If you go . . .
There is no possible way to list all of the places you should see, restaurants you should sample, or historic sites you should visit in New Orleans. But, in the interest of public service, here are a few quick suggestions. This is by no means a complete list, just a few highly subjective favorites.
Where to stay
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery
This 1854 warehouse had been
given a new life as a hotel in the Warehouse District of the city. Rooms are spacious and modern, there is local art in the lobby, along with a vibrant restaurant. It’s only three blocks from the French
Quarter, but it also gives you an
excuse to stay and explore all that the Warehouse District has to offer. Rooms start at $137.
535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-527-5271; old77hotel.com.
Where to drink
Beach Bum Berry’s Latitude 29
This is by far the riskiest, and most controversial suggestion I’ve ever made. Latitude 29 is not known for its Sazeracs or hurricane cocktails. It’s a tiki bar. Go ahead and scoff, but the tiki bar concept was invented by a New Orleans native known as Don the Beachcomber in 1934. This is paying homage to an often overlooked part of NOLA culture. Jeff Berry has lovingly researched and unearthed rare tiki cocktails that are mixed to perfection. The menu offers innovative twists on Polynesian fare.
321 N. Peters St., 504-609-3811; latitude29nola.com
Where to eat
Narrowing down where to eat in New Orleans is like trying to pick Madonna’s best song. Impossible. So I’m picking a place that’s consistently magical. An evening at the Bacchanal Wine feels like a semi-legal backyard party, complete with mismatched lawn furniture. The food is just as eclectic. Try the Vietnamese-style whole fish, crispy pork shoulder, or some smoked eggplant and squash fettuccine with buttery breadcrumbs. Top it with live music and you have a sensational night.
600 Poland Ave., 504-948-9111; www.bacchanalwine.com.
Where to go
The National WWII Museum
The massive museum (which is
still growing) offers a near-complete
education for those who want to learn about Tom Brokaw’s favorite generation. Plan to spend at least two hours, and make sure you
experience the 4-D film “Beyond
945 Magazine St., 504-528-1944; www.nationalww2museum.org