Let me first start out by apologizing to everyone who I criticized for their comments when I asked “anything else to do other then drink & eat”. I found out that in New Orleans eating & drinking is not just feeding the body, it is a spiritual experience. Nowhere else but in New Orleans can food be just as important as the history & vice versa. I found myself eating breakfast & planning my lunch & then eating lunch & planning my dinner – what a gastronomic treat & the booze is not bad either.
The friendliest people in the USA have to be the local’s of New Orleans. Everyone we came in contact with were the nicest, most enjoyable people I have ever met – I swear I’m not lying. Everyone & I mean everyone, was exceptionally nice; everyone had helpful tips, directions, information, they were just plain nice & considerate - kudos to New Orleans.
This is my list of places we ate & drank & then ate & drank again. As much as we tried, we never made all the places on our list, but that just gives us an excuse to go back to New Orleans. At home we never eat carbs or anything fried – in New Orleans everything we ate was carbs &\or fried, but I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. My favorite place to eat was; Coop's Place, not a restaurant but a bar\pub with great food & Jacques-Imo's Café, a small place with big flavors. But my all-time favorite place & thing that I ate in New Orleans was the All Things NOLA Sunday at Sucre. I am still dreaming about this yummy ice-cream sunday.
Food & Drinks
B&C Seafood - 2155 Highway 18m Vacherie
Food was good & low-priced Cajun food located between the Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Louisiana 18, Vacherie & Laura Plantation, 2247 Louisiana 18, Vacherie. We had the 3lb of crawfish for $20.
Cafe du Monde - 800 Decatur Street
Loved their famous beignets (fried donut covered with powdered sugar) & Cafe au lait (coffee with chicory & cream). We went every morning for the coffee & beignets - Lines are long but it only takes around 15 minutes to get a table.
Court of Two Sisters
Food was so-so – the best thing about this restaurant is that they have a live jazz brunch everyday from 9am to 3pm for $29
Bon Ton 401 Magazine Street
Flood was good but not one of the best creole restaurants as we were told. We had
Central Grocery - 923 Decatur Street
Love their muffuletta sandwich - ham, salami, provolone & garlicky olive spread & Zapp’s chips.
Coop's Place - 1109 Decatur Street
This was our favorite place to eat at & we liked it so much we went back 2 times & could have gone everyday but we wants to sample other places. We had the sampler platter & the Cajun fried chicken served with Rabbit & Sausage Jambalaya.
Cochon - 930 Tchoupitoulas Street
Food was OK - had their signature dish: pork, brussels sprouts & mac & cheese. The pork was shredded & shaped into a paddy not very nice-looking but was tasty.
El Gato Negro, 81 French Market Place
We had the house margaritas, fresh orange, tangerine and lime with a touch of tequila.
French Market Restaurant - 1001 Decatur St
We had a po boy sandwich – food was OK but the best part is that we sat on the open balcony on the 2nd flood to people watch.
Jacques-Imo's Cafe -, 8324 Oak Street, Carrollton - Dinner only - 5:30-10pm
Great food & the locals love this place & I can see why – it was fabulous even with the 1 hour wait we had to do. We had the alligator sausage cheesecake appetizer (a must try for everyone).
Johnny's Po-Boy - 511 St. Louis Street
Very good & they have a large selection of po boys – we had the alligator sausage, couldn’t eat it all & saved the rest for our mid-night snack.
Monteleone Hotel 214 Royal Street for the Carousel Bar
We had a milk punch, it is like a lighter version of eggnog – you will love it. You have to go & sit at the bar – it look like a carousel & it even turns – it’s the bar not all those milk punch you had.
NOLA Restaurant 534 St Louis Street - an Emeril’s restaurant
Wonderful food, ambiance & service – can’t go wrong with an Emeril’s restaurant. We had shrimp & grits & they were wonderful.
Pat O'Brien's - 718 St Peters St, we had the Hurricane (4 oz of fruit juice, 4 oz of rum) be careful! We sat out in the courtyard enjoying our drinks & the evening.
Sucre – 3025 Magazine Street, - 504-520-8311 – 8am to 10pm
We went for the cupcakes & had the Salted caramel cupcake $4, it was ok but nothing to recommend or get excited about. But the All Things NOLA Sunday with Bananas Foster Sauce, Brown Butter Pecan Gelato, Bread Pudding Pieces, Whipped Cream, Roasted Pecans $8.50 was the most spectacular, magnificent, scrumptious thing I have ever eaten.
Tropical Isle -721 Bourbon St
Had to have the Hand Grenade, it has the strongest-grain alcohol 190 proof & the Shark Attack was also a hit. This was my daughter’s favorite place, so we went every night.
Tours & other Places
Drinks – we all tried the hurricane, hand grenade, mike punch & the margarita - but my favorite was the Creole Bloody Mary, every place had them & they while they were all a little different they were all delicious. We even had then for breakfast at a dinner – who knew!
Jazz – we hit Frenchmen Street & found the Spotter Cat music club at 623 Frenchmen St. Music was great but we only stay for an hour only because there was nowhere to sit. So many places on Frenchmen Street for great music you can’ go wrong.
Plantations – we rental a car for the day & went to see the Oak Alley Plantation & Laura Plantation with a stop for lunch at B&C Seafood. My favorite plantation was the Laura Plantation; our guide was a wealth of knowledge on the plantation & New Orleans.
Oak Alley Plantation - $18 per person – 10 to 4 - 3645 Louisiana 18, Vacherie, (225) 265-2151
Laura Plantation - $18 per person – 10 to 4 - 2247 Louisiana 18, (225) 265-7690
St Louis Cemetery #1 - We did the Save our Cemeteries Tour (http://www.saveourcemeteries.org) this tour company is always recommended on TripAdvisor & our guide was well-informed & enjoyable. This cemetery was just a short 15 minute walk from Cafe du Monde. When we got to the grave of Marie Laveau I made my wish & left a few coins as my present – now only time will tell if my wish will come true.
Zoo, Aquarium, IMAX Theatre & Insectarium
Zoo -6500 Magazine Street 800-774-7394 – took us around 4 hours to see it all. Get the ticket that includes the Zoo, Aquarium, IMAX Theatre & Insectarium for around $40. You can’t beat the price & the Zoo was wonderful. I loved all the exhibits but my favorite was the swamp. So if you don’t have time to do a swamp tour, this section of the zoo is great. You feel as if you have been to the swamp minus the bugs.
Aquarium 1 Canal Street – small but great exhibits, my favorite was the parakeets section. For a $1 you buy a stick with bird-seeds & when you step into the room the parakeet will land on your hand to eat the seeds.
IMAX Theatre – just next to the Aquarium – we saw the film about pre & post Katrina. I glad we saw the film because I didn’t want to go see the actual disaster area. We are from Miami & hurricane Andrew was 20 years ago & we still have not fully recuperated from our disaster.
TIP – do your research, make your list & then go with the flow. Eat when you are hungry, drink when you see something you like but don’t sweat it if you can’t make all the places on your list. There is always next time & you know there will be a next time.
I know I have forgotten so many things that I wanted to tell you, but in conclusion – there are so many places to see, eat, & drink at & so little time to do it all. I know I am going back to New Orleans, how about you?