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New Orleans with a Dog

You can do a yelp search for dog-friendly restaurants (and google works to, for bars as well). There should be plenty, especially the more casual joings, and especially for a small, well behaved poochie with a friendly mom. You mentioned wanting a poboy, you might check out Parkway (in Bayou St. John, near City Park, a very nice place to walk a dog).

Jan 19, 2014
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Cajun/Creole restaurants with vegetarian dishes, not overly expensive

I've heard that Feelings Cafe has implemented an impressive vegan menu alongside their regular fare (the vegan stuff won't be cajun/creole but the ambience is very nice) To be fair, I've never been to Feelings, but my pal was raving and it's supposedly very pretty.

The closest two options I've found for things approximating "local" food (note I don't say cajun or creole) are the beans/greens (they have vegetarian offerings of each) at Praline Connection on Frenchman Street, and going to Bennachin on Royal and getting any number of their dishes, it's African cuisine and it's delicious. Probably the best bet for a veg wanting something approximating "local flavors." Service is very slow.

Do a search here for vegetarian, there's been lots written over the years. And if you are willing to reach outside of the traditional fare (which admittedly does not offer much for vegetarians) you should be able to find plenty for your friend, especially in the last year or so, a lot of new restaurants with options for vegetarians now in town if you look.

Dec 31, 2012
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Best Bloody Mary & Pimm's Cup?

It's been awhile, (note the weather) but I seem to recall the Carousel Bar having a really delicious Pimm's, It was a shade less sweet than the Napolean House's, and really, really refreshing. They've undergone massive renovations, I haven't personally experimented to see if this has effected their drink-making or not.

Nov 28, 2012
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Liberty's Kiitchen

I've been meaning to post, I just haven't gotten on the board much these days.

I'm not sure that they get much attention (it is a strange location on Broad near the courts), but I just had a really great lunch on the run from the folks at Liberty's Kitchen a month or so ago, .

The restaurant is a similar model to Cafe Reconcile, but doesn't seem to get the same buzz. It definitely is a different experience (I also like Reconcile), more contemporary in both cuisine and look (feels like it could be in another town, which is surprising, but not bad).

I started off with a mix of their Lemonade and Passion Fruit Iced tea (a tip from the girl at the counter) Really good (it was still hot out, and it was extremely refreshing). Then I ordered the home-made black bean burger with the fresh guacamole on what seemed to be a just baked it was so soft (not quite kaiser crunch, but delicious none the less) roll. Probably right up there with Cowbell as my new favorite veggie burger (there could be a whole post on the explosions of burgers and commensurate veggie burgers about town, one excited vegetarian here). Really dense with black beans, moist, and over an inch thick. Yum. It came with a choice of side, and I chose what was basically a black eyed pea relish/salad/salsa thing. Could have used some chips with it, but then again, it was healthy light and fresh, and I can stand without the extra calories this once.

Their specials looked good too-- the servers were saying they loved the shrimp and grits, and the desserts were very hard to pass. I had my eye on the red velvet cupcake (got to go back and try that). It seems like it must get the court crowds, but was fairly empty when I went. They have parking on the lake side of the building. A nice surprise and a good mission. (They are also working with an area school to provide healthy lunches. Worth supporting.

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Cafe Reconcile
1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

Liberty's Kitchen
422 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Oct 25, 2011
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Midway

I'm certainly no pizza effete, but have to say I enjoyed my Midway Margherita, nice tomato sauce, hit the spot, and with the great beer selection, the pleasant servers and casual fun vibe of the place, (huge space) I will definitely return. It's reasonable price wise too. I preferred this far more than Ancora, which I thought took itself waaaayy to seriously (really, no black pepper for the table at all? and you are put off i asked?) and where our servers both times identified every last thing on the menu as "excellent" or "really great" and seemed to up sell shamelessly. To be fair, they seemed young and inexperienced, I should have known better. But my apps and pizza were only okay, certainly not worth the price point and shamelessly self-congratulatory vibe we encountered.(cool pizza oven, though) I'm glad I liked Midway, because Ancora was, unfortunately, a let down, at least in this reporter's experience.

