Lee White

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NOLA Bucket List

New Orleans at one time.

Shivani and I are frequently asked what is not to be missed on a trip to New Orleans.  This is the ever-evolving list we send them:

Favorites are in bold.


Go to Frenchman at least one night you are in town.

Jazz at Snug Harbor – Frenchman

Tipitina’s – See Rebirth (New Orleans brass band)

One Eyed Jack’s for 80s night (Tuesdays – dress in costume if desired)

Maple Leaf – Thursdays for brass

Spotted Cat – Frenchman

Blue Nile – Frenchman

House of Blues – see website for specific concerts (2 for 1 tickets on Tuesdays if buy the day before)

The Parish Room (same deal as House of Blues)

Dos Jefes

Howlin Wolf – free shows during Mardi Gras

The Republic – club

360 – club scene with view

DBA – funk/rock/jazz on Frenchman

Preservation Hall – jazz; no liquor permitted


Basically you can wander anywhere up and down Bourbon Street (Pat O’s is awesome!), but I do recommend trying out these other places, particularly WINO and Lola in the central business district.


Lola in the International House hotel (great to go to both WINO and Lola; I believe they are in walking distance from your place)

Miss Mae’s (if you are looking to get trashed and hang out with college students – Shivani’s opinion; Lee’s opinion: “Open 24 hours.  Never closes except when it’s on fire.”  It’s the place to be.”)

Column’s – Friday happy hour around 5

St. Joe’s bar – mojitos

Bridge Lounge – pineapple mojito

Pat O’s – go for the Hurricane and the Piano Bar

Carousel Bar – one of the streets parallel to Bourbon

Daquiries – My favorite is a mudslide daq’ from the shop on Riverbend, ask for an extra shot of diesel and head to the Fly (see activities)

Snake and Jake’s - only go between 2am and 4am.  Drink Shlitz.


Every single one of these places is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!  You can’t go wrong, but I have bolded some of our absolute favorites.



The Butcher (lunch place in Cochon)

Stella’s – Chartres

Café Amelie (across from the Cornstalk Hotel on Royal) – order the pulled pork sandwich



Bombay Club – cute for date; sit in the loveseat booth

Red Fish Grill – crusted pecan fish; white/dark chocolate souffle

Muriel’s – bloody mary really good; great for brunch; right at Jackson Square

Clover Grill – best breakfast food

Court of Two Sisters – jazz brunch

Port of Call – burger mecca


Jaque-imo’s – Simply put it is the place to go uptown.

Commander’s Palace – Tuesday lunchtime 50 cent martinis (gross but colorful and fun to get drunk)

St. Charles Tavern and Igor’s for 24 hour food

Pascale’s Manale

Sara’s – Indian fusion

Bangkok Thai – Riverbend; order the mango sticky rice

Lebanon’s (Carollton)

Acme Oyster House – grilled oysters

Camellia grill – cherry chocolate milkshake and omelets; later hours

La Petite Grocery – Magazine

Nirvana – Magazine; pretty good Indian food

Zea’s – St. Charles

Oak Street café – sweet potato pancakes

Dick & Jenny’s

Juan’s Flying Burrito – Magazine

La crepe nanou – uptown; French food; go to Creole Creamery afterward

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen


Reginelli’s – $2 pitchers Monday and Tuesdays

Any of the Emerill restaurants (Delmonico, Emerill’s, NOLA)


Mimi’s in the Marigny (order the honey goat cheese balls)

Elizabeth’s – Marigny; fried chicken recommended


Ralph’s on the Park – beautiful view of City Park


Creole Creamery

Café du Monde

La Boulangerie’s – Magazine

Angelo Brocato’s Gelato


Po Boys

Get fried oyster or roast beef “dressed”

Crabby Jack’s – same Jack as Jack of Jaque-imo’s


Guy’s Po Boys

Mahony’s (fried onion rings are really good)


Monica’s Grocery (cheaper but tasty)



Fly – requirements: daiquiris (Daiquiri Stand at Carollton and Riverbend), po boy of choice, blanket

D-day Museum with movie

Ogden museum with cocktail hour on Thursdays


Rock ‘N Bowl


Fortune read at Jackson Square

One of the tours – read reviews

French Market

Swamp Tour

Ceramics place BYO something – Maple street

Rum distillery tour

Riverboat Cruise

Audubon Zoo and Park


Insectarium – if you like that sort of thing

Hotel at Canal Place – go up to the 12th floor lobby for view of the river and city


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