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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #100 on: December 07, 2010, 06:36:16 AM »
I'm having a hard time finding a flight from Ft Smith that doesn't involve me driving 2 hours then flying for 5-6 hours.  How shitty of a drive would it be from Ft Smith to New Orleans and which is the best way, go South through Texarkana or through Little Rock?

The drive out of Ft. Smith would be great.  The drive returning to Ft. Smith knowing that's where you live would be shitty.


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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #101 on: December 07, 2010, 09:50:51 AM »
What i really got out of your statement is, you are one of those types that show up for the big games, huh?

Damn straight. College football is entertainment, and I don't feel like forking out $2g for season tickets (not counting any contribution) when I only have interest in attending 2 or 3 games, max. Kids sports schedules don't allow it, and I'm just not interested in paying to see us whip UTEP. I'd much rather scalp for face, or a little above, and use the difference for a myriad of other things like making a SEC road trip or the aTM game in Dallas.


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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #102 on: December 07, 2010, 10:12:13 AM »
I have to disagree about Michaul's being good food.  VERY, VERY bad. I don't even think they are open anymore.  As a Hog fan and a New Orleanian, my two cents about NOLA entertainment:
Good food: Try Stanley in Jackson Square for brunch, Coops for cheap eats, Cochon is a bit nicer and is incredible-not that expensive really. Mothers is not as good as it once was. Avoid Voodoo BBQ, a tourist trap and below Arkie standards.  Great NOLA Italian food at Irene's Cuisine. Venture Uptown to get out of the madness? Take the GREEN St Charles streetcars. Magazine is a cool strip for food, bars and shops.  Tracey's at Magazine and 3rd is THE BEST poboy on the planet, period.  Avoid Parasols.  They changed owners and now SUCK. Also the best sportsbar Uptown with a gazillion TVs and cheap drinks. Jacqueimo's on Oak St-I don't get it, but every Arkansasan I take there goes apeshit on the food.  Great bar with live music next door.
Drinks: Unless you are 20 years old and want to pay $6 for a Bud, avoid Bourbon.  Except maybe Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. Old bar, cool atmosphere. Do not confuse it with Lafitte's in Exile unless you want to boy on boy dance.  Cheap drinks in the Quarter? Chart Room, Miss Mae's, Molly's at the Market on Decatur St. Remember, this is New Orleans...you can order drinks in plastic togo cups and walk around.  Frenchman St is great for live music and a little older crowd.  Praline Connection is pretty good food there.  13 is good bar food.  Uptown? Again, Tracey's...cheap drinks, multiple TVs, great food.
Hotels:  Not much to add except try to avoid Metairie and Kenner, NO East or the Westbank.  Savings on cab rides alone make these more expensive.  Try the Queen and Crescent on Camp St.  Not bad, good rates, close to everything. The Hampton or Best Western on St Charles are good buys and a streetcar ride away from the Quarter.  Anything by the Convention Center is fine and close by.
Yeah, I'm geeking out about tens of thousands of Hog fans coming to my town.  If anyone has any NOLA questions, please do ask.  And get used to coming here every January. This is only the beginning.

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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #103 on: December 07, 2010, 10:51:04 AM »
Sad to hear about Mother's.  I graduated in '99 and haven't been in town but once since, so I'm out of touch on what's still around and still good.  Did the Camellia Grill ever open back up?


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« Reply #104 on: December 07, 2010, 11:19:18 AM »
Sad to hear about Mother's. I graduated in '99 and haven't been in town but once since, so I'm out of touch on what's still around and still good. Did the Camellia Grill ever open back up?
Yeah, it's been back open in Riverbend about 3 years. The new location in the Quarter may be open now too. Again, Stanley for breakfast food is badass. It's across the street from Muriels. The Boudin Benedict, just wow. And a full bar, great bloody marys.

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« Reply #105 on: December 07, 2010, 11:36:02 AM »
I have to disagree about Michaul's being good food.  VERY, VERY bad. I don't even think they are open anymore.  As a Hog fan and a New Orleanian, my two cents about NOLA entertainment:
Good food: Try Stanley in Jackson Square for brunch, Coops for cheap eats, Cochon is a bit nicer and is incredible-not that expensive really. Mothers is not as good as it once was. Avoid Voodoo BBQ, a tourist trap and below Arkie standards.  Great NOLA Italian food at Irene's Cuisine. Venture Uptown to get out of the madness? Take the GREEN St Charles streetcars. Magazine is a cool strip for food, bars and shops.  Tracey's at Magazine and 3rd is THE BEST poboy on the planet, period.  Avoid Parasols.  They changed owners and now SUCK. Also the best sportsbar Uptown with a gazillion TVs and cheap drinks. Jacqueimo's on Oak St-I don't get it, but every Arkansasan I take there goes apeshit on the food.  Great bar with live music next door.
Drinks: Unless you are 20 years old and want to pay $6 for a Bud, avoid Bourbon.  Except maybe Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. Old bar, cool atmosphere. Do not confuse it with Lafitte's in Exile unless you want to boy on boy dance.  Cheap drinks in the Quarter? Chart Room, Miss Mae's, Molly's at the Market on Decatur St. Remember, this is New Orleans...you can order drinks in plastic togo cups and walk around.  Frenchman St is great for live music and a little older crowd.  Praline Connection is pretty good food there.  13 is good bar food.  Uptown? Again, Tracey's...cheap drinks, multiple TVs, great food.
Hotels:  Not much to add except try to avoid Metairie and Kenner, NO East or the Westbank.  Savings on cab rides alone make these more expensive.  Try the Queen and Crescent on Camp St.  Not bad, good rates, close to everything. The Hampton or Best Western on St Charles are good buys and a streetcar ride away from the Quarter.  Anything by the Convention Center is fine and close by.
Yeah, I'm geeking out about tens of thousands of Hog fans coming to my town.  If anyone has any NOLA questions, please do ask.  And get used to coming here every January. This is only the beginning.



