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#11 Inimicus

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:49 PM

Great food thats not the tourists traps (but you'll need a reservation):
Iris - its in the quarter on St Peter. (My best friend is a chef here. If you go let me know and Ill tell him to hook you up)
Lilette - In the Garden District on Magazine.
Cochon - On Tchoupitoulas

Any of those will be damned fine food. If you'll remind me when you get closer to your trip Ill ping my buddy and see whats new and hot on the restaurant scene.

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Avenue Pub - Garden Dist on St Charles - Best draught in town bar none. 40+ taps about half of which can be nitrous instead of CO2 for better beer flavor.

Drink with locals
Markey's on Louisa St. Nothing fancy, just a great local bar.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:51 PM

June in New Orleans.

wear flannel or you will freeze to death

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:52 PM

Oh and you gotta go to the Boondock Saints bar. Pretty cool...just a little hole in the wall off Bourbon St


I saw a girl holding a beer bottle between her asscheeks outside one of the strip clubs ....that was interesting

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:55 PM

I've been to New Orleans a couple of times and have always had a pretty good time, but I'm not a panther fan with the same level of hatred towards the taints....especially since everyone's last memory of Seahawks vs Saints is Marshawn Lynch throwing the entire defense into the shitter, grabbing his balls has he flies over the endzone line and sending the super bowl champs home packing....awww...good times. but I digress!!!

Bourbon Street can certainly be a visual tour all in itself. Between the beads and boobs, you are pretty much guaranteed to run the whole gamit on what you will see and experience, no doubt there. Lots of booze to be had, everywhere and fairly cheap. Something you'd never get away with where I live that I thought was pretty cool is how you can walk into one bar and buy a drink, then walk out and walk down the street and into another bar with that same drink and nobody cares, in fact, it's encouraged. You'd never get away with doing that in my parts!!

Don't let the rainbow flags and the gay section scare you. I was with a couple locals the last time I was there and we had just as much fun in the bars at that end of the strip as anywhere, and they typically have less tourists too. Don't leave Bourbon Street at night and walk anymore than a single block away from the river side of town. Towards the river is ok, but never the other way!!!

If you have time and a vehicle, during the day only...drive down I believe it's St. Charles Ave??? It's where Loyola and Tulane are. Drive all the way to the end and look at all the huge fricken plantation type homes and the money! When you get to the end, there's a T intersection...take a right and then your next right again and drive back up that way. The difference you see in one single block is mind blowing. This is not recommended during the night time!!!!!

that's all I got....get drunk, throw beads, have fun. Don't get caught pissing in public places!!!!!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:10 PM

that's all I got....get drunk, throw beads, have fun. Don't get caught pissing in public places!!!!!



The cops in NOLA do NOT have a sense of humor and will give you zero breaks. Especially in the quarter after about 7pm. Have a great time, get sloppy drunk, but dont start a fight and dont piss anywhere but in a bathroom.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:39 PM

100%!!! a friend of mine went years ago. Showed up on Thursday afternoon and went straight to Bourbon Street. He said about 9pm he was taking a piss in a back alley and got caught and arrested. Was let out of lock up Sunday night!!! Needless to say, he did not have a very good weekend!!! We still call him Snowball...a name he said he received in jail that weekend!!!

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:48 PM

Just got back from there in Feb and heading back for Memorial Day. New Orleans is what I think Charleston would look like after a zombie apocalypse or something similar. It's a bigger, older, dirtier and (for the most part) less pretentious Charleston. The vibe is good because most people are purposefully there to have a good time.

For music, which is most of what I enjoy about New Orleans, I recommend Maison and the Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street, but they're all pretty good. Basically walk down Decatur with the river on your right, and you'll run into Frenchman Street. From there, just pick a club with music you like and go inside. There's usually no cover for these places, so the bands will often pass around a hat or bucket for tips, but it's very low pressure and most people are happy to drop a few bucks in.

LaFitte's Blacksmith Shop - cool bar, supposedly the oldest one in the US. It was right on the way from our house to Bourbon Street, so we stopped there a few times.

