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      #1709304 - 09/29/16 08:14 AM (70.193.219.166)

We would love to visit New Orleans. Never been and basically don't know anything about the city. We have ZERO desire to go for Mardi Gras, or any other time when the city is slammed with people, and have zero desire to sweat to death there. We can stay here in Florida and do that perfectly well. So, suggestions for when to go and things to see and do. And dining recommendations! With regard to the latter, classic NO type dining. Thanks for any help.

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Re: New Orleans [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1709334 - 09/29/16 12:35 PM (216.230.127.4)

There is something happening in New Orleans all the time, so your best bet is to avoid the biggest holiday/festival times. Those would include the end of Carnival, French Quarter Festival, Jazz Fest, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, etc. The nicest times -- outside of those -- are March through early May, and late September through early November.

In terms of traditional NOLA dining, brunch at Commander's Palace is a must (much better than Brennan's, IMHO, and the Court of Two Sisters is not on my list of recommendations). The classic trio of Arnaud's, Antoine's and Galatoire's will check the box as well. Cochon is a must for Cajun, and John Besh's flagship, August, is special occasion splurge (though they offer a bargain lunch some days). But the NOLA dining scene is ever-evolving, and puts new spins on old-style dining; it's worth getting out of the French Quarter. The NO forum on Chowhound.com is a tremendous resource. My personal favorite restaurant is Coquette, in the Garden District.

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Re: New Orleans [Re: Eva]
      #1709335 - 09/29/16 12:43 PM (47.192.4.13)

OK, thanks! I was hoping you would chip in. I guess I don't mind SOMETHING going on, but the pictures of the crowds at Mardi Gras just turn me off! Thinking now maybe April or beginning of October. Can't go this October though, as already have something planned on the beach here in Florida. Anything specific going in April or October?

Thanks for the dining info. Will have to do some serious research on that.


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Re: New Orleans [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1709337 - 09/29/16 01:05 PM (216.230.127.4)

Last weekend of April and first weekend of May are Jazz Fest. I can't think of anything major in October other than Halloween (which is nothing like, say, Fantasy Fest in Key West), but there's bound to be a football game that draws people to town -- though, again, nothing on the scale of Mardi Gras or the Super Bowl. (I'm going next weekend myself, so I hope there's nothing major going on!)

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Re: New Orleans [Re: Eva]
      #1709339 - 09/29/16 02:34 PM (47.192.4.13)

OK, thanks for the info! Would appreciate hearing about your trip upon your return..

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Re: New Orleans [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1709374 - 09/29/16 09:06 PM (68.52.42.38)

Haven't been in years but way back when the advise about getting out of the Quarter is right. There are some classic places in the quarter but you get the tourist treatment in most. Bourbon street is gross after 9:00 and during the day most bars are hit or miss. The area around Harrahs casino has grown up and is more of a grown up place to be. I forget the name of the alley there but the Manning's own a sports bar and there is a brewery.

Edited by TravelHat (09/29/16 09:08 PM)


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Re: New Orleans [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1709382 - 09/29/16 11:40 PM (72.177.84.7)

Glad you made this post - we have never been to New Orleans and are going for the first time over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend in January. We will be watching this post for restaurant/bar recommendations.

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Re: New Orleans [Re: BerneandGary]
      #1709390 - 09/30/16 08:12 AM (70.193.212.185)

OK, hopefully there will be lots of info posted here! And hope you guys can also post a note upon your return. Where are you staying?

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Re: New Orleans [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1709499 - 10/01/16 12:15 AM (72.177.84.7)

Bourbon Orleans - we are attending Pardi Gras, which is a Parrot Head function & this is the host hotel.

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Re: New Orleans [Re: BerneandGary]
      #1709507 - 10/01/16 08:21 AM (70.193.246.112)

Ok, sounds like a fun time! Enjoy!

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