So we got a hotel at the Avenue Garden Inn, on the corner of St. Charles and, wait for it, MLK. It's about a mile from the FQ. Is it safe to walk back and forth? Is there a streetcar that runs close by? What hours do they run?


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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #106 on: December 07, 2010, 11:37:08 AM »
Yeah, it's been back open in Riverbend about 3 years. The new location in the Quarter may be open now too. Again, Stanley for breakfast food is badass. It's across the street from Muriels. The Boudin Benedict, just wow. And a full bar, great bloody marys.

i love the bloody mary's at the Fleur de Lis on Chartres.  and their breakfast is damn good too.

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« Reply #107 on: December 07, 2010, 11:42:50 AM »
What's a real good / best place for a nice steak there?

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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #108 on: December 07, 2010, 11:44:32 AM »
So we got a hotel at the Avenue Garden Inn, on the corner of St. Charles and, wait for it, MLK. It's about a mile from the FQ. Is it safe to walk back and forth? Is there a streetcar that runs close by? What hours do they run?

I think that's on the St. Charles streetcar line, so you're good.  End of the line is across Canal from Bourbon, or at least it used to be before they opened up the Canal street lines and whatnot.  Probably still is.  I'd just take that, rather than walk.  You can get off at Poydras and just walk up that to the dome.


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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #109 on: December 07, 2010, 11:47:40 AM »


Here's an option -- Beau Rivage, Biloxi, MS, $59 for a room most of Sugar Bowl week:
http://www.beaurivage.com/promotions/

Put some money down on the Hogs --- but about 1.5 hr drive into game though.


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« Reply #110 on: December 07, 2010, 12:11:27 PM »
So we got a hotel at the Avenue Garden Inn, on the corner of St. Charles and, wait for it, MLK. It's about a mile from the FQ. Is it safe to walk back and forth? Is there a streetcar that runs close by? What hours do they run?
I'm not sure about that exact hotel, but the area is completely safe. You can walk out the front door and there's the streetcar. Avenue Pub is nearby and open 24 hours, cool joint, as well as several 24 hour breakfast diners. I live nearby, and have staggered home after Saints games a few times, just follow the streetcar tracks and you're fine. I would not suggest exploring up MLK at night, but St Charles is totally safe to walk at any hour. Delmonico is close too for fine dining.

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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #111 on: December 07, 2010, 12:26:33 PM »
What's a real good / best place for a nice steak there?
You can go to Mortons or Besh Steakhouse, both by the Casino. La Boca by the convention center is an Argentian steakhouse and "tits" as the kids say. Mr Johns is at St Charles and Jackson and really good a little Uptown ways.

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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #112 on: December 07, 2010, 12:28:06 PM »
You can go to Mortons or Besh Steakhouse, both by the Casino. La Boca by the convention center is an Argentian steakhouse and "tits" as the kids say. Mr Johns is at St Charles and Jackson and really good a little Uptown ways.

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I assume Emeril's Delmonico on St. Charles is good as well?

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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #113 on: December 07, 2010, 12:46:12 PM »
:thumbup: I assume Emeril's Delmonico on St. Charles is good as well?
Yeah, better than Emeril's and much better than NOLA, his other place. Good stuff.

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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #114 on: December 07, 2010, 12:52:13 PM »
Gallatoires: http://www.galatoires.com/

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« Reply #116 on: December 07, 2010, 12:58:41 PM »
I assume Emeril's Delmonico on St. Charles is good as well?

The place where you're staying has an excellent steak house on the premises...  just a heads up! 

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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #117 on: December 07, 2010, 01:27:32 PM »
Royal Sonesta: http://www.sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans/

Great location.  You walk out the front door and you are staring right across the street at the front door of Rick's :thumbup:  (I mean if you're into that sort of thing)


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« Reply #118 on: December 07, 2010, 02:08:08 PM »
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I assume Emeril's Delmonico on St. Charles is good as well?

Agree Delmonico is great.  Dickie Brennan's in the Quarter is also top-notch.  Reservations suggested. 


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« Reply #119 on: December 07, 2010, 02:09:58 PM »
also, skip Acme and walk across the street to Felix's. 

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Re: New Orleans - Info Discussion
« Reply #120 on: December 07, 2010, 02:14:36 PM »
Is the walk down Bourbon to Frenchman a problem?


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« Reply #121 on: December 07, 2010, 02:18:02 PM »
also, skip Acme and walk across the street to Felix's.
abso-freakin-lutely. no doubt

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« Reply #122 on: December 07, 2010, 02:18:28 PM »
Is the walk down Bourbon to Frenchman a problem?

People.

You can walk around the French Quarter.
You're going to be OK. This is like asking if the walk from the other side of Beale to Rendezvous is safe.

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« Reply #123 on: December 07, 2010, 02:20:23 PM »
People.

You can walk around the French Quarter.
You're going to be OK. This is like asking if the walk from the other side of Beale to Rendezvous is safe.

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« Reply #124 on: December 07, 2010, 02:23:32 PM »
People.

You can walk around the French Quarter.
You're going to be OK. This is like asking if the walk from the other side of Beale to Rendezvous is safe.

I was thinking distance. Yes I'll go pull up a map and measure then go DIAF.