Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

310 Chartres Street
New Orleans
504.522.2426www.bacco.comChef Chris Montero serves up fresh local seafood and housemade pastas with Creole Italian flair at this chic Ralph Brennan eatery Bon Appetit calls BACCO “a gem”. Don’t miss the 10¢ lunch martinis or the Lobster Ravioli which the Zagat Restaurant Survey says “will send you to heaven.” Another reason to love summer – Bacco’s nightly Ciao Down@Sundown $25 3-course menu returns June 1 – August 31 from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Bayona Restaurant
430 Rue Dauphine
New Orleans
504.525.4455www.bayona.comNow is a great time to rediscover Bayona! Monday-Thursday (6 p.m. only) experience our 3 course prelude dinner for $30. Spend an afternoon in the French Quarter, starting at Bayona for our most popular light lunch. Select 3 small plates for only $25. Coming June 21, a New Orleans summer tradition, Bayona’s anniversary lunch special … celebrate 18 years with 18¢ martinis and any lunch entrée with Bayona salad or soup for $18.

Brigtsen’s Restaurant
723 Dante Street
New Orleans
504.861.7610www.brigtsens.comRediscover New Orleans this summer! Rediscover the tantalizing Louisiana cuisine and warm family-style hospitality of Brigtsen’s Restaurant, located in the charming Riverbend neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans. Home of New Orleans’ most original Seafood Platter, where nothing is deep-fried, Brigtsen’s has been a local favorite for 22 years. Owned and operated by Frank and Marna Brigtsen. Ample free parking.

Café Giovanni/Belli Baci
115 Decatur Street
New Orleans
504.529.2154www.cafegiovanni.comCafé Giovanni provides New World Italian cuisine, Creole and seafood specialties, in the heart of the French Quarter where professional opera singers serenade you while you dine Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. The new Belli Baci Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy their signature cocktails or a glass of wine from their award-winning wine list.  Come join Chef Duke for happy hour daily from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

Downtown Development Districtwww.neworleansdowtown.comCanal Street In Metamorphosis Stage. Like the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly, Canal Street is being transformed, thanks in part to developments such as the Audubon Insectarium opening June 13 in the old Customs House. The Downtown Development District and Canal Street Development Corporation have worked jointly on physical improvements designed to create an inviting atmosphere and more developments are on the way.

El Gato Negro
81 French Market Place
New Orleans
504.525.9752www.elgatonegronola.comEl Gato Negro, an Authentic Central Mexican cozy restaurant, has a quaint courtyard, tables in front for people watching and a comfortable indoor dining space with a welcoming staff.  With fresh ingredients, handmade tortillas and family recipes, it’s making quite a commotion across from the French Market. The hand squeezed margaritas and muddled mojitos are a must with the fajitas, tamales, filet mignon tacos or any other delicious dishes.

Five Happiness
3605 S. Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans
504.482.3935www.fivehappiness.comOur extensive menu selections range from the ever popular to chef’s latest specials, Chef Tan continues to create new dishes that would satisfy all customers with different taste buds. Specials include coconut shrimp, crispy ginger shrimp, stuffed Chinese eggplant and Asian salad dishes which are great to enjoy during the hot summertime. Mai tai and tiki bowls are summer drinks that will go well with chef’s new dish creations! 

Freedom Boat Club
Madinsonvillewww.freedomboatclub.comDays don’t have to be ordinary!  Boating should be an escape rather than a nuisance. You don’t need a lot of time to enjoy boating. Get to the dock, we’ll have a boat waiting, fueled up and ready to go. We provide a fleet of boats that come with less stress and a lower price tag than owning a single boat with zero hassles! Own the water, not the boat.

209 Bourbon Street
New Orleans
504.525.2021www.galatoires.comThe grand dame of New Orleans’ old-line restaurants, Galatoire’s has remained committed to culinary excellence for more than a century. Under the guidance of the fourth generation of family ownership, it is her time-honored customs that still bind this renowned restaurant. Above all others, her rich tradition of serving authentic French Creole cuisine at a level that raises consistency to an art form.

