New Orleans French Quarter: Where to Stay And What to Eat! Travel

New Orleans French Quarter: Where to Stay And What to Eat!

I recently got to visit the great city of New Orleans as a part of a press trip. I have to say that I truly left a piece of my heart there. Why? Let me just tell you… the food, the luxury, the affordability and the people. So, if you are looking for a fun and unique getaway experience, New Orleans French Quarter just might be the perfect place for you. Here are some of my favorite spots from my trip to New Orleans.

Where to Stay

Hotel Mazarin

Photos Courtesy of Hotel Mazarin Premium King Room

Voted #1 hotel in New Orleans on Trip Advisor this hotel is right in the center of the action as it is located right next to Bourbon Street. It’s also attached to one of my fav bars there, Patrick’s Bar Vin. Make sure you meet Patrick, he’s a real hoot.

Audubon Cottages

taken from their online gallery
Photo Courtesy of Audubon Cottages

This is where I stayed and I can’t say enough about how gorgeous this place is. There are 7 charming and private cottages in this lovely location near Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. Once you step inside the doors you are instantly transported to another place. It is so relaxing and peaceful there. The cottages each come with a personal Butler who will ensure that your stay is pleasant. Definitely worth the investment for the experience of luxury here.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel

taken from their website
Photo Courtesy of Bourbon Orleans Hotel

New Orleans “Most Haunted Hotel” is stunning inside and out. A few of my friends who were on the trip with me stayed here and I got to check out their digs. This place is impeccable. From their gorgeous stairways to their stunning ballroom, the Bourbon Orleans is classy all the way. If you are into the haunted aspect I heard the 4th and the 6th floors get the most “action”.

Where to Eat


Praline Monkey Bread
Praline Monkey Bread

Dickie Brennan owns several well known restaurants in NOLA, this was the one that we had the chance to experience. The Chef, Ben Thibodeaux, spent some time telling us all about their farm to table initiatives where they use lots of regional ingredients. The menu consists of classic French Creole dishes with a unique twist. The cuisine is sophisticated, yet true to tradition, with great depth of flavor.


photo credit: Nourish
Photo Courtesy of Nourish

Two words. Junky Chick. As pictured above the “Junky Chick” is a chicken that is infused with a syringe full of delicious juices. I couldn’t get enough of this dish. I had their bacon wrapped jalepenos as an appetizer {to.die.for} and was so stuffed, but I somehow had enough room for the chicken 😉 OH as well as plenty of their smashed potatoes.


main dining hall image from their website
Photo Courtesy of Antoine’s

With it’s many dining rooms and rich history, this place was one of the most memorable restaurants I visited. A must is the Antoines lunch special that no one can resist. For $20.13 {in honor of the year} you can get an appetizer, entree and dessert. And, most importantly you can get a signature cocktail for 25 cents. YES! 25 cents. There is a really neat waiter there named “Charley”. He gave us a tour of the entire restaurant and a history of each room. I’m not saying he will do the same for you, but it might not hurt to ask 😉 People in NOLA are so kind. Try the baked alaska as well, you won’t regret it but make sure there are a few of you to share it.

BONUS TIP: Something you don’t want to miss– for the 21 and older crowd. Greylines Cocktail Walking Tour. From the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup to the Hurricane and Hand Grenade as well as real true Absinthe, you’ll enjoy a different view of New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking. You’ll be doing a lot of walking so make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes. Also, drinks are not included with the price so make sure you bring some extra cash for some tasty drinks, and get the “to-go cup” if you need to.

Clarissa Nassar

Clarissa Nassar is a bi-coastal mama, born and raised in Southern Cali and transplanted to the east coast, she knows the best of both worlds. She writes on her blog The Posh Parent and is a full-time psychology major. Clarissa has been in the blogosphere since 2007 and loves to share her view of life as a chic mom on the cheap.

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6 thoughts on “New Orleans French Quarter: Where to Stay And What to Eat! Travel”

  1. Looks like an amazing trip. I love New Orleans, but haven’t been back there since before Katrina. I’ll keep your recommendations in mind. Visiting from NJDM.

  2. The Audubon Cottages look wonderful. I live right outside of New Orleans but have not been in over a year. Typically, I stay at the Roosevelt, which is also lovely. I’ll have to check out the Audubon Cottages next.

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