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New Orleans Fun

by Kay~Kacey on 10/11/2010

One last vacation review. New Orleans! Love that town. Well, for short visits. The food, the French Quarter, the food. :rofl: My sister and brother-in-law met us there a quick 3 day vacation.

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The weather was absolutely perfect. We stayed at the Monteleone, our favorite place to stay in New Orleans. A gorgeous boutique hotel in the French Quarter. Great customer service.  They have a fabulous rotating bar off the lobby. Very fun.  We had bragged about the bar to my sister and stopped there first thing on our way out to eat the first night. Unfortunately we had the ONLY cranky bartender we have ever had there. He didn’t wait on us forever, never talked to us. Kind of just threw our drinks down. Nice. So we left after one drink and headed out to the quarter.

As an aside, ’cause you know there is always one. The other nights we were there, the bar tenders were fantastic, fun and kept up with the crowd. Also, ask for Lucille if you eat at their breakfast buffet, she was great.

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(view out our window of the river. Such fun to watch the boats go around that bend in the river!)

As another aside, you know why the Hotel Monteleone rocks? The last time I mentioned them in a blog post, they commented on the post. Yep, they are on the ball and I heart to stay there!

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So we headed out for Cafe Maspero’s for a quick bite to eat. Order a Muffaletto there, I’m just sayin’ Trust me.Then walked around the Quarter and ended up at Pat O’Briens out in the courtyard. Fun times.

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We introduced them to Community Coffee (while on our way to beignets at Cafe Du Monde .) :D

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(I told you my sister doesn’t like to have her photo taken!)

We went to the French Market, but it was pretty deserted this time of year on a weekday.
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We also ate at Mr. B’s Bistro. Fabulous. We’ve eaten there before and loved it. Still love it. We also tried the Palace Cafe on Canal for the first time. Which could have been so good, but wasn’t. We still had fun, but some of our food wasn’t warm-like the crab cheesecake appetizer and the bread- and they didn’t have enough wait staff. We did have fun looking out on Canal Street and just enjoying laughing with my sister and her dh.

Okay, I think that concludes my reviews of all the places we went to on this vacation. Now, if I could only get used to real life again. :mad2:

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superguy October 11, 2010 at 9:08 am

The Brennan family group of restaurants (Brennan’s, Mr. B’s, Palace Cafe, Dickie Brennan’s Steak house, Commodore’s Palace, …) are safely the best restaurants for quality of food and service. Interestingly adventurous items on the menu, great wine lists, and service as good as any place we have been to. That is why we were so disappointed in the palace cafe. mediocre doesn’t work in the french quarter. We won’t go to palace cafe again because we can walk into any other restaurant in the quarter and get good/ better food and better service. In their defense, it seems there was a missed communication between the hotel’s concierge and the reataurant. No reservation on books. One hour wait. The Maitre d’ made accomodations for us but let us know that the problem was with the hotel and not his restaurant. By the end of the evening we doubted his veracity. wonderful time and good (only) food. Great company, I’m just saying.

Marcia October 11, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Our two favorite New Orleans restaurants were (our son went to college there for five years back in the 90’s) Commander’s Palace and Upperline. We actually tried to avoid the Quarter after the first trip down and used to stay at a place on St. Charles Ave near the Garden District. Loved Magazine Street (the St. Paddy’s Day parade is a hoot: they throw cabbages and potatoes from the floats!) and the Maple Street/Riverbend areas. We haven’t been back, sadly, since the year after our son graduated when he went back to sing a role in Don Giovanni at the college.

Kate October 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm

I loved strolling through New Orleans with you this way. Thanks for the tips, too. We’re planning on being there just for a day trip over the holidays.

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