Into the quarter we go>>>
Having been to New Orleans several times before, our first night in we simply walked right by Bourbon Street. We stopped for a few bowls of Gumbo at the Gumbo Shop. While the Gumbo Shop doesn't have the best bowl of gumbo, it's the only place I know of that serves Gumbo Z'herbs year round...plus the have a nice alligator sausage.
Then we headed out for music. Bourbon Street is getting horrid if you're looking for jazz and blues. You're pretty much limited to Legends Park, for SteamBoat Willy, Fritzels European Jazz Club, Preservation Hall and one Blues Bar. These are actually nice places...but to my ears they do not hold a candle to the musicians playing on Frenchmen Street. The entire scene on Frenchmen is more to my liking. The musicians are playing music their way. On any given night you can hear anything from Jazz, Blues, Latin, Reggae to a full brass band with a Rap edge.
Another nice thing about frenchmen is the people listening to the music. People describe Frenchmen as a place where "locals" go, I suppose that true. But it's much more than that. You got a group of people ranging from young kids (21+) to mid thirties, forties and up. Everyone seems to be there for the music and having a good time. The younger crowd, on Frenchmen, actually get dressed up in their "Sundays Best" clothes when they go out for the night....some of the dress is reminiscent of the forties. Here's a few pictures...
Next was Magazine Street, but before that we stopped for a late breakfast (yeah, Frenchmen Street will do that to you) at Elizabeth's. If you aren't familar with Elizabeth's restaurant, let me simply urge you to go there for breakfast. The combination of flavors along the entire platter are well thought out and nicely executed. This is considered another "local" spot, but one tourists shouldn't miss. We ate at so many other place I won't keep going on and on...a few of the notables are Besh's Dominica, Cochon, Cochon Butcher, K-Pauls, Nola, on and on. One spot we didn't have time for was The Joint, it's a great bbq place in NoLa that's worth the drive outside of the quarter.
Oh, back to Magazine Street. It's a nice walk through local bars and antique shops down Magazine Street. If you have time check out Audobon Park. Once on Magazine Street be sure to check out Sucre', a wonderful sweet shop with all kinds of desserts.
Edited by gonefishin - 9/16/12 at 4:19pm