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pastameshugana

Guidance for a New Orleans Newbie

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My wife and I will be headed to New Orleans for a few days to celebrate our anniversary in a couple of weeks.

 

I've loved all the 'creole' and 'cajun' food I've ever had, but it's always been somewhere that it's non-native.

 

We are street food and casual food lovers, we like to eat lots of different, small things.

 

What are some specific dishes we must try in NO, and maybe some 'can't miss' hot spots we should aim for?

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Alex   

We're no NOLA experts by any stretch of the imagination, but Ms. Alex is a huge fan of Herbsaint, on St. Charles.

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PastaMeshugana,

 

I haven't been to New Orleans in decades, but this is definitely the right idea IMO for a second honeymoon/anniversary.

 

My first honeymoon took place in New Orleans, and will be in my memory at least until I leave this world, and perhaps beyond. My new husband booked us into the Royal Orleans Hotel, but after the first night, I insisted we stay somewhere else after I found out how much it cost, ever thrifty. It was only $80 back then, but I still remember it as the only place I ever stayed that actually put mints on your pillow like you see in the movies. Lovely fresh flower arrangements! Apparently, it's been taken over by the Omni chain now, so no idea what it's like now. Just sharing very old memories. It's only doubled in price for the cheapest rooms, so maybe not such a bad deal, I dunno.

 

I also will never forget the Cafe du Monde after the bars. The one near the French Quarter's still open 24 hours, and only serves beignets and cafe au lait. Some say it's a tourist trap, but I still treasure my memory of it, and made us beignets for breakfast after we got home for many years.

 

The seafood is really great in NO. I especially love the shrimp po boys. I've no idea where the best place to get them anymore is, but I hope some folks more familiar with modern NO will jump in and help you out.

 

I hope you and your wife can make some memories that you will cherish as much as I do mine.  :smile:

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Dave W   

Here's some must-eat dishes for you

 

oyster or shrimp po-boy from Mother's or Domelise's

 

gumbo

 

mufalletta sandwich from central grocery

 

hot boiled crawfish (season still on until August)

 

Etouffee

 

Take the streetcar down to cooter brown's for a big mess of fresh oysters and hundreds of beers available

 

For restaurants, Cochon, Muriel's Jackson Square, any of the Besh restaurants (Luke, August) are some of my favorites.

 

If you've got street transportation you can get outside New Orleans proper to some of the outlying Vietnamese communities for fantastic viet food.

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Hassouni   

Highly recommend Cochon for food, and French 75 and Cane & Table for cocktails 

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Thanks so much for all the great tips - we've already bookmarked several of them and are putting an itinerary together.

Our last anniversary was in NYC, and still get wistful talking about it.

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kayb   

Personal favorites: shrimp and grits at Mr. B's Bistro; chargrilled oysters at Acme or Felix's; the aforementioned shrimp po'boys at Mother's and the beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde. Soft-shell crab at Antoine's. Friday lunch at Galatoire's, if you can get in. No reservations, and there is ALWAYS a line.

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