Pat O'Brien's - sit in the courtyard and have a couple of Hurricanes. It's touristy, but one of those things that's fun to do. Get the to-go cups instead of the glasses, they charge you a $3 deposit on the glasses, but rarely mention that up front. You can turn them back in for cash at the bar. If you guys are single, the courtyard is usually a place where you can run into groups of roaming bachelorette parties partially separated from the craziness of Bourbon Street for a few mins.

Cafe Du Monde - If you don't want to wait for a table, they have a to-go window at the back with all of the basics like Cafe Au Lait, chicory coffee and beignets. The window only accepts cash. Pretty good hangover food, I guess...caffeine and bland, fried dough with literally pounds of powdered sugar.

Also try Community House coffee, they're local and have a few shops throughout the quarter.

If you're a big foody, ALL of the restaurants Inimicus mentioned are top of the line. A couple of local chefs I've met spoke highly of all of those. Chefs in New Orleans tend to be bitchy and trash each other easily, so it says something when a chef will recommend someone else's restaurant. Avoid any restaurant where they have someone outside trying to get you to come inside. If the food is really good, there won't be any need for that.

Acme Oyster House - A local no-frills chain which should be good for a group of guys looking for big portions. Also good are the muffalettas at Central Grocery. Another touristy, but good place to get a sandwich.

Coop's Place is this disgusting dive restaurant on Decatur, that has some great food if you've got the courage. The line is always out the door. I recommend the gumbo and fried chicken at Coop's. The other stuff I've had there was hit or miss and sometimes cold. They cook out in the open in the alleyway. It's really something to see, even if you decide you won't eat there. There's a little bar right next door, but I can't remember the name. The bartenders there were legit, at least the night I was there, and can whip up some pretty interesting drinks. Order a Sazerac at a nice bar.

Outside of the Quarter: For really awesome fried chicken try Willie Mae's Scotch House. Also, Mother's has amazing Po Boys and Debris Sandwiches, and are worth the trip if you have the time. With the advent of the Food Network, all of these places have tipped toward the touristy side, but they're still great places to eat.

And when it's late at night, and these places are closed, just look for the Lucky Dog hotdog carts. Will taste delicious when you're drunk, but don't try one sober, it will never compare.

Avoid deserted streets and walking alone. Also avoid venturing more than a few blocks outside of the French Quarter on foot. Some of the more distant restaurants/venues that are worth a visit require going through some pretty rough neighborhoods, so you don't want to walk. Take a cab or the trolley.

Hope you guys have fun. It's a dirty, smelly city, that's home to a division rival, but it's definitely fun in small doses. In two or three days, you'll be ready to leave.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 02:49 PM

100%!!! a friend of mine went years ago. Showed up on Thursday afternoon and went straight to Bourbon Street. He said about 9pm he was taking a piss in a back alley and got caught and arrested. Was let out of lock up Sunday night!!! Needless to say, he did not have a very good weekend!!! We still call him Snowball...a name he said he received in jail that weekend!!!


Wow that is terrible. I wonder if he was mouthing off or something.

I'll pass along the advice about taking a leak in public. I'm actually glad to hear the cops are strict about people starting fights and such. No one i'm going with is the type to start a fight so we should be good there.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:09 PM

I will concur with boo about the hurricanes at Pat O's. I went there at noon one time after a sales call for a drink and ended up on this stage with two old ladies playing dueling pianos and I don't sing or play piano. Those things will hit you hard cause they taste so damn good.

Also, Mulates had a pretty good Po boy with some live Cajun music.

But as I said, I loathe the Saints and Saint fans so that ruins the entire city for me.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 04:49 PM

Yeah they freakin love their team. That's one thing I'll give them, trashy people everywhere and they're all wearing Saints gear. I'm sure that came about after the Super Bowl but I was impressed.

The best part about when we were there was the one thing we have in common with them...we all hate ATL fans.

So the whole time we watched the ATL/SF game the people who worked thre were starting the fug you falcons fans chants

Art they lost we were hammered out on Bourbon and talking poo to every ATL fan we saw....no one cared...some of the cops even joined in with the heckling


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