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Old 11-18-2015   #1 (permalink)
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Need Help New orleans

Lovely wife is taking me and two teen boys (15, 17) to New Orleans Thanksgiving weekend. Staying at Dauphine New Orleans. Have Thanksgiving reservations at Mr. B's Bistro.

Not sure where to eat. Really like to find the nooks and crannies of places we visit. Go where the locals go. Would love an authentic crawfish boil, want oysters, po-boy etc... Any restaurant we cannot miss?

My wife has reservations for my 50th birthday dinner, but I don't know where.

Things to do:

Going to check out Celebration in the Oaks..

May check out the Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands - drum corps battles.

Any tours we should do? Riverboat? Voodoo?

We are there from Thursday afternoon though Monday morning.

Lay it on me folks.... Love the valuable feedback I get...
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Lovely wife is taking me and two teen boys (15, 17) to New Orleans Thanksgiving weekend. Staying at Dauphine New Orleans. Have Thanksgiving reservations at Mr. B's Bistro.

Not sure where to eat. Really like to find the nooks and crannies of places we visit. Go where the locals go. Would love an authentic crawfish boil, want oysters, po-boy etc... Any restaurant we cannot miss?

My wife has reservations for my 50th birthday dinner, but I don't know where.

Things to do:

Going to check out Celebration in the Oaks..

May check out the Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands - drum corps battles.

Any tours we should do? Riverboat? Voodoo?

We are there from Thursday afternoon though Monday morning.

Lay it on me folks.... Love the valuable feedback I get...
I stayed at the Dauphine on my last trip to N.O. 2 years ago. It is classic New Orleans ambiance. French doors that open into a nice courtyard
, GREAT staff, good location to all the French Quarter has to offer.

It's right in the middle of the quarter, and 2 blocks off Bourbon street. Bourbon street is a must for one night, but after that, head toward the river. Royal street, all the way to Decatur. The eateries and small music venues are more than you could see in a 2 week period. I LOVE New Orleans!

Within the Quarter, you are boxed in by: Canal street on one side, Esplanade, on the other, Decatur (on the river) and Rampart on the back side. Pretty much anywhere in the French Quarter is safe and walkable.

From the Dauphine, You are center of the French Quarter, and a block or so off Rampart. Rampart kind of divides the area, and gets sketchy in a hurry past that.

I will try and remember some of my favorite eateries and locales within walking distance, and will post them. I have many. It's a great food city.

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Court of 2 Sisters. About a block from your hotel on Royal. The essence of New Orleans old school class. Jazz brunch or dinner in the courtyard. $$$$ but worth it. (Once)

Walk toward the River and hang a left on Decatur. You'll hit Café Du Monde, and many other eateries. Keep walking on Decatur until you hit Frenchman street. Along Frenchman street are lots of good little music and food joints.

I have a bunch of other favorites I will post as I remember them.
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15 is pretty young for Bourbon Street. He will get an education for sure. Strip joints about every 100'.
I would take them to the World War II Museum. It's within walking distance.
They have actual planes hanging from the ceiling and great self guided tours.
Also, if you have time do a cemetery tour or a plantation tour. Oak Alley IMO is really the only one worth seeing.
I gotta say there's kind of a creepy underbelly to the Quarter. Be aware of your surroundings if you wander off bourbon at night.

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If you're going to do one special meal, my choice would be K Paul's.

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15 is pretty young for Bourbon Street. He will get an education for sure. Strip joints about every 100'.
I would take them to the World War II Museum. It's within walking distance.
They have actual planes hanging from the ceiling and great self guided tours.
Also, if you have time do a cemetery tour or a plantation tour. Oak Alley IMO is really the only one worth seeing.
I gotta say there's kind of a creepy underbelly to the Quarter. Be aware of your surroundings if you wander off bourbon at night.
Yes. Bourbon street is for when the teens are watching an in room movie.
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I first experienced Bourbon Street when I was 14. It was mighty fine.
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Did a father son trip down there a couple years ago. We were staying at the Hotel St. Marie. I think it's on Toulouse. Prides itself in being 'haunted'. First night we come in off of Bourbon Street at about 2:30 or 3:00am. I'm sound asleep when all of a sudden I wake up to the sound and light of our room's door quickly opening and I see a figure walking out into the hallway. I jump out of bed, rush to the door, look down the hallway, and there's my son sleepwalking down the hall. I yell, "Hey!! Where are you going?" He says, "To find a bathroom."
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Just back from NOLA. Breakfast (beignets and coffee) at Cafe du Monde for sure. Breakfast or brunch (get the Eggs Stella) at Stanley for sure. They also have a great Bloody Mary. We had a very nice first night dinner at Mr. B's. I can absolutely recommend all of the Besh restaurants, especially Luke and August. Green Goddess on Exchange Street is always a treat. Go share a muffaletta from Central Grocery on Decatur. We had a really nice meal at EAT New Orleans. It's BYOB but there is place to grab beer or wine just down the street. Our most surprising meal was bar food at St. Lawrence on N. Peter's St. Try the Buffalo Oysters! Touristy but good is French Market restaurant on the corner of Decatur and St. Philip. Have fun. That's my favorite city in the US.
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I first experienced Bourbon Street when I was 14. It was mighty fine.
Probably more raw then than now --- thinking of the sanitization of Times Square and San Francisco.
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I know my 15 year old is a bit young for Bourbon Street, but I admittedly like exposing our kids to all sorts of things and places. Obviously, not taking them into strip clubs, but they know they exist...

Really want to do some excellent people watching, people of New Orleans photography, re-charge, eat a lot and drink a bit.

Any thoughts on a cemetery tour or just take a stroll ourselves?

Would a voodoo tour be good fro the kids? Fun or cheesy?

What about an airboat ride through the swamps? Fun?

Would love to catch some zydeco music.
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If you scroll down through the other trip reports in this category you'll find one by BruceinMN. I think it was fall of 2013. Lots of great pics.
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Thanks. I saw that trip report from Bruce. Amazing people pictures. I have talked to my kids about taking pictures and seeing if we can all capture the flavor of the people and the city.
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