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Amtrakking it to the Big Easy

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A September 2006 trip to New Orleans by BartonFamily

French Market Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: We go to New Orleans every other year. The perfect spot for people who enjoy walking. Our favorite way to go is by AmTrak.

K - Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

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Restaurant | "Table for Two"

K - Paul's Louisiana Kitchen Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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We didn't plan to eat at this restaurant - didn't have reservations or anything like that. Just walked by, looked in the window and decided to give it at try. And as a result, enjoyed a most relaxing, romantic and private dinner for two. I say "private" even though the restaurant was buzzing with activity. The tables were not too close together which I can't emphasize enough how much I appreciate!We started things off right by ordering a bottle of Pinot Grigio and then perused the appetizers. We decided to split an order of spicy gumbo that is made with Chef Paul's own homemade Andouille sausage - and scrumptious to the last drop. We wanted a second appetizer, but it was a hard choi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2013

K - Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
416 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 596-2530

Hotel St. Marie French Quarter

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Hotel | "Hotel St. Marie"

Hotel St. Marie French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Hotel St. Marie is a sister hotel to the Prince Conti and the Place d'Armes. We booked a room at this hotel on their website. The rate was $79 a night for a room overlooking either the French Quarter or the interior courtyard. The website stated that requests for either view would be considered, but not guaranteed. On the day of check-in, we asked for a view of the French Quarter. A man behind the counter tried keying in different combinations, but was having no luck. Just as he started to apologize, a woman, named Jeri, came up beside him and made suggestions. This went on for so long, that we began to feel guilty - taking up their time the way we were. We interrupted to tell them it was okay...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2007

Hotel St. Marie French Quarter
827 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 561-8951

Quinta New Orleans Downtown

Hotel | "La Quinta Inn and Suites"

Quinta New Orleans Downtown Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Let us say right off the bat - this place is beautiful and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. The lobby is huge and tastefully decorated and has lots of old-world charm.When we decided to take the Amtrak to spend Labor Day weekend in New Orleans, we checked the Internet for good deals. As it turned out, New Orleans was the "Featured Destination" at La Quinta's website. We needed two rooms since our daughter invited a friend to join us, and with the great special La Quinta was running at the time, we were able to get two king suites for $79 a night each. And they were most definitely suites - spacious, luxurious and very, very clean. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2007

Quinta New Orleans Downtown
301 Camp St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 598-9977

Iberville Suites

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Hotel

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On the surface, The Iberville Suites has an upscale feel to it. It's not "old world," like so many other historical hotels in the French Quarter. It's much more contemporary than that. And when one first enters, there is a luxurious feel to the place. The lobby is spacious and well-appointed, and the staff are professional and courteous. The doorman/bellhop, for example, will summon taxis for you. The room itself, however, was of average quality, but we can't complain because, for the price, it fit our needs perfectly. It consisted of one large room cut in half by a bathroom so that there was a bedroom on one side and and a small living room on the other. The living room sofa folded out for an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2007

Iberville Suites
910 Iberville Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 523-2400

Central Grocery Co.

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Restaurant

Central Grocery Co. Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This is not really a restaurant, it's a grocery store that is home of the original muffuletta sandwich. The thinly sliced lunch meats and cheeses are topped with a marinated olive spread, with generous amounts of green olives. We've taken seven trips to New Orleans in the past eight years and this store is always our first stop for lunch. It is located on Decatur Street, between Cafe du Monde and the French Market, on the opposite side of the street.Around noon, go into Central Grocer and get in line. It may be long, but it moves quickly and there's lots to look at while you wait. We noticed, for example, hanging over the counter a variety of shopping bags. We ended up purchasing two of th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 7, 2007

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

Mulate's Cajun Resaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The three of us (mom, dad, teen) ordered two seafood platters and split them. They were excellent, with a great variety. Each item was seasoned and fried, but not too heavy.There is a dance floor in the center of the room, so ask the hostess to seat you close to it. There are Cajun dancers who pull people up to learn the dance steps. No one was made to go or embarrassed if they didn't want to go. It was entertaining to watch. It was a lot like the Texas two-step.Mulates is a little off the beaten track; a good distance from Bourbon St., heading southwest. We were told to go early as it fills up fast, and by the time we were leaving, it was getting crowded. I don't think we'...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 7, 2007

Mulate's Cajun Resaurant
201 Julia St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-1492

Acme Oyster House

Restaurant

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Located on Iberville, near Bourbon St., just look for the line outside around dinnertime. The atmosphere inside is very casual; crowded and loud, like any other busy restaurant.It is with divided interests that we recommend Acme Oyster House. The food is very good and worth the wait to get in. We always order a seafood platter to split between us - because if you're going to eat fried food, this is the place to do it. Shrimp, oysters and delicious catfish strips! And we also treat ourselves to a cup of their very tasty gumbo. What we didn't like about this place is when we were seated, we were led past lots of tables — in the front room that has a true New Orleans atmosph...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 8, 2007

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 835-6410

NOLA

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Restaurant

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NOLA is Emeril LaGasse's restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans. On our first visit, we went just for dessert. We didn't have reservations and they could not accommodate us when we arrived. They did, however, ask us to come back in half an hour and they promised to have a table for us. Upon our return, we were seated and then doted upon as if we were the only customers in the place. Never have we received so much attention from a team of waiters! On that night, the four of us ordered four different desserts and then had fun tasting them all. Peanut butter pie, creme brulee, banana bread pudding and chocolate buzz bombe - which contained brandied apricots. The waiter joked ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 5, 2008

NOLA
534 St. Louis St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 6652

French Market

Attraction

French Market Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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A trip to New Orleans isn't complete without wandering through the French Market, browsing its abundance of wares. It's a glorified flea market with lots of style and international flavor. Fake designer sunglasses, handbags, and clothing items will greet you at every turn. There are hardback books, CDs, DVDs, belts, scarves, ball caps, watches, lighters, throws, glassware, t-shirts, Mardi Gras beads and masks, every kind of jewelry imaginable and lots more.The French Market is very crowded and the different storefront spaces are so close together it may be hard to tell where one ends and another begins. There's occasional tight squeezes, especially when shoppers stop to inspect merchandise...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2007

French Market
1008 North Peters Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-2621

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes

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Attraction | "Jackson Square"

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Jackson Square is an entire city block, resting directly south of St. Louis Cathedral. The block is gated with an interior park that features sprawling, leafy trees, manicured sidewalks, and the greenest, lushest grass we've ever seen. A statue of Andrew Jackson atop his horse is the central focus of the park.On a good weather day, this is the place to spend an hour or so. It would be an ideal spot to take a blanket to spread out in the shade, but that's only a nice thought for us. (We don't really want to be toting a blanket around New Orleans!) There are plenty of park benches, but as a rule, by late afternoon the ones in the shade are always occupied. We usually just plop down directly ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2007

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana

AmTrak Travel

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AMTRAK TRAVEL Photo, United States, North America
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New Orleans is a 10-hour ride from our home in Alabama. We consider taking the AmTrak to be a trip within a trip, and is just as much a part of the vacation experience as the actual vacation itself. We always book a bedroom even though it's a day trip. It's not that much more money and the benefits make it worthwhile, such as privacy (including your own bathroom) and free meals in the dining car. The two-person bedroom is two recliner-type seats that face each other with the door on one side and a full plate-glass window on the other. Next to one of the recliners is a sink and covered toilet. When one passenger has to go, the other can just step outside in the hallway.If you've never e...Read More