Restaurant/Bars, New Orleans
Although technically this is not a tourist trap or a "danger" per se, I did want to make sure I inform some viewers on VT of a good way to spot a gay or lesbian bar, in case that is not your cup of tea and you want to avoid an awkward situation. In New Orleans, the shop keepers and owners of places that cater to homosexual lifestyles place rainbow banners outside their shops to signify their preferred clientele. If you see one of these flags or banners, you will now know whether or not that is the environment you wish to partake of.
Fun Alternatives: I would say this is pretty alternative :)
We were summoned of the street outside a restaurant after waiting for a table(unsuccessfully) at a popular restaurant. We were starved and fell for the "our chef has been here 30 yrs" (the place is practically empty on a Saturday night) and "gets great reviews" line. Don't believe what you hear - believe what you see... no customers, no good.
Fun Alternatives: Keep walking and order room service or take out from somewhere... or better yet, make reservations a restaurant suggested by your conseirge or tour guide(s).
Unless you are VERY into Jimmy Buffet avoid this place. The food is overpriced and not very good at all and there's usually a line to get in. With so many excellent and unique resturants to choose from, why eat here?
Cafe Dumonde and Morning Call (now in Jefferson Parish) are well worth the wait. The coffee is great, and the beignets even better. Back in the 60's, the tourists went to Du Monde, and the locals Morning Call. Since the owners of Morning Call got fed up with the city and moved, your only option in the Quarter is the Cafe.
Unique Suggestions: If thinking about coffee and bignets, do NOT wear black. The white powdered sugar they dash on everything does not look good on black pants.
As much as I enjoyed the flavorful mixed drinks, they were way overpriced. Try to get your drinks and go-cups made to order in front of you and served on-the-rocks instead of the frozen slush versions that are collected from giant rotating dispensers just like 7-Eleven Slurpees. It's this overwhelming mass production that makes me suspect these drinks are low-proof rip-offs, especially after visiting one daiquiri place in a mall food court that sells extra shots at an additional charge (a not-so-subtle hint if you ask me). At least if you ask a bartender to make your drink to order, you'll see your liquor actually being poured into the cup!
'Cafe Gumbolaya' the restaurant-the food is not good but surprisingly, it is recommended in every guide book. I'll never understand that.
Po'boy sandwiches-this is nothing but stale bread with your choice of meat, lettuce, tomato and mayo. It's a no frills sandwich, hence the name 'po boy' as in poor boy. Get it?!
If you go here for coffee and a beignet - be prepared for a long line and long wait. Since it was so crowded - we did not choose to wait. I did eat a beignet from another cafe and it was good. Eat the beignets while warm. Do not wear black when eating a beignet.
Fun Alternatives: http://www.cafedumonde.com/