The Big Easy Made Easy!

What do you do when your three college students tell you that they are driving to New Orleans right after Christmas to play in the ACIS Football National Championships? YOU FLY!

No other city is like New Orleans.  Downtown is vibrant.  The French Quarter never sleeps.  The people are welcoming and full of ideas. Want entertainment?  Just walk down Bourbon Street!  Jewelry is thrown to you and delicious food is everywhere. 

The Ritz Carlton is conveniently located next to the French Quarter and within walking distance of several eating establishments. We were there at the end of December. The lobby was gorgeous….the Polar Express display was magical and as can be expected from a Ritz Carlton, our stay was top notch. 

Between football games at LaFreniere Park, we did a lot of sightseeing.  If you are headed to the Big Easy….Don‘t miss walking along the water front, the French Quarter or The National World War II Museum.  Don’t skip the movie- it is an experience.  Ricky’s father and my father served in WWII.  It is amazing that our family is here today.

Need a few dining suggestions?   Central Grocery is the “home of the muffuletta.”  Get there early!  They ran out of bread!  We didn’t get there in time and had a tasty sandwich next door at Franks.  Franks serves “world famous original muffulettas.”  They too ran out of bread…..the waitress suggested a different bread and lunch was salvaged! 

Everyone knows about Café Du Monde and it too is a “must do.”  Beignets and powdered sugar for everyone!  Coffee too!   We know 20 college students who visited this restaurant over 5 times.

Bacco’s and Red Fish Grill were perfect for late night dinners. Both are Ralph Brennan’s restaurants, so if you have ever experienced breakfast at Brennan’s (I have and it IS delicious!) try these!  Again, it helps to have reservations, but you CAN go without.  Note: Bacco’s is quieter than the hopping Red Fish.

The line for Acme Oyster House was long the whole week.  It IS a favorite.  However, we enjoyed lunch at Deanie’s Seafood and will do it again.  Get the peel and eat shrimp and seafood gumbo.  Lick your fingers and savor the experience.

Storyville Restaurant hosted our final night with 20 collegiate Tarheels.  It could not have been a better choice.  Elvis was our waiter and made us believe we were his only customers.  We sat in front of 14 High Definition TVs and beside 2 mini bowling alleys.  The food was perfect for watching UNC Chapel Hill win their bowl game and we even celebrated a birthday with cake and candles!

Enjoy the Big Easy!  Walk down the streets at night and take it all in.  Listen.  You may hear a group of teenagers playing brass instruments on the corner or hear a lone saxophone player…. “Oh when the Saints….go marching in…” 

The Big Easy Made Easy Photo Album  

Editor's note:  On February 25, 2013, Storyville Restaurant announced on its Facebook page that it is closed.

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