Lives in New Orleans, Louisiana
Since Jun 2010
35-49 year old female
Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks
Military Museums, Speciality Museums
Commander's Palace is one of the top restaurants in the world. If you enjoy going out to eat and consider yourself even a little bit of a foodie, you wont want to miss this experience. I recommend going for dinner but if you are a fancy Sunday Jazz Brunch kind of person, that is very fun too. The food is fantastic and the service is out of this work. Make a reservation as soon as you know you will be in town!!
If you are in New Orleans I hope you are there to eat! And eat well. Learning the history and how we cook is as fun as the food itself. At Langois you get all of that! You can sign up for a lunch or brunch class, a dinner or cocktail class, or do it all! It is not inexpensive but it is worth every penny. The classes are designed to teach you an entire menu and you have the option to help prep/cook as well...or you can sit back and sip wine while taking notes or just watching the show.
The Sculpture Garden at NOMA/City Park is beautiful. You could pick up a poboy (From Parkway Bakery near by) and walk through the gardens and have a nice picnic. It usually very quiet out there and a lovely area. And it's FREE!
Toup's is open for lunch and dinner and is also not far from City Park in Mid City New Orleans. It's a South Louisiana meat lovers paradise! If you want to try some good local cooking, this is a great place to go for lunch or dinner.
Open for lunch and dinner in Mid City and the French Quarter (down by the French Market) this is a good stop for a nice casual meal. The food here is absolutely fresh and made to order, including the margaritas! Take a break from shopping in the market and grab a bit to eat and a cocktail.
Even if you are only stopping in here for the free taste of their pralines, it's worth the stop. Best candy in the city and they ship too!
Venture uptown to this local's spot for dinner one night. Make a reservation because the place is small and popular in it's neighborhood. It sits on the outskirt of the Irish Channel which is also home to many great bars and shopping along Magazine Street. A perfect day would be to take the bus uptown out of the French Quarter and spend the day walking Magazine Street shopping and eating/drinking. Ending with dinner at Atchafalaya and grabbing a cab back to the hotel or further up to Tipitina's for some music. I'd tell you what to order here but EVERYTHING is amazing. It's also a great place for brunch.
Grab a Cafe au Lait and some beignets from Cafe du Monde and walk over the levee to the Riverfront Park. Cop a squat and watch the barges maneuver their way along the Mississippi River.
Tip's as we like to call it is uptown on Tchoupitoulas (call it Tchoup, sounds like chop) and Napoleon. You can grab a cab or bus from the French Quarter and find your way to Tip's for some great live local music all weekend long. Check their calendar online or just venture in and see who's playing.
This is where you will go for the most wonderful cafe au lait and beignets. Even if you don't drink coffee or like donuts, you should definitely try this place. Once you go you'll want to go back again and again!
Galatroire's is one of the very few reasons I go to Bourbon Street...this old school grande dame restaurant is absolutely festive and wonderful. Dress properly please! The fish/soft shell crab dishes here are amazing but so are the veal and lamb chops and the steaks. Get the oysters en brochette, try the oysters Rockefeller, try it all! The best thing to do is put your menu away, order cocktails and let the server bring you the best of the best from the kitchen.
If you have a day to spend here, do it! I am not a history buff and I absolutely love this museum. It is very well done and a fascinating place to visit. Plan on spending several hours here to get it all in, including the 4D movie.