New Orleans: Eat, Drink, See Thread

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  1. George Costanza

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    Would have done more but I don’t think any of us could possibly fathom another drink or meal. All very satisfying and fulfilling. Can’t wait to visit again.
     
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  2. Buzz

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    Flying down today from Charlotte.

    Wed: lunch at Acme or Felix's, Carousel Bar, Cafe du Monde, explore French Quarter, jazz cruise tonight, Lake Pontchartrain Hotel/Hot Tin Rooftop Bar

    Thurs: breakfast at Ruby Slipper (unless have better suggestion), swamp tour, Central Grocery for Muffaletta, Dinner TBD, Frenchman St (suggestions... The Spotted Cat, DBA, Snug Harbor)

    Fri: Garden District & cemetery walking tour, Commander's for lunch, afternoon suggestions in the Garden District?, La Petit Grocery for dinner

    Sat: WWII History museum, lunch at Cochon Butcher, Courtyard Brewing, reservations at GW Finns and show at Preservation Hall.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

    We're going to go to Sazarac bar and Lafitte also. I'm a big bourbon drinker/lover so interested in places that cater to that also. Stores to buy Bourbon near us and drink at etc.
     
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  3. Doug

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    Looks good - I like Ruby Slipper, I know they've become very popular and maybe touristy, but food is still pretty good for breakfast. Only to add for Ruby Slipper there is an app called no wait, or maybe it's built into yelp now - but basically you put yourself on the waitlist when you walk up to the restaurant you move to the top. So for us, we normally put our selves on the list as we're about to walk out the door, walk right up and have a table in just a couple minutes.

    For WWII museum, I'm not sure when in there you are planning ongoing, but it's massive, it could be a multiple-day thing just going there so just be aware you won't see it all, if you're just squeezing in a couple of hours you'll feel pretty rushed.

    If you're looking for a snack in the garden district - parasols is right there, get the firecracker shrimp poboy.
     
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  4. Oranjello

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    There aren't many great liquor stores downtown that I am aware of, but Martin's Wine Cellar and Elio's Wine Warehouse are the best stores for finding rare/hard to find bourbons and are located Uptown. Elio's has a pretty good social media presence for their rare/hard to find bourbons, so if you're pinched for time I'd prioritize Martin's (bigger selection anyway) and check out Elio's instagram to see if they've posted anything rare lately. They don't post everything they get (e.g., they posted a few weeks ago about having sold out of their barrel of Weller Antique after it was gone), however, so may be worth the stop if you have the time.

    If you're still not having much luck at either of those places finding something you can't normally find (unlikely), then in Metairie there's another Martin's down the road from a Dorignacs Food Store. Dorignacs is a grocery store with a great liquor selection. Could possibly hit those up on your way to/from the airport.

    For Friday afternoon, if you want to actually go to a bar and taste good bourbons, then Cure on Freret Street (http://curenola.com/) will have some good ones. They'll have your Weller 12's and other hard to find bourbons readily available on the shelf.
     
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  5. Buzz

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    Good stuff y'all. Any other breakfast spots y'all recommend? How's this list look George Costanza following your recent visit.
     
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  6. Oranjello

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    Actually, Kiefe & Co. is downtown and is supposed to have a good bourbon selection, but I've never been. http://www.keifeandco.com/
     
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  7. Oranjello

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    Molly's Rise and Shine is supposed to be the new cool restaurant place. Bearcat Cafe is also good, but not downtown.

    I'm personally not a fan of Palace Cafe. Never had a good dining experience there. Good drinks, not so great food IMO. If you want cheap, check out Manolito (Cuban food), or maybe see if you can get into Bywater American Bistro. Bywater followed by a bottle of wine at Bacchanal could be a good pregame before heading to Frenchman.
     
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  8. daddy fat sacks

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    Ruby slipper is overrated.

    Horns in the marigny
    Surreys uptown
    Steins
    Molly's
    Satsuma uptown or bywater
    New Orleans cake cafe and bakery


    are all better
     
  9. daddy fat sacks

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    Just a reminder that Pizza Delicious is in fact delicious.

