Post # 1
I heard on Twitter that many of the lovely Bees were in New Orleans last week. My fiance and I are honeymooning there the second weekend in May. Are there any restaurants/activities/cafes/etc. that you recommend? I’ve read a couple of websites, but we still feel like we don’t have a good idea of the “must go” places. Neither of us have been there before. We are staying in the French Quarter.
Thanks so much!!!
Post # 3
Definitely visit chowhound for restaurant recommendations. But if you don’t visit any other restaurant go to Cafe Du Monde for their beignets. I would definitely just walk around the French Quarter and visit the market down there. Take a ride on the streetcar at least once. The Mardi Gras museum is one of the places I want to visit but I don’t think that I will have enough time when I come down there.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
For food… definitely visit John Besh’s restaurants at any chance that you get! You can easily make reservations using OpenTable.com 🙂
And Drago’s charbroiled oysters are to die for! Seriously…
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
as @lemon: said, I second Drago’s charbroiled oysters! I had very low expectations because I am not a fan of cooked oysters (or so I thought) and only eat them raw…but they really BLEW my mind! So yummy 🙂
And like @vttp926: mentioned, can’t pass up Cafe du Monde! Try the frozen Cafe au Lait if it’s warm out!
Other than that, bring sunblock, and just cruising the french quarter is very fun. Great people watching!
Post # 7
We just got back from New Orleans on Wednesday. Was my first trip. It’s definitely not a fancy place but if you love people watching, strong drinks, and food, it’s totally for you.
My favorite things were an amazing group of young jazz players. I’m not a jazz person and they knocked my socks off.
LOVED Cafe Du Monde. Very me. Delicious!
Post # 8
Oh, wasn’t very impressed with Mardi Gras museum.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
In addition to “seconding” the previous suggestions, I’d have to say that for an authentic New Orleans treat, you must get a snowball! It’s the Big Easy’s take on snow cones, but SO much better. :o)
If you have a sweet tooth, pralines should also be on your must-taste list. I can vouch for the ones from Southern Candymakers and Aunt Sally’s. Mmm… so good!
There’s a lovely courtyard at Pat O’Brien’s (home of the original “Hurricane”). Finding a couple of seats there may take a little while, but it’s a nice place to give your feet a rest and sip a cold (albeit potent!) drink.
Speaking of feet, you’ll want to pack comfortable shoes for walking around.
I wish you the best on your wedding day and hope that you have a wonderful time in NOLA!
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I would not stay in the French Quarter if you can help it.. It’s very fratty. It’s fun for the night activities, some of the food, and looking at antiques, but the garden district is SO MUCH NICER. Gorgeous houses, pretty landscapes, just overall a really nice area to stroll through. The streetcars can ferry you between that area and the quarter.
But, if you are looking to be in the thick of all of the nightlife, then yes, French Quarter works!
Post # 11
We stayed at St. Pierre. Was nothing special but it was quaint and no parties around. Only a two block walk to the French Quarter.
Post # 12
Definitely Southern Candymaker’s. I love their candied pecans.
My last visit there, I had lunch at MiLa and the butternut squash soup & rice pudding were wonderful. I don’t even like rice pudding! Nice service. I was’t crazy about the ravioli I had–it wasn’t bad, but nothing special.
Palace Cafe is always nice as is Nola.
Post # 13
I LOVE NOLA. I spent this past Christmas volunteering there and i fell in love. I stayed in the business district at La Pavillion, which was a 10 minute walk to the FQ and closer to the garden district. Amazing. I went for so many amazing meals but here are my top two
1) Mothers www.mothersrestaurant.net really fun and tasty (good for lunch)
2) Cochon. http://www.cochonrestaurant.com The best dinner ever!
I actually really recommend YELP.com. Check all their local foodie reviews.
I really want to go back! Take me with youuuuuuuuu.
Post # 14
@Mollytov: Ditto on Mother’s (love it for breakfast, especially the black ham, it’s not pretty but it tastes damn good) and Cochon. I’m going to have to check out Cochon Butcher next time I’m down there.
I also really like Herbsaint, which is a fancier place from the same folks as Cochon.
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
I third @lemon: and @penguin:‘s sentiments about the char broiled oysters at Dragos. Ridonkulous! So good.
If you go to Cafe Du Monde, take note of (and heed) the sign that says “Please seat yourself.” There will be a line of tourists that don’t know any better and wait patiently on a made-up line. One of them may even scold you for seating yourself (true story). But don’t fret – seat yourself, order some begniets and a frozen cafe au lait and your’e golden 🙂
Post # 16
There is also a second Cafe du Monde at the Canal Mall. No lines, no stress, (no atmosphere) but the same tasty tasty beignets!