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Going With a Big Group to NOLA!

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Going With a Big Group to NOLA!

Hello fellow travelers!

My 11 friends and I are more than excited to kick off our 4 day trip to NOLA in just 7 days! With a lot of the Jazz Venues and restaurants being a little smaller (or "cozier") do you have any recommendations for where we can conveniently and comfortably have a good time?

Any suggestions regarding food, drink, music, and anything else would be highly appreciated! We will all be thanking you when we are stuffed with Creole food, boozed up, and taking in all of the amazing culture that NOLA has to offer.

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1. Re: Going With a Big Group to NOLA!

Stephen--Pat O'Brien's can hold 11 people with no problem at all! They are well known for their hurricanes but serve tons of other delicious drinks too! The fountain in the court yard even lights up and flames at night and it is quite a sight! Also if you get the fancy drinks at Pat's don't forget to take the empty glasses back to the bar. Most empty glasses will give you a $3.00 refund on the drink you just had! Have fun!

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2. Re: Going With a Big Group to NOLA!

Jazz clubs in the Quarter would include:

Davenport Lounge at the Ritz Carlton...Jeremy Davenport flies in from NY on the weekends

Irwin Mayfields Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta

Cafe Beignet in Legends Park across from the Royal Sonesta (outdoor venue)

Preservation Hall on St. Peter

Maison Bourbon- corner of St. Peter/Bourbon

Fritzel's- 700 block of Bourbon

Palm Court Cafe- Decatur

Buffa's on Esplanade/Burgundy-great small, very casual, local Sunday Jazz Brunch

Terrific Cajun/Zydeco music at Krazy Korner on weekends, Bayou Club everyday/night and VooDoo Club Thur-Wed. 6:00-????? All of these are on Bourbon

For food you might want to check the Top Questions on this page...lots of suggestions to start. Also go to neworleansonline.com for more info, events, maps, restaurants, things to do, coupons, etc.

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3. Re: Going With a Big Group to NOLA!

Stephen...here's a list of some restaurants with street address, cross-streets (in case you have a map handy!) and phone numbers. Some tidbits of what they serve, too! You're gonna have an amazing time!!!

CAFE FLEUR DE LIS. 307 Chartres Street & Bienville

7am - 3 pm Daily , Sundays 8 am - 3 pm (504) 529-9641 Bacon/Sausage, Egg, Cheese Croissant, hashbrown varieties (like "Hasbrown Everything" with bacon, sausage, ham, cheese and gravy) Breakfasts and lunches.

CLOVER GRILL. 900 Bourbon Street & Dumaine

24/7. Grilled style diner food. (504) 598-1010.

GAZEBO CAFE. French Market, 1018 Decatur Street & St. Philip

No hours given. (504) 525-8899 Live Jazz and ice cream pina coladas and Daiquiri's in a Paris-style courtyard...also Cajun/Creole food, Po Boys!

QUARTERMASTER STORE. 1100 Bourbon Street & Ursuline

24/7 (504) 529-1416 Double Bacon Mushroom Cheeseburger, Chili Cheese Fries, Stuffed Potatoes, Po'Boys, various dinners, beer.

JOHNNY'S PO-BOY, 511 St. Louis Street & Decatur

Daily 9 am - 3 pm 504-524-8129 (even the failures are edible!)

VERTI MARTE. 1201 Royal Street & Gov. Nichols

open 24/7 504-525-4767. "All That Jazz" with "WOW" sauce (They also deliver)

PAT O'BRIENS. 718 St. Peter Street & Royal

Opens Mon-Thurs-noon, Fri-Sun-10 am 504-525-4823 HURRICANES!!! They even have food (but not on the drinking patio!)

STANLEY'S. 547 Saint Ann St. at Chartres. 504-593-0006 8 am-3 pm (all is delicious!)

CROISSANT D'OR Patisserie, 617 Ursulines Avenue & Chartres

6;30 am - 2 pm. Closed Tuesdays 504-524-4663 bechamel croissant

NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF COOKING. 524 St. Louis St. & Decatur

Tue/Wed/Sat/Sun 10:00 am - 12:30 pm 504-525-2665

CAFE DU MONDE. French Market

open 24/7 no need to call! Cafe au lait, beignets, orange juice

MENA'S. 200 Chartres Street & Iberville

6:30 am - 6:45 pm, closed Sundays. 504-525-0217 local joint, basic good, cheap breakfast

CENTRAL GROCERY. 923 Decatur Street & Dumaine

Tues-Sat 9 am - 5 pm Closed Sun/Mon 504-620-0174 Muffuletta (10" round sandwich)

GUMBO SHOP. 630 Saint Peter Street & Chartres

Daily noon-8 pm (504) 525-1486 Blackened catfish.

PORT OF CALL. 838 Esplanade & Bourbon

open lunch and dinner. 504-523-0120 Burgers and "loaded baked potatoes" “Neptune’s Monsoon”

MARGARITAVILLE. 1 French Market Place/1104 Decatur Street & Ursuline 11 am - 9:30. 504-592-2565 Volcano nachos, frozen Margaritas, Deep Fried Turkey Po Boy

REMOULADE'S. 309 Bourbon Street & Bienville

11:30 am-midnight 504-523-0377 Wings and fries (all is good!)