Louisiana State Museum – Old U.S. Mint
400 Esplanade Avenue,
New Orleans of Napoléon, April 6-August 3, 2008. See beyond the myth of Napoléon Bonaparte and gain an understanding of this complex figure. The exhibition includes extraordinary artifacts that trace this historic figure’s life including the valise that brought him the signed Louisiana Purchase and the sword used to proclaim him Emperor. Perhaps the signature artifact in the exhibition is one of his legendary hats which Napoléon wore during battle.

Maximo’s Italian Grill
1117 Decatur Street
New Orleans
504.586.8883www.maximosgrill.comWatch the Chef work his magic at Maximo’s open kitchen while sitting at the grill bar. Enjoy fresh fire roasted seafood and meats. Rack of Lamb is king and so is the Grappa. In June, enjoy our $29.99 special which includes a glass of wine, house salad, entrée of Gamberoni Agrodolce and a choice of house made chocolate or lemon Tortufo. Special is for Monday, Wednesday and Thursday only.

New Orleans Culinary History Tours
504.875.6570www.noculinarytours.comNew Orleans Culinary History Tours, a unique experience for visitors of New Orleans, has added a new venue to the tour! The Coffee Pot – now included in the tour – offers a special Chicken and Andouille Gumbo, and Calas Rice Cakes, which were first served by street vendors in the 18th century! This new venue brings a truly flavorful and historical tour for both visitors and locals to New Orleans!  

One Restaurant & Lounge
8132 Hampson Street
New Orleans is hot … but the drinks are cold at One Restaurant & Lounge and the prices are even cooler! On Mondays, all specialty drinks are half-off and on Wednesdays, all bottles of wine are half-off. If your hungry … try one of our weekly entrée specials that are not listed on the menu. Great atmosphere, great food and ice cold drinks all summer long! Redefining neighborhood chic – One Restaurant & Lounge.

Pelican Club
312 Exchange Alley
New Orleans
Venture across Canal Street into the Quarter to The Pelican Club on historic Exchange Alley at Bienville. Chef Richard Hughes opened the restaurant in 1990 and continues at the helm addressing the rich legacy of south Louisiana cuisine in a light, contemporary style featuring fresh Gulf fish, shrimp, P&J oysters, Maine lobster, certified Black Angus steak and Australian lamb. Jazz pianist. Validated parking. Visit for Summer Specials.

Pellicano Ristorante
4224 Williams Boulevard
504.467.2930 www.pellicanoristorante.comAlthough Pellicano Ristorante opened its doors merely five months ago, the upscale establishment has already made quite a name for itself. At the deft hand of newcomer Chef Christopher Cody, this elegant eatery specializes in innovative contemporary American cuisine and boasts an impressive wine selection. Don’t miss the special Summer Menu showcasing fresh seasonal and local ingredients. Cool off with one of Chef Cody’s sinful house-made ice creams and sorbets.

P.J.’s Coffee of New Orleans
Metairie, River Ridge, New Orleans, Westbank, Mandeville, Covington, Slidell, Hammondwww.pjscoffee.comPJ’s Coffee of New Orleans was founded by Phyllis Jordan in 1978 and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year as the Gulf Coast region’s premier specialty coffee chain. PJ’s Coffee sets the standard for selecting, roasting and brewing coffee and is consistently voted New Orleans’ favorite coffeehouse. Locals love their famous iced coffee, cool blended Velvet Ice coffee beverages and PJ’s signature frozen Granita.

New Orleans Plantation Country
866.204.7782 www.NewOrleansPlantationCountry.comThis summer is the perfect time to visit New Orleans Plantation Country. Tour beautiful, historic plantation homes and hear their remarkable stories. Energize your spirit for adventure and take a thrilling swamp tour. End the day with an authentic Cajun and Creole dining experience at any of the
fabulous restaurants. For more information about the attractions and events of New Orleans Plantation Country, call (866) 204-7782 or visit

New Orleans Regional Transit Authoritywww.norta.comBe a Tourist in NOLA – Ride the Three Streetcar Routes. A streetcar ride along St. Charles Avenue takes you into New Orleans’ history. The Canal route starts at the French Market, turns onto Canal Street, then through the CBD into Mid-City. A spur along North Carrollton Avenue connects the line to City Park. The Riverfront streetcar provides majestic views of the Mighty Mississippi, with 10 stops along the route.

