Dear God get me off of Bourbon Street

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Okay, so I understand that if you have never been to New Orleans, you are going to want to do the whole Bourbon Street thing once. But I just don't see a reason to spend more than half of one evening in this tourist trap when there is so much more to New Orleans!!! Check out some of these places. Caution: list is under construction. Check back often!
  • 618 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    28.5.2008

    I am super fond of this place for 3 reasons: first, on Sundays at 6pm when Linnzi Zaorski sings a free show it is the perfect way to wind down a weekend. Second, I can almost always try a different beer or wine on their extensive list without ever being disappointed. And lastly, when Katrina sent a lot of service people packing out to town, the d.b.a. in the east village of NYC employed several new orleans bartenders so that their hurrication wouldn't leave them jobless and homeless. If you need any other reasons, the spacious, comfortable atmosphere and the neighborhood feel should be enough!

  • 517 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    23.5.2008

    Great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, or if you just want a magnificent mid-day mojito from bartender Lloyd. The juke box, as in the other Monaghan establishments, is fantastic, and the location can't be beat. Frenchmen Street is THE place for music and bar-hopping any day of the week in New Orleans. Try the grilled veggie sandwich and the tater tachos. Good choice for late-night dining or breakfast...or anytime!
    ***Update!** Lloyd no longer works here as of end of January '09, which is sad, but 13 is still a frequent stop for me and I enjoy eating or drinking here any time of the day.

  • Bar
    1431 Royal St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    13.5.2008

    One of my top ten all time favorite places in New Orleans, the R-Bar has gotten a nice overhaul without taking away from its personality. The women's bathroom has a new lock on it THAT ACTUALLY WORKS! And I was lucky enough to be there the afternoon that new owners Greg Dulli and company were pulling the nasty old TV's with 3 inches of dust all over the wires down from the walls. Right now is my favorite time of the year here, when the R Bar has a free crawfish boil every Friday evening at 7-ish. Heaven! If only they hadn 't run out of seasonal strawberry Abita last week. You can't have everything, but you can have cult movies, cool folks, and crawfish at the R Bar.

  • 5.0 Sterne
    13.5.2008
    Erster Beitrag

    Not a lot of people truly bring their dreams to life, but Tiffiny Wallace, the owner of Lucky You! candy shoppe on bustling Magazine Street has done just that. And her dream was a colorful jumble of fairy tales, Willy Wonka, Lewis Carroll, Candyland, and Disney all wrapped up in a tasty pink taffy ribbon. The giant Lucky Cat mural greets you and invites you to browse among walls and piles of gummis, lollipops, Jelly Bellys, and hard to find European and nostalgia candies. Pinatas dangle from the puffy clouds painted on the blue-sky ceiling, and the white rabbit leads the way back to Mad Hatter's Tea Party garden, soon to be open in the secluded back yard for all kinds of parties. Lucky You! offers candy grams, so send your honey a bunny with a basket of yummy whatnots, any time of the year!
    Update Dec. 08: Lucky You! has been hosting fabulous children's parties and candy and cupcake classes as well as gingerbread house building classes for a while now with great success. Check the website for fun stuff coming soon.

  • 4.0 Sterne
    13.5.2008

    Is a sandwich worth $11? Why, yes! Turns out it is! After sadly shuffling away when the doors were locked on a Monday (note to everyone: lots of places are closed in New Orleans on Mondays) I came back on Wednesday for a GIANT Reuben-esque pastrami sandwich called The Rachel. Due to certain activities the night before, I wasn't feeling terribly well, and at first I was disgruntled by the hot, cramped atmosphere of the deli (tables jammed together, people tripping over one another). Then I sat down with a cup of self-serve coffee, my bountiful sandwich, some Dirty chips and a Vitamin Water and sent prayers of joy and thanks to the food gods for sending Stein's to New Orleans. Next time I will help myself to their tantalizing selection of meats, cheeses and other delicacies to take home to Mid City.

  • 632 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    13.5.2008

    By far my favorite coffee shop and breakfast place in New Orleans. Friendly folks behind the counter will try to remember your name and what you like day-to-day. Coffee is strong and the food, including delicious breakfast sandwiches on hearty bagels, is outstanding. This is a bright, relaxing gathering place for artists, musicians, and chatty locals, not a brooding hipsters-with-laptops type place, although many regulars take advantage of the free wi-fi. If I could move within walking distance of Rose Nicaud, life would be perfect.

  • Eat
    900 Dumaine St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    8.8.2007
    Erster Beitrag

    The only thing that kept me from giving EAT 5 stars is that right now the restaurant is BYOB. Other than that, this is one of the best upscale casual restaurants in the French Quarter. It used to be Quarter Scene, where I would enjoy Sunday Brunch, but the new cool, modern decor and updated menus are fantastic. We went for dinner last week on White Linen Night, and despite some loud, obnoxious diners at one table, it was a very pleasant experience. I tried what can only be described as the "comfort food platter", as it consisted of a small Caesar salad, bowl of baked macaroni & cheese, and a generous helping of heavenly crawfish pie. Our waiter was attentive and friendly, but not instrusive, the background music was unabrasive (classic soul and soft indie rock), and we even found room for dessert- mouth-watering blueberry cobbler. We will definitely come back for more of everything and bring a bottle of wine with us!

  • 4.0 Sterne
    13.5.2008

    I heart Ninja. I can't believe that in all the years I lived Uptown I never went to this sushi place, but now that I have discovered it, I have a hard time going back to my old favorites, Kyoto and Mikimoto. Enough has been said about the strange restaurant layout, but I do have to say that it is a huge plus that there is a parking lot because Oak St. can be "difficult."  I have always had prompt, friendly service here, especially the day we ran in from a thundering downpour and the hostess offered to turn down the AC so we wouldn't get the chills. The sushi and rolls are the freshest and the cold noodle salad (Chinese Salad) is divine. Add a little hot sake to the mix and call it a night! Beware the smoking Volcano Roll, however, lest you think you woke up in some crazy Las Vegas tiki bar.

  • 525 Frenchmen St
    New Orleans, LA 70116
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    8.12.2008

    Wandering around Frenchmen last night after a couple of cocktails at Marigny Brasserie, saw that Yuki was open and just had to go in because I have either had other plans or it hasn't been open when I have been down here lately. I am so glad the stars aligned at last. Amazing sake selection, small but satisfying tapas-like plates, and very cool, cozy atmosphere. A friend and I shared the edamame and the spicy tuna and a bottle of my favorite girly drink, Hana Awaka.
    We were the only guests at the time, which made it a little awkward leaving just as the guitar player sat down for his solo gig. Hope he didn't take it personally, I would have loved to stay all evening and try more of the bartender's suggestions.
    Important note!!! Cash only. And for once in my life I was prepared.


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