Oct 25, 2011
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Why does everyone hate Jacques-imo's

Well, I don't consider myself "older/conservative' as a diner, nor are any of my frequent dining companions. I think for many of us who have seen the shine wear off of the place, it is because it was so very good/exciting the first few years out. According to my sister, for whom it was hands down her favorite resto for quite a few years, the food quality just really deteriorated. I don't know if it was the expansion, or the chef's penchant for excesses, perhaps some staff turnover, but the last few years when I (or any of my friends) have gone, it just simply hasn't been as good. Not horrible, just not anything special at all. Indeed, I took my then new to town boyfriend and his best buddy a few years back, and they are by no means picky eaters and we were all roundly underwhelmed. The staff were fine, casual/fun, but for the price I'd just as soon go elsewhere, and I wish I didn't feel that way, think the ambience is just great. Indeed, we once had the chef plop himself down with his bottle at our table and amuse us greatly with his enthusiastic recounting of his tour of the Bonny Doon winery. If they have turned it around in the past year or two, that is great news.

Oct 24, 2011
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Uptown (Riverbend/Carrolton area) best restaurants

Curry Corner has closed, and Cooter Brown's was underwhelming the last time we ordered there (but that was awhile ago, and they do have a LOT of great beers) I would consider adding the
newish Cowbell as a lunch option (Oak Street and River Road), there's a lot to look at check out on Oak. There is also a lot of new restaurant action happening on Freret Street, but depending where you stay it is a bit out of the way without a car. Lebanon's is great, but it's fairly standard Middle Eastern Cuisine, so depending on where you are coming from, it might not be that exceptional/unusual of cuisine. Good luck have a great time!

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Curry Corner
1200 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Sep 30, 2011
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Upscale Burger in or near FQ

I heard that Emerli's also has a great burger (may be lunch only?) I'm a vegetarian, but try and keep my ear to the ground.

Sep 02, 2011
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Restaurants with good cocktail menus.

Oops, just saw you got that one, didn't you? There is also the Bouligny Tavern next to LIlette (same owner). Small plates and adjacent to LIlette, so I would guess they might share cocktails (only a guess)

Aug 25, 2011
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Restaurants with good cocktail menus.

Coquette!

Aug 25, 2011
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Feast closure

A group of 4 of us went on the groupon, were really excited to try it out. Sad to say it just didn't hit with any of us (and i think my uber-buttery, rich vegetarian entree was the best thing on the table). We did enjoy their mint/pea crostini, and am now making it regularly at home (sooo easy!!) but we ordered a lot of things off the menu (two of our diners are extreme hedonists when it comes to dining) and the consensus (of four people who love to go out to eat) was that the food, service and atmosphere were all just "meh."

Aug 02, 2011
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What About Rambla?

Unfortunately, the last two times I've been to Rambla were a bit of a letdown. The last time especially. The food was fine, nothing terrible, nothing excellent, from good to meh. Butmy problem was more the service. Last visit, we brought in (pre-arranged with the restaurant) a large party of 18 or so. (wedding stuff) Considering how much we ate and drank, and how empty the rest of the restaurant was, we were all pretty unimpressed with the service. Long spans of no service, and a rather blase, dismissive, verging on unfriendly, attitude. Now, we tend to be a very self-entertained bunch, and I definitely do not consider myself high-maintenance when dining at all, generally preferring to be left alone, but honestly our treatment bordered on rude, and we really were their paycheck for the evening. Haven't been back since. Hopefully they have addressed this, because I really enjoyed them when they first opened, and was disappointed to cross them off the list. But there is just too many places to dine at, and when you are ready to rack up a bill, you prefer to feel at least a little appreciated.

