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One Night In New Orleans...What To Do?  
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

I'll be heading over there next week for a school conference, and Saturday night is free. I'll be staying near the French Quarter (Doubletree Hotel for those that know where that is).

I know nothing of New Orleans, so any recommendations?

Also, any good (preferably cheap) restaurant recommendations in the area (since there are lunch and dinner breaks on the other days)?

-Mir


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User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24932 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

One Night In New Orleans...What To Do?


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User currently offlineCaptLockheed From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5341 times:

MY experiances were from before the flood tho'..

Get out of the French Quarter ASAP.. Unless you idea of fun is to be surrounded by drunk morons...

We enjoyed a trip to the Garden District.


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5339 times:
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User currently offlineSpeedbird747BA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5332 times:

Preservation Hall for some good music, but thats only an hour. Go to Cafe Dumond (spelling?) for some beignets, excellent, and then go to Bourbon Street!!

Cheers,
Kyle


User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5325 times:

Preservation Hall is a great place to hear some old school jazz in a no frills setting. Strolling down Bourbon Street is a must...it's not as bad as it was before in terms of crowds and craziness, but it's still quite the, um, visual experience. Have dinner at the "Gumbo Shop". Have coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. Catch a ride on the Riverfront Streetcar down to the French Market...it's the oldest outdoor market in the U.S. Take the free Canal Street ferry across the river (it leaves just down the street from your hotel) for a great view of the city.

User currently offlineAirTran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3704 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5316 times:
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Quoting Mir (Thread starter):
I know nothing of New Orleans, so any recommendations?

Try not to get shot. 17 murders in one month, the Big Sleezy is returning to its old self.



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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5312 times:

Quoting AirTran737 (Reply 6):
Try not to get shot. 17 murders in one month, the Big Sleezy is returning to its old self.

You must work for CNN or something AirTran737.

Mir...you'll feel safe in New Orleans. Just use common sense as you would in any large city. I'm downtown a few times a week late at night and I've never had a problem. Enjoy yourself. Llisten to some good music, eat some good food, and take in the ambiance. You'll have fun most likely.


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4277 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5308 times:

Quoting CaptLockheed (Reply 2):
We enjoyed a trip to the Garden District.

We were there in January and stayed in the Garden District. First night we walked up St. Charles to the Quarter to experience it for the first time in a long time. Not as many people, but still rowdy as all get out.

If you don't mind traveling to the Garden District, Frankie and Johnnie's serves some damn good food! Gravy cheese fries and other not at all healthy but absolutely delicious items. Also had po' boys at Domilsie's, something that cannot be missed! Both of those are south of Magazine Street, near Tchoupitoulas Street (Tchoups). F&J's is on Arabella and Domilisie's is at the corner of Annunciation and Bellecastle, I think. There is also an excellent French bakery named La Boulangerie located on Magazine Street just past Napoleon Street. Nirvana is an Indian food restaurant on Magazine that is also really good.

Can't help out much with the Quarter, unfortunately, except to urge you to get some beignets from Cafe du Monde! Have fun down there!

Texan



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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12242 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5292 times:
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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5286 times:

Mir: if you're going to be at MSY any time between 9am-5pm during the week, I'll give you the official MSY ramp tour.....they've been quite popular here recently...

Also, Mardi Gras parades begin in earnest on Friday, February 9 and run each niht except the 12th and 13th all the way through Fat Tuesday, which is Feb 20th.

http://www.nola.com/mardigras/parades/daycal.ssf

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User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5282 times:

Quoting Mir (Thread starter):
Also, any good (preferably cheap) restaurant recommendations in the area (since there are lunch and dinner breaks on the other days)?

You almost can't go wrong with restaurants in NOLA's. One of the best meals I've ever had in my life was in a hole in the wall restaurant one block off of Bourbon Street and cost like $19.00 for two. The guy on the street literally grabbed my arm while I was walking by and told me that if I didn't like the meal, there'd be no charge. With an offer like that who could refuse.

Stay away from the really popular places. Emeril's places are just too commercial (at least they were before Katrina). If you want to drop some cash, go to Commander's Palace (I believe that's where Emeril started off) for an amazing meal. It's in the Garden district.

