This past weekend was the celebration of two of my best friends – Tim & Eddie! Of course, we had to do a little something special and have been itching to make a trip to New Orleans. The question of “why not?” could not be answered, so we made it happen. We arrived into NOLA Friday night, so we naturally checked into our hotel, grabbed food at the closest Cajun restaurant , brought a bottle of liquor, and soon started our adventure to Bourbon Street. The night ended up to be quite a wild night to say the least. I just wanted to take some time to highlight some of our explorations.
The first being Harbor Seafood and Bar, which was the closest cajun restaurant by our hotel by the airport. We were starving when we made it to town and certainly glad we were! It was a little hole in the wall that was packed when we had gotten there. We started off with two dozen oysters and the swamp platter – which included fried alligator, frog legs, alligator sausage, and turtle soup. If you hadn’t tried alligator, I highly recommend it! It was so good and comparable to chicken with maybe with a slight tougher texture. The gumbo was just as delicious, but was just a tad bit too salty for my liking.
Bourbon Street, for those who has never been, is a street off of Canal that is full of bars with a variety of drinks. Try the hand grenade! It’s quite something and what the night life are known for.
Mother’s Restaurant is another cajun restaurant downtown that is famous for their ham! This was my second time and was just as happy – well, minus the killer hangover I had. Dang it, hand grenades! They serve breakfast all day as well as lunch items. The crawfish etoufee omelet has yet to disappoint.
Cafe Du Monde is widely known for their delicious beignets. It is located on the french quarter, but you can also grab some from the River Walk Outlets by Harrah’s and the Hilton. The Hilton actually has a walkway directly to it. No need to go outside in the cold! It’s also my little secret because the lines are shorter. My personal favorite is their frozen coffee. I get it every time I go to NOLA and will continue doing so until I can no longer walk!
Frenchmen St. is a few blocks away from Canal St. The scene is where most locals go and has a Jazz Vibe. You can listen to several live local jazz clubs with in a few blocks! It was definitely a more relaxed scene compared to crazy Bourbon. There was also a cute little market where you can purchase local works. You can see it from the pictures above that I have taken! A local has also recommended grabbing a Monsoon drink there! She said it would knock you off your feet. Added it to my to-do list for next time.
Luke Restaurant is a nearby restaurant off of St. Charles. The place is pretty swanky with delicious shrimp and grits. They also proudly boasts about their award winning burger, which I have to say was pretty darn good. It had quite a smokey taste that I enjoyed. They also have 70 cent oysters during happy hour! We ordered 6 dozens, so I’m pretty sure that we approved.
Harrah’s Casino, do I need to say anything else? Have to do a little gambling! Acme Oysters also now has a location in the casino, but has a limited menu!
I have been to New Orleans with my dearest of friends countless times and must say that I have never been disappointed. It is one of my favorite places to take a road trip and bond with friends! Silliness and endless laugher always ensues. You feel the character of the city immediately and many of the people are just some of the nicest people will you will ever meet. If you have never been, I highly recommend it. Let me know how it goes and give me any recommendations if you come across something special! Thanks! :)
New location in Harrah’s!
At a Jazz Club.
Details on Frechmen St.
Details on Frechmen St.
Cutest street vendor set.up!
Avoiding the cold with friends.
Best frozen coffee ever!
Oysters. Enough said.
First eatery by hotel!