New Orleans Culinary Delights
The Master in Creole Cuisine
Chef Emeril Lagasse has three restaurants in NOLA
"BAM!" That is Chef Emeril Lagasse's signature saying on cooking shows and in the kitchen. The Massachusetts native has become an adopted son of New Orleans, while building his reputation at Commander's Palace. Now with three restaurants in New Orleans: Emeril's Restaurant, Nola by Emeril Restaurant and Emeril's Delmonico. He is a hero in NOLA for his charitable endeavor and known around the world for his award winning cooking, television appearances and best selling cookbooks.
His Emeril's Restaurant is in the Warehouse district featuring New Orleans cuisine with a Creole essence. This is his casual and funky restaurant at 800 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130. (504) 528-9393
Nola by Emeril is located in an 1800s historic building on St. Louis St. The two story restaurant is casual, yet hip with an industrial flair. My husband always orders the grilled double cut pork chop with slightly sweet bourbon mashed sweet potatoes. The rustic Louisiana and Southern cooking are served by warm hospitality servers. Be sure to order the delicious banana pudding layer cake made with a graham cracker crust, vanilla wafers and fudge sauce. Open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner daily starting at 6 p.m. 534 St. Louis St. New Orleans, LA 70130 (504)522-6652.
Emeril's Delmonico is sophisticated in an old antebellum mansion located in the lower Garden District featuring New Orleans style Creole cuisine.1300 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Nola by Emeril
Enjoy a meal while coasting along the Mississippi River
Eat, Sightsee and Walk through the Streets of New Orleans
Get a ticket for the Hop On-Hop Off Bus to get an excellent orientation of New Orleans.
New Orleans’s Jazz and Blues
It was a treat to walk through the city’s neighborhoods and hear jazz and blues performed by musicians on the streets, in the parks, and spilling out of restaurants and clubs. Find world-renowned jazz musicians on Frenchmen Street in the Blue Nile, Three Muses, and Snug Harbor clubs.
Frenchmen Street Art Market
The Frenchmen Street Art Market is a special evening for art lovers with an open-air market featuring local artists and handcrafted jewelry, fine art, offbeat sculptures, and handmade soaps. Thursday through Sunday from 7 p.m. to 1 pm
619 Frenchmen Street in the Marigny neighborhood.
River Boat Cruise
Glide along the Mississippi River onboard one of the only authentic steamboats left in the United States, The Natchez. The two-hour narrated tour has an optional buffet meal plan. Be sure to tour the steam engines and listen to the live three-piece band.Special holiday cruises are offered year-round.
Daytime Jazz Cruise
Fresh Seafood at GW Fins
Have you ever been to NOLA?
Our family loved this seafood restaurant with its cozy booths and the fresh out-of-the-oven buttermilk biscuits, which are served before and during your meal. Be sure to order a fresh fish entrée and salty malty dessert.
Named by Esquire magazine’s as “One of America’s Top 20 Best New Restaurants Award,” just months after opening.
Owners Gary Wollerman and Chef Tenney Flynn offer a simple, yet sophisticated menu. His cooking techniques enhance the fresh flavors, rather than masking them with heavy sauces and overwhelming spices.
The menu features an assortment of seafood from around the globe, including what is available from the Gulf Coast.
Some of the most popular items on GW Fins’ menu include Lobster Dumplings served with fennel and tomato, cold smoked oysters, cashew and peppercorn crusted Swordfish.
The wine list includes more than 100 labels, with at least 70 available by the glass. Co-owner Gary Wollerman enjoys exploring new wines.
Save room for individual homemade apple pie served warm with a cheddar cheese straw crust and vanilla ice cream.
GW Fins is located in the heart of the French Quarter at 808 Bienville Street, between Bourbon and Dauphine streets.
The restaurant is open for dinner on Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday until 10:30 p.m. The dress code at GW Fins is “dressy casual.” Collared shirts are required for gentlemen. T-shirts and/or flip-flops are not allowed. 808 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA - (504)581-3467.
