New Orleans, Louisiana

BREAKFAST:

  • Commander’s Palace– Make your reservation in advance for Sunday brunch, they tend to fill up. Request the Garden Room if it’s available. They have 25 cent martinis with a purchase of an entree! This place is awesome!
  • Cafe Du Monde– They are open 24 hours and only serve beignets and drinks. The beignets are sooo good!
  • Surrey’s Cafe & Juice bar– Open for breakfast and lunch. Really yummy food!

LUNCH:

  • Cochon Butcher– (warehouse district) Around the corner from Cochon. Great sandwiches.
  • Willie Mae’s– The world’s best fried chicken! In a neighborhood that’s rather rough, but no need to worry if you’re going during the day, and trust me, the chicken is worth it.
  • Domilise’s– Call ahead and order the city’s best po-boys and pick them up (with some root beer of course, or a daiquiri if you’re in the mood for some daytime drinking) and sit on the levee and eat them. Again, the restaurant is not much to behold visually, but the po-boys are the best in the city for sure.
  • Crabby Jack’s– (a little past Uptown down Claiborne) In the middle of a kind of industrial area, but the sandwiches are soooo good. (try the duck or the cochon de lait po-boys)

 

PRE-DINNER DRINKS:

  • Delachaise– Uptown, right on St. Charles
  • The Columns Hotel– Sooooo pretty inside, and great patio seating if the weather is nice, and right on St. Charles near Delachaise
  • Cure– On Freret street uptown. The neighborhood is ‘transitional’ but they have hand-crafted cocktails that are to die for.
  • Napoleon House-Coolest atmosphere and amazing food and drinks!
  • Antoine’s-(Hermès bar) Get a French 74 or a Pimm’s Cup!
  • Tony Seville’s Pirate Alley Cafe– Stop in this tiny little bar to try some Absinthe!

DINNER:

  • Bayona– Very good restaurant in the French Quarter.
  • Boucherie– (Uptown) Amazing food.
  • Gautreau’s– (Uptown) It’s very small, so make a reservation!
  • Brigtsen’s– (Uptown) Delicious!
  • Bacchanal Wine– You get to buy your own bottles of wine and assorted gourmet cheeses in the front store. They serve it to you in their pretty backyard where they have amazing live jazz music. Such a fun spot.
  • Coops– Famous for their fried chicken.
  • Antoine’s– Family owned iconic restaurant where a lot of classic dishes were created. Started in 1840!

 

BARS: (All in the French quarter)

  • Cane & Table– Was awesome, super delish cocktails.
  • Lafitte’s– A Piano bar with no electricity, just candles. We went there twice. So fun!
  • Carousel Bar: I mean, need I say more? You can actually sit on a carousel inside a fancy hotel, and it slowly spins….(inside the Hotel Monteleone) so fun & different! Definitely pop in for at least a drink or two.
  • Broussards – A gorgeous back bar, and outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant. A bit fancier but so cute, i love it.
  • Pat O’Briens– Fun party atmosphere. You have to try a hurricane if you go!

 

AFTER HOURS:

  • Frenchmen street has all the best jazz clubs. There’s d/b/a, The Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor, The Blue Nile…the list goes on. They have live music nightly, and you can pick one and stay, or walk from club to club. Loved this street!
  • Preservation Jazz Hall on Bourbon is the touristy jazz place, but they play really good, traditional jazz music, so it’s worth it.
  • The Maple Leaf has great funk and brass band music, it’s a little rowdier than Frenchmen, but a lot of fun, and great music. It’s Uptown (near Brigtsen’s or Boucherie), so if you’re going out to eat Uptown, it’s a good stop after dinner.

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