Things to do and Places to Eat in New Orleans and other spots in Louisiana


2018 – Places we liked in Louisiana


 New Orleans

Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant and Bar

7400 Lakeshore Drive


Lunch, happy hour, and dinner, closed Tuesdays

On the New Basin Canal, overlooking the Orleans’ Marina just off of Lake Pontchartrain

Raw oysters, seafood


Guys Po-Boys

5259 Magazine Street


Monday – Saturday 11 – 4

(Soft drinks only – no beer)


Crescent City Steaks

1001 North Broad Street


Lunch and dinner Tuesday – Friday, Sunday

Dinner only Saturday

Classic New Orleans steakhouse since 1934


Juan’s Flying Burrito – Uptown

5538 Magazine Street


Open daily for lunch and dinner


Riccobono’s Panola Street Café

7801 Panola Street


Great breakfast spot

Open daily 7am – 2pm


Mandina’s Restaurant

3800 Canal Street


Open daily for lunch and dinner

“New Orleans’ favorite restaurant for Italian and seafood home-style cooking for more than eight decades.”



The National World War II Museum

945 Magazine Street


Open daily 9:00 – 5:00


This is a MUST SEE in New Orleans! You could easily spend a whole day here and not see it all. It is huge!

Ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 Attraction in New Orleans, [and #2 museum in the United States, and #2 museum in the world], named by USA Today as the #1 Best Place to Learn U.S. Military History, and designated by Congress as America’s official museum about World War II, The National WWII Museum features a rich collection of artifacts that bring history to life.”

Don’t miss the excellent movie presentation, Beyond All Boundaries, narrated by Executive Producer, Tom Hanks

Interactive experience: Final Mission: USS Tang – Submarine experience places visitors aboard the most successful submarine in WWII for its fifth and final war patrol.


Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine St.


We love the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit, featuring local critters and recipes for some of them.


New Orleans Museum of Art

1 Collins Diboll Cir.

City Park, New Orleans


The Museum Store features ceramics by our friend, Susan Bergman (



In or near Covington, LA

Acme Oyster House – Northshore

1202 N Hwy 190



Open daily for lunch and dinner

Classic seafood – oysters, fried seafood, po-boys, etc.


Crabby Shack

305 Hwy 21

Madisonville, LA


Open daily for lunch and dinner

Since 2013, features “fresh Louisiana seafood dishes and New Orleans neighborhood favorites served in a friendly, casual atmosphere”.



Baton Rouge, LA

Heads & Tails Seafood

2070 Silverside Dr

Baton Rouge, LA


Open daily for lunch and dinner

“fresh Louisiana seafood brought in daily”



Avery Island, LA

Tabasco Factory and Museum and the Tabasco Jungle Gardens

We had visited the gardens on a previous trip when we got there too late for the factory tour. This time we just toured the factory and museum. The tour is self-guided and it is very easy to follow. Each area has a number and you just follow the numbers from 1 – 8 to see everything. There are short video presentations along the way that further describe the process of making Tabasco sauce. I highly recommend the tour, especially if you’re a Tabasco fan!


Des Allemands, LA 

Spahr’s Seafood Restaurant

3682 Hwy 90 East

Des Allemands, LA


Open daily for lunch and dinner

Featuring “Wild Caught Des Allemands Catfish”




Our Favorite Places in New Orleans from past trips


Felix’s Oyster Bar

739 Iberville Street (in the French Quarter)


“For over 65 years, Felix's has been a favorite dining spot for New Orleans residents and tourists alike with a relaxed, casual atmosphere that's uniquely New Orleans. Visitors to the city come back to Felix's year after year.”


Acme Oyster House

742 Iberville Street


Some people like Felix’s best, some prefer Acme. They’re both great!


Cafe Du Monde

Open 24 hours

Café au lait and beignets and usually a jazz musician playing outside

1039 Decatur Street (right at Jackson Square)


K Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

416 Chartres Street

(504) 524-7394  (Reservations are a must.)

“Business Casual” dress code


Pascal's Manale

(for incredible BBQ shrimp!)

1838 Napoleon Avenue

504-895-4877 (reservations recommended)

At lunch you can get the BBQ shrimp in a sandwich—same great flavor, less expensive. Served on the light rolls that everyone uses in New Orleans—actually is delicious with the BBQ sauce.

Lunch Monday – Friday

Dinner Monday – Saturday 5 pm – closing (?)

Closed Sundays



Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
at the corner of Coliseum Street in the Garden District
(504) 899-8221  (Reservations a MUST, especially for weekend jazz brunch—call early.)

Lunch Monday – Friday

Dinner every night

Jazz Brunch – Saturday and Sunday

We like it best for the weekend jazz brunch.

Dress is upscale, collared shirts and toes-closed shoes for men, jackets are preferred.
No Shorts or jeans.
Complimentary valet service provided.



Great “Po-Boys” in the Quarter at:

Johnny's Po-Boys

511 Saint Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130-2117
Phone: (504) 524-8129

Open every day 8:00 – 4:30

Very casual; great “cheap eats”!

Cash only

Muriel's Jackson Square Bistro

801 Chartres Street
(504) 568-1885
Open daily.
Fine dining with a casual dress code. (Jackets are not required; men's shirts should have sleeves. Jeans are fine.)
Reservations recommended. 

