Liuzza’s by the track (near where Jazzfest is held) is an absolute MUST. Get their BBQ shrimp po’boy and a blood mary. Nothing else is necessary. However their gumbo, fried shrimp po’boy & roast beef po’boy are my next picks.
Guy’s po’boys is also good, but only Liuzza’s is doing the BBQ shrimp style and it’s amazing. Don’t think bbq like bbq sauce. It’s completely different.
Dick and Jenny’s restaurant. Make a reservation for dinner!
Go to one (or more) of Chef Donald Link’s many restaurants.
Surrey’s Juice Bar is my absolute favorite breakfast spot in the city. They are known for their wacky juices. I’m in love with the Creole Benedict with andouille sausage and their cheesy jalapeño grits. AND BISCUITS. There are two locations on Magazine St. The original (1418 Magazine near I-10) is the best and almost always has a wait. GO.
Make sure to have a snowball, biscuit, fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, pralines, Louisiana blue crabs, and turtle soup.
Frenchman Street is where all the locals hang out and go to see live music. The quarter is great for the day, but kind of cheesy at night.
There are a few haunted tours in the quarter and they’re awesome!!!! I did one right before I moved to BA.
It’s also nice to get out of the city and visit a plantation home if you can.
ALSO! Take the street trolly all the way down St. Charles Ave and Carrolton, it’s a great way to see the gorgeous homes.
Bacchanal is where all the locals go to drink wine and sit outside in their garden.
There are loads of festivals in New Orleans year round! Jazz Fest is the last weekend of April and first weekend of May and is the biggest festival in NOLA.
Voodoo Fest is Halloween weekend and takes place in City Park. My favorite day at Voodoo Fest I saw back to back, The Killers, Pixies, Green Day and the Beastie Boys!
French Quarter Fest is also great and is a bit smaller.