Good morning New Orleans board- our trip to NO is approaching this weekend, and I'm pretty excited! Have been quietly searching this board for months for recs, and as a result we have lunch reservations on Sat. at Bayona, dinner on Sat. at August, and Sun. brunch at Commander's Palace. What I'm looking for now are suggestions for kind of a bar-crawl/sampling (with no reservations needed) for Fri. night- I kept that night open to just go with the flow, but I'd like some tips so I can spot a chowish spot vs. a tourist trap.
Some parameters: we're staying at the Ritz in the French Quarter, so we'd like to take off on foot from there and explore the FQ. Ideally, I'd like to hit a couple of spots in search of things like; the best fresh oysters, best bbq shriimp, ettoufee, gumbo, jambalya, beignets, etc. In addition to restaurants, we'd also like to mix in some bars to try some "classic" NO drinks (I'm a little fuzzy here on what that might be- more of a wine drinker- so rum punch?, sazerac?, etc). Basically, when I step foot out from of my hotel, anything I place I should look out for? We'll walk quite a bit, so farther away is fine.
No price/budget limits (although since the rest of the trip is pretty upscale, I'd like to try some more casual offerings on Fri), but I'm not a big fan of crowded/touristy/college bars. Thanks so much in advance- this board has already been great for planning purposes.
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112