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Trip Report - Nola 12/1 to 12/8

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Trip Report - Nola 12/1 to 12/8

Day 6 – Thurs, 12/6

Today we finally went to Café Du Monde. I know I’m in the minority here, but our experience was nothing special. Our waiter was nothing but rude. You can’t get regular coffee here, only coffee w/chicory which is very bitter. The beignets are nothing more than fried dough. The beignets were good tasting but not really a one of a kind experience. It’s the same as fried dough all over the world.

After the beignets, we decided to go to Marti Gras World. The van picked us up right in front of Café Du Monde. Marti Gras World is a great place for anyone that has never been to Marti Gras. It’s the actual place that all the floats are made for the various parades. It is awesome. The people are so talented. For me this was a must do. It’s an up close and personal trip down Marti Gras Lane. We would definitely recommend this place and this tour.

After Marti Gras world, we took the Ferry to Algiers Point. This is a free ride on the Mississippi River and well worth the time. The ferry is down by the river, obviously, and you need to walk up into the building that is there to the right to pick up the ferry. It’s a little confusing so give yourself a little time to figure it out. Once we got to the other side we decided to walk around instead of coming right back. Algiers is a cute little town. We decided to spend a little time and get a drink. We walked over to the Dry Dock Café. I was a little hungry so I order the Shrimp Bisque. It was outstanding. This place was down home and friendly. If you get over there you need to stop and enjoy a drink.

We rode the ferry back to Canal Street. Then we walked up to the Roosevelt Hotel. This hotel was really decked out for the holidays. So pretty. We walked through the lobby and listened to the children’s choir sing Christmas carols. After that we walked back to the FQ and enjoyed a few drinks along the way.

Tonight we decided to go back to Red Gravy. It was wonderful. Again Jill took good care of us. I had the Ossco Busco over risotto and DH had Sausage and shrimp over polenta. Again I can’t say enough. This food was outstanding. After dinner we walked up the street to finally go to the Casino at Harrah. We decided to walk Fulton Street to get the Christmas spirit. It was fun. Lastly, since we are New Yorkers, we needed to go to Mannings. Just to see what it was. It was nice for a drink but no big deal. It was time to go home to bed.

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1. Re: Trip Report - Nola 12/1 to 12/8

Isn't Algiers Point on of the nicest places? I just love it over there. So quiet and beautiful! Glad you got a chance to go over and see how pretty it is. I love the ferry ride over too!

Sorry to hear that you weren't too impressed with Cafe Du Monde. I am in love with the Au Lait and just can't resist the stuff!

I haven't tried Red Gravy for dinner yet but I may have to one of these days! Sounds like it was totally delicious!

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2. Re: Trip Report - Nola 12/1 to 12/8

I've never really explored Algiers Point. I have taken the ferry ride and it is lovely. I will have to do some research and possibly pay a visit. I believe I read there is a glass shop worth a visit, also a library. My wife is a retired librarian.

Karlee 77 glad you had a good visit, did you post any reviews/

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3. Re: Trip Report - Nola 12/1 to 12/8

Deny - I think the biggest thing that bothered me at Cafe Du Monde was the rudeness of the waiter when I tried to find out if they had any regular coffee or just the chickorey coffee. He picked up the napkin holder and slammed it down in the middle of the table to show us the "menu". I could almost excuse the rudeness if the place was packed out like it was over the w/e. but it was not. There were many empty tables. The rest of the experience was just fine, but underwhelming for us.

Tilla - I did a review for our hotel, Place 'd armes and for Red Gravy. I may do one for Muriels and Commanders when i get the opportunity. Our meals at both places were execptional.

I wanted to make sure I reviewed Red Gravy becasue it is new (in relationship to the two others) and it is smaller and has less traffic than the other two places.

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4. Re: Trip Report - Nola 12/1 to 12/8

Karlee--They are usually always like that at Cafe Du Monde. You have to watch which section you pick to sit in too. We have actually had to get up and move a few times because the server just never got too us. Sometimes the younger one work a little faster. The ones who look like they have been there forever usually end up taking forever!

My fav memory of Cafe Du Monde was coming home one night after a cold Mardi Gras parade. I said to Herm that we would prolly never be able to find that in Nola. A younger server outside Cafe Du Monde asked us what we were looking for. I said hot chocolate. He beamed a smile, tossed out the smoke he had just lit, and said: "We have that! C'mon in!" It was wonderful, he was very sweet, and he got a really nice tip for being so nice.

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