Seafood Dishes at GW Fins
Hotels in New Orleans
The Hilton Riverside Hotel
Queen & Crescent
The Hilton Riverside is centrally located and is in walking distance to many of New Orleans’s attractions. You can reserve a room or suite with views of the city and river.
If you want to stay on a main parade route in the Garden District, make a reservation at Hotel Indigo. Some rooms look out to the oak trees with beads hanging from past parades. It rests along the St. Charles Streetcar line, and within walking distance to Magazine Street filled with restaurants, shops and beautiful mansions.
Known as one of the best bargain hotels near the French Quarter. Each of the 196 decorated guest rooms feature European-style furnishings, in-room safes, hair dryers, coffee & coffee makers and high-speed Internet.
Two Poydras St. New Orleans (504)561-0500
2203 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans
344 Camp St.
Fun Spots to Eat and Listen to Music
Crescent City Brewery
This is the only French Street microbrewery in New Orleans. I suggest the oyster club sandwich with a Bloody Mary or local draft beer. They have 17-barrels that are brewed in small quantities with four natural ingredients: water, hops, malt and yeast. There are no stabilizers or chemicals are used. All brewing is completed in-house.
Wolfram Koehler is the Founder and German Brewmaster. His distinctive lagers have won numerous awards. 527 Decatur St. (504) 522-0571
The Alluring Jackson Square
Strolling through Jackson Square will remind you of Paris. Its community of Plein air artists paint and draw from their heart and display their work on the square's iron fence. It has been going on for generations. Be sure to take a look inside the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France - the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States.
Street entertainment is all around the square. Kick back and hear the sounds that made this city so famous for its jazz music.
Oldest Catholic Church in the United States
Located in a renovated warehouse, this restaurant is open for lunch or dinner. The chefs prepare dishes from locally sourced pork, fresh produce, and seafood creating authentic and innovative Cajun Southern cooking. If the restaurant has a wait list, visit the nearby sandwich shop and wine shop, Butcher, located behind the restaurant and managed by the same owners. 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, (504)588-2123.
Mardi Gras World
Mardi Gras season begins in New Orleans with parades, King’s cakes and festivities during Carnival. Mardi Gras Day or “Fat Tuesday” is always 47 days prior to Easter Sunday. It’s the last day of the Carnival season and falls on the first day of Lent. For 2014, it will be on March 4. Most visitors plan to arrive much earlier, and no later than Saturday, March 1, 2014.
The history of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. In 1872, a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival—Rex in New Orleans to preside over the first daytime parade. They introduced the official Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold in honor of a visiting Russian Grand Duke – Alexis Romanoff. Purple stands for justice; gold for power; and green for faith. When visiting New Orleans be sure to wear these colors if you are not in costume.
A Mardi Gras tradition is also to eat a slice of King’s cake. Inside every cake is a tiny plastic baby, representing the baby Jesus. The top of the cake is covered with delicious sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold.
If you visit New Orleans before or after Mardi Gras, be sure to spend a few hours at Mardi Gras World. This is a fascinating tour inside the workshops of Kern Studios, designer and builder of floats for over 40 parades. You can watch a video of the history of Mardi Gras, eat a slice of King’s cake (a rare treat), and tour the warehouse of the largest float builder in the world. Tours are offered 7 days a week from 9:30am to 5:30pm. 1380 Port of New Orleans Place (504) 361-7821 www.mardigraswaorld.com
Be Sure to Eat A Slice of Pecan Pie
Located along Canal Street, this classic New Orleans restaurant, serves contemporary Creole food in an upbeat and lively two-story grand café. It’s owned by Dickie Brennan, the restaurateur who owns multiple famous restaurants in New Orleans, including Commander’s Palace. Save room for the pecan pie or Bananas Foster prepared at the table. It’s a visual treat. 605 Canal St. New Orleans (504)523-1661.
Activities to See and Do in New Orleans
The National WWII Museum
The “Natchez” is one of the only authentic steamboats in the United States.
Fun for all ages
Focus on the American experience in World War II.
Buffet brunch and live jazz music.
423 Canal St.
945 Magazine St. (504) 528-1944