My husband and I are coming to town for 5 days for my birthday (which happens to fall on the Po’Boy festival weekend). Though it’s our 9th visit, it’s the first one in the fall (we usually come for JazzFest). And, too, for the first time we’ll be staying in the Quarter (we usually stay in the Garden District). We always walk through the Quarter, have gone to some music there (Snug Harbor, Palm Court, HOB), and, of course, have our fill of beignets at Café du Monde. My vision this trip is to explore all the gems and nooks and crannies, food, music and otherwsie, of the Quarter that I read about on Chowhound and elsewhere. Given that we will definitely visit our favs (Brigstens, Casamento’s, Dick & Jenny’s) and finally try the Parkway Bakery, all outside of the Quarter, and we have dinner at Galitoire’s on Friday, I wonder if you savvy folks could steer us in great directions in the Quarter for the rest of our stay (breakfast, lunch dinner all). One of my requisite things to do while in your town is to drive out to Jean Laffite Reserve to visit the beautiful wetlands. We’ve not found anything wonderful along the way yet; any suggestions? My husband loves the Canal Street ferry ride over to Algiers (and we’ve had a great lunch at the Dry Dock); any other suggestions? We’re both fans of ethnic food but have rarely tried anything but local Creole/Southern food on our previous visits (because it’s so darn good!). Any Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Mexican recommendations would be very welcome. Every time we visit your vibrant and fascinating city we fall deeper in love with it. Oh! And, I’m a huge fan of Briarhill Farms sweet pickles! I usually buy a year’s supply at the Farmers’ Market on Tuesday when we’re there for JazzFest but since we return to California on a Monday I’ll miss that. Is there anywhere else I can buy them? Sorry for this long post and thanks for any and all responses!
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