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Head down south to Louisiana where you’ll find some of the finest foods and spirits around. From Jambalaya to Gumbo and all the dishes that make Louisiana unique. You can’t forget about the spirits in the area, either.
Savor the flavor of the café’s famed Muffuletta, a popular sandwich brought over by Italian immigrants. A spicy combination of meats, olive salad, and bread (also known as Muffuletta), you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. If that’s too spicy for your taste, give the Crawfish Etoufee a try, crawfish tails served in a creole base over rice. Be sure not to leave without trying their Famous Market Bloody Mary, too. You won’t be able to resist the sweet aromas from their homemade bread pudding served with a decadent rum sauce.
Spark your excitement by hitting up a former speakeasy, Pat O’Brien’s Bar. Located on St. Peter Street, you’ll be in good company. Ask for the bar’s infamous Hurricane Cocktail, which O’Brien’s is known. It’s a 1940 concoction developed from rum due to a shortage of whiskey and scotch. Be warned, you can’t just have one.
You’ll somehow feel you’ve been to the Déjà Vu Bar & Grill before, but you may not remember when. Although, that could be from the previous night’s festivities. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it’s a favorite of locals and tourists alike. However, they don’t make the distinction between meals as you can get a hamburger at 10 AM and an omelet at 10 PM. Open 24 hours a day, this amazing venue goes all out in bringing comfort food to you. If you have a group and want some privacy, ask about renting the balcony, which wraps around the building. It has a bar on the balcony for your group’s convenience.
Shuck on down to Acme Oyster House, where you’ll find some classic New Orleans dishes. You may have to wait a bit to get in, but it will be worth the wait. Oysters aren’t the only item on the menu but are there when the mood strikes. Be sure to order up a classic Po-Boy. You can get one with clams.
If seafood is your thing, head on over to the Bourbon House. In-season, local seafood is all you will find here. The restaurant offers free bourbon tastings from its large assortment of bourbons. Try out the Frozen Bourbon Milk Punch. It’s one of the classic drinks offered at the restaurant.
Creole Menus, Piano Lounges and French Doughnuts
World-famous food and music of the French Quarter has put New Orleans on the map. At Pat O’Brien’s, a staple of the Vieux Carré, it’s encouraged to enjoy both.
This former speakeasy is now home to the famed Hurricane Bar, and is the meeting place for the Scandalous Cocktail Hour Tour.
The Hurricane cocktail was created here in the 1940s, and visitors can’t leave without trying one or two…or three.
Enjoy the mellow atmosphere of the Courtyard Restaurant – and the New Orleans Trio, allowing you to choose between Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya or Crawfish Etouffée.
Surround yourself in the ambience of the Piano Lounge, and lose yourself in the soft jazz piano for the rest of the evening. Take a little bit of New Orleans home with you by picking up a Pat O'Brien's Hurricane glass. One thing to remember – and it’s actually been the motto at Pat’s since 1933 – have fun!
The best place to go for lunch in the French Quarter is The Market Café – an ideal stop for Cajun and Creole Cuisine. Nestled across from the Mississippi River neighboring the French Market, this café is a terrace setting often accompanied by a live jazz combo.
Watch the people of the Vieux Carré walk past you as you enjoy Crawfish Etouffee, or the Muffaleeta – New Orleans’ spin on the ham and cheese sandwich. This little stop on Decatur Street has been around since 1982, serving up gumbo, jambalaya and catfish ever since.
Order their famous Bloody Mary, and sit back while the band pumps out the sounds of the French Quarter. Top off your visit with homemade bread pudding with rum sauce – you’re now ready for a day in the Quarter.
Running out of steam while trekking through the Vieux Carré? Try the Café du Monde – a famed coffee bar in the French Quarter ready to serve you 24 hours a day.
Originating in 1862, this café is perfect for a quick pit stop, or a little sobering up after a night on Bourbon Street. Fill up on tasty Beignets – square, French doughnuts sprinkled with powdered sugar – or decide upon traditional New Orleans coffee flavors. Choose Chicory blended, or a dark roast, served black or Au Lait style – meaning half hot milk. You’ll also love the option of chocolate milk and orange juice, as well as soda and iced coffee.