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Rambla
217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 09, 2011
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Vegan eating in NOLA

Sorry to say that Old Dog/New Trick is no longer. There is a bar there now,13 (with adequately priced drinks) and a number of vegetarian options, and I'm sure they can do vegan. It's reasonably priced, not the greatest food, but perfectly acceptable bar food. Try Bennachin and Praline Connection for great vegan options. And have a great trip

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Praline Connection
542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Bennachin Restaurant
1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

May 07, 2011
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Croissant D'Or - Was wonderful, now only good.

Well this IS depressing news....but (though I do not consider myself a croissant expert by any means) I do think La Boulangerie has the best I've had in town. Flaky and buttery with a sweet crust. Not the best I've had ever, that distinction would go to a small town in Germany, however strange that sounds, but certainly the best here (excluding the now sounding deceased Croissant D'or of course). The Boulangerie peeps in general know their stuff ,and have great Baguettes too. As a side note, I would be interested in seeing what the relatively new Maple Street Patisserie was doing croissant wise, I've never tried. But I've been less impressed than I would have liked with their pastry in recent visits.

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La Boulangerie
4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Apr 25, 2011
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Dog-friendly, Vege/pescatarian friendly for tourists in town for 1.5 days

I hope I'm not too late on this one, but wanted to re-iterate Charlie H's rec.s. It is true that we aren't known for being particularly veg, or dog friendly for that matter, but where there is a will (and a good sporting attitude) there's always a way. As a rule, if you stick to the mostly lower Quarter/Marigny/Bywater, you will find things to be a lot more relaxed, and both more dog and more vegetarian friendly. Green Goddess in the quarter has been considered extremely high end (haven't been in a few years) and I'm sure they would be cool with a (very well behaved) dog sitting under a table. The chef happily prepared me a veg tasting menu, and there were many veg items on the menu. Pricey though. Gato Negro across from the French Market has outdoor seating and yummy Margaritas (although sadly it seems the last time I was there the prices were up and the quality down). Worth a try. Cake is delicious for breakfast/lunch as is Satsuma. Never eaten at Italian Barrel, but have heard good things. You could also check out Bacchanal, they always have a small table or two out front. (though the action really happens in the backyard, and i've seen a few cats in the front sometimes, so don't know their dog policy. Owners are very approachable though, so you could surely call and ask.) Also, do a dog-friendly search on chowhound, there are a few (older) threads. Good Luck, hope ya'll have a great trip.

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Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

The Italian Barrel
430 Barracks Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Apr 25, 2011
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Beef bones for stock?

I have a friend that gets bones from Whole Foods for stock, though I have no idea the price (can't imagine it's too much a deal) and I used to know people getting bones regularly (for their dogs) from Terranova's (the little family grocery/deli on Esplanade; they are excellent people!)

Feb 09, 2011
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Suggestions for 3 day Mardi Gras trip

It is hard for us to explain, or for you to possibly comprehend, the type of (at times magnificent) mayhem and sheer quantity of (inebriated) humanity we are talking about and you are about to walk into. If you are looking to eat at finer establishments, the advice about reservations cannot be under-estimated. Everything is going to be packed to the gills.

Endymion is not my thing, and I never do it downtown, but seeing if the Ritz offers a special viewing area is a great suggestion. Another is to (try, it's late) to get an EARLY reservation (say 4pm, that should leave you time) in the Quarter, fairly close by, walking distance for your Sunday dinner, or go someplace close and casual (like Felix's) for poboys, and maybe even get some extra takeout somewhere to take with you to eat while you watch. Expect everything to be packed, and partying crowds everywhere, all day.

Also, you can call and ask the Hotel, see if they have any reccomendations for what you should do for dinner (the concierges often have very good ideas and hook-ups, and might be able to get you in some where) This really goes for any of your open meal slots.