3932 Magazine Street
New Orleans   
The place for Denim on Magazine!  Women of all ages flock to this shopping destination for Southern charm and amazing customer service.  Ruby offers great cotton basics by Lilla P, denim by William Rast, Joe’s, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, dresses, shoes and accessories. Designer pieces hang alongside trendy affordable items for an eclectic mix for every woman. Ruby is the exclusive retailer of Billy Reid in Louisiana. A “Must Shop!”

The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans
800.445.9308www.thecolumns.comThe Columns Hotel, New Orleans’ favorite historic hotel, welcomes you to experience a timeless and memorable stay in the South. Come be a tourist one weekend and rediscover what it means to visit New Orleans. Ride the Street Car, explore the Garden District or visit the Audubon Park/Zoo and enjoy the wonderful restaurants during your stay.

The Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal Street
New Orleans
504.522.7261www.courtoftwosisters.comJoin us this summer for our festive Jazz Brunch served in our shaded courtyard! At night enjoy our a la carte dinner menu while dining al fresco.  Entrées include Speckled Trout Clemenceau and our Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop. Cool off with award winning cocktails like our Southern Bayou Bash and the Golden Coconut.  Jazz Brunch Buffet daily 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a la carte dinner nightly 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Latin Quarter
712 Royal Street
New Orleans
As each guest passes through the doors of the Latin Quarter, they find themselves in a shopping experience unlike anything Royal Street has seen before. The delicate design of a wicker basket from Córdoba, the black brilliance of a deep-bellied pot from the hills of Oaxaca – each item in the elegantly designed, museum-like store is unique and handcrafted by artists with generations of skill and lifetimes of experience.

The Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen Street
New Orleans
504.945.4472www.marignybrasserie.comChef Daniel Esses creates enticing dishes deceivingly straightforward and simple. Since coming to New Orleans, Daniel honed his skills working under such acclaimed chefs as John Besh at Restaurant August and Anne Kearney at Peristyle and was a co-founder of the Savvy Gourmet Cooking School. Our guests will always be aware of the careful preparation and hand-selected local ingredients that go into preparing their meals influenced by various Mediterranean-inspired cuisines.

The Red Carpet
3425 Magazine Street
New Orleans
Discover The Red Carpet … the ultimate woman’s boutique that outfits the upscale woman from blue jeans to ball gowns! Red Carpet has an extensive selection of designer apparel, shoes & handbags, with a unique selection of accessories to complete the perfect look for the next red carpet event. Look for our huge store wide sale in June. Open Monday-Saturday 10-5. Our new location at will be opening soon in Mandeville at 1901 Highway 190.

The Transportation Revolution
901 Julia @ Baronne Streets
New Orleans
504.595.6776www.thetransportationrevolution.comSales@thetransportationrevolution.comWhat better way to rediscover New Orleans than on two wheels! From short French Quarter rides to plantation trips, the transportation revolution has it all. Triumph motorcycles and Vespa and Piaggio scooters are perfect vehicles to explore New Orleans.

Woodland Plantation        
21997 Highway 23
W. Point a la Hache  
Fresh shrimp, oysters, crabs and of course beaucoup fish is what they’ll be serving this summer! The redfish and trout are biting and they have a new chef serving up all your favorites. Enjoy horseshoes, croquet, birding or photography. Take an Eco tour or perhaps have a massage. If you’re really adventurous, sit on the front porch and have a cigar!

Ye Olde College Inn
3000 South Carrollton Avenue
New Orleans
504.866.3683www.CollegeInn1933.comSince 1933, Ye Olde College Inn has served generations of New Orleanians proudly. It has gone through many changes. From its origins as a barbecue stand, to its response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Ye Olde College Inn is a survivor. Survivors adapt, improve and get better. This is our commitment to you. The spirit of New Orleans will reside here at Ye Olde College Inn. Bon appétit!

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