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2 nights to experience New orleans

mlynnb | Oct 8, 2011 03:18 PM

Hello Chow Friends! I have not been to New orleans in 5 years, but have spent a lot of time there prior to that. I am coming back for just 2 nights (leaving for a cruise from there Dec. 17) with my boyfriend and 7 other family members ranging in age from 15 to 73. I have raved to them about New Orleans for years and want them to really enjoy their short time there, so am hoping for some recommendations from you all. The first day will be just 4 of us but on December 16th we will all be together and are hoping for a good Reivillion dinner that won't blow our budget. I have found the website with the list of participating restaurants and their menus, but its been too many years and I am out of touch with where to go in New Orleans. We are not looking for fancy-we'll have a few formal dinners on our cruise, but just looking for a nice atmosphere to enjoy a good family dinner, New orleans style.
Any help or suggestions would be very appreciated--we are staying near Bourbon/Iberville and do not have a vehicle. Also looking for a good food store place to by some traditional New Orleans olive salad, spices etc to take back home with us!
Many thanks!

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