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New Orleans Music Dinner recommendations

Going to be in New Orleans for NY Giants game. Would appreciate suggestions for places to go for dinner and esp music on Sat night. We are staying at Marriott ..I think near convention center. It's me (67) Dad >80 and son 26.
Other suggestions for fun things to do are appreciated. Thanks

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For music consider Preservation Hall. No food or drinks, and you'll probably have to wait in line to enter. It's just the pure music as it was played eons ago. Two clubs to consider are DBA and The Spotted Cat. In addition, on Royal Street there are usually buskers playing during the day that are really, really good. One that comes to mind is Tuba Skinny. They also play some local clubs.

For food, yes, you can get a bad meal in NOLA, but you have to work at it. Many great places to eat, although a few might be overpriced just based on their name and history. If you are just looking for "good groceries" as some say in the south, check out Dookey Chase Reataurant. Very historical. For a filling lunch check out Central Grocery and split a muffuletta. Cafe Du Mond is well known for beignets that are not healthy, but sooo yummy. The Golden Croissant is a place where many locals have a quick, light breakfast.

You should be able to google all of the above to see if they are in line with your desires and also to get their location, phone numbers, and such.

Posted by
1987 posts

Has Central Grocery reopened? I’d read they were closed due to storm damage and opening soon but am not certain.

Posted by
194 posts

We were just there. Central Grocery is not open but selling their muffeletas at the place next door (Sidney's maybe?).

Music - Frenchmen Street, most places have a one-drink minimum, some have a cover ($5). We went to 30/90 and Maison. Spotted Cat, dbs, and Blue Nile are often recommended as well (we were there early evening on a week night, so not everything was open and had music). Fritzel's Jazz club was the only recommendation we got for music in the french quarter.

Our best meals were at Compere Lapin and GW Fins - pricey but excellent. GW Fins would give you an opportunity to walk down Bourbon Street a bit in the evening if you want that "experience" (you do not need to do more than that, trust me). Lots of other places, depends on what you want to eat - and what you want to spend. Classics include Commander's Palace, Brennan's, Acme Oyster House, Arnaud's, Antoine's. Tableau is a new Brennan's offering that was recommended as excellent food, and less busy. Peche Seafood grill is also good.

As others have said, it's hard to go wrong. Have fun!