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Linda’s guidebook

Linda

Linda’s guidebook

Neighborhoods
Stroll through the 8 block corridor of the Freret Street district for cocktails (Cure and others), a music club, some shops, and, above all, but it is mostly known for its many places to dine or just get a quick bite to eat. We go there frequently in the evening for scrumptious gelato, making up for the indulgence by walking there and back. From sushi to bagels - there is something for everyone. We are happy to have it in our neighborhood and think you will enjoy it too. ps if you are here on the first Saturday of the month, don't miss the Freret Market.
Freret Street
Stroll through the 8 block corridor of the Freret Street district for cocktails (Cure and others), a music club, some shops, and, above all, but it is mostly known for its many places to dine or just get a quick bite to eat. We go there frequently in the evening for scrumptious gelato, making up for the indulgence by walking there and back. From sushi to bagels - there is something for everyone. We are happy to have it in our neighborhood and think you will enjoy it too. ps if you are here on the first Saturday of the month, don't miss the Freret Market.
Walk the 8 blocks from our house (or if you are feeling lazy, park you car at the corner of Joseph and St. Charles) to reach St. Charles Aven and a streetcar stop that can take you in either direction (to the right - Carrollton Ave., to the left - downtown and the French Quarter). Everybody does it at least once - it's a leisurely and scenic ride with lots of oak trees and historic homes. $1.25 ticket one way that you can purchase on the streetcar.
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Saint Charles Avenue
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Walk the 8 blocks from our house (or if you are feeling lazy, park you car at the corner of Joseph and St. Charles) to reach St. Charles Aven and a streetcar stop that can take you in either direction (to the right - Carrollton Ave., to the left - downtown and the French Quarter). Everybody does it at least once - it's a leisurely and scenic ride with lots of oak trees and historic homes. $1.25 ticket one way that you can purchase on the streetcar.
Food scene
Delicious gelato! Walk there and back from our house for a guiltless indulgence, or go there for dessert after a great meal at High Hat, Sarita's, Ancora, Company Burger, DatDog, Mint, Origami....or any of the delicious eating spots on Freret
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Piccola Gelateria
4525 Freret St
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Delicious gelato! Walk there and back from our house for a guiltless indulgence, or go there for dessert after a great meal at High Hat, Sarita's, Ancora, Company Burger, DatDog, Mint, Origami....or any of the delicious eating spots on Freret
I really love High Hat. It has a great menu, is a friendly place, is fancy enough but not too pricey, fabulous bar, a local favorite.
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The High Hat Cafe
4500 Freret Street
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I really love High Hat. It has a great menu, is a friendly place, is fancy enough but not too pricey, fabulous bar, a local favorite.
OK, I mentioned our neighborhood fabulous Piccola Gelateria, but Angelo Broccato's Gelateria and Pasticceria makes my mouth water at the mere thought. (Go to both and let me know which you prefer!) Authentic Sicilian gelato and Italian desserts. Previously located in the French Quarter, but now on Carrollton Avenue (not too far with wheels or about a block and a half from the Canal Street streetcar route.)
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Angelo Brocato
214 North Carrollton Avenue
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OK, I mentioned our neighborhood fabulous Piccola Gelateria, but Angelo Broccato's Gelateria and Pasticceria makes my mouth water at the mere thought. (Go to both and let me know which you prefer!) Authentic Sicilian gelato and Italian desserts. Previously located in the French Quarter, but now on Carrollton Avenue (not too far with wheels or about a block and a half from the Canal Street streetcar route.)
The lines can be around the block but nobody cares because these are the best sno-balls in the universe! Well, I care a bit, and try to go at 1 p.m. on the dot on a Tuesday thru Sunday when there is a huge thunderstorm, hoping the line is not yet out the door. I think they are open until 7 p.m. but am not sure how late they are staying open this season so check before you go.
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Hansen's Sno-Bliz
4801 Tchoupitoulas Street
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The lines can be around the block but nobody cares because these are the best sno-balls in the universe! Well, I care a bit, and try to go at 1 p.m. on the dot on a Tuesday thru Sunday when there is a huge thunderstorm, hoping the line is not yet out the door. I think they are open until 7 p.m. but am not sure how late they are staying open this season so check before you go.
Fabulous, new neighborhood bakery. Love it. I'm going over there soon to take a picture to show you and to eat some delicious pastry and buy a yummy loaf of bread
The Tiger Bakery
3030 General Pershing Street
Fabulous, new neighborhood bakery. Love it. I'm going over there soon to take a picture to show you and to eat some delicious pastry and buy a yummy loaf of bread
Yay - Central Grocery! Go there and have a muffuletta and a Barq's and walk over to the river and have lunch. Mufellettas (Italian meats and olive salad sandwiches) are big and round and cut into 4 quarters - one quarter is a good sandwich size but you might want two of them, and then you can take the other half home and eat it later. (located in the French Quarter on Decatur Street)
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Central Grocery & Deli
923 Decatur Street
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Yay - Central Grocery! Go there and have a muffuletta and a Barq's and walk over to the river and have lunch. Mufellettas (Italian meats and olive salad sandwiches) are big and round and cut into 4 quarters - one quarter is a good sandwich size but you might want two of them, and then you can take the other half home and eat it later. (located in the French Quarter on Decatur Street)
