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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:42 pm 
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Hi All,

I'll be visiting New Orleans next week. I would like some awesome seafood and will take suggestions on where to eat. I'd also like to see some cool scary nature stuff. Any ideas?

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I will be there briefly next month. Did you end up doing/eating anything you'd recommend?


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October is a good month for festivals.

OctoberFest
http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworle ... rfest.html

Louisiana Seafood Festival
http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworle ... tival.html

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworle ... qfest.html

New Orleans Film Festival
http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworle ... tival.html


The D day museum is worth a stop also.
http://www.ddaymuseum.org/


This is in addition to the casino downtown, the French Quarter and a variety of unique sites.

As for restaurants it is tough to go too wrong in the city.
I always recommend:

http://www.thebontoncafe.com/
http://www.antoines.com/
http://www.heritagegrillmetairie.com/ (This is a new Brennan's restaurant few tourists go here. It is mainly locals)
http://www.ralphsonthepark.com/
http://www.commanderspalace.com/


Here are some more local places
http://www.crazyjohnnies.net/ - Great steak
http://www.dragosrestaurant.com/ ---Great Chargrilled Oysters
http://www.brisbisrestaurant.com/ A lakefront restaurant

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Thank you!!!


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I left out looking at the monuments. This is my personal favorite...Jean D'Arc's statue in the quarter.

http://renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/ ... ew-orleans

partial list of statues:
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/No ... -BR-1.html


Also and this may sound weird but a tour of Metairie and Green Wood Cemeteries (they are next to one another) as well as the cemeteries at the end of Canal Street are worth visiting. You can take a street car from any point on St Charles Ave and go to the end of the line (cemeteries) for basically nothing. the street cars are safe as are these cemeteries. If you go the cemeteries near the FQ go only in a group or four or more.

http://www.norta.com/maps_schedules/Str ... index.html


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metairie_Cemetery

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwood ... ew_Orleans

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You answered my question about the safety. I was only aware of the cemetery near the FQ, glad to know about the others. We will be there during the blues festival after a cruise. We were surprised that most of the hotels were already sold out. Do we need to be concerned about staying across the canal in Gretna?


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Gretna is across the river. Not the canal. The river is a mighty barrier. It really depends upon where you are staying in Gretna. Like all of NOLA parts are dicey others are not. I would avoid like the plague any of the hotels along hwy 90.

If you have a vehicle I would suggest Metairie before Gretna.

There are a bunch of hotels at Causeway and I -10 that are OK. Avoid the Metairie hotels off of Airline Hwy or any hotels on Tulane Ave (BTW Tulane Ave turns into Airline hwy). Also any hotels in New Orleans East should be avoided. They are along I-10 and while new and redone, the areas around the hotels can be dicey at night.


Also try Orbitz or Hotels.com for deals. There are bunch of independent hotels in the CBD that are nice.


The cemeteries near the FQ are older and more historic but if you as me Metairie and Greenwood are more picturesque and interesting. They likewise are very safe. I cannot say the same for the ones in the FQ.

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The FQ cemetaries dicey during the day too?

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My (60-ish) parents just came back from NO. They ate chicken poboys, chicken andouille, blackened chicken salads...

I'm so disappoint...

They did take a gator tour...on a pontoon boat.

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Horatio_Tyllis wrote:
The FQ cemetaries dicey during the day too?


I honestly am not comfortable going to these cemeteries in groups of fewer than 4 even with a CCW. They are tight, not much running room and too many spots to be ambushed by thugs.

I prefer to take people to the cemeteries at the foot of Canal street. The Metairie Cemetery allows/encourages bicycles and you can tour it by car (yes sounds morbid but it really is not).

However if you want to see Marie Laveau's grave you must go to St Louis Cemetery #1. Go during the day with a group of people, stick to pairs and pay attention. The thugs when they are there hide between the tombs near the entrances and exits and will climb over the walls.


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My (60-ish) parents just came back from NO. They ate chicken poboys, chicken andouille, blackened chicken salads...


Chicken??!! No shrimp, oyster or even roast beef? They need to come back and get a roast beef poboy "dressed and sloppy", a dozen napkin one.

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I'm going to be in town 3rd week of november :)

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Horatio_Tyllis wrote:
I'm going to be in town 3rd week of november :)



That is Thanksgiving week and there are not too many festivals or events in November. BTW it gets cold in NOLA. A biting, damp and invasive cold especially when the gale winds are blowing over the lake from the north.

http://www.nola.com/festivals/index.ssf ... ide_8.html

http://www.neworleanscvb.com/calendar-e ... =eventDate

BTW the thugs hate the cold and damp.


Let me know when you are in town and we can meet if you want to do so.

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We did the gator tour on an airboat with another couple. Enjoyed it. Had a shrimp thing at Bravos restaurant that was spicy.
Went to the Jackson battlefield. Stupid GPS took us through an uncomfortably bad part of town. When the light turns red and nobody stops you know its a bad place.

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Groucho wrote:
Stupid GPS took us through an uncomfortably bad part of town. When the light turns red and nobody stops you know its a bad place.


You likely took the route through the 9th ward. The same 9th ward Spike Lee made his movie about. That area actually (at least during the day, if you stay off side streets and do not linger too long :wink: ) is not that bad relatively speaking. The real problem area is in the opposite direction.

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NOLA is a great place. I can't add anything to the sights and the food. Pay attention to the advice about the thugs.

Don't fall for the bets about your shoes. :roll:

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