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Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

Woodridge, IL
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Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

Hi, all!

I've been working on our plans for our upcoming trip, and thought I'd run it by some of you (lots of New Orleans/Quarter experts on this forum) - to get some input. Please let me know if you see any "flaws" in this plan or would have other suggestions.

Thanks!

5/24 (Tuesday)

-We (husband and I) arrive at airport about 12:30pm, should get to hotel 1:30pm

- Requested early check-in Hotel St. Marie

- Relax - check out Bourbon Street and a bar or two

- Dinner reservation - Arnaud's 6pm (our 30th anniv. dinner)

- Evening - plans open

5/25 (Wednesday)

- Depending on weather - morning plans

- Good weather - continental breakfast at hotel, relax at pool

- Iffy weather - Cafe du Monde for breakfast - walk around if not

raining

- Lunch Acme Oyster House (depending on Cafe du Monde above)

- Afternoon - no set plans

- Our friend Leanne arrives

- Dinner reservation 6pm - NOLA

- Evening - stop at Pat O'Brien's for oblligatory hurricanes

5/26 (Thursday)

- Continental breakfast at hotel

- Cajun Encounters Plantation Tour (Laura & Oak Alley) - hotel pickup at 8:30am - return 2:30pm

- Afternoon - relax

- Dinner reservation 6:30pm - Commander's Palace

- Evening open

5/27 (Friday)

- Continental breakfast or Cafe du Monde

- Cooking class - New Orleans School of Cooking - 9:45am-12:30/1pm

- Weather permitting - Carriage ride - to Garden District and a stop to check out Lafayette Cemetery before closes at 2:30pm

- If not carriage ride - do Rum Distillery tour

- Dinner - probably at Felix's Oyster Bar

- Evening open

5/28 (Saturday)

- Breakfast at The Old Coffee Pot

- If didn't take carriage ride Friday - do it this morning after breakfast, otherwise Rum Distillery Tour

- Afternoon open

- Dinner - maybe Acme Oyster House (yes, we love oysters!)

- Evening open

5/29 (Sunday)

- Brunch - Court of Two Sisters - 10:30am reservation (note - I know some other brunches have better food, but we loved the atmosphere here and our friend wants to go back)

- Afternoon - plans open - or Carriage Ride (w/o cemetery) if we couldn't do it Friday or Saturday

- Dinner - Pier 424 (heard food "ok" - but we have a $25 coupon we want to use - and want to try to get balcony table overlooking Bourbon)

- Evening open

5/30 (Monday)

- Morning at pool or wandering the Quarter

- Perhaps a lunch again at Acme or elsewhere

- Leave for airport by 2:30pm - 5:30pm flight home

Mississippi
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1. Re: Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

Wow Illinois..........you have planned your trip well. I will make a few suggestions. Arnaud's is a great restaurant but I would step up a notch or two for a 30th anniversary. I would go to Galatoire's or Muriel's. Both are in the FQ and great places to celebrate. Arnaud's does have nightly jazz music though.

Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021.

http://www.galatoires.com/

Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.

http://www.muriels.com/html/home.html

Lunch at Commander's Palace is considered better than dinner and much less expensive. Go for lunch on a weekday for their 3 course $20.00 special and 25 cent martini's. Take the St. Charles streetcar to Washington and get off. Walk 2 blocks S to CP. The Rink is a neat small shopping center next to CP. After lunch walk 3 blocks to Magazine and go to the right. Stroll the 3,000 to 5,000 block area and visit the neat shops and bars there. Stop at The Columns Hotel on St. Charles on your way back to the FQ and have a drink on their porch. Watching the traffic on SC is fun.

http://www.magazinestreet.com/

Go to CP for lunch on Wednesday around noon and move Acme to dinner that night around 7 PM. Move NOLA to dinner on Thursday at 7 PM. Rest up and have a few casual drinks after your tour.

If you have not been to Galatoire's by Friday go there for dinner. Try to squeeze in Emeri's for dinner one night. You could have BBQ shrimp and gumbo at Mr. B's on Monday for lunch and then head to the AP.

Looks like you will have a great trip. Good luck.

Edited: 19 April 2011, 03:44
Mississippi
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2. Re: Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

Galatoire's does not take reservations downstairs and that's where you want to go. You won't encounter a line on Tuesday night. If so it should not be long. Also ask for a table in the Garden Room at Commander's overlooking the courtyard. Stop by Napoleon House for drinks during your visit. Get a po boy from Johnny's for lunch and eat on a bench in Jackson Square. Go by Central Grocery near the French Market and visit. They have good muffaletta's. Coop's is a nice joint on Decatur for lunch or dinner. You must try El Gato Negro also. Deny will back this up.

Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.

http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/

Coops Place @ 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9053.

http://www.coopsplace.net/

El Gato Negro @ 81 French Market Place, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 9752.

http://elgatonegronola.com/

Mississippi
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3. Re: Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

Here's a few bars you should visit on your trip. Arnaud's French 75 Bar is a good one. Chris Hannah is the barman and one of the best in the city. Hannah is also a bartender in the old fashioned sense and takes the role as host seriously.

French 75 Bar @ 813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 5433.

http://www.arnauds.com/bar.htm.

Bar Tonique is at the N side of the French Quarter. I don't like Rampart. Ed Diaz is the owner and he's serious about the cocktail program.

