Swamp Travel Guide-New Orleans as a couple

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Swamp Travel Guide-New Orleans as a couple

Post by TT2.0 » Wed May 02, 2018 2:20 am

Taking the (hopefully soon to be) fiancee to New Orleans next Monday through Thursday. Shes never been, and I only spent one brief night in the city two years ago as a single guy. She loves cajun food, seafood, loves to drink, and this is our first trip away together out of state. What are some good restaurants/bars foodwise, romantic things to do, must see attractions etc. etc. I want to take her to cafe du monde for beignets and take her someplace for hurricanes but other than that im pretty ignorant of the city. Any help would be appreciated. Her father passed away a couple weeks ago and I really want to make this trip special
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Post by wlu_lax6 » Wed May 02, 2018 6:23 am

Take street car to Audobon Park if you are looking for a nice walk
Hit Preservation Hall https://www.preservationhall.com/
I like just walking the French Quarter during the day. There are lots of neat art galleries and such you can just take in, find food, etc.
Stay up late and see some old blues person playing or find some bounce.
If you want to do more music stuff, Tipitina's is a classic New Orleans venue.
Classic places to hit to eat..Acme Oyster for dinner (Fried seafood) and Clover (great breakfast place)

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Post by govmentchedda » Wed May 02, 2018 7:06 am

Hit up the Marigny. And remember, there's pride on Bourbon Street.
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Post by mister d » Wed May 02, 2018 7:06 am

I'm sure there are better restaurants there now, but Cochon is still one of my favorites in the entire country. Cafe du Monde is actually really solid despite being a place that could probably just coast on reputation. Avoid the quarter as much as you can; there are a lot of other sections that are less gross like the Marigny and Arts District. I'd verify this strongly with someone who knows the city better, but I think if you're on Canal, you can go left or right and be fine but don't head up Canal. (And don't go down Canal because you'll fall in the river.) Its a great walking city, make sure she doesn't wear dumb shoes.
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Post by Giff » Wed May 02, 2018 7:19 am

Stop at Darrell's in Lake Charles either on the way there or back. Best po boys I've ever had.
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Post by testuser2 » Wed May 02, 2018 7:21 am

I was there for conferences a few times. I didn't have a car and I was only free during the evening. So I didn't get to see much beyond what I could walk to. As far as food I'd recommend Mother's for some real southern food. A Po-boy at Acme is also excellent. The patio behind Pat O'Briens is nice and quieter compared to the rest of Bourbon street.

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Post by Gunpowder » Wed May 02, 2018 7:38 am

Cochon is bomb af. We go the sandwich shop (Cochon Butcher) for lunch every time I'm there for a convention. Most restaurants there are great. Wear shoes that you wouldn't mind getting piss on.

Ask a concierge where to go to avoid the Quarter and they'll tell you "oh you have to go to Frenchmen Street" and then go to Frenchmen Street and be like "this is it?". You have to go to the Quarter at least one night to see what 1/Nashville would equal if life were a math equation.
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Post by Gunpowder » Wed May 02, 2018 7:42 am

Oh and whatever you do, avoid the strip joints on the fringes of the Quarter.
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Post by EnochRoot » Wed May 02, 2018 9:27 am

The Ruby Slipper Cafe is a damn good brunch spot (Canal St and also over on Magazine)..though I’m sure locals will point you to a better option (there are a few of them throughout the city)...

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Post by brian » Wed May 02, 2018 9:47 am

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The Ruby Slipper Cafe is a damn good brunch spot (Canal St and also over on Magazine)..though I’m sure locals will point you to a better option (there are a few of them throughout the city)...
These are all good suggestions, but this is the best brunch suggestion (if that's your thing). Echo Cochon Butcher as well for lunch.

Check out a dive on Decatur Street for lunch or dinner called Coop's Place. Best cajun/creole in town. It's a hole in the wall but great atmosphere and a lot of fun (you might have to wait a bit for a table -- that's true of most of these places listed so far).

I like the Marigny as well, but only during the day. Frenchman Street is great if you like live music like how the French Quarter probably used to be 30 years ago, but now all of the decent music venues have been priced out. If you want to listen to some great local music you can walk up and down Frenchman during the day and hit several places, get a (relatively) cheap buzz on and see some great music.
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Post by Sabo » Wed May 02, 2018 9:52 am

I've never been to New Orleans, but if you like tiki bars, I've heard very good things about Latitude 29.
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Post by brian » Wed May 02, 2018 9:52 am

Also, you've been so you know pretty much what to expect, but to the people who complain about the Bourbon Street/French Quarter -- it is what it is. It can be fun or it can suck, it largely depends on your attitude.

The right attitude to have isn't to think of New Orleans as the seediest city in America, but instead as the most well-organized city in the Caribbean.
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Post by mister d » Wed May 02, 2018 9:59 am

I can't remember if you care about beer, but Ghost in the Machine (Parish Brewing) is a legit great beer and most of the rest from Louisiana are pretty terrible.
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Post by Rush2112 » Wed May 02, 2018 10:26 am

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Post by TT2.0 » Wed May 02, 2018 8:32 pm

mister d wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 9:59 am
I can't remember if you care about beer, but Ghost in the Machine (Parish Brewing) is a legit great beer and most of the rest from Louisiana are pretty terrible.
She cares a bit about neer, but cares a shitton about whiskey. i care about getting drunk cheaply so im filing this away for her. i appreciate the thoughts and input guys
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