My second post - the lower lights of our visit to NOLA. Not to be disparaging - just wanted to share some opinions in case one has to prioritise their activities for a first visit!
- I had high expectations for the Praline Connection restaurant on Frenchman. The description was great, the reviews were fantastic - I didn't think it was so hot. Well, the food was not hot at least - very cold and dried out. We were there at 8pm on a Sunday so maybe that was the problem, but everything tasted like it should have been served hours before. I would try it again tho to see if it was just bad timing.
- Was SO disappointed in the Oak Alley Plantation. For the hour long drive out there, I expected more bang for the buck - but don't go there expecting to learn a darn thing about what went on on a plantation, what life was like, or a remote understanding of slavery. It's a canned presentation by what seemed to be a drama major from the college with little to no relevant information outside the house's lineage. Give it a miss. (Altho the grounds and house are lovely).
- Oh to be a 21 year old amateur imbiber! As others have said, Bourbon St gets tired quickly and no one likes to play "dodge the vomit pile" for long periods of time. Having said that, if you walk down Bourbon long enough, you will find some greats spots (see highlight thread). And Pat O'Briens - while completely mad Fri-Sat - is awesome when you're not getting elbowed by greasy collegiates with hand grenade drinks!
- This is in the lowlight section because it ruined my trip in some ways. There is so much bad publicity about safety in NOLA and not ONCE did I feel unsafe. As a tall plastic blonde, I tend to attract the icky element on occasion and not once did I feel threatened or in danger. Had I not been forewarned against it, I even would have gone to the cemetaries without a guide, or wandered out of the quarter alone. There is not an aura of danger. I will always take the advice on locals on how to be smart, but truly, not once did I worry.
So - not many lower lights - had a phenomenal time and can't wait to go back again in a couple of months.
Thanks for all the great advice I received on here and for everyone I met in NOLA - thank you for your generous spirit, your friendship, and sharing your beautiful city with us.