I'm coming to New Orleans for a week in July, and I'm considering renting a condo in the french quarter in order to get a little more of the local feel. Does anyone have any experience with this? Where would be the best place to park, and how much do you think it would cost? I've been to New Orleans many times, but I usually stay away from the tourist stuff in the french quarter, other than the obligatory Pat O'Brien's. I usually stay downtown and split my time between the french quarter and Uptown. I still plan to hit up my usual places in Uptown (Casamentos, F&M patio bar, Tipitina's), but I'll be spending more time in the FQ. Where are some good locals' hangouts in the FQ other than Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop? Where are some inexpensive places to eat? Has Mandina's on Canal reopened yet? Also, what are some good deals on drinks/restaurants around town?