We're from Chicago and will be celebrating my girlfriend's golden birthday in NOLA sept 25-29 with sept 27 as the big day. It will be my first time in NOLA so I have no idea what's good or not. We also have a group of 12+ that may want to roll with the group or go off on their own.
She's been to NOLA but i'm trying to impress so I need your help. :-) She's also a foodie and enjoyed Top Chef when it was in New Orleans. Budget wise, I'd like to stay in the $$ - $$$ as we consider the group.
Looking to find:
1. Must-dos/essentials to see & do in NOLA
2. best restaurants for groups - thinking group dinners over the weekend
3. best activities for groups or best way to approach group activities in NOLA
4. BONUS: things that revolve around gold as we celebrate a golden birthday
Appreciate your feedback and help!