What not to miss in 48 hours in New Orleans?

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  1. DAS02135
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    I'll be spending parts of three days in New Orleans in December. This is my first time visiting the city, so I want people's thoughts on what not to miss.

    I'm especially interested in the food, and I'm not a big clubbing person. Bonus MilePoint likes for étouffée recommendations.

    I'm staying at the Roosevelt.
     
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    There's plenty to see, and there are a few threads out here with recommendations as I recall.

    I'd do that Riverwalk mall for the shops during the day with a stop by the Cafe du Monde they have there. The aquarium is nearby if you're into that sort of thing as well.

    Not sure if you're a gambling man but you can try for Harrah's (won big there last time I was in town :) ) or one of the riverboat casinos if they're running this time of year.

    Food-wise you can't go wrong if you're big on fish / prawns / shrimp and the like. I personally never go down there without hitting Emeril's NOLA. People will tell you to hit "The Court of Two Sisters" for breakfast but I was terribly unimpressed when I was there. I had a better breakfast at Cafe Fleur De Lis on Chartres Street.

    I am sure you'll get tons of more recommendations soon enough.
     
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    Ahh, the memories of the French Quarter. Last time I was there was before Katrina for a very memorable bachelor party.

    You can't go wrong with Commander's Palace... the grilled alligator was awesome. I'm sure their étouffées will be awesome too because everything I had there was excellent. I'm sure you've heard of the beignets and coffee at Cafe du Monde. I also enjoyed a pit stop at Cafe Maspero or something like that.

    Personally, I have never gone wrong with following the lines. Had a great fried oyster po-boy at some place with a long line in front of it, can't even remember the name but it was excellent and has always led me to look for where the lines are. I actually just like walking around the French Quarter and taking frequent stops to pick up a bite to eat at wherever I see a line or a place that looks good. If you're going with someone else, it's even better in that you can stop frequently and share whatever you get allowing you to try even more food.
     
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    I like the "go where you see the people are" strategy! Hadn't really thought of it and, more often than not, I bet it works well!
     
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    See the steamboat Natchez. Even if you don't take the river cruise, the pipe organ on the top runs off exhaust steam while it's waiting at the dock, which is pretty cool.
     
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    Alas, the locals would frown upon you calling it anything but the proper name, a Calliope. :)
     
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    Cafe du Monde.
    And stay safe. One doesn't really have to go looking for trouble in New Orleans; it looks for you.;)
     
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    Despite your "clubbing" caveat, I'm going to recommend catching a performance at Preservation Hall:
    http://preservationhall.com/
    No drinks inside, and strictly bench seating, but you won't be dealing with the typical NO drunks. Plus the jazz is great!
     
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    Thanks. I'm at the airport now on my way down to New Orleans. Your description is enticing, so I may check it out on Monday.
     
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    I also won there playing blackjack! I don't recall many of the food place names as we would just walk around and try different places. Another +1 for some beignets at Cafe Du Monde
     
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    Hi. Two suggestions- check out special "reveillion" menus restaurants offer in december, thet Re usually two or three courses and are at a great price. Check out the small jazz clubs at places like frenchmans street where you can hear great music for a low cover.
    Enjoy!
     
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    Aaaah, New Orleans. Bought a house there after Katrina. Want to retire there some day. Even married a native. I am a wanna be in the biggest way. :D Someday...someday.

    Dining: Cochon, Luke, Elizabeth's, Feeling's Cafe (for the ambiance), Clover Grill (for the attitude), Port of Call (the only place I ever order a burger more well done than I normally do -- and it's still bloody red. Oh, and it's the size of your head, so go hungry.)

    Muffaletta at Central Grocery

    Check out the National World War II museum

    We always visit the aquarium when we are there, too.

    Despite the relatively recent makeover (and the drink mark ups to go along with it), a stop in at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is still usually on our agenda each trip

    Hit up Buffa's for a dive bar experience you probably won't forget. They do decent food, however.

    I enjoy just wandering around the Garden District

    I love driving through the Marigny and Bywater

    I love New Orleans, I hope you do too after your visit!
     
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    The amazing donuts at Cafe dumont ......... Beginets i know i butchered the spelling of the donut
     
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    I know you say you're not a club person, but it's almost a crime to not spend evenings on Frenchmen Street. Probably a dozen or so great and inviting clubs with live music and low cover charges. Wide range of bands playing everything from trad jazz and dixieland to big band jazz, second-line stuff, blues, rock and a bunch of newer permutations. The Spotted Cat, Apple Barrel, Blue Nile, dba, etc... Snug Harbor for name acts and a real ticket price.

    Avoid Bourbon St, and head to Frenchmen's. I'd be real surprised if you didn't love it, unless you really don't like live music.

    Cafe Fleur de Lis a good call for bkfst, but can be very crowded.

    For oysters, I skip ACME and head across the street to Felix's. Just as good/fun/authentic...
     
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    Also, can't hurt to watch a bunch of episodes of Treme to get you in the mood...
     
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    So much awesome food in NO. I enjoyed the mainstream stuff like Cafe Du Monde, Acme, Dragos, Johnny's Po Boys.

    Also Cochon had a diverse and fun menu. I really liked that for our late lunch. Luke was great, albeit it fairly overpriced IMO.

    Here is the part of my TR a few months back about the food. The links in the post go to my Yelp reviews as well - http://infamousdx.com/2011/09/14/no-atl-tr-03/

    Can't wait to go back there...
     
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    I might be too late for the OP, but since others may read this, here are some of my favorites:

    For shopping:
    Royal Street to browse art and expensive things
    The French Market (think flea market for tourists)
    I usually skip Riverwalk, since it is in decline, lots of closed shops ..... only thing I like there is if I am staying at the Hilton next to the Riverwalk, there is much cheaper internet access in the Riverwalk than in the business center of the Hilton ... if I didn't bring my laptop.

    If you like to drink beer, here is my best tip ...... bring a few small plastic grocery bags from home and a coozie .... assuming you can walk to the bourbon street from your hotel, put a little ice in your plastic bag, then stop at a walgreens or cvs (there is a CVS on the corner of Canal and Bourbon ... on the downtown side of the Canal ... and yes I know Bourbon has a different name on that side of the street but I can't remember it now) ... CVS will sell you 24 oz. cans (double cans) of beer for $2.29. Buy 2 or 3 of them. Then walk over to Bourbon Street. pop one in your coozie, and the other one or two in your small bag of ice. You can have an open container on the street, and really the best people watching is right on Bourbon street and not in the bars. It makes for an interesting night out for less then $10.

    So much good food in the city here are a few of the places I like, but there are plenty more great places:
    Mothers - breakfast is best, but other meals are good too.

    Jacamos- I haven't been in years, since they are out near Tulane, I hope they survived Katrina ... great food and a fun place to go. - i might have messed up the spelling, but just ask a local.

    cafe du mond - enough has been said

    Deanies - fried seafood paradise

    The multi family carriage rides that start in front of Jackson Square are actually pretty good, where you get to see parts of the Quarter you normally would not see .... same with those vampire walking tours ....

    The best thing to do is really just walk around the quarter, go down streets not to get to a destination, but just because you never walked down that street.

    Street cars are a great way to see the garden district, and if you are a college spots fan, see if Tulane has a home game on campus (all sports except football play on campus) ... the street cars will take you right there and back.
     
  19. All great recommendations, but do go see the piano bar at Pat O'briens and the Bannanas Foster French Toast at Surry's is to die for.
     

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