Have fun. Mardi Gras is a one of a kind thing, and surely worth experiencing, but it's a whole different type of New Orleans, and surely takes some savvy planning, some creative flexibility, and a very good sense of humor and adventure! Be ready for anything!!

Feb 03, 2011
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Need a restaurant rec. where we can be "loudish"

I have to agree. I can't think of anyplace besides Stella that I haven't seen get raucous....there was once a fairly boisterous table at the Rib Room (ok, I was at it; it was years ago, I don't know how that would go over normally, but it was quite a party)

Feb 03, 2011
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Commanders Happy Hour

Oh my...I'm fairly easy-going when it comes to a fabulous cocktail deal, but even I am given pause by this...and my condolences, surely.

Then again, I've learned from experience, if you are impelled to drink cheap booze, stick with the vodkas. I swore of well Gin back when they used to let us in the bars without Ids, and "gin and tonics" were all this nervous teenager could think to order. Never. Ever. Again. Bad bad bad. I can hardly drink good Gin to this day.

Feb 03, 2011
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sunday jazz brunch New Orleans Casual dress

I understand Buffa's has a Jazz Brunch, and it certainly would qualify as casual. I haven't been so cannot speak to the experience or the quality of the food.

Feb 03, 2011
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Commanders Happy Hour

Last time I went, around the holidays, I was told that you could only get the 25c martinis once you got to your table. (I think it might be a little dangerously generous to allow at the bar) And yes, I wouldn't say you were getting a top shelf alcohol, but it sure was fun after 3 or 4.

Feb 02, 2011
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Parasols?

geez, i need to slow done, since you've just been! Sorry about that. And nope, cold fries just aren't a good thing!!

Jan 30, 2011
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Parasols?

Oops, I need to correct myself. Technically Parasol's has reopened, under new ownership. ( the building retained proprietory rights to the name), I hadn't realized that the original location had re-opened until last night when I was parking over that-aways.

I leave it to others who has the best roast beef, but anyway sounds like you are up to speed on the whole messy thing. it was all pretty unfortunate to me. (I won't say more, as firstly I'm a vegetarian and I am also friendly with some of the players in this, so can't claim objectivity) Therefore I'll just hope that wherever you ultimately decide to go,you have a fabulous meal!

Jan 30, 2011
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Parasols?

Parasol's is no longer (at least temporarily); there was a big unpleasant property/lease dispute. The couple who had been running it have moved and reopened with the same menu/bartenders/kitchen into a big place on Magazine called "Tracy's." (Only a few blocks away) The regulars have followed them it seems. You can get your poboy there. (I don't eat em so cannot comment on the quality!)

Jan 28, 2011
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Suggestions for cool cocktails in New Orleans?

I second Three Muses, though it's pretty dang new, so couldn't qualify for "old school," but "cool vibe", excellent drinks (not sure about the gin, not my typical poison) and apparently delicious small plates. I say apparently, because my dining partners have absolutely loved it the three times i went, but though they have a good selection of veg appetizers and i know the chef, so hate to say it, I was not blown away by any of them. Fine, but not great. Stick to meats and seafood. I have learned by now that the maxim "what's good for Peter might not be so good for Paul" certainly applies to my nola dining recommendations.

Be forewarned, they have live music (fun, but quite loud) and it's typically packed. I haven't been in a few months, so don't know if the hub-ubs died down and it's a little less crowded, or if it's only gotten worse. But the crowd always seems happy, almost verging on raucous but not quite, and having a very good time.

Oh, and for a different feel, but another "cool vibe" in an old building, go Upstairs at Mimi's in the Marigny. You won't get well crafted cocktails there, I stick to wine and beer, but they have small plates and usually music a little later at night, and a good vibe.

Jan 20, 2011
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That Cowbell certainly rang mine!

Selfishly, I almost hate posting this (because they were not hurting for tables in any way), and seeing as though I haven't been on this site very often of late, (busy, busy) it is only because Cowbell was that great that I felt impelled to write immediately.

