The Gumbo Shop. Gumbo is a Louisiana creation, and your life is not complete until you have had a good bowl of it. Avoid the fancy restaurants and head to The Gumbo Shop at 630 Saint Peter Street, where many locals believe you will find the best in town. — R.W.
A typical night on Frenchman Street. Photo by Natalie Weil, MD.
Frenchmen Street, described as the "locals' Bourbon Street," is a colorful, eccentric, and hip scene where the best music of New Orleans happens! It's also a great place to try casual gourmet bites (tapas at Three Muses) or one of the best burgers in town at Port of Call. And don't forget to check out the adorable Frenchmen Art Market in between your walks to the live shows!" — Lisa Dang, native New Orleanian and resident, LSU/Ochsner Ophthalmology Program
Adolfo’s. Located on the second floor of a building on Frenchmen Street, Adolfo’s doesn’t take reservations. The wait, however, is part of the experience, with live music at the Apple Barrel Bar downstairs. What should you order? Anything with ocean sauce. If you want to impress friends who visited New Orleans once, then tell them you had oysters at Acme; if you want to impress locals, tell them you went to Adolfo’s! — R.W.
Dr. Watson and his wife Mary Esther Watson at a New Orleans Saints football game.
Spotted Cat and Snug Harbor. Both of these clubs are located on Frenchman Street, a locale similar to what Bourbon Street used to be like in the ‘60s. Although the strip is only three to four blocks long, every club on it is a jazz or music venue that has great local artists — all with fewer tourists! Snug Harbor is a traditional jazz venue in the sense that you’ll need to buy tickets. It’s a sit-down establishment with a candlelit table type of feel, whereas the Spotted Cat is more of a walk-in-and-party type of joint. Irvin Mayfield’s is another great jazz venue located in the Royal Sonesta hotel. It’s probably the most upscale jazz club in the city, as it’s brand new and resembles a modern New York City jazz venue. — B.K.W.
Blue Nile, Café Negril and the Balcony Music Club. You’ll also have plenty of options for live music at these venues on Frenchman Street. There are usually bands playing right on the street during the weekend, so exercise the city’s lack of an open-container law and jam outside! — Thomas W. Jones, MD, Tulane University resident
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