New Orleans

Founded 1718 // The Mississippi River // French Quarter // Bourbon Street // St. Louis Cathedral // Louisiana Superdome…

48 Hours in New Orleans by Anastasia Mills Healy

One day leisurely eat and drink your way through the French Quarter, and the next spend Uptown, seeing the graceful architecture of the Garden District, riding the streetcar, and dining in two classic yet wildly different restaurants.

Day 1 - Saturday

Wake up in the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  Ask for a Bourbon Street balcony if you want to watch the parade of people below; courtyard/pool rooms suit those who prefer a more tranquil stay. Some have an in-room hot tub. I’m just saying…

Wander towards the river and grab an outdoor table at Café du Monde for café au lait, beignets, and people-watching.

Walk down Chartres (pronounced char-TERS) to Esplanade and up Royal Street, stopping to browse for antiques, art, secondhand clothes, Mardi Gras masks, etc.; and to admire the wrought-iron balconies and glimpses of courtyards and daily life in the most atmospheric neighborhood in America.

Enter Felix’s at Iberville and take a seat the the raw bar. Talk to the shuckers as they serve you a dozen oysters (yes, they are still safe) and an ice cold Dixie beer.

If the weather is good, follow a different route back to Decatur through St. Louis Square, grab a muffuletta at Central Grocery (923 Decatur Street) and eat it on the promenade of Woldenberg Park overlooking the Mississippi. If outdoor dining is not in the cards, have the gumbo and jambalaya at the Gumbo Shop.

Walk through the Voodoo Museum. When in New Orleans…

Sit in the front room at the Napoleon House and soak in the atmosphere while sipping the beverage of your choice.

Take a seat in the courtyard at Pat O’Brien’s and have a Hurricane.

If you’re feeling like a fancy Creole dinner, eat at Galatoire’s. If you are always on the hunt for a great burger, walk to Port of Call.  Whether or not you eat at the latter, stop in for a Monsoon (lighter in color and less sweet than a Hurricane).

Cross Esplanade to Frenchmen Street and check out the music scene at various bars and clubs. Beer lovers will want to stop into dba.

Walk slowly up Bourbon Street (remember that go cups are legal!), amusing yourself at the T-shirt slogans, colorful people, and music wafting out of open doors.

Finish the evening/morning with the late set at Preservation Hall.

Day 2 - Sunday

Wake up late and head to Brennan’s for brunch.

Take the streetcar Uptown for a walking tour of the Garden District.

Continue Uptown on the streetcar. Get off at Riverbend for a chili-cheese omelette and pecan pie (the best on the planet) at Camellia Grill.

Take the streetcar back to the Quarter. Rest and change for dinner.

Take a cab (United: 504-522-9771) to Commander’s Palace for dinner. Request a window table in the Garden Room and order the trio of soups, veal chop Tchoupitoulas, and bread pudding souffle. You’ll be near Tipitina’s so see who’s playing ahead of time. Either take a cab there or back to the Quarter.

Have a nightcap at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop.

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