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Old 10-29-2009   #1 (permalink)
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New Orleans French Quarter Burbon Street

Quick/sweat and no Pictures I can Publish. New Orleans was very crowded and very safe. We walked everywhere even in the projects, NO Problems. Stay at the Ambassador Hotel near Harrah's Casino. The hotel was constructed in a 1800's Coffee Warehouse. It had old school charm and old school problems. Floor was very unlevel which isn;t the best in a party town. Not fancy just old school charm. The wife and I were able to walk to the riverfront, Burbon Street, Jackson Square and the Old Cementary from our hotel. Always felt safe on the street. One Bum asked for money between the projects and Bourbon Street, said I had no money and he said ok.

Bourbon Street Bar was anything goes, very crowded. The patrons over 60 yrs old were the only ones having trouble holding their liquor. Strip Clubs much more liberal than those in Dallas.

Food was great fried fried. Suggest Acme oster house, Mothers, CRAZY
LOBSTER and even those in the Riverfront.

We rode the steamboat and the street cars. The streetcar was a nice way to travel down St.Charles to see the old Houses.

Anything in the french quarter and Arts district can be reached on foot.





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Now that is one very short and sweet trip report.
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Just got back from a working vacation - stayed at the JW Marriot for a week.
Just love New Orleans - feels like home to me.
The city has a vibe like no other.

My favorite new place to eat is Deannies and Mr Bs !!! YUM !!!!
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Just got back from a working vacation - stayed at the JW Marriot for a week.
Just love New Orleans - feels like home to me.
The city has a vibe like no other.

My favorite new place to eat is Deannies and Mr Bs !!! YUM !!!!

I was thrilled when they opened Deanies in the quarters...now we don't have to drive to Bucktown to eat.

I agree with the vibe..but to me it's more like an attitude...eat and party and dance your butt off. I'm feeling like a road trip.
I would love for Slim to experience Mardi Gras....you got to see it cause words cannot descibe it.
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New Orleans is awesome. Thanks for the report. In between eating everything born in a swamp, Hand Grendades, and an occasional drug offer, the people watching alone is worth the price of admission.

I'm more of a Decatur street kind a guy than Bourbon street. But I've done my time there too. THE CAJUN CORNER restaurant! That's my favorite spot on Bourbon st. Zydeco music, gator bites, sucking craw fish heads... That's good times.
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I love love love New Orleans! Our very first visit there was last April!! It was so much fun!!!
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Just got back from a working vacation - stayed at the JW Marriot for a week.
Just love New Orleans - feels like home to me.
The city has a vibe like no other.

My favorite new place to eat is Deannies and Mr Bs !!! YUM !!!!
We love Mr. B's!! We ate there two nights in a row!!! I had an amazing ribeye for dinner. OOOH and pecan pie for dessert. Holy Lord, I thought I had gone to heaven!!!
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We love Mr. B's!! We ate there two nights in a row!!! I had an amazing ribeye for dinner. OOOH and pecan pie for dessert. Holy Lord, I thought I had gone to heaven!!!

The duck spring rolls were amazing !
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We heart New Orleans!! For giggles we ate at Yo Mama's, right across the street from Pat O's, very nice burgers, served with a potato instead of fries (although you can probably order ff's). Ate breakfast one morning at Johnny's Po-Boys on St. Louis St., where else can you get fried catfish with grits?!? (link below) Hope to be down there within a month, needs to warm up just a little ---

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Just got back from a working vacation - stayed at the JW Marriot for a week.
Just love New Orleans - feels like home to me.
The city has a vibe like no other.

My favorite new place to eat is Deannies and Mr Bs !!! YUM !!!!
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I was thrilled when they opened Deanies in the quarters...now we don't have to drive to Bucktown to eat.

I agree with the vibe..but to me it's more like an attitude...eat and party and dance your butt off. I'm feeling like a road trip.
I would love for Slim to experience Mardi Gras....you got to see it cause words cannot descibe it.
WooHoo! At the spur of the moment, Mike and I decided to do a trip up to New Orleans. We haven't been there for over a year now, so needed a fix.

We'll arrive on Ash Wednesday ~ February 17th ~ and will head home on Sunday, February 21st. We'll be staying at our timeshare ~ HOTEL DE LA MONNAIE ~ which always feels like home to us. It's in a GREAT location ~ at the foot of Esplanade Avenue at N. Peters ~ just a block from the French Market and about 100 yards from the #1 stop on the River Line Trolley. See a photo of the Hotel below....

We've been checking out places to EAT ~ I mean, that's about the main purpose (our's at least) for coming to New Orleans.... We'll be purchasing 3 day transit passes so we can get around the city easily with no parking problems ~ which can be a huge hassle....

We want to hit:

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD in the Quarter. (Thanks for the tip! ) We're *hoping* to be able to get some fresh boiled crawfish there....

MR. B'S BISTRO What a great menu & ambiance ~ plus they have $1.50 lunch martinis and bloody Marys.....

COOP'S PLACE A hole in the wall place with GOOD food at very reasonable prices. Mike wan't to try their "Hangtown Omelette" with oysters and bacon. I want to try their rabbit jambalaya.

COCHON YUUUM!

LOUISIANA BISTRO Think we'd like to try the "Feed Me" option for dining...

CENTRAL GROCERY For a muffaletta "THE" sandwich of New Orleans! From THE place that invented them!

BIG FISHERMAN SEAFOOD Again for boiled crawfish....They don't have seating there, but I was told that we can take our crawfish across the street to THE BULLDOG and they'll let us eat them on their patio if we buy a couple of beers.

