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Old 02.11.2014, 07:36 PM
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Default Saints vs Ravens 25th Nov

Going out to New Orleans for the game and of course some fun & merriment and just wondered if anyone else will be out there and maybe link up for a beer or 2. Plan to go to the Pelicans game the night after as well. Whodat.
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Old 03.11.2014, 10:38 AM
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I am there then! Going to Miami on the 20th, NOLA on the 22nd and back to Miami on the 25th. Headed out with a Raven. Its getting close!
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Yeah I'm looking forward to it. 1st time in the big easy, heard lots of good things and of course to be careful where I go ! Fly out on the 22nd.
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My first time too! Lots of exploring to do. What area are you staying? I'm edge of Central Business with a short walk to French Quarter, will spend most of my time in the French Quarter too. Should land in New Orleans at midday ish on the Sat.
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Landing about 5ish in the afternoon and the hotel is close to Bourbon street so not expecting a lot of sleep
Think I must fit in a guided tour at some stage, maybe a city & Katrina one. I don't want to be sitting in a bar/s all day, could do that in London to be honest. Probably have a night down Frenchmen street and enjoy the music and hop on a streetcar !
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Who Dat! Saw this topic and thought I'd throw in a few of my favourite places in New Orleans that I reckon you might want to check out! (They're predominantly food-based as that's what it's all about for me.. well that and obviously the football!).

I'll kick off in the French Quarter as that's probably the first port of call when in New Orleans! It's a really interesting little grid to just walk around, and there really are hundreds of places to eat and drink around there. Bourbon is obviously crazy every night of the week, and bar-wise Pat O'Brien's is probably a must visit just to try the famous Hurricane and have a cigar or two! I'd say you've got to do the Quarter for one day and night really just to take it all in. As Deano's shouted though, Frenchmen Street is just a bit further north of the quarter and is lively and good for a change of scenery for music and drinking as well!

As far as eating in the French Quarter goes, one of my favourite places is Coops Place on Decatur. It does some real good fried chicken amongst other local specialties at a very reasonable price. It's a bit of a dive and the service is hit and miss, but it does the job! Yo Mama's on St Peter is a similar dive-ish place that specialises in burgers... and very good ones at that! And Johnny's Po Boys does a great range of Po Boys (which are a must try when you're in New Orleans). Would check out any of those if you want to eat good food for a very reasonable price!

Also don't know if you're into your cooking, but the New Orleans School of Cooking on St Louis does really reasonable walk-up classes every day. About $30 per person. You get a really interesting history lesson about New Orleans and the gulf coast, and then they talk you through demonstrations of how to cook some of the classics (jambalaya/gumbo/pecan pralines etc). And at the end, the best bit, you get served a three course meal of the stuff you've been shown how to cook... along with free beer as well!

As far as more upscale dining around the Quarter, I've only ever really been to Emeril's just outside the Quarter in the Warehouse District. It is really good food - think a modern twist on some of the creole/cajun classics. It is a bit on the pricey side though and you probably wouldn't rock up there in shorts and T-shirt in the evening... but yeah... if you want a bit of style it's deffo some good stuff! Good bar list as well.

One thing I'd definitely recommend is taking a street car away from the French Quarter and heading down St Charles Avenue. (The "Green" street cars take you all the way down St Charles Avenue to Uptown and you can catch them from just off Canal Street). Really cool houses down there, and you can hop on and off all day with a day pass to just walk around where you please really. Tulane University is en-route and you can just get off and wander around the campus if you want - it's pretty nice! Audubon Park/Zoo is down that way as well. The Zoo is actually really good compared to others I've been to!

Eating wise in that end of town, if you take the green St Charles street car nearly all the way down to South Carollton and Oak St then there are some pretty cool places on Oak Street itself. Interesting independent/bric-a-brac type shops and some great restaurants and bars. Probably what has become my favourite restaurant in New Orleans (Jacques Imo's) is on Oak Street. Just a real unpretentious and quintessentially "New Orleanian" creole/cajun eatery that does quality food. Everything on the menu seems to hit the spot. Really recommend the seafood options though, have tried the blackened redfish and grouper and both were money. The duck and sausage gumbo was some of the best I've had as well. They always have a couple of speciality cocktails on the menu too, and a good range of the local gulf coast beers. Service and atmosphere is good fun. It's probably a little bit on the pricey-side, but the food at Jacques Imo's really is that good. Next door is the Maple Leaf Bar which is pretty lively as well! So yeah I'd definitely recommend a trip down Oak Street one day/evening.

