My sister and I are celebrating our birthdays in NO and planned a low key vacation in the Big Easy from 9-7 to 9-11. We are staying at the Crescent City Guest House in the Faubourg Marigny. It is at Chartres and Marigny just a few blocks to the middle of the Frenchmen St. bars, music clubs and restaurants. Across the street from the guesthouse is a neigborhood bar called the Friendly Bar. It is open 24 hours. I will ask them to play Dark Lady by Cher on the internet jukebox.
Wednesday- Eating dinner at Feellings cafe at Chartres and Franklin. Just 3 blocks from the guesthouse. This is a local place in a very nice old building with a great piano player.
Head uptown on Magazine street to see the Soul Rebels at Le Bon Temps Roule. They are a new style brass band. Saw them before with the Stooges Brass Band at Tipitina's
Thursday- Take walking tour of the French Quarter. Take tour at the Historic New Orleans Collection on Royal St. Grab a muffaletta from Central Grocery for lunch.
Have dinner at Brigtsen's. This will be my 4th visit here. I know I should try other places like Upperline but it is so good everytime. I hope the rabbit is on the menu.
Take a cab to Vaughn's Lounge in Bywater to hear Kermit Ruffins.
Friday- Rent a car and drive to Oak Alley plantation near Vacherie. Visit Laura plantation. Eat lunch at B&C seafood. Tour Destrahan Plantation.
No plans for dinner but will go to the Spotted Cat Cocktail Lounge on Frenchmen St. to hear the New Orleans Jazz Vipers.
Saturday- Tour the Garden District, ride the St. Charles Ave streetcar, visit Lafayette Cemetary #1 and go shopping on Magazine St. Have lunch at the Camellia Grill. I want to try their cheeseburgers. Their breakfast is great.
We will leave the rest of the day and night open and leave Sunday afternoon.