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A Week in New Orleans

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A December 2001 trip to New Orleans by jim

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: I went to experience the food, music and charm of one of America's most well-known cities.

A Week in New Orleans

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Overview

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans has some great bars and music venues such as Tipitina's, Mermaid Lounge, Maple Leaf and the Rock and Bowl to name a few. Eat at some nice restaurants. New Orleans has some world-class places that feature the distinctive creole cuisine from the area. Try the gumbo, the jambalaya and other local favorites. Have a beignet at Cafe du Monde (it's touristy but is still the best place to catch a beignet). Go to Harrah's casino...it's very nice, not crowded and has everthing you can find in Vegas except a sports book. Go for a run along the Mississippi River.Quick Tips: Get out of the French Quarter as much as possible. It is fun for a couple of days...Read More

St Peter House Hotel

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Hotel | "St. Peter Guest House"

St Peter House Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Most importantly, the St. Peter House offers a great location and a great price for a b&b in the French Quarter. It is on the National Historic Registry and is clearly an establishment that has been around for some time. You will be in walking distance of Bourbon Street and the rest of the French Quarter and this is a more than adequate place to stay if you aren’t going to spend much time in your room. As for the room, sparse was the theme. It had very little in the way of decoration and did not have a particularly ‘warm’ feel. But it was very spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable. The layout consisted of two levels (one for the living room and another for the bathroom and be...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

St Peter House Hotel
1005 ST PETER STREET
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504-524-9232

Saint Ann Marie Antoinette Hotel

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Hotel | "St. Ann Marie Antoinette"

Saint Ann Marie Antoinette Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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If you are looking for a location in the French Quarter, then the St. Ann is great. It is a couple of blocks from Bourbon Street and all of the sites in the French Quarter. It is also a five-minute walk from the Mississippi River, Harrah’s Casino, the River Walk Mall, the French Market and many other attractions in the area. As for the room, it was fairly ordinary but comfortable. It had the typical queen bed and standard hotel room furniture including an armoire with a TV. The room had a small window overlooking the hotel courtyard and parts of the French Quarter (my room was on the top floor and you could see most of the large buildings from the window). Other than that it didn’t have any...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Saint Ann Marie Antoinette Hotel
717 RUE CONTI
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-525-2300

Coop's Place

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Restaurant

Coop's Place Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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A couple of locals recommended Coop’s Place. It is a small hole in the wall place that is a combination bar and restaurant. It had an interesting mix of people dining, drinking at the bar, playing pool and watching the football game. Everything about this place is down to earth and casual. Starting with the waiter, he was very friendly and had a good sense of humor (albeit a bit sarcastic). The tables are small and close together but this adds to the cozy feel of the place. As for the food, it was pretty good all things considered. It was my first dinner in the French Quarter so it served as a nice introduction to New Orleans cooking. I had the Red Fish (pan fried fish with a special sauce tha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Coop's Place
1109 Decatur Street (French Quarter)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 525-9053

NOLA

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Restaurant

NOLA Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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If you have ever wanted to go to one of Emeril’s restaurants (he’s the tv chef that says BAM!! A lot), then NOLA is a nice place to start. After a couple of days of eating some fairly mediocre food in the French Quarter, we were looking for something a little nicer and NOLA delivered. The atmosphere is very nice (trendy casual, polished and not as folksy as the rest of the Quarter). While you are waiting for your table, you can watch the food being prepared in the open kitchen and stone fire oven or you can have a drink at the bar (which is small but nice). Once seated, your waiter introduces himself and his "assistants"…you are taken care of very well while you dine. For an entrée, I tried the d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

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

Coffee Pot Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Old Coffee Pot"

Coffee Pot Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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It was surprisingly hard to find a good place for breakfast in the French Quarter. So I looked at the Old Coffee Pot as a find. There was no wait to get in (don't underestimate this in the French Quarter). The atmosphere was very pleasant. We sat in a small, comfortable courtyard that had garden murals on the walls. You could also sit inside if you preferred but it had a little less atmosphere. The waitress was very busy but also very nice (full of southern charm...she called me 'baby' several times). As for the food, we ordered the lost bread (a New Orleans version of French Toast) and callas(deep fried rice balls), beef with grits and a Creole omellete. All of it was very good, and the c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 524-3500

Johnny's PO - Boys

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Restaurant | "Johnny's Po Boy"

