Tucked in the far end of the Bywater, Bacchanal is really unlike any other place in the city. It's not so much a restaurant as a wine shop that sells food. You enter what looks looks like a run-of-the-mill wine tasting room. Don't let first impressions fool you! The staff are knowledgeable and friendly; they won't steer you wrong. Pick your wine, grab glasses out of the racks stacked on the floor, and wander out back to a table. Remember the switch from black-and-white to color in "The Wizard of Oz?" That's sort of what you experience here. Ample tables under a canopy of greenery, subtle lighting all around, and somewhere off in the corner there's live music. Dining is an unusual self-service experience. The menu is taped up by the order window (cash only, but there's an ATM right there). Place your order, take your number, grab cutlery from the racks and go sit down; your food is brought out to you. Relax, enjoy the food, music and conversation with people at tables around you. Heck, I had a short, impromptu dance with a Canadian lady passing our group. There's a nice bar and a more traditional dining area upstairs, but I haven't been to that part. There's much more to this city than the French Quarter and Magazine St; expand your horizons and find places like Bacchanal.