The French Quarter gets packed on the weekend, and especially when you’re looking for a good date spot, most of your options are crowded dining rooms or small back patios filled with one too many tables. Rather than deal with all of that, have dinner on the upstairs terrace at Cafe Sbisa instead. This vintage French-Creole restaurant is one of the few places in the area where you can have a few cocktails and some barbecue shrimp and crab cakes outside, while the crowd stays comfortably out of earshot. After dinner, grab a drink at the bar inside, which dates back to 1899 and is the last refuge before you reenter the madness.
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Killer Poboys is the best po’boy shop in the Quarter, with gourmet options like glazed pork belly, along with all of the classics.
If you only have brunch once in New Orleans, make sure it’s at Brennan’s in the French Quarter.
Green Goddess is a picturesque outdoor spot hidden down an alley in the French Quarter, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
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Parkway Bakery & Tavern
For the best po’boy in New Orleans, head to Parkway in Mid-City and you won’t be disappointed.
Cane & Table
Cane & Table is either a restaurant with excellent drinks, or a cocktail bar with great food. Either way, it’s one of the best escapes in the Quarter.
The Country Club
Go to The Country Club in the Bywater to drink by to a pool, or for drag brunch. Either way, you’re going to enjoy yourself.
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When you want a taste of true, classic New Orleans, grab lunch and 25 cent martinis at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District.
Bacchanal in the Bywater is a wine-fueled utopia, with nightly live music, a huge backyard, and an atmosphere that could never be duplicated.
The Carousel Bar & Lounge
The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone is indeed a bar on a moving carousel, and while it can feel a bit gimmicky, you should still grab a drink here.
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