We walked around the French Quarter for a while and hung out in the park at Jackson Square.
From there we headed to Willie Mae's Scotch House for lunch. Despite the name, they do not serve alcohol - they are known to have the best fried chicken in all of America, as claimed by the Food Network and the Travel Channel. And now, by us too. It was sooo good. Unbeknownst to us, it is also located in the ghetto...so next time we will not be walking here. Lesson learned, but at least we went during the daytime.
By then we were tired and full so we decided to go check into the hotel. Our upgraded room (woo!) wasn't ready yet, so we had a few hours to kill. We made our way down to the hotel bar and the guy next to us told us that the Archbishop had passed away the week before, and his funeral march was going to be this afternoon right in front of our hotel. Sure enough, we walked back outside and noticed people starting to gather along the sidewalks. So we camped out for a while and got ourselves a great spot. It was very cool especially since it's not something that happens very often.
After that we walked over to Bourbon Street, a few blocks away. We of course had a few bourbons ourselves, and bar hopped along the street for a few hours. We loved that there was no open container law and could check out a lot of different places all with a drink in hand. That, and the fact that happy hour at every bar was 3-for-1!
|Bourbon Street by day|
On any given corner it was pretty common to find a random band - and they were all awesome.
Finally we headed back to the hotel. We stayed at the New Orleans Marriott on Canal Street. Our "upgraded" room itself was really nothing special, but the view was pretty awesome.
That night we had dinner at Acme Oysterhouse, a recommendation from one of Bo's co-workers. We got the "boo" fries (cheese fries with gravy, what a fantastic idea!), and split a dozen raw oysters and a dozen char-grilled oysters, which were excellent.
From there we ventured back to Bourbon Street for a fun night on the town.
|Our favorite bar - Jean Latiffe's Old Absinthe House|
|Bourbon Street by night|