You are here for perhaps a convention, or happen to be driving through on your way to Florida Tennessee or California. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be visiting family. Whatver the reason one thing is for sure, we want you to have a wonderful visit and get a truly local experience.
Uptown New Orleans is filled with beautiful homes and the Garden District, all made accessible by the streetcar line. Audubon Zoo and the beautiful Audubon Park are there as well. This is also the area where Loyola and Tulane Universities are located. These are but a few reasons you may find yourself in this area. Tucked away in the corner of the uptown neighborhood are a few of my very favorite places to dine.
Midcity extends from city park all the way up Carrollton Avenue and across to broad Street in New Orleans midcity is one of the areas that already has so many wonderful neighborhood restaurants most likely because the neighborhood is so family oriented. When you’re visiting New Orleans one of the places you really do want to see is our beautiful city park it is certainly one of the more beautiful places on the planet the park is built along the bayou it’s not unusual to see an alligator here and there although they are monitored well by the park staff there beautiful dogs there’s a train for children the city park rides for children to little amusement park we have a beautiful sculpture garden are Museum of Art it’s one of the few places you can go when it’s 100° outside and stand under cool oak trees and feel wonderful. You can rent bikes in city Park have been yeas and café au lait it’s just a wonderful family oriented place in the city to visit and it speaks highly of the neighborhood which is also kind of an extension of that all of those seems so many of our favorite neighborhood restaurants are in the mid city section of town.
The Lakeview area of New Orleans was another area that was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. This is where the river flowed into the lake and overflowed onto the south shore the area that we call Lakeview. Much of Lakeview has been rebuilt and one of New Orleans most respected Chefs, Susan Spicer, along with her partner created one of the neighborhoods most favorite restaurants called Mondo. There are several other neighborhood restaurants in Lakeview for instance the classical Steak Knife traditional New Orleans steakhouse. Mondo has brought a uniquely contemporary Italian flair to the neighborhood. Lakeview would be the area you would have heard about when visiting Ponchartrain Beach. We have a wonderful Yacht Club and Marina at the Lakefront. The old famous bar restaurant Barq’s which is long gone and many wonderful seafood establishments in the nearby Bucktown. When visiting New Orleans I highly recommend taking a ride out to the lakefront. At the lake you would be very likely to want to eat in R&O or Deannie’s which old-school New Orleans restaurants are. Mondo is more Italian the lakefront is a beautiful place to take a ride to see the lovely homes some of which did not need to be rebuilt. Lakeview was a hotspot in the disco heyday of the 70s.
central business District of New Orleans begins on Canal Street and runs south towards Poydras technically ending around Lee Circle what you will find in the central business district are the national World War II Museum the Confederate museum the Ogden Museum of art the contemporary arts center many wonderful restaurants our convention center and the famous Mardi Gras world which is where you would take a tour and see what really occurs during Mardi Gras see some of the traditional floats being made. Because it is the home of our convention center it’s one of the places you might find yourself overnighting. Do not miss a walk along the river and if you head north that Riverwalk will take you right to the French quarter and Jackson Square. There’s also a trolley along the river for transportation
f you’re visiting New Orleans for the first time the French quarter is certainly a must see I’m sure you’ve heard of the red light district give her the history of where the French quarters come from (insert some history here). Although things change the French quarter is one of the places you would to visit the first time and feel like you’re in you know the 18th century and some parts of it you are going to be walking into buildings that were directed in the 1700s they are still existing their French quarter is known for great restaurants sightseeing a beautiful architecture. As much as the French quarter is a tourist hotspot it is also a neighborhood with the school people go to church on Sunday’s children are raised there and there are many families that are living in the French quarter still there for some of the restaurants you will find regulars just like any other neighborhood. The French quarter did not flood during Hurricane Katrina that part of the city is technically 20 feet above sea level there was wind damage most of the people that I know that lived in the French quarter had rain and wind damage as we did. There are many new restaurants that are fantastic I’m going to focus on some of the older local favorites.
One of the neighborhoods that has and is continuing to transform greatly since Hurricane Katrina would be the Bywater. The Bywater is about a mile from the French quarter north it begins along the river and runs across to Claiborne Avenue. To locals it is known also as the Saint Claude District. Bywater runs all the way down to Poland Avenue. On Poland we find some of our most favorite restaurants beginning with very old-school Jack Dempsey’s and the nearby Bacchanal and Oxalis and Suis Generis. Wrapping around to St Claude are Red for New Orleans style Asian, Pizza Delicious, Booty’s and Kebab which is the ninth ward’s answer to Falafel. For so many reasons including the price of real estate and availability of locations encouraged many young chefs to explore the Bywater. Although availability is becoming less and less I would say if you want to see the most excitement in a neighborhood at this time and probably for some time to come it would be happening in the Bywater, also known as the Upper Ninth Ward.
You would find yourself in the Bywater as you come down Saint Claude Avenue because you’re doing second Saturday Art Openings, you might be doing Cree McCree’s Piety Street Art Market which is once a month on Saturdays. Cree is also the creator of Righteous Fur which is a movement to facilitate the use of the Nutria in Southern Louisiana. Maybe you are visiting Oliver Manhattan at The Parlor on St Claude. Oliver is one of the downtown art scene’s most creative and respected talents.
Also found nearby is The Healing Center, which houses many alternative practices and an organic market. We have The Burgundy Picture House, an underground movie house and lots of interesting music clubs like the Saturn Bar and Siberia, the latter having classic Polish Cuisine like Pierogi. Trixie Minx, Neon Burgundy and Bella Blue are favorite local artists who can be seen at The Always Lounge for Cabaret and Burlesque. Much of the theater scene in New Orleans that’s cutting-edge is happening in the Marigny and Bywater. Eventually the street car will travel past Elysian Fields down to Poland Ave. Do look into Carnival festivities on St. Claude where you will find the Krewe of Chewbacchus and another favorite Tit Rex. Rent bikes or buy them cheap if you are staying a week or more, this is a neighborhood worth exploring.