Bar Tonique @ 820 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 324 - 6045.

http://bartonique.com/

Bar Uncommon @ Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel

817 Common Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 1111.

http://www.baruncommon.com/

Bombay Club is a good one. Cheryl Charming is the manager and works behind the bar on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Bombay Club @ 830 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 586 - 0972.

http://www.thebombayclub.com/

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.

http://www.napoleonhouse.com/

Carousel Bar is a classic hotel bar. Marvin Allen is the manager and main bartender. He's solid and a great personality. It's a good for stop for classics.

Carousel Bar @ Hotel Monteleone| @ 214 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 3341.

hotelmonteleone.com/dining-entertainment/

Domenica is a John Besh Italian restaurant in Roosevelt Hotel. Michael Glassberg is the head bartender there and he's good. They make a wide selection of homemade liqueurs.

Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.

http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/

Walk across Canal on N Peters and go W on S Peters 4/5 blocks to the corner of Lafayette and S Peters to Ernst Cafe which is over 100 years old for good happy hour and crawfish. They have outdoor tables. Then go W a block to Girod and go N 2 blocks to Lucy's Bar on Tchoupitoulas for a good 4 to 7 happy hour and $2.50 beer.

Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.

http://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/

Ernst Cafe @ 600 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 8544.

http://www.nomenu.com/reviews/ErnstCafe.html

Roosevelt Hotel Bar is a cool spot with great upscale bar food. Long drinks are well made and tasty. I would not stray too far beyond the list. It has no connection to the Roosevelt Hotel next door.

Roosevelt Hotel Bar @ 116 University Place, New Orleans, LA 504 - 566 - 9444.

Sazerac is an amazing restored art deco bar inside the Roosevelt Hotel. The Sazerac is done well. there are some serious bartenders here.

Sazerac Bar @ 123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 529 - 4733.

therooseveltneworleans.com/blog/…

Swizzle Stick Bar at Loew's Hotel in the CBD takes classic cocktails seriously. The drinks are always reliable and it's a great hotel bar for the atmosphere.

Swizzle Stick Bar @ Cafe Adelaide @ 300 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 595 - 3305.

http://www.cafeadelaide.com/

Woodridge, IL
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4. Re: Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

Thanks all for the suggestions - particularly for the bars! I notice many are in the CBD or outside the Quarter. Besides the French 75 Bar by Arnaud's - are there others recommended in the Quarter? We plan on spending most evenings there.

There were a couple reasons we chose Arnaud's for our anniversary dinner. First - we were last in New Orleans 5 years ago - and we LOVED Arnaud's - and felt it was a really romantic dinner. Second - we did think about Galatoire's for this dinner - but it didn't seem like the atmosphere would be as romantic. It seemed more of a "people watching" place - where tourists go and locals go to "be seen". I think it's a place we will definitely try out on a future trip, though!

Also - we had thought about Commander's Palace for lunch - but we can't do that on Wednesday. Our friend that is joining us later Wednesday really wants to go there, and she won't arrive until mid-afternoon - and we couldn't do it on Thursday or Friday with our other plans. She's been there for lunch before - and wanted to try dinner, too. (We've never been there.)

Blenheim, Canada
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5. Re: Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

yes, axle...Deny backs up your suggestion for El Gato Negro and so do I...so will many others! AMAZING! If I changed anything, moon, I'd do a combo swamp/plantation...but that's just me...two plantations would be one too many!

Mississippi
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12,999 posts
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6. Re: Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

The bars in the CBD are not over a 15 minute walk from the FQ. Here's a few FQ bars you should visit. Alibi is a great joint on Iberville.

Alibi Bar @ 811 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 9187.

http://www.alibineworleans.com/

Carousel Bar @ Hotel Monteleone| @ 214 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 3341.

hotelmonteleone.com/dining-entertainment/

Evelyn's Place @ 139 Chartres, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 2216.

Hermes Bar @ Antoine's @ 713 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 4422.

http://www.antoines.com/

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop @ 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 593 - 9761.

https:/…Homepage.html

Molly's at the Market @ 1107 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 5169.

http://mollysatthemarket.net/

Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.

http://www.napoleonhouse.com/

Tipitina's @ 233 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 566 - 7095.

http://www.tipitinas.com/

Mississippi
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7. Re: Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

Antoine's, Mr. B's and Luke both have a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $20.00 if you want to step up a notch. Antoine's has 25 cent martini's at lunch. Luke has 50 cent oysters and half price drinks each weekday from 3 PM to 6 PM. Dine at the bar if you like. Domenica in The Roosevelt Hotel has half price pizza and half price drinks between 3 PM and 6 PM every weekday. Evelyn's Place is a great dive bar a block off Canal on Chartres Street with good gumbo and muffaletta's.

Antoine's @ 713 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 4422.

http://www.antoines.com/

Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.

http://www.mrbsbistro.com/index2.php

Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.

http://www.lukeneworleans.com/

Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.

http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/

Evelyn's Place @ 139 Chartres, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 2216.

Take time to visit the WWII DDay Museum in the CBD. Have lunch at American Sector. They have a half price drink special and 75 cent sliders from 3/6 PM weekdays.

American Sector @ 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 1940.

www.nationalww2museum.org/american-sector/

Go to the corner of Bienville and Decatur. Club Decatur or Ryan's Irish Pub are great places to watch games with a lot of big screen TV's. Duck into one and then the other and decide which one your like.

Edited: 19 April 2011, 06:42
Mississippi
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8. Re: Looking for suggestions re our trip plan

Here's a link to cheap drinks in NOLA.

www.neworleansdrinkspecials.com/current.php

Here's a link to NOLA restaurants all 1,176 of them by neighbord and alphabetically.

http://www.nomenu.com/joomla1/

New Orleans Online has all kinds of info.

http://www.neworleansonline.com/

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