CAFE' DU MONDE No trip to New Orleans is complete without enjoying Cafe au Lait and Beignets here. Mike shouldn't be indulging in these little French donuts coated (LIBERALLY!) with powered sugar, but I think we'll make an exception and just get one order of 3, knock of most of the sugar, and split them between us.

NAPOLEON HOUSE For a Pimm's Cup cocktail. I LOVE them.....



Napoleon house also serves up some pretty tasty Louisiana fare and hot muffalettas.

We also plan on driving down to LaPlace to JACOB'S WORLD FAMOUS ANDOUILLE & SAUSAGE to bring back sausage with us. We just can't get good stuff here in Tampa. Mike uses andouille (ahn dew ee) in gumbo, greens, and red beans.

I'm diligently exercising every day, cutting out alcohol, and restricting my calorie intake so I can shed a few pounds before we start on our "EATING OUR WAY THRU NEW ORLEANS" TRIP! If any of you peeps will be in or around New Orleans while we're there, we'd love to meet up with you!

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You gotta admit, New Orleans is pretty dirty, but the food is amazing!

My favorites are: Acme Oyster House (best gumbo served in a bread bowl), Red Fish Grill (bar-b-qued oyster po-boy and the chocolate souffle is to die fore), and the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen (not very touristy, delicious pizza and banana foster's ice cream cake for dessert...holy moly!)

Definitely good people watching, and I have learned that when the locals start harassing you for money, just tell them you are from New Orleans and they usually back off.

Oh and to top it all off, stop by Margaritaville for an Incommunicado...pretty strong, slightly fruity, and happy hour pricing till 10!

Can't wait to feast at the end of the month when I will be there to run a half-marathon!
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WooHoo! At the spur of the moment, Mike and I decided to do a trip up to New Orleans. We haven't been there for over a year now, so needed a fix.

We'll arrive on Ash Wednesday ~ February 17th ~ and will head home on Sunday, February 21st. We'll be staying at our timeshare ~ HOTEL DE LA MONNAIE ~ which always feels like home to us. It's in a GREAT location ~ at the foot of Esplanade Avenue at N. Peters ~ just a block from the French Market and about 100 yards from the #1 stop on the River Line Trolley. See a photo of the Hotel below....

We've been checking out places to EAT ~ I mean, that's about the main purpose (our's at least) for coming to New Orleans.... We'll be purchasing 3 day transit passes so we can get around the city easily with no parking problems ~ which can be a huge hassle....

We want to hit:

DEANIE'S SEAFOOD in the Quarter. (Thanks for the tip! ) We're *hoping* to be able to get some fresh boiled crawfish there....

MR. B'S BISTRO What a great menu & ambiance ~ plus they have $1.50 lunch martinis and bloody Marys.....

COOP'S PLACE A hole in the wall place with GOOD food at very reasonable prices. Mike wan't to try their "Hangtown Omelette" with oysters and bacon. I want to try their rabbit jambalaya.

COCHON YUUUM!

LOUISIANA BISTRO Think we'd like to try the "Feed Me" option for dining...

CENTRAL GROCERY For a muffaletta "THE" sandwich of New Orleans! From THE place that invented them!

BIG FISHERMAN SEAFOOD Again for boiled crawfish....They don't have seating there, but I was told that we can take our crawfish across the street to THE BULLDOG and they'll let us eat them on their patio if we buy a couple of beers.

CAFE' DU MONDE No trip to New Orleans is complete without enjoying Cafe au Lait and Beignets here. Mike shouldn't be indulging in these little French donuts coated (LIBERALLY!) with powered sugar, but I think we'll make an exception and just get one order of 3, knock of most of the sugar, and split them between us.

NAPOLEON HOUSE For a Pimm's Cup cocktail. I LOVE them.....



Napoleon house also serves up some pretty tasty Louisiana fare and hot muffalettas.

We also plan on driving down to LaPlace to JACOB'S WORLD FAMOUS ANDOUILLE & SAUSAGE to bring back sausage with us. We just can't get good stuff here in Tampa. Mike uses andouille (ahn dew ee) in gumbo, greens, and red beans.

I'm diligently exercising every day, cutting out alcohol, and restricting my calorie intake so I can shed a few pounds before we start on our "EATING OUR WAY THRU NEW ORLEANS" TRIP! If any of you peeps will be in or around New Orleans while we're there, we'd love to meet up with you!
Joanie, be sure to get the Charbroiled oysters at Deanies, they are to die for!!! We are going down for the Mardi Gras marathon, Rick is running his first half marathon! We are going to stay 2 nights. I love New Orleans!!
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Joanie, be sure to get the Charbroiled oysters at Deanies, they are to die for!!! We are going down for the Mardi Gras marathon, Rick is running his first half marathon! We are going to stay 2 nights. I love New Orleans!!

Hey Doris, I will be in New Orleans to run the Mardi Gras half-marathon too! I plan to use the "carbo-load" exuse to enjoy some yummy cajun food, can't wait!
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I just love Deanies......

JB you are going at a great time, all the Mardi Gras maddness will be over with !
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My wife is a Louisiana Born Cajun.. Her maiden name was even French... Born in Smackover La,I call it smackmedown... anyways the girl has never been to N.O I have been twice before I married Her just not during Marti-gras. I have walked down Bourbon st and the Boardwalk ..

We have planned to go, But just never have done it .. 12 hrs of driving is most of the reason.. We haven't been more than 6 hrs away from the house in 10yrs ..

LA is a unique state..
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