Hey everyone. Rob here. I was among those UC fans, so today I'm blogging about my trip. The "Big Easy" has most thinking about bars and Bourbon Street, and they are fun. Hurricanes at Pat O'Brien are worth the stop and the crowds. Beniets at Cafe Du Monde are delicious carbohydrate clouds of heaven. Also, worth the crowds. Historic Jackson Square is a feast for the eyes.
We spent most of our time inside the quarter on Bourbon Street. However, when we traveled outside, we discovered all kinds interesting things about the city.
We traveled to the Treme neighborhood to check out Willie Mae's Scotch House. The fried chicken is supposed to be some of the best in the country and the line outside supported that claim. The restaurant has even won a James Beard Award. The chicken was good, but didn't live up to expectations. I don't think anything could after a more than 2 hour wait. The cornbread however was some of the best I've ever had.
Fellow Fox19'er Meghan Mongillo wanted to go on the cemetery tour. Didn't sound fun to us. I was the only one who agreed to go after much convincing. It was actually a great history lesson of the city.
You also visit the tomb of Marie Laveau, a voodoo priestess, and the cemetery where "Easy Rider" was filmed.
Probably the most fun came on our last night, when we walked to Frenchmen Street. This is where we met a lot of local folks who shared their stories of New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina. We talked with CoCo Robicheaux who is in the Lousiana Hall of Fame. http://www.spiritland.com/ We had drinks and dinner at a restaurant called Aldofo's. I had the rack of lamb. Best rack of lamb ever.