How do you write about a city like New Orleans ? I’m going to try…
I was introduced 5 years ago when I started working for my current company, Serralles, USA. My boss, John Eason, invited Keith (my husband) and I down for Tales of the Cocktail (aka: the Superbowl of the Spirits Industry – God save your liver if you go). The moment we landed, I fell in love.
There are so many cultures within this city. Today, the heritage is reflected in the great diversity of things to do, see, eat (the food is heavnely), and of course…the drinks. The people are warm…and sassy. New Orleans is a lively place and I’ve been fortunate to visit it many times.
Keith and my first time:
Halloween with the Rutgers Crew
My friend, Mel’s, Bachelorette Party – Pimp Necklace and red wine…oh what a night…and Willie Mae’s fried chicken the next day!
Oh ! I’m going next week for our company meeting and holiday party. I have been working out like a crazy person to prepare for the food frenzy – expect updates to this post.
Before I go into my classic Brielle-style list, I want to thank two couples that shared their experiences and best-of’s with me every time I visited this fantastic city: John and Suzy Eason & John and Cillen Meisler. Both couples have been the ultimate authorities on where to go / what to do and I have had the time of my life because of them (and so have my friends). I have literally partied PAST the plane in this city…and it was so worth it.
Enjoy the New Orleans list !
- Royal Sonesta (In French Quarter on Bourbon) – classic and great balconies http://www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans
- Westin New Orleans Canal Place (on Mississippi – walking distance to everything) – collect Starwood points https://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1763&language=en_US
- W (French quarter and in Warehouse District) – collect Starwood points http://www.wfrenchquarter.com/en
- Prince Conti – Bombay meets London http://www.princecontihotel.com
- Monteleone Hotel – classic New Orleans. The hotel bar is the city’s ONLY revolving bar. For decades, it has lured guests in to take a spin on the 25-seat, bright circus-clad Merry-Go-Round. Enjoy a Sazerac here. http://hotelmonteleone.com
- St. Charles Guest House (Garden District) – Old seamen’s boarding house. Quaint and 2 blocks from Drew Bree’s house. http://www.stcharlesguesthouse.com
- Olde Absinthe House – for my late night road crew…and the Absinthe http://www.ruebourbon.com/oldabsinthehouse/history.html
- Pat O’s – original Hurricane and dualing pianos http://www.patobriens.com/patobriens/default.asp
- Cats Meow – live music and careless dancing http://701bourbon.com
- Martinis at Prince Conti – chill out
- Daiquiris – The drinks are pure sugar and cheap liquor, but delicious (I love the Pina Colada and the Mudslide – I have been known to mix them together) http://www.fat-tuesday.com/menu
- *Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop* – the home of the purple drink. The ONLY drink that gets me smashed – I partied past the plane the first time I had it. http://www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com/Homepage.html
- Tipitinas – event space with live bands http://www.tipitinas.com
- The Famous Door
- Cats Meow
- Pat O’s
- Fritzel’s – only European jazz club in city http://www.fritzelsjazz.net
- Napoleon House (Lower French Quarter) : famous Pimm’s cup (Sazerac is also great). Muffuletta is awesome. http://www.napoleonhouse.com
- Galatoire’s (Upper French Quarter) – classic blue blood restaurant. Trout dish is phenom. Go for lunch to save $$. http://www.galatoires.com/home
- Restaurant August (Warehouse District) – John Besh’s flagship – seasonal cuisine http://www.restaurantaugust.com
- Herbsaint (Warehouse District) – Small plates but the gnocchi and ribeye are fabulous http://www.herbsaint.comhttp://www.galatoires.com/home
- Cafe du Monde (Upper French Quarter) – beignets..that’s all I have to say http://www.cafedumonde.com
- *Willie Mae’s Scotch House* (Mid-City) : BEST fried chicken – need a cab to get there and go early!
- Acme Oyster House (Upper French Quarter) – the raw oysters are SO big and fresh http://www.acmeoyster.com
- Brennan’s (Upper French Quarter) – original restaurant of the Brennan empire. Best bananas foster ever. http://www.brennansneworleans.com
- Commander’s Palace (Garden District) – absoute classic NOLA – fine dining with creole classics. This is a true celebratory meal. http://www.commanderspalace.com
- Arnaud’s Jazz Brunch (Upper French Quarter) : Friday brunch is the way to go. Like a mardi gras museum. Famous shrimp remoulade. https://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com
- Mr. B’s (Upper French Quarter) – the fried oysters are to die for and they have a helluva gumbo http://www.mrbsbistro.com
- Huck Finn’s (Upper French Quarter) – fried alligator (it’s all about the protein !) http://www.huckfinnscafe.com
- French Market – alligator on a stick
- Johnny’s Po Boy (Upper French Quarter) – yummy variations of Po’Boys ! http://johnnyspoboys.com
- Antoine’s (Upper French Quarter) – birthplace of oysters rockefeller http://www.antoines.com
- Coops Place (Lower French Quarter) – rabbit jambalaya and fried chicken http://www.coopsplace.net
- Muriel’s (Lower French Quarter) – Looks lavish but the food is great and it is a haunted house http://muriels.com
- Camellia Grill (Garden District) – Take a street car there. BEST breakfast hangover omelets EVER. Counter service with all the guys dancing behind it. So South…so awesome.
- Mother’s (Warehouse District) – the ultimate Po’Boy. It’s like a cafeteria but I swear by the ‘debris’. Meat! And the Bloody Mary’s are awesome. http://www.mothersrestaurant.net
- Pascal’s Manale (Garden District) – birthplace of NOLA legendary BBQ shrimp http://pascalsmanale.com
- Jaques Imos (Uptown) – It’s such a chill vibe and totally off the beaten path. Both are going to sound gross but might be one of the best and most memorable meals: Deep Fried Roast Beef Po’Boy (French Dip under Pickles) and Shrimp and Alligator Cheesecake http://jacques-imos.com
- Joey K’s (Garden District) – Creole pot cooking http://www.joeyksrestaurant.com
- Dragos (Upper French Quarter) – Fried Oysters and Gumbo http://www.dragosrestaurant.com
- Cafe Amelie (Lower French Quarter) – Nestled in the historic 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House on Royal Street in the French Quarter – very very romantic. http://www.cafeamelie.com
- *Rib Room* Bar menu @ Omni Hotel – I can’t remember the actual name of the appetizer but it consists of potato skins topped with gruyere cheese and roast beef debris. They also have splits of Chandon (or order a classic martini) to accompany it. No joke, this is my ritual when I arrive to New Orleans – I go by myself and have a food-love moment. http://ribroomneworleans.com
- Natchez Riverboat with Lunch (the fried chicken is delicious. I asked for seconds and they stopped me)
- French Market
- St. Charles Street Car
- Antiques and jewels on Royal Street
- Jackson Square (great street performers)
- Harrah’s Casino
- Airboat Swamp Tours and Plantations: www.aswampadventure.com
- Oak Alley Plantation – ask your hotel concierge how to set up transport
- St. Roch Market – one of the oldest open-air markets in the region. Enclosed and with vendors specializing in everything from local produce to Korean-Creole fusion.
- Cajun Encounter Tours : Visit plantations, French Quarter, Garden District, Cemetaries and Swamps www.cajunencounters.com
- The Remedy Room – It’s the place to replenish all your fluids and vitamins through infusion therapy. I make it a point to go before I leave the city so I can return my body to normalcy. http://www.theremedyroom.com
- A muzzle: Looking at this list, I have truly enjoyed myself in this city. This is why I cannot lose those extra pounds! Oh well.