Though NOLA is a hole even in the best of times, it needs to be experienced. So if it's your first time, go to Burbon Street and soak it in. End the night at Cafe Dumond because everyone will ask you if you went.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 8):
Frankie and Johnnie's

catfish...  drool 

Quoting Texan (Reply 8):
here is also an excellent French bakery named La Boulangerie located on Magazine Street just past Napoleon Street.

baguette  drool 

Quoting Texan (Reply 8):
Nirvana is an Indian food restaurant on Magazine that is also really good.

laaamb  drool 

Quoting Tom in NO (Reply 10):
Mir: if you're going to be at MSY any time between 9am-5pm during the week, I'll give you the official MSY ramp tour.....they've been quite popular here recently...

Mmmhm



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User currently offlineTransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5245 times:

Being someone not familiar with the New Orleans area, I wouldn't venture far from the hotel, considering the current crime rates.. Not trying to harp on N.O., but lets be honest. It's not the safest place in the world to be. This coming from someone who lives in the "most dangerous city in the U.S"...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16490563/


"The killers are growing more brazen, striking in broad daylight and using assault rifles, even with police just 30 yards away. And witnesses refuse to talk.

"We have a culture, a certain population in this city with an intent on committing violent crime," says Assistant Superintendent of Police Steven Nicholas. "They feel no repercussion, they have no fear of police."..."

New Orleans' murder rate is 30 percent higher than any other city in the country.

[Edited 2007-02-02 04:06:56]

User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5235 times:

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 13):
Being someone not familiar with the New Orleans area

Then dont comment  sarcastic 

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 13):
This coming from someone who lives in the "most dangerous city in the U.S"...

This also coming from someone who knows jack shit about new Orleans. ie, you.

Look. Yes its not the safest places. But its not as if there are gun battles on every corner. You just stay in the "safe" parts of town and dont go to where the trouble is. I spent a week in NOLA the first week of Jan and never felt unsafe. We worked in the lower ninth ward for 3 days and I not once felt threatened. Just know your surroundings. I would return to the city in a heartbeat because it is such a great place and to piss off people like AirtTran737 and other anti-nola morons.

Also, here is an explanation on the high murder rate:

Pre Katrina all the people who are shooting each other diddnt come in contact with each other. The gangs kept to themselves for the most part. But now with people having to live closer and go to the same schools and etc they feel they have nothing better to do then shoot each other... Screwed up as that sounds... Thats how it works there.



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5229 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 5):
Have dinner at the "Gumbo Shop".

 no  no  no  no  no  no 

Here is where you go for real Nawlins cuisine.
http://www.jacquesimoscafe.com/


User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4277 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5227 times:

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 13):
Being someone not familiar with the New Orleans area, I wouldn't venture far from the hotel, considering the current crime rates.. Not trying to harp on N.O., but lets be honest. It's not the safest place in the world to be.

It is a lot like Saint Louis in that respect, though. You just avoid certain areas and use common sense, you'll be ok. The biggest problem is not with random crime but the fights between the uptown gang and the downtown gang. Because everyone was just put where they fit instead of trying to plan for these types of things, people who have hated each other and had a vicious rivalry for years are now living next door to each other. That's where the main problems come from.

Here's facts: a group of five of us, three white guys, one white woman, and an Indian walked from the Garden District to the Quarter and back at night with no problem. And you'll be fine in the Quarter and the Garden District. New Orleans is still an amazing city with tons to see, do, and eat, and the Quarter is as strange as ever  Silly

Seriously, just enjoy your time there. With one night free, I'd definitely say stay in the Quarter. But if you wanted to get away from the touristy area, check out the Garden District and the shops and places to eat on and just south of Magazine Street. By the way, Peyton, Eli, and Archie go to Domilisie's pretty frequently when they're around  Wink

Texan



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User currently offlineTransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5223 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 14):
Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 13):
Being someone not familiar with the New Orleans area

Then dont comment sarcastic

I was referring to the thread starter. I've been to New Orleans (pre-katrina).
The streets smelled of urine and trash. And in the humid heat, it was disgusting. (I'm assuming the floods might have washed away some of that smell)

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 14):
The gangs kept to themselves for the most part. But now with people having to live closer and go to the same schools and etc they feel they have nothing better to do then shoot each other... Screwed up as that sounds... Thats how it works there.

That doesn't explain all the innocent people who have been killed, who had nothing to do with gangs..


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5221 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 16):
Here's facts: a group of five of us, three white guys, one white woman, and an Indian walked from the Garden District to the Quarter and back at night with no problem. And you'll be fine in the Quarter and the Garden District. New Orleans is still an amazing city with tons to see, do, and eat, and the Quarter is as strange as ever

Man, Im glad I bought that sweatshirt....  laughing 



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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5220 times:

Halls, how could I forget about Jacquesimo's!!!!! I'm ashamed of myself!!!!