    The Green Room is fantastic and have awesome lagers

    Bao and noodle is super yummy and their lamb dish is fantastic

    Mimi's in the marigny is tasty

    The best roast beef is in old Jefferson at bears

    Hanks is the best place for drunken fried chicken

    Lil dizzees is the best place for fat boi sunday soul food brunch

    Luke has an awesome oyster happy hour

    Dominica pizza happy hour is incredible

    Gris gris happy hour is every day and their wings are fire

    Mid city pizza has the best breaded fried wings in town

    Buffas for late night food on edge of marigny and quarter

    The john for the strongest pour on Frenchman

    Miss Mae's is a great late night dive with strong pours fOr cheap and air hockey

    The saint to find blow and dance party late night

    Namese for a pho and bahn mi combination

    Blue oak for grilled/ smoked wings

    The joint for all other things bbq

    Cochon butcher

    Bar tonique for great craft cocktails at reasonable prices in a dive setting

    Kajuns for gay karaoke

    Irene's for lamb

    Adolfos for everything

    Mona lisa for bomb Italian. Their pizza is ok but pasta dishes are yummy for a more than reasonable price. Lasagna is awesome.

    Attiki for a gyro until midnight or 2am

    Felipes for frozen margaritas

    Rouses for 325ml bottles of jamo to stroll around with.

    Molly's or erin rose for frozen Irish coffee

    21st amendment for great local music and a fantastic cocktail menu

    Cooter browns uptown for great pub food fat oysters and a fantastic beer menu.
     
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  10. Buzz

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    Thank you very much. Good stuff.
     
  11. Nole0515

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    what if you dont wanna travel all the way to The Saint to party?
     
  12. ground mullet

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    Anyone dined at August?
     
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  13. Baron

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  14. pockets

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    August is good, but it is definitely an artsy presentation/small portion fine dining place. It is a great place to go once, but if you haven't been to a lot of New Orleans restaurants, that are plenty of other nice options.
     
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  15. wes tegg

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    Buzz just liked this post, which reminded me of it, and got me to google "Techno Club" to see if it's still open. For those who are interested: https://riverbeats.life/neworleans/techno-club-new-orleans/
     
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  16. wes tegg

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    I haven't been since they changed chefs, but it was awesome every time I did go.
     
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  17. Buzz

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    I was having a good laugh at this reading through the thread this morning. Trying to get through it.
     
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  18. Tiffin

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    I saw Buzz liked this today. Ftr, I would switch Urban South and NOLA now. Haven't been to Miel yet.
     
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  19. Buzz

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    Yeah been working through the thread last night and today. Only place we'll get to beer wise is Courtyard but that's fine with me. I've been heavy in craft beer IPAs, stouts etc for prolly 7 years now. Just looking for good quality beer from an IPA/stout standpoint.

    Tonight we're headed to Bacchanal's for wine, dinner at Bywater and then Frenchman St after. I see Frenchman doesn't appear to be as popular in here anymore but we're gonna give it a go to see what the scene is like anyway.

    I've got a lot of good recommendations jotted down from reading the thread finally. We'll see what all we can get in. There's just so much to do/eat but I will say we are loving our stay and having a great time here. In the end that's all that matters to us.
     
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  20. Tiffin

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    Courtyard is all you need then. :beerchug: have fun
     
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  21. Kit

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    Where do the cool kids go out now?
     
  22. daddy fat sacks

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    Miel is ok. Lots of weird beers. NOLA is mehhh well. Too many sours. Urban south is good.

    Honestly, all new Orleans beers are meh as fuc . Water source is the Mississippi river. Gross.

    I do drink paradise park by urban south bc it's a decent cheap lage .
     
  23. daddy fat sacks

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    What do you mean all the way? The saint is like 2 miles and a $7 uber from downtown or the quarter.
     
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  24. daddy fat sacks

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    Meh. They offered me the job of sous chef when I hadn't been in a kitchen since 2013 with my only real experience being a line cook lol.
     
