Cuisine, New Orleans
Try a muffelata. Phone book thick, round Italian sandwich containing ham, salami, provolone cheese, and a green and black olive and vinegar dressing.
Got mine from Franks on Decatur, but locals say that Central Grocery has the best.
Goes good with chocolate milk.
Eat at the Acme Oyster Bar. Sit at the bar, slurp down the oysters and enjoy the show of the guys shucking the oysters and get a side order of jambalaya. Best anywhere!!!
Fondest memory: Get a Bed and Breakfast along Prytania or St. Charles and take the streetcar in and out of the quarter. Be sure to catch 'EJ and the Electric Band' at the 'Funky Pirate' and, by all means, go to the 'Famous Door' and listen to Jeff Chaz and the All-Star Band. Unbelievable!!!
Go to the french quarter, it stinks (really it does! like stale alcohol and mule poop) But despite that, it is a place you have to see, there is no other place that I have been to like it, like they say laissez le bon temps roulez!
(let the good times roll) The Louisiana Pizza Kitchen has the best and most interesting pizza I have ever tasted, try the crawfish pizza it's fantastic...hopefully it's still there.
Fondest memory: Definetely I miss the food the most, the small not so touristy restaurants are really the best. You know...where the locals eat! The people are very laid back and not to concerned about much other than enjoying life.
Go to Lafitte Blacksmith bar, dark and gothic ambiance; if you like that sort of thing. Tour guides complete with costume and in character picks ghoul lovers here for a night tour macabre and spiritual tour of New Orleans; sort of like a walking theatre kinda ma jig.
Fondest memory: Taking a ride down the country along side Mississipi and plantation mansions.
Suck the head. No, this is not some obscene sexual reference. It refers to the practice of eating the mud bugs, otherwise known as crawfish. First you remove the head and then you suck the juices from it before proceeding to eat the crawfish tale. This task is best accomplished with lots of Abita, one of the local beers.
Fondest memory: The Piano Bar at Pat O'Brien's. Pat O'Brien's is well known for it's mighty hurricanes - beware they sneak up on you, but don't let that be a deterrent. Our fondest memory of this place is a blurr (they say if you can remember Mardi Gras you weren't really there.) It all starts at Pat OBrien's.
Favorite thing: The Epicenter of the French Quarter is Cafe Dumonde. This is a nice little cafe for New Olreans very strong cofffee (chickory) and beignets. (THANK you CATNL for the spelling correction!!!These are powdered sugar donuts that you wish you could eat by the handfull while watching the myriad of people around you. Spend as muc time as you want and enjoy the sights and smells of the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter.
This is the interior of one of the GREATEST, most relaxing, anciently elegant bars in town; The Napolean House. It's owner offered it to the Emperor Napolean as his residence in exile if he ever escaped from St Helena. Napolean didn't make it, but the name stayed, and today it is my favorite place, along with Lafitte's, to hang in the Quarter. Paint peels off the walls, ceiling fans whirl, soft music blends into the backdrop, and there is absolutely no better place to be in New Orleans. Abita is the local beer, and Muffaletta's are the best sandwhich.
500 Chartres St., 524-9752
Favorite thing: Here's the soda bar mentioned in the paragraph above. The store owner mentioned to me that many movies include scenes shot at this bar, including Micky Rourke's dark film, 'Angel Hart' with Lisa Bonet.
There are so many restaurants down here I would have to say : visit them all!!! or at least make it to the ACME oyster house! or Al Copelands famous Popeyes (cajun Chicken)
Fondest memory: Don't miss the Mardi Gras parades. We have so much fun during the month of February and March! People party like their last night on Earth!
There is so much action and sometimes caos going on in this city that there are many must see places. When in New Orleans you must go to Bourbon Street, the French Quarters, take the Riverfront Trolly, visit Riverwalk and plantation homes, but most of all enjoy all the authentic foods.
Fondest memory: My fondest memories were drinking hurricanes at Pat O'Brien's and eating crawfish over newspaper (good old Louisiana style).
While in New Orleans you must have crawfish. If you go to the market yourself be prepared to bring home at least 20 pounds of crawfish (that's how they sell it), cocktail sause, and plenty of COLD beer. It can be messy but so much fun. The newspaper is placed on the table so that when you are finished you just wrap up all the crawfish and throw it easily in the trash.....what a great concept.
Favorite thing: Galatoire's Restaurant. One of the most famous and popular restaurants in New Orleans. Great Food and atmosphere.