Summers in New Orleans are brutal, and when you need a break from bar hopping or just want to relax for a bit near water, head to The Country Club. You can eat crab beignets or have a nice steak at the restaurant inside the 200 year-old house, but the real reason to come here is to hang out by the big pool in the backyard, where you can still order food, but also swim or just lay around with a smoothie in-hand. If you come on the weekend though, be prepared for Drag Brunch at 11am and 1pm on Saturdays, which is exactly as fun - and as popular with bachelorette parties - as you’d expect.
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Grab a fresh juice and something light to start your day at Satsuma Cafe in the Bywater. It’ll probably be the healthiest choice you make all day.
Bacchanal in the Bywater is a wine-fueled utopia, with nightly live music, a huge backyard, and an atmosphere that could never be duplicated.
When you had one too many Hurricanes last night, head to Elizabeth’s in the Bywater for some huge breakfast dishes sure to help.
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La Petite Grocery
La Petite Grocery is where to go in the Garden District for great modern Creole food, and the best bowl of turtle ragu you’ll ever eat.
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.
Next door to the restaurant is Cochon Butcher, which is way more casual than its neighbor, but still serves great sandwiches and drinks.
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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.
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.
You should eat your weight in oysters while in New Orleans, and Casamento’s on Magazine Street is the number one spot to do just that.
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