Honeymoon in The Big Easy

The food and music were the reasons for visiting The Big Easy. If you want some of the best food on the planet, whether for the budget-minded or for those who dine in luxury, this is the place to go. This is a great destination for culture as well.


Fairmont

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by themusicaltraveller on February 8, 2005

I was told that this would be a great place to stay, but it really wasn't that nice. The front desk folks were very stuffy and didn't have anything special for honeymooners. The room wasn't very big, and I felt it was a bit overpriced. The pool was on the roof, with no real view except of the bigger buildings around it. The restaurant was pricey and didn't look that great. The lounge had no live music while we were there because it was the off-season. I would stay somewhere else next time I go for sure.
The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans
123 Baronne St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112
(504) 648-1200

Commander's Palace

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by themusicaltraveller on February 8, 2005

This was one of the two greatest dining experiences of my entire life. When we made the reservations, we told them it was our honeymoon so they put us in a beautiful room with a garden view next to us. We decided upon the seven-course tasting menu without the wine-tasting, although we had a few wines that were outstanding.

The first few courses were like appetizers, with fresh seafood prepared in an elegant Creole style with delicious sauces. The best dish was a "deep dish" rabbit and fois gras pie. It was very rich, but the fois gras was absolutely amazing. The entrée dishes were beautiful presentations of broiled scamp and then Mississippi quail. The quail was a little tough, but that would be my only complaint of the evening. The cheese plate was also one of my favorite parts of the evening. You had to eat the cheeses in a certain order, from light in taste to extremely powerful. I had never experienced anything like this before. The desert was a phenomenal bread pudding soufflé, and they also added a lovely chocolate plate and candles for our honeymoon.

The servers were very down to earth and not stuffy. Two servers put each dish in front of us at the same time and explained each one in very fine detail. The chef also signed my menu, which I still have to this day. It was a beautiful experience.

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

Breakfast at Brennan's

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by themusicaltraveller on February 9, 2005

My wife and I loved our breakfast at Brennans. Most travel guides I've read feel that Brennans is a little bit too pricey, which in a way it is, but I felt it was completely worth it. The three-course brunch was $35 per person, which may seem like a lot of money for most, but when it's one of best breakfasts you've ever had, you don't mind paying the bill.

My wife had the eggs Houssard, which she claims was the best breakfast she's ever had still to this day. Eggs Houssard is like eggs Benedict with a Hollandaise and another special sauce with a very meaty flavor to it. My eggs Benedict was also excellent.

Our server was extremely friendly and did his job perfectly. He even let me help him make the banana's foster, which is a lot of fun to see them make it right in front of you. It's also a beautiful restaurant with several different rooms. I would eat there any time I'm in New Orleans.

Brennan's
417 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130
+1 504 525 9711

Bayona

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by themusicaltraveller on February 10, 2005

Chef Susan Spicer is brilliant! This restaurant has beauty in everything: the decor, the courtyard, and of course, the food. Besides the food, however, the restaurant is really lovely. If I could download my pics, I’d have a lovely picture of my wife and I at this restaurant here. The restaurant is in a 200-year-old Creole cottage, with a gorgeous courtyard where you can sit and eat dinner as well.

For dinner I had the cream of garlic soup, which was supposed to be a favorite of many locals, and it certainly lived up to its name. For an entrée I went with the pork loin medallions, which were amazing. My wife had lamb with a goat cheese on it that knocked her socks off. I should also mention that the server was really excellent as well.

I'm not sure if dessert was as memorable as dinner, because I don't remember it as well, but this is not to be missed on your visit to New Orleans.

Bayona
430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112
(504) 525-4455

Preservation Hall

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by themusicaltraveller on February 8, 2005

This has the best Dixieland Jazz in New Orleans, not to mention the cheapest. If you like good music, then this is the place to go. These guys have been playing jazz for a long time, but they still play it flawlessly. For $5 (although the price might have gone up by now...), you can sit in this room all night and listen to great jazz.

You can request songs for an extra fee, including "When The Saints Go Marching In," but that one costs a special fee to request. The only problem with this place is that the seating is a bit uncomfortable, but it doesn't matter since the music is just amazing.

Preservation Hall
726 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116
(504) 522-2841

Audobon Park and Zoo

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by themusicaltraveller on February 9, 2005

This is probably one of the best zoos in the country. Its beautiful design is full of tropical plants, waterfalls, and lagoons. It houses many rare animals that you can't find in other zoos, as well as a replica of a Louisiana swamp with a rare white gator. There's even a big butterfly exhibit with some of the most beautiful colors I've ever seen. One of the aspects of an attraction like this are all the different areas of the zoo. You have an African area, an Asian area, a Louisian swamp, and much more. I love how they detail each area with sets full of artifacts from those regions of the world. It makes you feel like you're amid other civilizations. This is a truly great experience for anyone. We took a cruise from the French Quarter to get there, so we didn't see much of the park, but it seemed like a really neat park.
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, 70118
(504) 581-4629

Aquarium of the Americas

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by themusicaltraveller on February 10, 2005

I thoroughly enjoyed this aquarium as much as I enjoyed the zoo. This aquarium had sea life from all over the world divided into separate exhibits.

There was a beautiful glass tunnel that surrounded you with species of the Caribbean.

The jellyfish exhibit was amazing. There were some of the biggest jellyfish I've ever seen.

A tropical rainforest with piranhas and wild plant life was a lot fun. It's the closest I think you'll ever get to a piranha, unless of course you'd be silly enough to go swimming in a rainforest somewhere.

There's a fun penguin exhibit that I think is great for the kids.

The Gulf of Mexico exhibit has some big and rare sharks. From what I remember, it housed a hammerhead shark at the time, which is very rare to see in an aquarium.

I've heard that they are opening a big insect exhibit. It may already be opened by now, but it sounds like it'll be fun.

There is also an IMAX theater that we didn't get to go to, but any IMAX is always a fun learning experience.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130
(800) 774-7394

Dining throughout New Orleans

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by themusicaltraveller on February 10, 2005

I decided to consolidate this entry to just talk briefly about the best places to eat cheap in New Orleans. These are the best places to go to get real Creole food.

Acme Oyster House: They have the best oysters in town. I liked it better than its neighbor, Felix's.

Cafe Du Monde: Lots of powdered sugar and wonderful fried donuts are the only things to be found here. Oh, and coffee with chicory root in it, otherwise known as cafe au lait. There is nothing like going to this 24-hour eatery and having beignets and a cafe au lait. It's a one-of-a-kind experience.

Mother's: I think this is the best place in town for Po'Boys. These Po'Boys are just dripping with fat and goodness. I love it!

Central Grocery: A muffalatta is one of my favorite sandwiches ever created. You can't duplicate these wonderful creations. It's an Italian sandwich packed with meats, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pepperoncini, but the real secret is the olive spread on top. Only the Lord knows how they make it so good.


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