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New orleans French Quarter Trip Report... No Lines ;-)

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New orleans French Quarter Trip Report... No Lines ;-)



When me and my husband go on vacation we don't enjoy

waiting on lines or doing what the tour books tell us to do...

We try to fit in with the locals and get a real lay of the land.

So most of this trip report will concentrate on that.

Lets start with


i had heard that Acme was the best place for

charbroiled oysters. However I also heard you had to

wait on lines to get in. So we immediately started looking

for other places. We found the Royal House Oyster Bar

441 Royal Street  New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 528-2601

All i can say is It was AWESOME.... We went there twice so you know

its good. I would sit at the Bar and have a conversation

with Nyrobie... Great guy.

I had the charbroiled oysters and the next time

I had the oysters Royal.... Both Fantastic.

My husband ordered the sauteed crab claws and stuffed

mushrooms. Heaven !!

The atmosphere is wonderful and if you're lucky, you'll hear

music from the street performers on Royal.

Another restaurant we loved was IRENES...

539 Saint Philip St, The French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70116-3322.

You will have to wait but don't worry.... the wait isnt too bad and

in our case they started us on our drinks while we sat there.

I ordered the oysters with pancetta and then creole Cheese cake for

dessert. Cheese cake was probably on my list now for best things

i ever ate.

For breakfast every morning we went to

Croissant Dor... 617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-3203

It was right near our hotel so it was perfect.

We just loved this little french place.

Cafe Du Monde is fine, but this place is quiet, lovely

and delicious. Get a window seat and watch the world go by.

Now lets move on to MUSIC

years ago I went to Preservation hall.... and although I enjoyed it,

I did not enjoy the lines, 15 dollar cover charge and the fact

that is was just a 45 min show...

So me and my husband sought out alternatives...

We found some awesome places...

THE SPOTTED CAT on frenchman street was so wonderful.

Don't even think of missing this great club.

Its intimate, the music is usually amazing and there is no

cover charge.... just a drink Min. and a hat that goes around for tips.

It was a wonderful night. Frenchman street is a safe area just

to the right of the quarter..... take decauter street to the end

and you'll find it..... There's tons of jazz clubs on Frenchman Street

but once again, Spotted cat was our favorite.

The Palm court cafe....204 Decatur Street  New Orleans, LA 70116

(504) 525-0200

This club was elegant without having to pay a huge cover charge.

The night we went we saw Lionel Ferbos.... Lionel is 101 years old !

It was a perfect evening. Wait staff was also very friendly.

The streets of the French Quarter on Royal and on Jackson Square....

Just walk up and down Royal and you'll hear awesome street performers....

Also on Jackson Square. Get your dollar bills ready cause you'll want to


We did not hang out on Bourbon street nor did we hear any music there...

it was just too crowded.


Royal street is packed with fantastic Galleries. Just stroll around and

you'll love it.

On Decatur Street we found some great 2nd hand shops.... I wish I could remember

the name of my favorite, but all i know is its at the end of Decatur near

frenchman street.... Garage something. (sorry)

Front might be pink with a car logo.

Don't miss Goorin Bros. HAT shop....709 Royal Street

New Orleans

(504) 523-4287

I'm kicking myself now.... I should have bought this

cute hat and I didn't.

Traveling outside the French Quarter...

Everyone said to us that we should take a trolly car ride on the

Saint Charles line into the Garden district.... But what they failed

to mention was the Trolly isn't running. So we had to board a City

Bus that was crowded and hot. I would NOT do this again.

My advice to you is to research what Restaurant you'd like to go

to outside the Quarter and just cab it. If you want to see

The Garden District and all the lovely houses there, have a cab

drop you off at 1st street and St Charles.... then make your way

to magazine street.


I'm not going to share this with you because I'm torn up about it.

I really loved everyone who worked behind the front desk and I also love

aspects about the charm of this hotel and its location.

However its so totally run down that I can't in good conscience recommend it.

So..... I'm afraid you'll need another trip report for lodging...

I CAN SAY THIS.... I would get a hotel on Royal.... but head up Royal away

from Canal..... More toward St. Phillip or Ursulines Ave.

Thats a really lovely area. You'll still see some homeless and some

Wino's, but hey..... those are the characters of the french Quarter...

Just be careful where ever you go and you should be fine.

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1. Re: New orleans French Quarter Trip Report... No Lines ;-)

Sounds like you had a great trip. Frenchman St is great - and Irenes! Just the smell of the garlic bread.

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2. Re: New orleans French Quarter Trip Report... No Lines ;-)

Couldn't agree with you more November!!!!! The smell of garlic and the bread coming from Irene's is heavenly. I have also had the cheesecake there and it is TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!

Glad you had a good time Brooklyn! Thanks for the report!

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3. Re: New orleans French Quarter Trip Report... No Lines ;-)

We also enjoyed Royal House oyster and Nyrobie was our bartender too. Nice report.

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4. Re: New orleans French Quarter Trip Report... No Lines ;-)

Lizzi, glad you had a good time, but you realize most of the places you went to ARE tourist places! There's little in the Quarter that isn't! Too bad you won't list the hotel...it may help management repair things or save someone else from booking it. You were quite complimentary with it's staff, charm and location. They may need to hear they need to upgrade.

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5. Re: New orleans French Quarter Trip Report... No Lines ;-)

hermiane.... I need time before i list the hotel. I might give them a chance first to clean up some stuff.

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6. Re: New orleans French Quarter Trip Report... No Lines ;-)

Sounds like a great trip and I have to agree with you, Spotted Cat is right on. It's my fav on Frenchman.

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