New Orleans has always been one of our favorite cities to visit. Not only is there a lot to do, there is a lot to eat.
This particular trip with our boys was going to be a combined Dixiedining.com eating tour of New Orleans and an educational History Class field trip. Our home base was the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street. It was an affordable, comfy place to moor ourselves with some downtime. Highly recommended for a family stay.
Our educational trip was a visit to the WWII museum located at 945 Magazine Street. Since New Orleans is just a short drive from Mobile, AL, we left home early and got to the museum just as it opened. The exhibits were amazing and what an experience to see photos and film footage in such a wonderful venue. The museum boasts, not only an amazing regular exhibit, but also special exhibits, events, concerts, a lunchbox lecture and a summer camp. The website contains a wonderful resource for teachers, which I used prior to our visit. Be sure to visit the gift shop. Very highly recommended.
The other attractions we targeted were in the French Quarter, which is always a fun place to walk around during the day. Most of the art and street performers were enjoyable. We shopped in some of the stores, viewed the outdoor art markets, and listened to live music both at both Jackson Square and along the street corners where musicians set up with their basket for tips. We later visited the French Market. We also took a street car ride.
The food highlights of this weekend:
Central Grocery– The classic po-boy — massive and delectable.
Cafe DuMonde: You can’t go to New Orleans without trying their beignets and cafe au lait. The line is long, you have to scope out your own tables, but the service is quick and the food is consistent. Street entertainment ….
Cochon Butcher: The Pancetta Mac n Cheese at Cochon Butcher is other worldly. Oh yeah, I also had the best muffuletta of my life there. Their house made meats will totally blow your mind. This place is a must do when in New Orleans.
Mother’s PoBoys: Ferdi’s Po-Boy and Mae’s Gumbo were our favorites for this meal. Mother’s is open everyday but Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and, of course, Mother’s Day.
Stella (which is now closed): We loved their Bananas Foster dessert
Hansen’s Sno-Bliz: Long lines before the shop opens is an indication the sno balls are great. And they were. We tried spearmint, strawberry, nectar cream with condensed milk for extra richness. Located at 4801 Tchoupitoulas Street, they are open daily 1-7 pm.
Angelo Brocato’s: Our first stop for ice cream on this trip, we returned to a favorite spot. We recommend it all: their famous spumoni, cannolis and gelato. Angelo Brocato’s is located in Mid-City at 214 N. Carrollton Avenue.
Creole Creamery: With two locations, there’s no excuse for not trying this place. Creole Cream Cheese ice cream was terrific. They have a “Tchoupitoulas Challenge”, which we were not up for on this trip. It is a HUGE sundae, which, if you can finish it, will land your name on the Hall of Fame plaque.
Napoleon House: This was a pit stop for some refreshing drinks after a long walk through the French Quarter. While the boys sipped fine soda, I enjoyed their famous Pimm’s cup. Oh, it was so good. A glass of chilled white wine was also on our order.
Now it’s time to go home, savor the memories and work off the calories. We’ll be back soon.