. All right, I know that's a tough one. But this is Copeland's--a local favorite and a great pick if you're going to see a show at Tipitina's uptown. The crawfish bread appetizer is a rich, bubbly delight that you had better share or else you could be done before you've ever started. There is an emphasis on butter and grease in this place that's almost frightening--and unless you have a large capacity for it, be careful. The stuffed Cajun fish comes served with a golfball of butter on top. You may want to share an entree and just get a salad to start. I didn't get the steak but I saw some pretty amazing looking cuts getting delivered to nea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Copeland's of New Orleans
4338 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
(504) 897-2325

Central Grocery Co.

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Restaurant

Central Grocery Co. Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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An undeniably inviting spot across from the French Market on Decatur Street that looks like it's been there since time began. Redolent of spices, the shelves are stocked with tempting local specialty items like pickled okra and firey pepper sauces. What you really want though, is a mufaletta--a celestial sandwich experience comprised of thinly sliced salami, mortadella and ham, a layer of provolone cheese, and a helping of their out-of-this world Sicilian olive salad on a round, sesame seed roll. CG serves the best example in town of this culinary wonder, which is delcious with a bag of chips and a soda. Unless you're very hungry get half a sandwich--they're monstrously huge. Then sit down at the old-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Central Grocery Co.
923 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 523-1620

Mr. B's Bistro

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Restaurant

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Mr. B's is less formal and less touristy than many of the fine restaurants in the Quarter. The location on Royal St. makes it a perfect choice for a first night in New Orleans. Royal is one of the most beautiful streets in the country--lined with historic buildings and world-class antique shops--the grown up and refined sister to nearby rowdy Bourbon St.. Give yourself time for a stroll before dinner. The food is superb contemporary Creole with an emphasis on seafood. Mr. B's most famous dish is the BBQ Shrimp, which comes in the shell in an exquisite peppery sauce. This is some of the best shrimp you'll ever taste, but you'll work for it--the shelling gets rather messy and you'll be wearing a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-2078

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Restaurant | "Belle Forché"

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What makes this restaurant such a special find is the atmosphere. Specializing in Creole fare, Belle Forché is located off the beaten path on the far end of Decatur Street as it crosses Esplanade, where hipsters enjoy a funky, eclectic vibe far away from the drunken crowds on Bourbon Street. The waitstaff is welcoming in a very genuine sort of way, and make you feel like you’re hanging out in a friend’s living room. The restaurant itself is spacious and just dark enough to feel romantic, with a horseshoe shaped wooden bar and murals of frolicking mermaids adorning the walls. Our food ranged from spectacular to solid. Topped with truffles for a rich, earthy accent, the flash-fired, cornmeal-batt...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Name Address1 Address2 Long. Lat. Phone#
1407 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 940-0722

Commander's Palace

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Restaurant

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When a restaurant is so venerated and closely associated with a city, it falls in danger of becoming a tourist trap and a parody of itself. Tavern on the Green in New York City is a case in point: tourists flock there in droves, but no self-respecting New Yorker would be caught dead within its overdecorated walls, consigned to the disappoinment of its mediocre, overpriced food. If it weren’t for the spectacular cuisine, Commander’s Palace would be on its way to joining this unfortunate category of restaurant relics. This would be a terrible shame, but if the restaurant doesn’t tone down the references to its Las Vegas incarnation (shouting at you from the walls and the menu), overhaul the décor...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

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

Pat O'Brien's

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Attraction | "Pat O’Briens"

Pat O'Brien's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Not a Breeze, nor a Squall. The drink to have at Pat O'Brien's is its very own Hurricane, the dark rum and fruit juice concoction that has resulted in more Bourbon Street vomiting than possibly any other. Dating back to speakeasy days, Pat O'Brien's is a festive, albeit very touristy spot--a good place to finish off that first Friday night in the Quarter after you've had a couple. You can sing all those songs you know the words to, like 'Cheeseburger in Paradise' or maybe your college fight song, while a couple of piano players accompany you and a large room full of people. Occasionally there is an antediluvian gentleman in dark glasses who plays, with the aid of some sort of metal claws attache...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

Pat O'Brien's
718 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 525-4823

The Garden District

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Attraction

The Garden District Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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In the 1820's, the Garden District became the fashionable address for wealthy upstart Americans tired of getting snubbed by Creole aristocrats in the Quarter and along Esplanade. Today it is one of the most beautiful neighborhood's in the country, on the planet, and in the entire universe. You must not miss it. You might start a walking tour by heading down First Street at its intersection with St. Charles. Proceed down to Chesnut and check out the lavender house on the corner. That's the abode of pulp horror goddess Anne Rice, and if you see a black limo outside, the Goth Queen is in residence. Then walk back up two blocks to Prytania Street (site of some of the neighborhood's most spectacular...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 7, 2001

The Garden District
St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Charles Streetcar

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Attraction

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For all you Streetcar Named Desire fans, here's your chance to ride the longest running streetcar in America. Funky, clunky, and cruising past some of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the St. Charles is a must for getting around. Make sure you have exact change: $1.25, although people are so friendly someone usually spots you a quarter if you don't have one handy. The streetcar is especially useful for transport between the Garden District or Tulane area (Uptown) and the French Quarter.

Schedules are available fat the Regional Transit Authority office at 2817 Canal Street, 248-3900.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2001

St. Charles Streetcar
Regional Transit Authority
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 248-3900

Musee Conti Wax Museum

Attraction | "Musee Conti Wax Museum of Louisiana Legends"

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A fun way to get a good overview of notable figures from New Orleans history. Meet President Andrew Jackson, pirate Jean Lafitte, the voodoo queen Marie Laveau, jazz legend Louis Armstrong and many more Louisiana legends, all looking eerily lifelike as wax models. Includes a haunted dungeon and scenes of famous moments in New Orleans history, such as the signing of the Louisianna Purchase and the Battle of New Orleans.

Guided tours, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wed-Sat. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 16, 2002

Musee Conti Wax Museum
917 Conti St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
+1 504 525 2605

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

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Attraction

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Dripping with personality, Lafitte's fulfilled my fantasies of what an ancient, dimly-lit pub in the French Quarter should be. Located on the deep end of Bourbon Street, thankfully removed from the tacky tee-shirt shops and noisly discos, Lafitte's offers a quiet, dignified, and ridiculously romantic setting with its flickering candles and cozy atmosphere. My Bloody Mary was simply as good as it gets--extra-spicey and garnished with lemon, olives, and a delicious pickled string bean. According to legend, naughty pirate Jean Lafitte once used the location to run his shady business. Lafitte's is also perhaps the oldest structure in the country still used as a bar. Needless to say, this place shou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 9, 2002

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 522 9377