I'm hosting a small group trip to New Orleans in August for a bunch of people who have never been there before, We're arriving by train at about 3:30 pm on Saturday, and departing at 1:45pm on Sunday -- less than 24 hours! YIKES! We're staying at the Hilton Riverside, so we're in easy walking distance to the FQ, streetcar etc. Since everyone will be looking to me to cart them around, and we have so little time, I'm trying to map out an itinerary that gives them a decent taste of things.
I'm thinking that we'll arrive, drop bags at the hotel and immediately head out to the FQ for cocktails. Tujagues is somewhat of a tradition for the first drink in town. Has it managed to escape the clutches of the evil t-shirt empire? The group may not want to all dine together on the first night, some have already expressed interest in Herbsaint, Peche and Coop's -- they're a fairly adventurous bunch, so are there other places I should direct them for their "one-shot" at dinner in the FQ? We've got some self-proclaimed "high-end foodies" and some others who might wander into TJ McFunsters if we don't stop them!
What would be a good night spot for after-dinner cocktails for a group of about 20? Festive, but not too loud and not filled with drunken tourists? OK, we will also be slightly drunken tourists, but you know what I mean!
In the morning I'm thinking of rousting them early and heading out on the streetcar to Camellia Grill for breakfast, some Garden District strolling, then back to the French/Farmers Market for the inevitable trinket shopping and to pick up snacks for the train that afternoon. I will not be allowed to avoid a visit to Cafe Du Monde, although it sounds like Cafe Beignet might be giving them some competition.... I'm inclined to stop at Johnny's for po' boys for lunch and send some of them to Central Grocery for muffs before we head back to the train station.
I know all of this sounds a little predictable, but I'm trying to give people a "taste", given how little time we have in town. I've visited NO a bunch of times, but still have so much to learn, so I'm eager to get an insider's perspective on how you might do things differently.
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