Another street out that way which is good for restaurants and bars is Magazine. You can walk down onto Magazine Street from any street car stop on St Charles Avenue as it runs parallel to it to the south. There's a place on Magazine and 9th called The Rum House which seems really cool. I've only been there once but was really impressed. It specialises in caribbean food with Taco sampler plates being the order of the day. Really, really tasty though! And then to top it off they have about 150 different types of Rum on the menu as well to help you on your way ha! They also a nice selection of "F*ck Goodell" T-shirts for sale as well, which particularly endeared myself to the place!

I think that's all the recommendations I can think of for now! In all honest there are so many great places in New Orleans you can't go far wrong! Any other questions though just give me a shout and I'll try my best to answer.

And enjoy your trip... Monday Night Football in the Dome really is a thing to behold!
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Thanks for that advice and posting it WhoDatSay, it's much appreciated and certainly something I will take on board. If you get the time and can be troubled can you give some advice on the safety of the place ? I guess I'm not majorly concerned, I've lived in South London all my life so you get brought up sort of being streetwise, just be interested in your thoughts having been there.
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Thanks for that advice and posting it WhoDatSay, it's much appreciated and certainly something I will take on board. If you get the time and can be troubled can you give some advice on the safety of the place ? I guess I'm not majorly concerned, I've lived in South London all my life so you get brought up sort of being streetwise, just be interested in your thoughts having been there.
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Yeah it's a fair concern... but really like any big city, as long as you use your common sense then you'll be fine. I've certainly never felt overly threatened in New Orleans. If you're used to London I don't think you'll have a problem.

There's a lot of street beggars about, especially down by the Mississippi on the benches/walkways etc. If you sit down there to stop and take in the view, and likewise in a few other public places around the quarter that aren't attached to any particular business, you're likely to be approached by a beggar asking to shine your shoes or tell you a riddle etc... but they're not threatening really, just more desperate. It's pretty sad to be fair seeing the amount of homeless people. But yeah, I've never had a problem just politely declining or giving them a couple of dollars to help them on their way.

And at night just stick to the well-populated areas. There's always a big Louisiana State Trooper presence around the French Quarter at night, so despite street drinking being legal, and pretty much anything going on Bourbon Street, it's not a total free for all! And if you are venturing away from the French Quater/CBD at night, then I'd say just plan where you're going to go rather than wandering aimlessly, and when it gets dark just use street-cars or taxis to travel rather than walking. Just for convenience as much as safety really. You can usually get a number from the taxi firm that takes you from the airport to downtown when you arrive that you can then call on for taxis booking, or just ask the hotel and they'll either book some for you or give you a couple of numbers. Overall, just stick to the more well-known/busy neighbourhoods (I rarely go outside French Quarter, Warehouse District, Garden District, Uptown, Frenchmen Area/Bywater) and plan where you're going and you'll be fine!

But yeah... one word of a warning... the drinks are strong... and after a couple of Hurricanes you could well end up anywhere so be careful on those!

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Yeah it's a fair concern... but really like any big city, as long as you use your common sense then you'll be fine. I've certainly never felt overly threatened in New Orleans. If you're used to London I don't think you'll have a problem.

There's a lot of street beggars about, especially down by the Mississippi on the benches/walkways etc. If you sit down there to stop and take in the view, and likewise in a few other public places around the quarter that aren't attached to any particular business, you're likely to be approached by a beggar asking to shine your shoes or tell you a riddle etc... but they're not threatening really, just more desperate. It's pretty sad to be fair seeing the amount of homeless people. But yeah, I've never had a problem just politely declining or giving them a couple of dollars to help them on their way.

And at night just stick to the well-populated areas. There's always a big Louisiana State Trooper presence around the French Quarter at night, so despite street drinking being legal, and pretty much anything going on Bourbon Street, it's not a total free for all! And if you are venturing away from the French Quater/CBD at night, then I'd say just plan where you're going to go rather than wandering aimlessly, and when it gets dark just use street-cars or taxis to travel rather than walking. Just for convenience as much as safety really. You can usually get a number from the taxi firm that takes you from the airport to downtown when you arrive that you can then call on for taxis booking, or just ask the hotel and they'll either book some for you or give you a couple of numbers. Overall, just stick to the more well-known/busy neighbourhoods (I rarely go outside French Quarter, Warehouse District, Garden District, Uptown, Frenchmen Area/Bywater) and plan where you're going and you'll be fine!

But yeah... one word of a warning... the drinks are strong... and after a couple of Hurricanes you could well end up anywhere so be careful on those!
Haha I've heard about those !
Thanks again mate for all your advice, if there's anything else, anything at all then I'm all ears & would certainly appreciate it.
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Great advice thanks WhoDatSay. I read some of the other threads about things to go and eat/drink and Coops place keeps coming up so I'm definitely going to check that out. I think I will have just the one hurricane a night as they sound brutal but amazing.
Just 2 weeks until I'm out in the states! Cant wait!
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