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Drink & Be Merry;
Jackson Square is my favorite place
to hear live music. The impromptu bands and the clacker dancers make
for a nice "free" time.
is right across Decatur. This
place is where it is at. I cannot express how much I love this place. Early
Morning, late at night - all times in between. It never fails, I almost
always see people I know there. One of my requirements of a French Quarter
Hotel is its a quick walk to the CDM.
This is a Karaoke Bar on the corner
of St. Peter & Bourbon. The Emcees really get this place rocking. Forget
everything you ever knew about Karaoke, and give this place a try. Q/F
Pat O' Brien's
My friends never tire of this place.
They can sit in the piano bar for days. I am not sure if that is something
to be proud of. Nor is this; We had so many Hurricane glasses (35) on our
table one night, the piano player announced to the crowd that she had never
seen as many on one table. Ok there were 7 people in our party, but 5 each
is a heck of a lot of Hurricanes.
Napoleon House (big Page)
This bar is the coolest place in the
quarter frequented by local
writers and some cool tourists. Their Muffs are tied with Progress
for #1 in the city. Classical music fills the rooms.
500 Chartres Street
New Orleans, La. 70130
This club has to be experienced to be
believed. Miss Owens is a dynamic entertainer, and is a crowd pleaser.
Expect to be pulled on stage for some help with the show. When I was there
I fell flat on my behind doing the limbo onstage. I LOVE CHRIS OWENS! Some people do not know what to expect from her show. Expect to be entertained. This place is a shrine.
502 Bourbon St., (504) 523-6400
Old Absinthe House Bar
One of many Pirate Lafitte's alleged
former haunts Now a frozen drink bar, but still fun. I get this one confused
with the other Absinthe House down the street.
|Where I like to Eat Drink
and be merry:
I love the Jambalya, others prefer the "debris" Po'Boy. The
last time I was in, my college roomate Shawn and I braved torrential rain to get to this place,
the minute we got to the hotel. We had no complaints as the line was short.
New Orleans, La. 70130
orders: (504) 523-9656 fax: (504) 525-7671
Shop Good food, pleasant staff. Very accommodating, exquisitely
restored building. Even their steaks are good. Despite embarrassing myself
once there, I still go back every time.
630 Saint Peter
New Orleans, LA
PHONE: (504) 525-1846
FAX: (504) 542-0747
Acme Oyster House. A former classmate
of mine used to run this place, but despite that connection it gets high
marks from me and a lot of reviewers. 724 Iberville St. 504-522-5973
The Bluebird Uptown, around the block
from 3636 St. Charles - this is a fun(ky) breakfast place. Take the street
car from the CBD on Sunday sometime, its worth it. Be sure te depart the
streetcar at 3636. Try their fortified "Powerhouse eggs". Q/F
The French Quarter A&P on St.
Peter and Royal. I just love plowing through the aisles of this place for those essentials. Forget toothpaste - No Problem Q/F
Progress Grocery or Central Grocery
923 Decatur Street
Time Warp! I thought I was living in old times when one of the guys stumbled into these
places for cigarettes. Central Grocery Invented the Muffulletta. And my favorite, Progress, exists in cyberspace only. But they still make sandwiches! Although I would not do my every day grocery
shopping at Central, its still a cute visit.
Grill Across from Pat O' Brien's, it is a nice place for a quick
breakfast or late night meal. It's Kitschy!! When they aren't too busy
they make bloody marys from scratch and they are GOO-OOD. Steal a Menu
(actually you can take copies they are up by the counter) Q/F
Mr. Gyro I have a soft spot in my
heart for this place. I was in need of something to fill my stomach after
a heavy day of "refreshments". This place filled the bill. Even Dan enjoyed
his Gyro, and he was not empty.
Popeye's Chicken. I know they are
all over the country now, but for some reason, Popeye's tastes best in
Louisiana. I miss my Popeye's Spicy Fried Chicken
Copelands another chain but good
in the same way. Copland's always reminds me of New Orleans -- even in New Orleans!.