First of all, it's cute. Casual, but in the nicest of ways. Fun, clean, great modern/local/folk art, a well lit spacious room, good, not overly loud tunes. Not many tables, so it doesn't seat many. When we left near close they were playing a rocking gospel in the parking lot.

Then there was the service. This might have been the best part (to my tastes, anyway) They were completely friendly and relaxed, had no problem allowing two of us to take a table and order some snacks while we waited the almost 40 minutes for our last diner. This while it was by no means slow, spoke to their attitudes. In fact, one of the owners suggested we take a table rather than wait at the bar, (which we had offered to do), because she was concerned that by the time our friend got there there wouldn't be a table available (which was absolutely correct). How often do you find that type of service?? Let me know, because I surely don't.

They also don't yet have their liquor license but were most obliging with glasses and a wine cork, no corkage. Nice.

But the food. Oh my. One of the best damn veggie burgers I've probably ever had, and I seek them out. Served with all the fixins on a homemade potato roll....oh, yum. They have a house made mayo/sirracha/garlic sauce combo they call something or nother that comes with. I added swiss at the servers recommendation. Just totally delicious, even the carnivores agreed. And the hand cut fries, skin on, perfectly salted. My fellow diners both had the fish tacos, which they both concurred were fantastic (fish grilled not fried). But, for all this raving, nothing, i repeat nothing beats their macaroni and cheese. I am serious about my mac n cheese, and this was right up there at the top. I imagine it was some gruyere/parm/sharp cheddar in bechamel combo, but didn't ask. Lovely fresh toasted bread crumb topping. We ordered one serving while we were waiting for our third party, and even though we could feel our arteries clogging gobbling this incredibly rich miracle (me scraping the bowl with my butter knife) we went ahead and ordered the second. I was told later by our wonderful server who guided our ordering that some people order it in lieu of dessert. Funny, if i could have fit even one more bite in, I was contemplating. I'm dreaming ot if now as I write.

It's a small menu, but I feel safe extrapolating that the things they do, they do incredibly well. And totally reasonably priced and very generous portions to boot. You know what it reminds me of, Jaques-Imos in that first 6 months it opened. Please don't all go at once, (key the Boucherie phenomena, where now a walk in is a pipe dream) because i want to get my seat back with ease. They don't take reservations and close pretty early. It's in an old gas station where Oak meets the river.

I will be returning soon. It was only my first time, and maybe the stars aligned just perfect, maybe it will never be as great again, but I can say it was a restaurant Shangri-La: everything done with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of love. Hip Hip Hooray.

Jan 19, 2011
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My proposed itinerary with a few questions

I've gone with a group and just did desserts at Brennan's this year. We went later, and probably didn't get the best room, but we were seated, had a nice sampling and lots of brandy milk punches. That said, my dad made a much better Banana's Foster. (and they will no doubt be crazy busy during that weekend, so it might not be as feasible, or well received; when in doubt, just ask nicely)

The city is, unfortunately, not that easy to navigate, we just don't have that great of public transportation. I'm not sure what hotel you are staying at, I honestly can't visualize it, and I've lived somewhat nearby, and please know, i'm definitely not one of those overly jumpy about our neighborhoods, or walking places, but that said, your location is a little on the rough side. You probably will have to cab it a lot, especially at night, which will, unfortunately, add up. You can work it out, but please, if you do stay at this spot, don't look or act like a tourist, or wear anything of overt value. Jazz Fest is one of our most populated times, so you might find you are fine, and feel comfortable, but this is definitely not your standard location.

Lastly, just keep in mind that dining out during Jazz Fest does have the unfortunate result that sometimes service/quality can suffer simply because the industry gets soo over-run. So, being your first time, i hope you won't experience too much of the Jazz Fest effect, but if you do, don't judge us too harshly, because it is an out of the norm experience. That being said, it should be, (and usually is) an unforgettably good time. Enjoy!