  25. Baron

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    Meh, the 3 dishes we had were good. Not comparing it to a Commander's Palace, but it was good.
     
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  26. Tiffin

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    I like sours a lot so I appreciate that about NOLA. Strong disagree on your 2nd paragraph. The water in NOLA is softer than a lot of places so it actually helps when making hazy ipas and such. Courtyard is some of the best beer in the country.
     
  27. wes tegg

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    You had me until the last sentence. It’s good, but pump the brakes on the “best beer in the country” talk.
     
  28. Tiffin

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    I said some of :idk:

    And it's pretty well regarded in the brewing community. They make beer with many other top flight breweries, attend some pretty exclusive beer fests, and Scott has connections with brewers all over the country, being from San Diego.
     
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  29. Buzz

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    Looking forward to trying Courtyard tomorrow. Planning on spending the whole day likely in the Garden District. Commander's for lunch and we'll see what else.

    We enjoyed Bacchanal and Bywater American Bistro last night.
     
  30. Baron

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    I really enjoyed some of the Urban South beers when I was there.
     
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  31. Nole0515

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    what do they charge?
     
  32. daddy fat sacks

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    $free.99
     
  33. RJF-GUMP

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    [QUOTE="Buzz, post: 14836479, member: 2536]I'm a big bourbon drinker/lover so interested in places that cater to that also. Stores to buy Bourbon near us and drink at etc.[/QUOTE]

    Barrel proof is a good bourbon bar. I recommend it
     
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  34. Buzz

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    Courtyard beers are good. Just had their BA Stout aged in 21 year old Heaven Hill barrels...think it was some sort of collab with District Donut. Also am currently drinking their Simcoe IPA and Amarillo IPA. Great beers all of them.

    Headed to Barrel Proof in a few minutes.

    Did WWII Museum earlier today and Cochon Butcher after. It's been a great day needless to say.
     
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  35. Wicket

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    So i didnt get to eat gumbo when in new orleans(wife is celiac so the whole roux base wont work unless you adjust) so i watched some youtube clips on how to make it and I have to say its awesome
     
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  36. Pelican Grove

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    Avenue Pub has the best selection of beer in the city imo.

    I wanna try Gianna downtown. Anyone been?
     
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  37. Doug

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    yeah, wasn’t a fan at all. It’s pretty busy every time I walk by though so will give it another try eventually
     
  38. Pelican Grove

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    Yeah I wanna try it out and just see.

    I went to Mais Arepas the other night — holy shit so damn good.
     
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  39. daddy fat sacks

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    I've been meaning to try that. Thanks for the reminde . Gonna check out que rico Saturday. Hopefully its good as manolito is the only other cuban place I know if and its $$$ for the product. I love Cuban food and my shop is less than a block from there and haven't eaten there since we opened.
     
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  40. pockets

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    Love that place, though parking can be a bitch for lunch.
     
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  41. IvanTheTerrible

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    I'll be in the city all next weekend w/ a group of 5-7 people. I was curious if y'all had any recommendations for a brunch spot that would have lots of TVs with multiple games on? (Some of my Atlanta friends are saying that they aren't going to the game because the team is so bad).
     
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  42. Oranjello

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    Falcons fans would probably love the food at Manning's and they have lots of TVs
     
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  43. IvanTheTerrible

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    Yeah, I've been to that spot for the santa bar crawl last year. Not a huge fan haha
     
  44. Oranjello

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    That's why I said Falcons fans would like it. The food there is on par with TGI Fridays
     
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  45. DUCKMOUTH

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    Gotta love NOLA. New terminal at airport opens and first passengers in it celebrate to Choppa Style live

     
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  46. DUCKMOUTH

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    I mean he’s rapping about how he fucks... Only on NOLA
     
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  47. Pelican Grove

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    The Bulldog on magazine
    Cooter Browns
    Tchoup Yard
    Wrong Iron in mid-city
    Bayou beer garden
     
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  48. pockets

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  49. bigjrock

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    Nope
     
  50. Pelican Grove

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    I remember the first time I went there and had no idea it was a big Alabama bar.
     
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