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1st timer lookin' for local fare..

Violetlee | Jan 2, 200808:21 PM

My fiance and I are heading to New Orleans sometime mid-March for 7-8 days. We'll be staying at the Ritz, and may or may not rent a car depending on what the locals rec.). I know we will be dining at Stella!, Brigtsen's, Arnaud's, Delachaise, & August.
I was wondering about Tujagues, I have read about on a few other New Orleans boards but nothing about it here.. I'm guessing there is a reason for that.

While we are foodies and enjoy fine dining at it's best we are also "city kids" who love local dive bars (... I mean where the locals actually hang out) and as my Southern grandmother would say good ol' down home cookin'. So any tips to point us in that direction it would be killer.

Finally, I would like everyone's opinion on the best of the following:
Shrimp & grits
Red beans & Rice

Is Fried Okra a New Orleans thing? I haven't had any great fried Okra since my grandad passed away, but he was a Virginian.

Okay I think that should be enough for now, in case you haven't noticed I am more that a bit excited about our little adventure... although I've never been I know I am going to fall in love with NO.

OH! One last question does anyone know where Tennessee Williams wateringhole might be and if it would still be in operation? As an actress I must pay homage.

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