We started off the next day roaming around the French Quarter, New Orleans’ oldest and most popular neighborhood. It’s known for its colonial architecture, the noisy and bar-filled Bourbon Street, eccentric Voodoo shops, possibly haunted houses, and french-creole restaurants. We spent a full two days going around the Quarter, simply because there was so much to see.
The iconic architecture of the French Quarter is ironically of Spanish colonial influence.
Lunch at the French Market.
Amazing fried catfish po’ boy from Mother Nature’s Cupboard. It came with a side of “tater bites” aka fried mashed potatoes.
World famous beignets from Cafe du Monde. Three fresh-outta-the-fryer beignets piled on with powdered sugar, and an iced coffee on the side, set me back only $6. This place may be super touristy, but their chicory coffee and sugary fried doughy clouds are soooo worth it.
The St. Louis Cathedral.
Insanely delicious fried chicken and mixed seafood jambalaya from Coop’s Place.
Bourbon Street. Mind you, this was a Monday night. When we walked down here on a Saturday, it was completely packed, almost impassible, with drunk tourists. Best to be avoided on weekends.
Not exactly a kid-friendly place but ok then.
Some of the best jazz I’ve ever heard, coming from street performers on Frenchmen Street.
They had a full 8 piece band and that drew quite a crowd.
My favorite part about New Orleans (and the South in general) is the ability to walk into any bar and find amazing live music. We listened to the Jazz Vipers at the Spotted Cat on Frenchmen Street. All the bars/clubs on Frenchmen Street are much more lively and entertaining than the crazy mess over on Bourbon, in my opinion.
The next day started off with some brisket from the Joint.
“Ask me about net neutrality”– I liked this place already.
The brisket was extremely tender, you can see it falling apart right there. The real star, however, was their jalapeno corn bread and their mac n cheese (unfortunately not pictured).