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So, Amy and I are heading down that way sometime later this year for a brief vacation. We're both unfamiliar with the city and this will be our first visit.

Can any of you folks who live (or have lived) there, or who have also vacationed there recommend anything we absolutely need to see or do? We're generally interested in good food and music, history, culture, the arts, and museums. We're less into sports, night clubbing, crowds (though we'll tolerate them to experience something in which we're really interested) and bland tourist traps. We'd also like to avoid any Imperial entanglements.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and for any suggestions you might have!
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Get to the Cafe Du Monde for the beignets. They are excellent.

Eat lunch or dinner at the Commander's Palace. They used to have $.25 martinis at lunch.

Get a Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's and get the glass.

Do not wander away from the main traffic areas. It's not the safest city in the world.

Enjoy the trip and do the touristy things. It's a fun place.
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See the World War II Museum.
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Do not go north of Rampart Street. Stay in the tourist areas. If the city suddenly changes from happy-fun-drunkenness to hardcore urban blight in a single block, reverse and go back the way you came.
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Spirit of 70 wrote:
We'd also like to avoid any Imperial entanglements.



...Well, that's the trick, isn't it? And it's going to cost you something extra...
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The WWII museum is moving. It could take up to half a day if you took your time.

Commander's Palace is a much-hyped restaurant that more than lives up to the hype.

Get a muffaletta somewhere. Google can give you leads.

The big casino south of the French Quarter has all-you-can-eat king crab legs once weekly for something like $25. If you like casinos, it's very low on the depressionometer.
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Keep in mind that there are two types of cuisine in New Orleans: Cajun and Creole. They both pretty much use the same ingredients, but the Creole is the "fancier" style of food (heavily influenced by French cooking), the kind that was prepared for and eaten up at the "big house", while Cajun is the food of the workers and country folk. The two types have started to merge over the years, but they are still mostly distinct.

In addition to having a muffeletta, you definitely need to have a New Orleans style "po' boy". It's an enormous sandwich made on a loaf of French bread sliced lengthwise, piled high with (usually) roast beef, sprinkled with garden peas, and the whole thing covered by a ladle-full of beef gravy. If the La Boheme restaurant is still there (I was there in '88 for the WorldCon, so it could be long gone) that is a great place to try one. Don't expect to be hungry for the rest of the day.

I second the WW2 Museum idea. It is (or was, before Katrina) housed in the factory where many of the D-Day landing boats were built (IIRC). Also, ride the trolley if you get the chance.
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There's a bit more that differentiates Creole from Cajun, but truth be told, both are so damn good, I quit caring which was which and just ate everything.

Best Cajun I had was at:
Mulate's Restaurant
201 Julia St.
504-522-1492

Best Creole (pricey, busy and filled with tourists...make a reservation):
Arnaud's
813 Bienville St. (Bourbon St.)
504-523-5433

Best Seafood and Crawfish Boils:
Big Fisherman Seafood
3301 Magazine Street
504-897-9907

Fave Jazz joint:
Snug Harbor
626 Frenchmen St.
504-949-0696

I'd also note that venturing away from the French Quarter at night is definitely not recommended. During the day you can get away with it to an extent if you know where to go. The problem is, if you aren't being advised or escorted by a local, it can be a bit confusing, so it's just easier to keep to the tourist areas. Note that this doesn't mean that you're not going to enjoy yourself or have a culturally enriching experience when keeping to the Quarter. If you CAN find a local that you trust, do yourself a favor and ask them to tell you about places the locals prefer. These places are often just as good, if not better than the busy popular joints, but less crowded and often more affordable. I'd recommend some regulars, but the family I had there left the area after failing to secure funding to repair their Katrina-damaged homes.

For an idea of the differences between Cajun and Creole:
http://southernfood.about.com/od/cajuncuisine/a/Creole-And-C...
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I don't know how to tell you this, but your Amy looks disturbingly like Wesley Crusher...
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jeffreyac wrote:
I don't know how to tell you this, but your Amy looks disturbingly like Wesley Crusher...


You say this likes it's a bad thing.
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jeffreyac wrote:
I don't know how to tell you this, but your Amy looks disturbingly like Wesley Crusher...


Really? I would say Riker at this point. laugh
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Renwmn wrote:
jeffreyac wrote:
I don't know how to tell you this, but your Amy looks disturbingly like Wesley Crusher...


Really? I would say Ricker at this point. laugh
heh, if I was to describe my body type I'd say "late season Frakes."
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If you find yourself walking down the street and a guy holding a mostly empty bottle of alcohol passes you, turns around, and tells you to quit following him and that he's got a gun, I highly recommend you duck into the closest shop, no matter what it is. If the shopkeeper is worth his salt, he'll go out and sweep his front step. You should probably buy something from the guy before you leave, and be thankful that you've stepped into a small grocery.

Just sayin'. It could happen. Even in the tourist trap areas.

Also, I highly recommend Café du Monde for cafe' au laits and beignets. It's tradition that you blow some of the powdered sugar off your beignet onto your friends.

Edit: We were always -- always -- sure to be out of there before dark.

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The basics have been covered. I will only add my recommendation to go see the Fabergé eggs at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
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