Best Muffulettas:

Central Grocery

923 Decatur St.  (in the Quarter)

Open every day 9:00 – 5:00

They may have limited seating. I don’t remember. You can get the sandwiches to go.



701 St. Charles Ave.


Fabulous upscale dining where the locals go. (We went with friends in N.O.)

Reservations a MUST!

Open for lunch and dinner Monday – Friday

Open for dinner on Saturdays

Closed Sundays

Check out the website at:



Red Fish Grill

Another restaurant operated by the Brennan family

115 Bourbon Street

(504) 598-1200

Open for lunch and dinner every day

Very good, and not as expensive as some other restaurants.

Casual Dress



Camelia Grill

626 South Carrollton Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70094

(504) 866-9573

Open every day, 8:00 – midnight

Just above St. Charles (where trolley takes a hard right turn).  White columns.  Old style grill.  Not at all fancy.  A classic New Orleans tradition.  You’ve got to have a slice of apple pie.  They drop a blob of bacon grease on the grill and then fry it.


Camelia Grill in the French Quarter

540 Chartres Street





Things to do:


Rock and Bowl for fun music:

3000 S Carrollton Avenue


Thursday nights are Zydeco – very fun for all ages!

Preservation Hall (to hear the Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
726 St. Peter St., New Orleans
(504) 523-8939, (888) 946-5299

Open every night
Neighborhood: French Quarter
Back in the days when the future of traditional New Orleans jazz seemed dim, this is the place that kept the music alive. There is no bar or climate control. (You can bring drinks in.) The music begins nightly at 5 p.m. with a line usually forming outside a half-hour before. For all ages.


Hurricane Katrina Tour


Royal Street in the French Quarter—walk down Royal Street for a lot of fun antique shops and art galleries

Magazine St.  About 5--6 blocks toward the river (Miss.) from St. Charles.  Lots of interesting little funky shops.  Some upscale, some down.  Restaurants, knick knacks, antiques, some galleries. 



French Quarter (Notes from Bob)


A.  Horse and buggy rides go through the Quarter.  Actually, mules, because it can get too hot for horses.


B.  Boat rides on the river (both regular tour boats and paddle wheels).


C.  Walk to the levee and look up at the ships from Jackson Square.  The Square is below the water level.


D.  Lots of neat little shops all over the place, especially on Royal.


E.  Jackson Square, near the river.  Street artists draw portraits, street musicians and bands (some really good), street magicians (some quite good too), little black kids doing tricks for money and hustling (I'll bet you $5 I can tell you where you got your shoes.  If you bite, "You got them on yo' feet”), etc.  The whole square fills up at Christmastime for caroling.


F.  Jean Lafitte’s Old Absinthe House for mint juleps.  One is enough!  Bob: "A friend and I once had three of them and when I tried to get up to go, couldn’t." On Bourbon St. (appropriately).


G.  The French Quarter is like a Disneyland for adults.  (Caution-dark alleys and streets can be dangerous.)



Cemeteries.  All above ground because of the high water table (N.O. is all below sea level).  They have fabulous architecture.  Go to the Greenwood Cemetery or Old Metairie Cemetery.  They are still actively used and so in good repair.  Older ones are also interesting.  Lafayette Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark.  It's across the street from Commander's Palace, the restaurant where Paul Prudhomme got his start. It is in the Garden District on Prytania (1 block below St. Charles) at Washington.  I went into this one a lot.  If you get a chance, about three quarters of the way down the main aisle from the entrance, on the left, is the crypt of the Exerstein family.  Look at Matilda Exerstein and Henry Cory and their relationship, ages, etc.


Lake Ponchartrain.  Big (about 22 by 45 miles) shallow (mostly 16 feet) lake on the north side of N.O.  Twenty-two mile causeway spans it going north.  You are out of sight of land for a while. 


Bob's List of Great Restaurants:  


A.  Galatoire's, in the Quarter. Creole/Cajun/Southern 

     Closed Mondays.


B.  Brennan's, in the Quarter, as in "breakfast at Brennan's"

C.   Antoines in the Quarter - a classic New Orleans restaurant since 1840


D.  Mr. B’s Bistro - "The team at Mr. B’s is inspired by both Creole and Cajun dishes and both styles of cooking sit harmoniously on the menu.


E.  Ponchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Ave.  Not as great as other places, but a New Orleans tradition.  Lots of old ladies live upstairs.  Good breakfasts.  Try the chicory coffee.


F.  Bon Ton Cafe

401 Magazine Street


Open for lunch and dinner Monday - Friday


G.  Ruth's Chris Steakhouse  

525 Fulton Street, inside Harrah’s Hotel


Original one.  The steaks here are better (at least in Bob's memory) than in Seattle.

H.  Popeye's Chicken.  Local chain all over town (now it’s national).  Everyone loves it.



In Breaux Bridge, LA (near Lafayette)

Buck and Johnny’s

100 Berard St.

Breaux Bridge, LA



Zydeco breakfast every Saturday 8:00 – 11:30

(We really enjoyed the Zydeco breakfast at Café des Amis in Breaux Bridge years ago but they have closed. I think Buck and Johnny’s offers the same experience.)