Hi, I am Kevin,a huge fan of New Orleans that lives in
"Kaintock" (an old creole term for Kentucky)
During the late 70s, as a
teenager, I lived in the New Orleans area. My father worked in the city,
and we lived across the lake in Slidell--well actually, in Magnolia Forest,
part of the Pearl River school district. I went to Pearl River High School, class of 1981. I add that because I have rediscovered a few of my classmates from this page!
I like to return every year.
Although not always possible, its a worthwhile goal.
One year, my college buddies and I decided to try and have a reunion every year in
the Crescent City. We stayed on Canal Street and was ok. But it was much better than previous trips when I stayed in the suburbs.
The following year I brought an English
friend down there with me. He almost went native. We were all wakened at
3am by his pounding on the door to get in. The strange thing is he was
in the room when we got back at Midnight. That year we stayed in the quarter at the Bienville House and planned to return there for the rest of the trips.
In December 1996, I was
there by myself bookscouting. I still had a great time. Contrary to some speculation,
I was not piloting the Bright
Field. Although, I had planned on visiting River Walk that day.
a few years later, it was just my college roommate Shawn and me, as the rest of the crew was busy with work and babies. Shawn and I managed to have the best time ever. We went to the Chris Owens Club for the first time and had such an excellant time, we will
always go back. Written words cannot describe the experience. Part Burlesque, with a drag feel. When this woman retires, I want to attend her farewell show.
Questions? Comments? Agree?
Disagree? E-Mail me
I get excited about my (mostly)
annual trips about 4 months prior. This year, I made my hotel reservations
9 mos. in advance. I want a
particular hotel. Now with the web, I have information overload on
this fine city. I like to try new places, but I also do not like to miss
out on my favorites. This is a trend that is difficult to maintain. If
I get too many favorites, I will have to stay for a month. Hmmm, maybe
I am on to something.
320 Decatur Street
Tel: +1 504 529 2345 Fax: +1 504 525 6079
Reserve a room online at the Bienville House
It is right on Decatur - I have stayed there
for more than three years now. I love its location, its close to 3 different of my favorite destinations,
yet far enough away for some feeling of distance. a few steps from the Cafe du Monde, and shopping, yet close enough to Canal and Bourbon streets I feel I am right there. Its staff is always courteous and friendly and does not have the feel of those big Super-size chains, yet retains the quality. and with the SRS Reservation service, its very convenient to book
A fine French chain located on Canal
Street but the walk from the center of the quarter can be a pain. I've only stayed there once, and would again, only if I have business in the CBD.
On my early return visits, I stayed with
friends that still lived there, but now I usually prefer to stay at a hotel
that is more convenient to the French Quarter excitement. The Bienville house fits that bill perfectly.
Places I have yet to go (but want to try):
Consider this my "to do" list. I print my own website out on my visits to remind me what I want to do that is new
The Food Authority Zagat's declares this an undiscovered Gem, the locals want to keep that way
611 Frenchmen St. (Chartres St.)
Port of Call
Best Burger in the Nation from citysearch
OK- just how many places can have "world famous burgers" is beyond me :-)
Zagat's again concurs however
838 Esplanade Ave
at: Dauphine St
tel: (504) 523-0120
St. Charles Tavern
1433 St. Charles Ave.(bet. Martin Luther King Blvd. & Thalia St.) New Orleans, LA, 70130-4443 (504) 523-9823
Let's Go USA says "filled with friendly cops and cabbies
The Clover Grill
Owned by the Poppy's Grill people this is the
Voted favorite late night eatery by readers of Gambit
900 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Cooter Brown's. Another place popular with locals. Outside the French
509 S Carrollton Ave.
Asian/Creole cuisine served by Drag Queen Waitresses; There are some
more of these across the country. A friend of mine works as a waitress at the one in NYC.
720 St. Louis St. Q/F
Sebastian's Little Garden
538 St. Phillip St.