New Orleans Travel Guide

In New Orleans, the town of excess, Tony indulges in fresh seafood, drinks Sazerac with Davis Rogan, hits The Kingpin and finishes off his bar crawl with tacos from one of the nation’s top 20 food trucks.

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Loft 523

Loft 523 is a boutique hotel in a completely modern style, one that would look at home in New York or London. The hotel comprises of 18 studio loft apartments, and the downstairs bar and swimming pool are definitely a plus.

523 Gravier St
New Orleans, LA 70130

 
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Maple Leaf Bar

This bar was the first live music venue to reopen, just weeks after Katrina, with a generator-powered performance by Walter "Wolfman" Washington. If the Rebirth Brass Band is playing, don’t miss it.

8316 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

 
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One Eyed Jacks

A 1920s movie theatre converted into the only music venue recommended by locals in the French Quarter. Bookings favor local and international alternative rock and indie songwriters, plus local burlesque and freak shows.

615 Toulouse St
New Orleans, LA 70130

 
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Pho Tau Bay Restaurant

Tony and native Louisiana chef John Besh head just outside of the city, over the Mississippi River Bridge to the Westbank, to Pho Tau Bay. Tony and John order classic Vietnamese food from this family-run restaurant.

113 Westbank Expressway Gretna, LA 70053

 
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R&O'S

Tony and Lolis Elie head to Bucktown for the best po’ boy in the city at R&O -- a family-run establishment serving up football-sized roast beef po’ boys.

216 Metairie Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

 
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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The Ritz-Carlton took the place of the Maison Blanche store, but preserved the classic, terracotta building. The service is excellent and the location is perfect -- close to the French Quarter without the crush of tourists puking on your doorstep.

921 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70112

 
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Royal Street Inn & Bar

Lolis Elie has Tony meet him at this classic dive bar in the Marigny. Tony and Lolis throw back a few beers and discuss the landscape of New Orleans post-Katrina. The floors are warped, the windows are grimy and smoking is allowed inside.

1431 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

 
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Satsuma Cafe

Named after the sweet mystery fruit of the south, Satsuma Cafe has a wonderful list of site-squeezed juices and sandwiches stuffed full of freshness. The decor is totally New Orleans, and the vibe is about as local as you can get.

3218 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

 

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