We got up early this morning and were the first guests to enjoy a great breakfast at the O'Malley House. After some pleasant conversation with our hosts, we headed out to have our first streetcar experience. We were trying to get to the St. Charles line, but we accidentally ended up riding down to the City Park stop after we got on at Canal and Carrollton because we got on the wrong car. No worries, though, we had plenty of time to ride back down and then change cars at St. Charles. Even at 9:30 a.m., the St. Charles line was packed.
We got off at our stop and walked down to Lafayette No. 1 where we met our guide from Save Our Cemeteries. There were just 6 other people on the tour, and our guide was very good. We enjoyed the tour immensely. After that, we headed down to Magazine and ate lunch at Joey K's. My husband had the roast pork loin, and I had the red beans and rice. We both liked our meals very much. He had the special dessert of the day, coconut fried bread pudding. I'm not a coconut fan, but even I thought it was wonderful.
We still had some time before the parade, so we went to The Bulldog and enjoyed a couple of beers. We finished just in time to walk up to St. Charles as the parade was starting. We caught lots of throws, even a few stuffed animals that our kids will love. The atmosphere in that part of town was just as family-friendly as I remembered it from my previous parade experience in the mid-90s.
We ended up getting a cab back to O'Malley's, and after a little nap and downloading of pictures, we went to dinner at Parkway. My husband had the roast beef po boy and I had the fried shrimp one. They were both very good. We loved the atmosphere of Parkway, but not the challenge of finding a parking spot.
We came back for awhile before heading out for some more fun. We ended up riding the streetcar to Holy Ground Irish Pub on Canal. It was a bit blah on atmosphere, though. It seemed to be more of a place for regulars who just want to drink and nothing else. We stayed for a couple of beers and then rode back to our stop. It's so cold here, that we both felt we could use a warmup, so we headed to Doson's Noodle House for some takeout pho. It was just the thing to heat us up from this crazy weather.
Now we're in for the night and looking forward to our day in the Quarter tomorrow, even though it's going to be cold again. However, I'm hoping my "Drink Around the Quarter" plan will help keep me warm. I've amended my plans to include a Pimm's Cup, Ramos gin fizz, brandy milk punch from Mr. B's, original margarita and possibly a pineapple cilantro margarita from El Gato and maybe a daiquiri or two. Wish me luck!