The only way to describe New Orleans is to think of her as a beautiful woman.
A woman that has that look in her eyes.
She’s a a little shy at first… but the devil definitely knows where she lives
She’s beautiful, charismatic, a talented musician and a little older than I. And cook? Man can she cook.
One of her best meals would have to be at Aldofo’s on Frenchmen St. It’s this tiny little place, hard to find (above some dive bar just down from the spotted cat). You’ll have to wait anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half to get a table – but its worth it. Not too pricey either – and they stock Chianti.
After dinner she likes to sing a little, shake that butt of hers and get a little funky. Some of the nastiest funk you ever did hear.
Before we get onto the kick ass guide of DOs and DONTs in New Orleans, here are a couple of pictures (shot + edited on the iPhone).
- Krewe De Brewe for Coffee (semi decent + free wifi and cheap snacks)
- Sazerac at the carosul bar
- Head to the Garden District
- Crawfish Boil (if you can get a local to take you out to Perino’s – amazing!)
- Jacques Imo’s
- The Maple Leaf
- Cafe Negril
- Jazz fest (if you time the year right)
WWOZ Gig guide (All the most that’s playing every night of the week)
- Walk by yourself at night off the main streets (even a short walk isn’t really worth it)
- Carry a bunch of cash on you at night
- Be one of those horrible tourists being a giant turd on Bourbon Street.
- Wear Mardi Gras beads when it’s not Mardi Gras
Some stand out joints for funk: The Maple Leaf, D.B.A, BMC pretty much any night of the week. There is a new street popping up with a handful of good bars with anything from jazz, to hip-hop and punk. It’s not far from the Treme (or maybe it’s even in the Treme) but I’ve forgotten the name of the street and didn’t actually get to go. However, I have it on very good information that it’s badass. Ask a proper local and I’m sure you’ll find it.
How do you work out if someone is a local I hear you ask? They say things like:
“Where yat?” (How are you?)
“Yeah you’re right” (Good)
“Making groceries” (Grocery shopping)
Or they call you Baby.
Bar Tender: “What can I get you, Baby?”
Aussie: “A G&T please”
Bar Tender: *blank stare* *blink* *blank stare*
Aussie: “A Gin & Tonic”
Bar Tender: Coming right up, Baby.
I’ve probably missed a bunch of things, hit me up in the comments if you’re got a wicked place to share!