Upscale dining in the French Quarter. I've only been there twice. Next time I want to splurge on a delicious dinner in a beautiful elegant dining room, this is where I want to go.
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The Pelican Club
312 Exchange Place
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Upscale dining in the French Quarter. I've only been there twice. Next time I want to splurge on a delicious dinner in a beautiful elegant dining room, this is where I want to go.
delicious dining in the Riverbend. Great chef.
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Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante Street
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delicious dining in the Riverbend. Great chef.
Very popular restaurant on historic Oak Street. People love it! While you are on Oak Street check out the Maple Leaf Bar too.
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Jacques-Imo's
8324 Oak Street
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Very popular restaurant on historic Oak Street. People love it! While you are on Oak Street check out the Maple Leaf Bar too.
Gracious Bakery
4930 Prytania St
Sightseeing
I don't know why I am just thinking of places to go away from all of the eating, drinking, dancing, fun places to go in New Orleans. It is not hard to find those places, but most of our guests don't bring their pirogues with them so I just want to share a few spots where one can experience the unique natural beauty of our city in places that are easy to access.
Most people don't remember how it came to be known to locals as "The Fly". People just like saying it, but it's really because there used to be a butterfly shaped pavilion overlooking the Mississippi. Between the levee and the river, so you are right there! Open from 5 a to 9 p. If you are jogging around the back end of the park (behind Magazine St. and the zoo), you will find it. You can also drive there by taking the little road to the right of the zoo parking lot. There is plenty of space to park and it's a good spot to watch the boats/barges go by, walk, take a nap or picnic on a blanket (or take advantage of the "go cup" rule). AMAZING SUNSET! Right now there is a bit of construction going on because damage from the very high waters we had this summer. The river was so high it looked like it was going to overtop.
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Butterfly Riverview Park
6500 Magazine Street
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Most people don't remember how it came to be known to locals as "The Fly". People just like saying it, but it's really because there used to be a butterfly shaped pavilion overlooking the Mississippi. Between the levee and the river, so you are right there! Open from 5 a to 9 p. If you are jogging around the back end of the park (behind Magazine St. and the zoo), you will find it. You can also drive there by taking the little road to the right of the zoo parking lot. There is plenty of space to park and it's a good spot to watch the boats/barges go by, walk, take a nap or picnic on a blanket (or take advantage of the "go cup" rule). AMAZING SUNSET! Right now there is a bit of construction going on because damage from the very high waters we had this summer. The river was so high it looked like it was going to overtop.
City Park is great - it is a huge park, not exactly in our neighborhood but wonderful. We used to live a few blocks away and what a wonderful backyard it was - I miss it! The park houses the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), a fabulous sculpture garden, botanical garden, a carousel, the recently revamped Storyland (!), a more peaceful Cafe du Monde than the one in the Quarter, and more. Big old City Park. Celebration in the Oaks will begin around Thanksgiving - you can walk around or drive through the enchantingly lit ancient oak trees for a real treat.
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City Park
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City Park is great - it is a huge park, not exactly in our neighborhood but wonderful. We used to live a few blocks away and what a wonderful backyard it was - I miss it! The park houses the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), a fabulous sculpture garden, botanical garden, a carousel, the recently revamped Storyland (!), a more peaceful Cafe du Monde than the one in the Quarter, and more. Big old City Park. Celebration in the Oaks will begin around Thanksgiving - you can walk around or drive through the enchantingly lit ancient oak trees for a real treat.
Take a ride along Lakeshore Drive (car or bicycle), bring a fishing pole or just sit on the seawall and relax. Eat seafood near the marina, in Bucktown, or overlooking the water. Visit the Mardi Gras Fountain. Drive down to "the Point", watch the sailboats and hobnob with the casual fishermen, drink a beer (yes you can!), watch the sunset.
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Lake Pontchartrain
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Take a ride along Lakeshore Drive (car or bicycle), bring a fishing pole or just sit on the seawall and relax. Eat seafood near the marina, in Bucktown, or overlooking the water. Visit the Mardi Gras Fountain. Drive down to "the Point", watch the sailboats and hobnob with the casual fishermen, drink a beer (yes you can!), watch the sunset.
South Louisiana is a strange place. Get up close and personal with the swamp. Gators and irises and the Rougarou.
Bayou Sauvage NWR Ridge Trail & Boardwalk
20876 Chef Menteur Hwy
South Louisiana is a strange place. Get up close and personal with the swamp. Gators and irises and the Rougarou.
Audubon Nature Institute
The Audubon Nature Institute includes the zoo (located in Audubon Park near our house). It is a fabulous zoo that, like all good zoos today, focuses on nature, species survival and conservation. If you are here for December, check out their City Lights winter celebration. It's always a treat to get to walk around under the beautiful oaks. I will be volunteering there so maybe I'll see you there.
Audubon Nature Institute
6500 Magazine St
The Audubon Nature Institute includes the zoo (located in Audubon Park near our house). It is a fabulous zoo that, like all good zoos today, focuses on nature, species survival and conservation. If you are here for December, check out their City Lights winter celebration. It's always a treat to get to walk around under the beautiful oaks. I will be volunteering there so maybe I'll see you there.