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Consuming New Orleans

A February 2002 trip to New Orleans by viajera67

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Consuming New Orleans

Overview

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I attended a conference that ended midday on Saturday, so I decided to spend an extra night in the French Quarter. That, plus the free time each night, provided me with a good taste (literally) of what New Orleans - or at least the French Quarter - has to offer. Now I need to go back and spend at least a week!When people asked me if I had been to New Orleans before, I responded with a "qualified yes". I was there once many years ago during Mardi Gras, but I didn't think that counted. I imagined that I would have a very different experience in the French Quarter this time. Actually, I was wrong. While there weren't quite as many people around, Bourbon Street was pretty much exactly as I remember...Read More

Hotel Mazarin

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Hotel | "The Saint Louis"

Hotel Mazarin Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Location, location, location! The main attraction of the St. Louis is probably it's location - just a half-block from Bourbon Street. The hotel is "charming", with a small lobby and a restaurant in a pretty courtyard in the middle of the hotel. The rooms are located off outdoor corridors that surround and overlook the courtyard in the center. These corridors were a bit dingy - it had just rained so the outdoor carpeting was damp. There was also a tarp over the courtyard, presumably to keep it dry, that was somewhat of an eyesore. I arrived at the hotel at 1:00 PM and tried to check in. I was told that check-in time was 3:00 PM and that I could store my suitcase until then. When I arrived back...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2002

Hotel Mazarin
730 Bienville Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 581-7300

Coop's Place

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Restaurant

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I read in Time Out New Orleans online that some think Coop's Place has the best Gumbo in town. That, plus the fact that it's more of a bar than a restaurant, attracted me to this place. Since I was on my own, I planned to eat at the Bar.Unfortunately, it was raining quite hard that night and I walked to Coop's from the Hilton Riverside on the other side of Canal. It turned out to be a long walk, and by the time I got to Coop's, I was soaked. I took the only empty seat at the bar, which unfortunately happened to be next to a very drunk, very dirty man who kept leaning into me asking me for a cigarette. While the rest of the folk at the bar looked just fine, I decided to grab one of the tables in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2002

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

Crescent City Brewhouse

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Restaurant | "Cresent City Brewhouse"

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I walked into the Crescent City Brewhouse not because it was recommended, or because it looked particularly interesting, but because there was an empty seat at the bar, a jazz band playing, and a friendly-looking crowd. The Brewhouse brews and serves four types of beer (plus a special brew): pilsner, red, black, and wheat. The friendly bartender allowed me to try all four before I decided on Red Stallion, the smoothest of the bunch as I saw it. As I sipped and listened to the smooth jazz music, I watched the bartender expertly pulling beer after beer from the taps (he could fill up to three glasses at once!) Another man behind the bar was busy shucking oysters. I had a look at the menu (...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2002

Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 0571

NOLA

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Restaurant

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The new friend I met at Crescent City had just come from dinner at the bar at Nola, Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter restaurant. He said that the fried oyster salad was to die for, and that I should try to get in the following night for a taste.I arrived at Nola - on my own - at around 8:00 PM, and stood behind the crowded bar for a few minutes waiting for an opening. Fortunately, a man dining solo at the bar was just finishing, so I waited next to him. He had the sampler menu - a number of courses for around $40, if I remember correctly - and said that it was better than the food at KPaul's. Before I sat down, I ordered a glass of Emeril's Red Wine ($7), which was quite good. For dinner, I ord...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2002

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

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From an IgoUgo recommendation from ToddW's New Orleans Journal (The Civilized French Quarter), I decided to try Andrew Jaeger's Back Kitchen for brunch. The restaurant is small and cozy - a few people were eating at the tables outside, but since it was so hot and sticky out, I decided to eat indoors and was the only one there. I ordered the last breakfast item on the menu, which I think was called the Breaux Bridge breakfast. It was two poached eggs on two biscuit halves covered with crawfish etoufee and served with jambalaya on the side. It was a huge portion, and although I couldn't finish it, I loved it! The service was quick and friendly.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2002

Andrew Jaeger's Back Kitchen
Exchange Alley
New Orleans, Louisiana
504.522.9669