A few more favorite spots in and New Orleans' French Quarter
Last week I wrote about my favorite haunted places in
NOLA.Here are a few other spots that
may not be haunted, but which haunt my memories because of their superior
quality and service.
When I was first inspired to write L'immortalité,
Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen, Anderson Cooper was in New Orleans
covering the oil spill.Night after night,
he would remind viewers that the seafood in NOLA was safe and delicious.It still is.If you like oysters, stop in at the Desire
Oyster Bar at the Royal Sonesta
Hotel, 300 Bourbon Street for some of the best.Across the street at 739 Conti Street, Oceana Restaurant
serves great seafood, delicious turtle soup, and even gator tail bites.
If you want to see
gators rather than eat them, look at Hollywood artist John Weston's
illustration in my book or for the real thing, call Cajun Encounters Tour Co at 1-866-928-6877
for an "as seen on TV" swamp tour.
Visit Antoine' Annex
at 513 Royal Street.This place has good coffee, too. Good
walking tours start next to this place.
Probably the best steak I ever had was at
Dickie Brennan's at 716 Iberville Street.My personal experience here was great food
and fantastic service.I wish that
whoever trains the staff would visit every other restaurant in America and
train them the same way.
To enjoy the music that made New Orleans, Maison Bourbon at 641 Bourbon Street offers live
jazz that is a refreshing change from the otherwise uninspired and
uninspiring music found on Bourbon Street.Decent drinks at a decent price.
For that old French
Provincial feeling and, during the day, a light bite to eat with your drink,
try Flanagan's Pub at 625 St Philip
Street.Open 24 hours. Good walking tours start from here.
To beat the heat, visit Harrah's
New Orleans at 228 Poydras Street.The refrigerated mug well that runs the
length of the bar will keep your beer cold as long as you are there.Judge Jean Canonge, a historic character in
my book who enjoyed gaming, would have loved this place.
consideration was offered or accepted for inclusion on this list.There are many other great places to visit in
New Olean's and this unsolicited list merely reflects the personal opinion of