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE. 601 Chartres Street & Toulouse

Mon-noon, Tues/Thurs-11 am-1 am Fri/Sat- 10 am-2 am Sun 10 am-midnight. Closed Wed. 504-586-8383 Fried catfish, "Taste of New Orleans" and PECAN PIE!!!

FIORELLA’S CAFE. 45 French Market Place/1136 Decatur St & Gov. Nichols Thurs.-Mon. noon - 9 pm. (504) 553-2155 Fried pickles, Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese

THE ORIGINAL PIERRE MASPEROS. 440 Chartres & St. Louis

Call for hours. All kinds of food, from eggs benedict to hot Muffulettas. (504) 524-8990

EL GATO NEGRO MEXICAN. 81 Farmer’s Market Place & N. Peters

Weekdays 11-9, weekends 9-9. 504-525-9732 Mexican food (brunch Sat/Sun 9-11 am only)

COFFEE POT. 714 St. Peter Street & Royal 504-524-3500 (all is delicious!)

YO MAMA’S. 727 St. Peter Street & Royal/Bourbon 504-522-1125 Peanut Butter/Bacon Burgers

CAFÉ ENVIE. 1241 Decatur Street & Gov. Nichols

Mon-Sun. 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. 504- 524-3689 (50%/50% like/dislike)

COOP’S PLACE. 1109 Decatur Street & Ursuline 11AM to CLOSE 504-525-9053 Red Beans and rice with 2 pieces of Cajun Fried Chicken $8.50

ACME OYSTER HOUSE. 724 Iberville at Bourbon. 504-522-5973 Chargrilled oysters.

JAGERHAUS. 833 Conti at Dauphine. 504-525-9200. Closed Mon/Tues. Wed-Fri 11am-10pm

Sat-Sun 8 am – 10 pm. Potato Pancakes, Perogies, Spaetzels, GREAT German Food and Beer.

STAR STEAK AND LOBSTER. 237 Decatur at Bienville. 504-525-6151 (opens around 4 pm)

NAPOLEON HOUSE. 500 Chartres Street at St. Louis. 504-524-9752. Pimm’s Cup

MAGNOLIA GRILL. 1122 Decatur St. 7am-10pm (Sat and Sunday 7 am – midnight)

CAMILLA GRILL. 540 Chartres Street. At Toulouse. 504-522-1800. 8am - midnight 626 S. Carrolton. (streetcar) 504-861-9311 8am - midnight

DAISY DUKE’S. 121 Chartres St. at Canal. 504-561-5171. Open 24/7

IRENE’S CUISINE. 539 St. Philip St. at Chartres. 504-529-8811. Mon-Sat 5:30 pm – 10 pm Italian Creole on the fancy side

SOMETHING ELSE CAFÉ. 620 Conti at Royal. 504-373-6439

BROTHER’S FOOD MART. 148 Carondalet (Bourbon) at Commons. (one block from Canal) 504-592-1113. Deli fied chicken and fries (CHEAP & GOOD!) Full Convenience store.

DÉJÀ VU. 400 Dauphine St, at Conti. (504) 523-1931 24/7 Everything

RED GRAVY. 125 Camp Street (at Common) Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 3:30 pm, Sat. & Sun. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (504) 561-8844 (Vera Blue’s place) The Ivan is a sausage/pepper sandwich. EVERYTHING she makes is amazing!

MURIEL'S, Jackson Square...do not miss it!!!!

the list is ENDLESS...

Edited: 24 February 2013, 00:54
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4. Re: Going With a Big Group to NOLA!

Coop's might be a bit tricky for a group of 12.

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5. Re: Going With a Big Group to NOLA!

As relates to the "anything else" suggestion, if you try to experience everything as an eleven-person group, the group will move like a glacier, frustrating everyone. While going from place to place each person will be attracted to some of the many different distractions that make the French Quarter such a wonderful place to stroll, making for very slow going.

A better plan is to have one or two designated meet-up bars where folks can go when they want to enjoy company or find someone to join in a particular activity. For this function best to choose a plain ol' bar with reasonably priced drinks and an atmosphere and seating that allows conversation. One group we hang with uses Chart Room (upper French Quarter) and Harry's Corner (lower French Quarter). Another group we hang with uses Boondock Saint (middle of the French Quarter). Then you can also designate one or two specific activity meetings per day, such as a meal, music show, big bar get together (something like Pat Obrien's), tour or whatever.

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6. Re: Going With a Big Group to NOLA!

With a larger group. it would be advisable to make reservations for some of the more popular restaurants, or try and go to a large restaurant like Red Fish Grill that can easily accommodate large groups.

There are smaller restaurants like Adolfo's on Frenchmen that don't take reservations so you could send one person there early before they open to wait in line to get a table for you.

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