Mir, two things. One, listen to Halls120, Jacquesimos (on Oak Street) is amazing. And two, don't pay attention to these "go to new orleans and you'll get killed" people. Take it from a local...one who's LIVED here for 27 out of his 27 years...it is no different than any other big city in regards to crime. If you go wander down a dark alley alone at 3:00am, sure, you're asking for trouble. If you stay where the people are, you'll be fine, and above all that, you'll have fun.

The city will appreciate your patronage. And tell your friends that New Orleans is open for business.


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

Quoting Mir (Thread starter):
near the French Quarter (Doubletree Hotel for those that know where that is).

I hate to say it but that Doubletree is the dumpiest hotel (not just "dumpiest Hilton Family hotel"... dumpiest in general) I've stayed at in a very long time...Even Motel 6 requires their rooms be kept in better condition. The lobby looks OK, but the guest rooms are horrible and the staff couldn't care less (I was standing at the counter for 20 minutes before I was acknowledged let alone checked in...and there was no one else in the lobby). [Then again, that may just be a New Orleans thing in general -- the people at the airport Avis location were even worse. Never Avis Again.]

When I stayed there I was doing a project at Harrahs' hotel and the Doubletree is right across the street from the casino which has a small assortment of fast food joints to choose from (beware, though, they're the only casino I've ever seen that actually cares about making sure you're over 21 -- not only do they look at ID when you walk through the door, they do a forensic examination on it).

Quoting Pope (Reply 11):
You almost can't go wrong with restaurants in NOLA's. One of the best meals I've ever had in my life was in a hole in the wall restaurant one block off of Bourbon Street and cost like $19.00 for two. The guy on the street literally grabbed my arm while I was walking by and told me that if I didn't like the meal, there'd be no charge. With an offer like that who could refuse.

I guess this depends on time of day; at the aforementioned Doubletree, at about 10:00pm (when I was finished working) I asked the front desk for food reccomendations and the best they could come up with that was open was...the casino across the street. Granted, 10 at night is getting kind of late, but based on what I'd heard about NOLA I had expected at least a few "real" options.

Lincoln
(While I was less than impressed by New Orleans in general, I do have to say that the folks at the airport [Except Avis]-- especially the CO agent who helped change a reservation and get me on a flight that departed in less than 20 minutes -- were some of the best I've run into)



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User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5219 times:

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 19):
Halls, how could I forget about Jacquesimo's!!!!! I'm ashamed of myself!!!!

you are forgiven, my son.  biggrin 


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5213 times:

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 17):
And in the humid heat, it was disgusting.

Summer in the bayou will do that..  sarcastic  Cuz its funny... I was there in Jan and it was a nice comfy 60-75 every day....

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 17):
The streets smelled of urine and trash

Gee thats funny... I diddnt smell a thing. Sans fridge puke.

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 17):
That doesn't explain all the innocent people who have been killed, who had nothing to do with gangs..

Think gang members give a shit who they shoot during a drive by? Nope.



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User currently offlineTransWorldSTL From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 568 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5210 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 22):
Think gang members give a shit who they shoot during a drive by? Nope.

Oh.. Well I thought the gang members only shoot each other?

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 14):
they have nothing better to do then shoot each other

....

I'm not going to sit here and argue crime rates all night. Everyone knows N.O's crime rate is way above anywhere else in the country, and that post-Katrina, the displaced residents have helped raise crime rates in their new areas.. It's just some people like to try and deny it.


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5208 times:

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 23):
Oh.. Well I thought the gang members only shoot each oth

You must be sheltered... Hell I live in a relatively "safe" area (w.mass) but people still do this shit and they dont care who gets in the way. As long as someone falls they dont care if it was the rival gang member or the 68 year old woman.

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 23):
veryone knows N.O's crime rate is way above anywhere else in the country,

Im not saying its not. Dont put words in my mouth.

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 23):
and that post-Katrina, the displaced residents have helped raise crime rates in their new areas..

True.. and rather sad.

Quoting TransWorldSTL (Reply 23):
It's just some people like to try and deny it.

Yet some others try to paint EVERY resident that was displaced as some drug-dealing, crack smoking criminal. And these members know who they are. Which is total    bullshit. Yeah not all of NOLA's citizens are angels but not all of them are that bad. In fact I was hard pressed to find a resident that wasn't a decent person.

[Edited 2007-02-02 05:04:19]


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26 MSYtristar : No one is denying anything, dude. It's the cold hard truth that crime is a problem here...but...and I stress BUT....it's mostly drug related crime in
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