[Dixielandjazz] French Quarter Festival redux

TCASHWIGG at aol.com TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Thu Apr 22 01:05:48 PDT 2004

  Polite Snip from Rebecca's post/

I don't think there is anything on earth that compares with the aroma of
Bourbon Street!!!  Somehow I am never prepared for it!  BUT in spite of it,
we really enjoyed the music that was created during the festival ON BOURBON

Yes, indeed, especially about 3:00 in the afternoon when that soured beer and 
urine smell hits you in the face and who knows what its mixed with probably a 
lot of recycled Hurricanes and Margaritas no doubt.  It does however get a 
bit of the bite off of it when you catch a whiff of mule dung, and you really 
learn to appreciate organic Mule dung aroma.

As for restaurants:

I recommend the Bourbon House on Bourbon Street upscale and clean reasonable 
prices for the quality.

Felix's on Bourbon Street had good PO Boys and reasonable, I fed seven for 
less than $68.00.

Mr. B's Bistro on Royal was excellent I had the Gumbo Ya Ya, soft shell Crab 
on Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans, Glass of nice wine Bread Pudding with 
Whisky sauce and a cappuccino.  Excellent service and food, not too expensive. If 
you like good food and service.  I went there with a native for a business 
lunch, very pleasant.

The Big Buffet at Harrah's Casino was also excellent for a Buffet.  $19.00 
each to make yourself totally miserable, caution not recommended to eat there 
after 9:00 p. m if you want to sleep that night.   

Embers Steak house on Bourbon St. across the street and on the corner from 
Preservation Hall was excellent for a late night Prime Rib dinner, with Gumbo & 
Jambalaya on the side.
30 oz Prime rib done to perfection.

Crescent City Steak house, where Chris Ruth's Steak house got it's 
inspiration. Little known great restaurant with fabulous beef, frequented by the big 
winners and high rollers of the Race Track set.  About 1/2 the Price of Ruth's 

Mothers restaurant on Podryas Street has fabulous baked Ham and all the usual 
Creole dishes moderately priced.  Closed on Sundays.

Cajun House on Bourbon Street was also very good food, and decent Cajun 
Zydeco music, especially good was the  fried aligator, and crawfish pie was 
excellent, along with four kinds of seafood topped French bread.  yummy, Fed six with 
three pitchers of Beer for about $90.00 and we all got to sit in on Washboard 
and tamborine with the band. :)

There was also lots of good food at the Festival concession stands which is 
often unusual at these kind of outdoor events.  But then again New Orleans 
takes three things VERY SERIOUSLY, Food, Music and Alcohol consumption, not 
necessarily in that order.

Where else would you find drive thru Daiquiri and Margarita stands, whew, 
walk carefully and don't jaywalk.  Don't even think about driving :)

The local Abita Beer is pretty good too.

Tom Wiggins

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