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Old 07-02-2010, 11:21 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Antoines is not good at all, I'm sorry. The food is downright awful. It's a cool place but the food is not worth the price. Galatoires is along the same line and much much better. If you still want to go to Antoines, the dress code for lunch is much more lax. Take a look at online reviews of Antoines that are dated AFTER Katrina. The place came back bad and is steadily declining more. Sorry to be a bummer. I just hate to see people waste good money.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:35 AM
 
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Antoines is not good at all, I'm sorry. The food is downright awful. It's a cool place but the food is not worth the price. Galatoires is along the same line and much much better. If you still want to go to Antoines, the dress code for lunch is much more lax. Take a look at online reviews of Antoines that are dated AFTER Katrina. The place came back bad and is steadily declining more. Sorry to be a bummer. I just hate to see people waste good money.
Thank you for the info. I would have had no idea...it looked good from the website, etc.

Where is Galatoires located? FQ, GD, etc..?

ETA: Nevermind, found it.
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Old 07-02-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: NH/MA
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just a quick tip about the heat- make sure you stay well hydrated. that probably sounds like a no-brainer, but i was in nola a month ago and got courageous (more like stupid) uptown on freret on a sunday where no stores were open and took a long walk... i was sick all day! you won't have to worry about that if you're in a populated place like the quarter, but just take it easy. duck in cafes every now and then to cool down. bring something to drink if you're gonna take that walk through audubon park, it's a long one, but shaded and soooo pretty. i like the suggestion of going to camellia grill, then taking the streetcar to audubon park and walking over to the zoo on magazine. the zoo has a bunch of drinks of course and tons of sprinklers everywhere to stand under. there is a swamp tour there, but you don't see as much as you would if you walk. afterward you can catch a cab in their parking lot if you get tired.

someone told me the heat is addictive and i'd have to agree. i come from way up north and really loved the hot weather. i'm still finding it cold at home when it's in the 70s, lmfao. but even if you don't like it, it's tolerable if you pace yourself.

this is a touristy place, but definitely check out st. louis cathedral. it is absolutely stunning (and very cold in there, which is a plus.) another fun touristy thing to do is to take a mule ride in the quarter.

i highly recommend eating at zea's on st. charles. really nice place and great food. pat o'brien's too- again, kind of touristy, but they have their famous hurricane drink and they serve yummy cajun food.

Last edited by hershey87; 07-02-2010 at 12:44 PM.. Reason: restaurant recs
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Old 07-02-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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Thank you for the heat tips~!

I have a lot of family and friends in Texas that I have visited over my lifetime (Houston / San Antonio / Dallas)...so I'm pretty familiar with the South's heat. The area of CA I'm in gets really hot in the Summer (100+), but it is a dry heat...very little to no humidity. It always takes me the first day or 2 to get used to the humidity in the South....by the time I'm REALLY used to it, I'm usually leaving. LOL

What I really love is the summer storms that blow in and cool you off....it feels so refreshing. Until it raises the humidity even more right afterwards, of course. LOL
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:30 PM
 
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You are lucky with Galatoire's, Tygress, it's is actually, and quite incredibly, right on Bourbon Street, nearer Canal St. than the really thick bar area. On the side of the street away from the river.. But restaurants are another matter. Best to let the residents handle that for me, lol. I always put in my vote for Cafe Maspero cause they offer an oyster plate that says on the menu you can't finish it, and even with my significant capacity, I couldn't. And I love oysters. But great it is certainly not. It's just CHEAP food and piles of it. Not to be confused with Pierre Maspero's, twice as expensive, but maybe better, lol. A great low rent meal can be had at The Port of Call Rest/Bar on Esplanade, the most downriver street in the quarter's boundary. You can hit the french market on Decatur, walk til you hit Esplanade and it's down a few blocks on your left. MASSIVE drinks, too and cheap. great hamburger. Right there you can also see the Mardi Gras museum in the old US mint building right there on that end of the quarter. There are also a few great shope at the far end of the French Market down there, between decatur and Royal I think. But the seemingly immortal "Boomerang" is gone, sadly. man THAT was a great clothing store, wicked punk or new wave, certainly counter-culture.
Art galleries, think Royal St. I know this sounds odd, but Musee Conti, the old wax museum, has a good history of the city feel. I told you already I think, to ride the
ferry across the river and back.

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Old 07-07-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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I understand that there is now tar balls and oil in Lake Ponchartrain. How, if at all, will this potentially impact our upcoming vacation? Will there be issues with air or water quality?
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Old 07-07-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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I understand that there is now tar balls and oil in Lake Ponchartrain. How, if at all, will this potentially impact our upcoming vacation? Will there be issues with air or water quality?
No, sunshine, you are good. I mean there will be alot of people 8i+chin& about it at bars and stuff,
but unless you are planning a trip to the lake to catch crabs with a chicken neck, a string
and a long poled net, you should be good. ANd by the way, that is a fun way to spend a New Orleans
day, but I didn't mention it since I thought you would rather not do it.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:19 PM
 
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No, sunshine, you are good. I mean there will be alot of people 8i+chin& about it at bars and stuff,
but unless you are planning a trip to the lake to catch crabs with a chicken neck, a string
and a long poled net, you should be good. ANd by the way, that is a fun way to spend a New Orleans
day, but I didn't mention it since I thought you would rather not do it.
OK...just checking. I've seen others claim the oil couldn't reach New Orleans that far inland and up the river...but obviously it has reached the lake, so wanted to see if I needed to be concerned.

Maybe next time we'll have time to catch crabs with a chicken neck, a string and a long-poled net...but this trip will be packed with activity already.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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It's not that the oil "couldn't" it's just that we were all being advised that, because the flow of the Mississippi, oil most likely wouldn't make it to the lake. Of course, the lovely experts were wrong . It's going to affect seafood, for sure. As for other things, there's no telling. Most everyone was confident. It's not like we were lying to get people to come (as I was accused of doing on another forum - I'd actually be the first one here telling people to stay away ) but Hurricane Alex had better ideas and brought things in the wrong way. The main tourist areas of downtown don't border the lake. As of today, the tar balls have only been spotted out towards Slidell. There was absolutely no out of the norm smell downtown today. I live on the lake 10 miles West of the city and there's nothing here yet, just no fishing allowed which stinks for a ton of people.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:20 AM
 
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Wow lots of info here. We are staying in Baton rouge for a few weeks. My hubby has a two week work oppurtunity. Will be visiting New orleans for the weekend. Would love to go on one of those kayaking tours in one of the swamps, both of us are nature lovers. Could you suggest something? Some swamp where we can rent a kayak, and not those planned tours. And with lots of natural habitat to watch and enjoy?
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