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message 1: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments Ok friends, leaving for New Orleans on Saturday and will be there from the 20th-24th for work. First time there. So what is recommended that I try while there? I will be staying right in the French Quarter and will have an opportunity to eat lots. Remember, I don't drink so please limit your suggestions to food.


message 2: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Stay clear of restaurants that are not busy. They're unpopular for a reason.

message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Wow, that should be fun, Kevin...

I've only been to NO once, about...yes, twenty years ago, by myself. I took the train down when I was nineteen, I think. I had a great time and I always wanted to return. Where's Heidi when you need her? I bet she could answer this question. I taunted her this morning on facebook, so hopefully she'll see this thread.

Travel Channel has a New Orleans guide...


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Beignets, Kevin.

Be glad you're not a vegetarian. It is not a good city in which to be a vegetarian.

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

I'd send Heidi a note Kevin, she should be able to point you in some pretty fun directions.

message 6: by Cosmic Sher (new)

Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments You need to go to Cafe DuMonde and have chickory cafe au lait & beignets. Word is they are world-class.

Plus, you'll need to sit there and channel me so I can finally try them. :)

message 7: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments def going to try beignets and gumbo/red beans & rice for sure. i love pecan pie so that will be a must also. we are arriving about a day and a half before our business monday and tuesday (during the day) so we will have some time to try some things. i am quite adventurous especially when it comes to eating

message 8: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments i will def post some pics and updates if anyone cares

message 9: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Hallmarkey is a very Kansas City kind of word.

message 10: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments yah but thoughtful. thanks.

message 11: by Cosmic Sher (new)

Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments I care too and I don't care how Hallmarkey it sounds. We love pictures! (Cause some of us need to live vicariously through others. ;P )

message 12: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Pictures, please.

message 13: by Youndyc (new)

Youndyc | 1255 comments Cafe Maspero, definitely. It's on Decatur close to the levee.

Cafe du Monde, obviously.

Pat O'Brien's, entertainingly.

There's also Mother's but I prefer a place that's down the road and around a few corners and the name of which is completely escaping me right now - Sorry! But they have the best fried chicken!

message 14: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments thanks. i will try to check some of the places out. i will update with pics and info on my hoosier butt in the Big Easy

thanks sher!

message 15: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa (buckythecat) Muffaletta at Central Grocery! Wait...is that even still there? Don't forget to take the St. Charles streetcar. Excellent people-watching and house-eyeballing.

message 16: by Cosmic Sher (new)

Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments And have FUN! :)

message 17: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments yup. having fun. eating like a coyote in a bunny hutch. first night here i ate broiled oysters, crawdads and shrimp bisque soup. got up and ate breakfast buffet at Harrah's Casino (no gambling except for the weird sauce on my pork chop) then walked around looking for more places to eat. had beignets at Cafe du Monde with cafe au lait. wow, wonderful. going again in the morning. ate oysters on the half shell, jambalaya and a muffaletta in one sitting and finished off drinking a diet coke in a sports bar watching team USA win the hockey game. if i lived here i would weigh 4 bills easy.

try to post some pics tomorrow. staying at the Crowne Astor on the corner of Bourbon and Canal. last night was the end of Mardi Gras (kinda). looked like if Dante ran Disneyworld

message 18: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Sounds great, Kevin.

message 19: by Cosmic Sher (new)

Cosmic Sher (sherart) | 2234 comments yea! Sounds like you are living it up right. :)

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Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments


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Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments


message 22: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Great shot. So envious.

message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

Nice, thanks for sharing Kevin.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Wanna go! Beignets sound really good right now.
Great pictures, Kevin.
If anyone asks you where you got your shoes, tell them you got them on your feet. :)

message 25: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Dude, you've been working out. Look at those arms!

squeezes Kevin's bicep

message 26: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments hmmm. since i last updated i have eaten more oysters on the half shell, loads of humongo shrimp, roast beef with horseradish that totally snots you like it is supposed to, crab cakes, gumbo, red beans and rice, killa (i said killa) bread pudding, fried chicken and more beignets.

they are gonna have to drag my chubby arse outta here baby.

message 27: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I went to a seafood place in Metairie (a NOLA suburb where Heidi was born) that had the very best crab cakes I have ever had.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I ate so much my first day in New Orleans (beignets, pralines, amazing sandwiches on croissants) I could not even contemplate dinner.
Which was a shame, because we went to Mother's. I sipped a 7-Up to try to settle my stomach while Chris ate red beans and rice.

message 29: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments righto jacks. i have been borderline ill since i've been here because i have eaten so much. tried to develop a smaller test portion strategy but it didn't work out so well because everything was delish. i walked around our convention with a spoon in my pocket in case they brought something else out. i surrendered my spoon at the end since i didn't want to nick it from the hotel

i fly out in the morning. maybe a few more beignets early?

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Definitely beignets, Kevin, even if you have to take them to go!

message 31: by Youndyc (new)

Youndyc | 1255 comments You can also get a bag of beignets at the airport - just in case.

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