Jan 14, 2011
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Quick 3 Day Trip; Thoughts?

Just want to mention that it would be virtually impossible to do both Central Grocery and Parkway for the same meal. CG is in the quarter, and Parkway is up in the Bayou St. John neighborhood, which is very nice to see. I would vote Parkway, and then take Jazzy B's advice and pick up Muffaletta's for the road (the dining in-house is definitely an experience, but it's all narrow counters in the back of an old store, often packed, so not always conducive for a leisurely lunch. It is a great place to go to though, an institution, and definitely worth tasting)

Otherwise, your plan sounds great; get ready to bust some seams!

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Muffaletta's
69305 Highway 21, Covington, LA 70433

Jan 14, 2011
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help me plan my 3-day bday whirlwind trip.

Your doing great, and i think both Boucherie and Green Goddess are perfect for what you are looking for...I think i know what yer after, and so far so good. Two recommendations:

Definitely consider Cake Cafe. They have a shrimp & grits that's apparently swoon-worthy (i'm a veg myself, but i pay attention to what people like, because i'm from here and food is, well....important). Their goat cheese/pear danish is also amazing. It isn't cheap, but you'll probably get out for less than Commanders, no booze though, I don't think. One advantage to EAT is that (it was anyway) it's BYOB, and there are ample locations to buy your spirits nearby. Elizabeth's didn't bowl me over, but it wasn't at all bad, and the vibe was good. (ran into a pile of drunken friends brunching upstairs the other week) Unfortunately, it too can add up fast.

The other is your friday lunch. You may want to add Parkway Poyboy's to that list. (I used to recommend Liuzza's by the Track, but I fear there has been some slippage). I don't think you'll necc go wrong with the others (although Jaques Imo's has seriously underwhelmed me the times I've been over the last few years, but the atmosphere is great. and I'm not sure if they do lunch or not, you might check) but getting sloppy with a poyboy is always recommendable as it's historically what we do for lunch.

Oh, and if you are in the Quarter, and feeling peckish, do try and mosey up to the bar at Mr. B's for a half order of those BBQ shrimp. They're legendary. Now, personally Mr. B's doesn't rank high for ambience, but sometimes you can be most pleasantly surprised by the encounters. Good food and strong drinks makes democrats of us all.

One last note, on sweets, you're coming in during our Carnival Season, so make sure to try some king cake (cake cafe has great king cake) Also, you might just luck into Krewe de Vieux, or another early carnival happening, depending on when you get here. Absolutely not to be missed, you'll see first hand how New Orleans likes to party.

As for bars, you are definitely swerving to the higher rent places, which i personally enjoy every now and again, but if you want to add a dash more neighborhood/dive to the repretoire: after Bucherie stop in for a drink at Snake & Jakes, it's truly one of a kind. Music/bars up thattaways include Carrolton Station & the Maple Leaf. There are a few "craft cocktail" bars uptown, but again, faaaancy, and my hunch is you are wise to stay mainly downtown. After Green Goddess, if you find yourself in the Lower Marigny/Bywater you can add Mimi's/Lost Love Lounge/Marky's and the Allways (depending on if it has an interesting show on) as fun and local. Your Frenchman list is good. 3 muses also has small plates and great drinks. And for a slightly bigger music venue, One Eyed Jacks, depending on the show, is smack dab in the middle of the Quarter but definitely a 30ish local scene. (that goes for all the downtown bars listed)

There is, of course, so much more, but a weekend is a short slice of time. So just roll with it and have a dang Happy Birthday; I'm sure you'll find yourself an unforgettable trip.

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Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

One Eyed Jacks
615 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Jan 14, 2011
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Local source for feta in brine?

Go to the market attached to Mona's on Banks, they have a few different options for brined feta. I buy the Zer gut brand there regularly, and have never had a problem. (They have other worthwhile things to offer, like their fresh baked pita. Labna's good too!)

Jan 05, 2011
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