Johnny's PO - Boys Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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If you go to New Orleans, there are a few things you need to try...gumbo, jambalaya and of course a po-boy. The reality is that a po-boy is just like a sub, but that's not important. What is important is that Johnny's has a pretty mean po-boy. When you are looking for something quick while walking around the French Quarter, try Johnny's. It is a very simple, diner type place. You seat yourself (if you can find a table) and order at the counter. The specialty is obvioulsly the po-boy and you can find some interesting combinations. I had the crawfish po-boy and liked it very much. This place is worth going to just for the atmosphere. People stuffing their faces, dripping po-boys, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Johnny's PO - Boys
511 Saint Louis St. (French Quarter)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 524-8129

Court of Two Sisters

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Restaurant

Court of Two Sisters Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I usually don't waste my time writing about a bad dining experience. But this was so bad, I have to warn as many people as possible. Under no circumstances do you want to go the buffet breakfast/brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. First, it costs $25 per person. No big deal if the food is good, but it was terrible...read on. Second, the food was inedible. Many of the selections in the buffet line were not fresh. The meat was very dry and tough. It looked like much of it came from a can. Even the desserts were bad...the pumpkin pie was still frozen when I bit into it. The funny thing was that had a sign proclaiming how wonderful their desserts were. Maybe back in the day, but no longer. Fin...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 7261

Upperline Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Upperline"

Upperline Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I read about this restaurant in a USA Today article that picked some of the best restaurants in the U.S. I don't know if it is one of the best, but it sure is good. The dining area itself is very cozy and homey in that it has art all over the walls, flowers, and warm colors. You will also immediately notice the presence of the owner who acts as the maitre de. At first I thought she was an eccentric older woman. The reality is that she knows exactly what she is doing. She greets everyone and personally walks them out. She really wants to make sure you had a good experience. Odds are you will, because the food and service is exceptional. The food is classic New Orleans with some...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
+1 504 891 9919

Mr. B's Bistro

Restaurant

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I had heard about Mr. B's Bistro from several people, but was afraid it would be a bit touristy (over-hyped). But I was very pleasantly surprised. First, the service was exceptional. I got great recommendations, an extra scoop of ice cream for dessert (more about this later), and a good sense of humor from my waiter. Second, the food was exceptional. I had the gumbo to start (it was quite good) and followed it up with the pasta jambalaya. Everything I had was very well done and satisfying. It is nice to be really excited about trying the 'local' cuisine and not being disappointed. Also, the dessert was great (and I am a big dessert fan). I had the bread pudding with whipped cream and ice...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2002

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

James Cohen & Sons

Attraction | "James Cohen & Sons"

James Cohen & Sons Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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After looking in the window of countless antique shops, this store caught my eye immediately. When you walk in you see walls of antique guns from the Civil War and earlier. The number and variety of guns is absolutely fascinating and the staff is very helpful and informative if you have a question. You can also check out swords, pistols, coins, stamps and all other types of war related items. Walking through the French Quarter, you sometimes lose sight of the fact that New Orleans was an important Civil War port with lots of wartime history. This shop was an obvious reminder that is worth at least a quick walk through.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

James Cohen & Sons
437 Royal St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 524-0802

Harrah's New Orleans

Attraction | "Harrah's"

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As a regular to Vegas, I am usually pretty skeptical when I hear that a city has a casino. But the Harrah’s in New Orleans was fantastic. It is a full casino with everything you can find in Vegas except a sports book. But most importantly, it is first rate. There are plenty of tables, and the staff and dealers are very friendly (many of them displaying the Southern Charm you would expect in New Orleans). The casino is also relatively new so the facilities are very nice and polished. The gamblers were lively and friendly as well. It was pretty slow until Thursday but then picked up as the weekend and New Years crowd started to roll in. But the casino is very large so that as the crowd gr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Harrah's New Orleans
8 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 533-6000

Mid-City Lanes Rock and Bowl

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Attraction | "Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl"

Mid-City Lanes Rock and Bowl Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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When I first heard about Rock and Bowl I thought, "bowling alley that happened to have live music". In reality, think of it in the opposite manner. It is a great place to listen to live music, have a few drinks with a lively crowd, grab some pretty decent food and, oh by the way, there is a bowling alley with people actually bowling. Most of the people here seemed to have no interest in bowling but it does add a nice diversion for all you closet bowlers out there. But don’t take it too seriously, the lanes are very ‘old school’ (no electronic scoring, no pin counter, old beat up balls) which adds to the charm of the place. No one really cared about their score and a lot of friendships are made o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Mid-City Lanes Rock and Bowl
3016 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
(504) 861-1700

