Headed to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Don’t head for all the tourist traps. Take it from a local.
These are the realmust eat and drink hotspots in the Big Easy.
What To Eat
Everyone talks about Commanders Palace and Mothers. Bleh.
If you want a super touristy, fancy dinner, go to Commanders Palace. But stay away from Mothers.
I’m not sure why so many people recommend it. It’s soul food, cafeteria-style. Avoid it.
Here are a few places we couldnt get enough of, which locals rave about as well 😛 TAGEND
Startwith the artichoke hearts.
Don’t feel bad when the waitress laughters as you order the giant seafood platter at Deanies for only two people. You will soon know why.
This tower of fried seafood arrives at the table looks a lot like a personal challenge from Poseidon.
The platters menagerie of sea creatures are fried in a flavorful combining of yellow flour, buttermilk and seasonings.
Go for it.
We cant say enough good things about it.
Its gumbo is off the chain( thats still a saying, right ?), and has chicken, sausage, okra and pure yummy-ness.
If you are lucky, the restaurant might have some Doberge cake. It’s delicious.
Get it, and forget the monarch cake.
This is the feeds cafe. The owneds have a full restaurant close by calledCafe Amelie, but you might wishes to make reservations. It gets packed.
Italian food in New Orleans?
Our good friend, Danielle–who is a NOLA girl herself — indicated this place. She was right.
Chef Nicolas outperformed himself. Orderthe veal. It istender, and the sauce is drool-worthy.
Not feeling the veal?
Everything isbeyond delicious, including the cheesecake dessert.
Make sure you call or use OpenTable to make a reservation.
If you dont order the jumbo glob crab cake, you are losing in life.
Dont like crab cakes? Order it anyway.
It has to be 99.99 percentage crab, which is hard to find.
Usually crab cakes are 50 percent crab( if you are lucky ).
The satsuma-glazed yellowfin tunawill also knock your socks off.
It originallyopened in 1946, and lately emerged from an extensive renovation that was spared no expenditure by new co-owners, Terry Whiteand Ralph Brennan.
It boasts eight glamorous dining rooms, each immersed in New Orleans architecture and ambiance.
Order the New Orleans barbecue lobster appetizer. It’s attained with creole spiced butter, lemon confit and thyme, and comes with a toasted baguette. Hell yes.
The star of yournight will be the main course. Order the sweet potato pappardelle.
The pasta is cooked perfectly al dente. Theroasted Mississippi shiitake, sheeps milk cheese, garlic confit and brown butter sauce will attain youwant to lick the plate clean.
See that line forming on the street, blocking the sidewalk? Yup, thats for Acme.
Prepare to wait. Its worth it. We promise.
Get the chargrilled oysters and a pound or two of crawfish.
What trip to New Orleans is complete without a delicious po boy?
Parkway is the best. It doesnt skimp on the oysters, shrimp or whatever you decide to stuff your bread with.
Our favorite? The surf and turf topped with gumbo.
Every local we asked sent us to the same place.
It’s a bit out of the French Quarter, but weUbered it and gotthere in about 10 minutes.
What To Drink
The oldest bar in America sits on the corner of Bourbon Street andSt. Phillip.
Everyone believes of Pat OBriens for hurricanes, but should be talking about Blacksmith.
It’s been known for the the original hurricane since 1722.
It’s not made of powder mix. It’s simply a delicious mix of fruit juice and liquor.
Try the voodoo daiquiri if hurricanes arent your thing.
This is the home of the famous hand grenade. Whats in it?
Something made of melon and seven or nine kinds of alcohol, depending on who you ask.
Just because its green or comes in a funky green beaker, that doesnt entail its a realhand grenade.
Hand grenadedrinks are only sold atTropical Isle and the Funky Pirate.
Watch out because these fruity drinks will sneak up on you.
3. Avenue Pub
Looking for a great craft beer bar? This placeis open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
It has3 1 rotating taps on itstap listand nine constant favourites. It always has some great bottles in stock for on-site consumption too.
Looking for some rare brew not sold in your area? Steins has got you covered.
We picked up some awesome local beer at a little over$ 1 a piece.
Make sure you stop next door at District Donuts for some incredible cold brewed coffee, fancy donuts and sliders.
5. NOLA Brewing
NOLA Brewing is a local brewery in the heart of the town. It is building big noise in the Big Easy.
Some of the many options available to you include sours, IPAs, stouts and BBQ.
NOLA Brewing hasnow incorporated a secondfloor deck that oversees the Mississippi River. It has a second bar that sells canned beers.