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New Orleans’s was voted the #1 city with the strangest people in America by Travel and Leisure magazine. With its crazy bars, music culture, historic cemeteries, and vampire and voodoo legacies, I have to agree. With Mardi Gras starting up on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014.  Here are few suggestions on where to eat and drink.

  • Start the day off right with chicory coffee and sugar-coated beignets at Cafe du Monde.
  • The older generations of restaurants run by the Brennan family feature Sunday brunch jazz at their two traditional restaurants Commander’s Palace (Garden District) and Mr B’s (French Quarter). Waiters dress in crisp black uniforms and white aprons, and the service is impeccable at both locations. Commander’s during the week serves 25 cent Martini’s and draws quite a crowd of both locals and tourists.
  • Visit Willa Mae’s Scotch House to sample some of the best fried chicken in the states. Both Anthony Bourdain and the Food Network along with James Beard gave it top honours.
  • Napolean House suspends you in time, with its 200 year old history and décor of quietly decaying elegance.  Drop by  Napolean House’s for muffaletta sandwiches and Pimm’s cocktail.
  • Born in New Orleans, America’s first cocktail The Sazerac is available everywhere.  See the Nola 2013 bar guide for suggestions.
  • Drop by Cochon’s for traditional Cajun Southern dishes.