Ahh vacation planning – for as exciting as it can be, it’s also quite daunting to figure out all the details of where to stay, what to eat, what you absolutely must see and try. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just have a team of experts to just hold your hand and walk you through all of those quandaries? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place you could go and ask any question about New Orleans?
Look no further than the Summer of Lagniappe Forum – where locals and experienced visitors mingle with newcomers like yourself to uncover the best meals, drinks, music venues and attractions in the city. Think you’ve got some insight to share? Hop on over and see what people are talking about. You never know where your two cents may lead!
1. Best Place for Cheap Eats in the French Quarter
Amelee71 asked, “I’ve been to New Orleans a number of times, and eaten at many fine places. However this time I’m traveling with my children, one of which is a 15 year old boy (he eats a lot!!). Suggestions for good hole in the wall, or local eateries (in the French Quarter) that we can get the most bang from our buck??”
Lucky for Amelee, and for many other travelers, New Orleans is full of cheap, delicious eats! Some of our favorite reader suggestions?
– “Bennachin (if you’re adventurous- it’s African but really tasty and dishes like jama jama and plantains are a highlight at Jazz Fest), Camellia Grill. Stanley is an upscale diner- more expensive than Camellia but fancier (try the eggs Stanley!)… If you’re looking for fine dining at budget prices, try nicer restaurants at lunch. Palace Cafe on Canal has temperature lunches that are a steal. Also, if you’re willing to walk a bit, Domenica in the CBD has fantastic pizzas half price daily from 3-6. You’ll find similar happy hour specials (meat pies and sliders) at American Sector in the Warehouse District, near the WWII museum.” – nolamaven
– “Lucky Dog, YoMama’s, Mothers. Remember you do not have to spend a fortune. there are many, many places.” – Babs0619
2. What’s the one drink you can’t leave NOLA without sampling?
We asked what you thought was the one drink you absolutely have to try when visiting New Orleans, and most importantly – where to get it. And it seems like most of are in full-scale summer mode, because the number one response is none other than the delightfully cool and refreshing…
– “Pimm’s Cup! It’s light and fresh and perfect for warm summer days!” – Ashley O.
– “Hmmm…for general, everyday purposes, I say a Pimm’s Cup…very refreshing and goes down waayyy too easy.” – jltj
– “Gotta be a Pimm’s from Napoleon House!” – amelee71
– “I vote for Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House.” – dolphnlvr6
So what exactly is a Pimm’s Cup?
– “Pimm’s cups consist of Pimm’s #1, lemonade, Sprite or 7Up, and is typically garnished with cucumbers. It is technically a British drink but is the signature drink of Napoleon House and is often considered a classic “New Orleans” cocktail.” – nolamaven
3. Where’s the best place to hear live music in New Orleans?
New Orleans is a town full of great musicians and a never-ending list of fantastic venues to see them at. So when you’re only here for a few days, it can be downright overwhelming to know where you should go to ensure you have that quintessential NOLA music experience. Here are a few expert suggestions.
– “If you’re uptown, head to Tipitina’s! They have huge names perform and the venue is small so it feels like an intimate show.” – Ashley O
– “I enjoy Maison on Frenchmen Street. They have great live music 7 days a week. We always enjoy walking by around 5 just to see what local talent is up on stage.” – Jason
– “d.b.a. on a Saturday night to listen to John Boutte. So powerful, beautiful, soulful and authentic.” – jltj
– “Preservation Hall. No drinks served, but some amazing jazz music; 3 shows nightly, you can bring your own drinks in, cans only… Frenchmen street is great and where locals go. I have never been to hear him live, but I like Jeremy Davenport. He plays at the Ritz Carlton every Thurs-Sat I believe.” – Amelee71
4. What are the top historic attractions in New Orleans?
New Orleans is a city that’s rich with history. Just walking through the streets, or whipping past the oak trees and mansions that line Saint Charles Avenue, it’s impossible to not get carried away by it all. And one of the best ways to learn more about the city’s past is to visit one of our many historic sites – and some of them don’t cost a thing! But where to begin?
– “I’m a big fan of strolling through Armstrong Park in the Treme neighborhood at the back end of the French Quarter. It’s home to the Mahalia Jackson Theater and was created to preserve the original site of Congo Square. Today it’s home to a number of activities including a weekly drum circle and a free music series every Thursday evening!” – andyknola
– “I love Faulkner House Books not only because of the literature selection but I like to imagine William Faulkner living there!” – Sally T.
– “Pirate’s Alley. You can just imagine the ghosts lurking in the shadows drinking rum!” – Tiffany
And for those ultimate history buffs?
– “Don’t miss the National WWII Museum! You could spend days in there, there is so much to see! Make sure to check out the 4D movie ‘Beyond All Boundaries’ — it’s amazing!” – Ashley O
– “WW II Museum is a must see especially with the Pacific Theater addition.” – Mercygirl67
5. What are some fun family-friendly attractions or activities in New Orleans?
Visiting New Orleans with little ones? We’ve got you covered! Between carriage rides, beignets at Café du Monde, and visits to all of the kid-friendly museums and educational experiences throughout the city, it’s a dream family destination. Need more specifics?
– “The Audubon Zoo! It’s an incredible zoo – and they have an awesome Cool Zoo splash park that the kids absolutely love!” – Ashley O
– “City Park is great for both adults and kids! They have the Storyville and Carousel Gardens kids sections plus NOMA and the Sculpture Garden!” – Sally T
– “The insectarium is great for kids of all ages. The butterfly garden is beautiful and so peaceful; adults will enjoy that moment of zen.” – nolamaven
– “I remember when my sons were younger they loved the street performers in the quarters. But the Zoo is great. trolly or street car. We love NOLA.” – Babs0619
And now for a final bonus question: Where is the best place to find answers to all of your New Orleans questions, tons of summertime specials, the chance to win a hotel stay every single week through mid-November AND the grand prize – VIP 2013 Superbowl tickets? Easy! The Summer of Lagniappe!