Tipitina's

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Attraction

Tipitina's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Every single person I talked to recommended Tipitina's (Tip's for short). At one time it was supposedly the top performance venue in the city and it still holds it own. The original owner was a famous R&B performer and you see a picture of him over the stage. The place plays up its history as much as possible and you can see a New Orleans music hall of fame here. So if you want to catch some really good live music, this is a great choice. When you walk in you see the bar and a large area for concerts. There is also an upper level that looks down on the stage. The night (Saturday) I was there, it was packed. I don't remember the name of the band, but they were well known to the local...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Tipitina's
501 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
+1 504 891 7996

Airboat Swamp Tours

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Attraction

Airboat Swamp Tours Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The van from Southern Style Tours picked us up in the French Quarter. The driver was name Shane Knight and he was very friendly and informative. He provided a nice overview of New Orleans and the different sections of the city on the way to the swamps. On the way, we stopped at the ticket office and saw, several wild animals (all residents of the 'coondominium' in the picture below) such as racoons, nutria and squirrels. But this was just a necessary stop. The real fun starts when you get on the airboat. Our airboat captain was Michael Perrin. His kids came along and acted as his assistant. They give you earplugs (trust me you will need them) and answer questions. The tour lasts about 1 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Airboat Swamp Tours
610 South Peters Suite 100
New Orleans, Louisiana

Maple Leaf

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Attraction | "Maple Leaf Bar"

Maple Leaf Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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On the outside it looks like a ramshackle hut. On the inside it isn't much more polished, but if you want to hear some great music this is the place to go. The Maple Leaf has a large bar, a separate area for the stage and the audience and small area in the back for pool. Everything about this place is unpretentious...it's dark, simple, open, plain. The crowd is a nice mixture of young & old, local & tourist, preppy & grunge. As for the music, this place attracts some of the best local talent. We saw the Iguanas, a very popular local band, that is usually touring around the U.S. I liked them so much, I bought the cd. The Maple Leaf is about a 15 minute ride ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Maple Leaf
8316 Oak St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
+1 504 866 9359

Mermaid Lounge

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Attraction

Mermaid Lounge Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Mermaid Lounge is a small, smoky hole-in-thle-wall in the warehouse district. It has one large room and a small stage. The band was fun and very playful with the audience. You could tell that the crowd consisted mostly of locals who seemed to know the band and come there often. It was very laid back and lots of people were off in the corners having conversations, drinking, etc. The bartender was friendly as was most everyone in the place. You could probably fit a couple of hundred people max but it would be tight. As for the entertainment, the bands were called 'All That' and 'Egg Yolk Jubilee'. 'All That' was a large band of ten people which included a full brass section (trumpet, sa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Mermaid Lounge
1100 Constance St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 524-4747

Vintage 429

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Attraction

Vintage 429 Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
Quote:
If you are even a casual fan of memorabilia or pop culture you should check out Vintage 429. You will find lots of music related mementos including autographed guitars, records, and instruments. Movies are another big theme and various posters, pictures and other movie items (i.e. Al Pacino’s jacket complete with his chewed gum in the pocket from Scarface). Interested in books and magazines? You will find several autographed titles of significance. My favorite was a Time Magazine with Joseph Stalin featured on the cover…talk about history. But most interesting was the Camel Cigarette ad on the back cover. It was a holiday ad and Santa Claus was the Camel spokesperson. He suggested giving Camel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Vintage 429
429 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 529 2288

Internet Access

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The Royal Access Internet Café is located on Royal Street in the French Quarter. I needed to check email a couple of times while on vacation and Royal Access was great. It is conveniently located in the middle of the French Quarter. It is a pretty no-nonsense, efficient operation (one room with about ten computers). I never had to wait for a computer, the staff (one guy) was helpful, and the rates were very reasonable ($5 for 30 minutes). One note, you have to look closely for the sign. The café is not located on the street. You have to walk through a small courtyard and then up a flight of stairs. The signs are pretty easy to follow, but your first time you will be wondering if you are going t...Read More