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    If you want to do "Eat one of the ten best muffuletta sandwiches in the city." you MUST go to Central Grocery on Decatur. Their muffulettas are pretty much known as THE best in the city.

    The place I'd recommend for alligator tours really isn't in New Orleans, but up around Baton Rouge, in Prairieville (hence--you'd need a car). It's a place called Alligator Bayou (they're on the web at www.alligatorbayou.com) and we just took some relatives who were in for a visit. It's a several-hour event, on a boat and thru their farm. They even have a trained nutria.

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    The family that was on Wife Swap, or Trading Spouses, own a place down there too. I'd love to go there.

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    PhoneGrrrl- What kind of temperatures are you looking at down there through different parts of the day?

    I'm trying to decide what to bring and I HATE to wear shorts, but I think it's inevitable.

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    charity, it's unbelievably hot and humid. if you don't like shorts, you might want to invest in some thin cotton skirts . i'm not a fan of shorts either and denim was too hot to wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity
    PhoneGrrrl- What kind of temperatures are you looking at down there through different parts of the day?

    I'm trying to decide what to bring and I HATE to wear shorts, but I think it's inevitable.
    When I go there in summer, I always take nice bright cotton gauze tunics and/or pantsuits or pants/skirts for daytime wear. Cotton gauze is my best friend in New Orleans. But any kind of loose weave material will be comfortable, as long as it's not tight -- give it room to move a bit with the gentle breezes that usually come in from the river. And I take a nice fashionable wide-brim ladies' straw hat to keep my face and neck from burning. Those hats are fairly common on ladies visiting NO. And whatever you do, bring comfortable shoes, as you'll be doing a lot of walking in them! Sandals or open-toe shoes of some kind will help keep the heat from the feet.
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    Charity,

    Lately the temps have been in the lower 90's, with a heat index that will get close to 100. It's the damn humidity--you can break a sweat standing in the shade, not moving, in about 5 minutes. The night temps get down to maybe the upper 70's. If it rains in the evening, as frequently happens, the temp will drop a little more.

    Like everyone's said, wear loose clothes as much as possible. Bring some suntan lotion if you're going to be wearing tank tops or something with a lot of exposed skin.

    On the up side, since it's so hot, it's considered the "off-season" and hotel rates should be lower!

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    My boss mentioned the restaurants Mike Anderson's, Acme Oyster Company, and August as her favorites in NO. Anyone ever eaten at any of those places?

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    Like PhoneGrrrl, I am also from Baton Rouge (though I live in New Mexico now). Most of what I would suggest has already been mentioned above, but a few things that haven't (or that I want to second from someone else's post):

    To have a really good muffaletta, you HAVE to go to Central Grocery (like PhoneGrrrl says above). My second choice for a muffaletta would be at Café Mespero on Decatur. But, Central Grocery's are definitely the best. But, be warned...they're also HUGE. Unless you and your husband are big eaters, a 1/2 sandwich should be more than enough for each of you (if not for both of you to share). For good burgers, try Port O' Call on Esplanade Avenue. If you want traditional Cajun/Creole cuisine without paying a lot of money, check out The Gumbo Shop on St. Peter Street. For high-end dining, I would recommend Commander's Palace (as has already been mentioned), Brennan's, or Galatoire's (it's on Bourbon Street). In fact, I'd probably skip Brennan's for dinner and save it for Sunday brunch. "Brunch at Brennan's" is an institution in The Big Easy.

    For non-food stuff, everything that I'd recommend has pretty much been suggested already. Be sure to check out Pat O'Brien's and have a Hurricane there. Walk through and around the Jackson Square area. And you can't leave New Orleans without checking out Marie Leveau's voodoo store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity
    My boss mentioned the restaurants Mike Anderson's, Acme Oyster Company, and August as her favorites in NO. Anyone ever eaten at any of those places?
    I haven't eaten at Mike Anderson's in New Orleans, but I have eaten at the one in Baton Rouge. It was good, but, quite honestly, it wasn't stand-out fantastic IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charity
    My boss mentioned the restaurants Mike Anderson's, Acme Oyster Company, and August as her favorites in NO. Anyone ever eaten at any of those places?
    I've eaten at all three of those. August is a very good restaurant, although pricier than the other two you mentioned above. It can be crowded at times, but nothing really that frustrating. The menu is very wide-ranging, from traditional American food (excellent steaks and prime rib!) to international and eclectic choices. They really believe in the art of food presentation, so the visual presentation is great. They especially have some amazing deserts. This is in the warehouse district. Can be a romantic place to eat, too. It's a nice enough place, but I put it in the same class as the upscale restaurants in a Las Vegas casino hotel. Nothing that really screams New Orleans experience, if you know what I mean.

    The Acme Oyster House is good, although I doubt I'll go back. I'm not really into fish and seafood enough to enjoy it that much, but for those who do like fish (they have shellfish and fresh water fish, like catfish), I think you'll enjoy it. I actually had chicken when I was there, but my friends who were with me all had various fish/seafood platters and they loved it. The menu prices are good, and a very good value for the money. The restaurant is very noisy though, very crowded. They have a website if you want to see what kind of a menu they have: Acme Oyster House

    Mike Anderson has 2 restaurants in NO, so I can only comment on the one I've eaten at, on Bourbon Street. I've eaten there about 4 times, since one of my friends has a business relationship with them, and I get dragged along. Again, seafood is the main focus, although they do have a few other things, like chicken and steaks. The main thing about this restaurant is that portions are HUGE, and the price is decent. But be prepared to wait to be seated. The food itself varies -- some days it's really good, some days it's just ok. I can't say I've ever had great food there.. good is the best I can say. The portions and big variety of types of seafood are it's draws. He has a plaque in the dining room that says "If it swims, we serve it", so that tells you about the variety, lol. Although I've eaten here 4 times, it really isn't a restaurant I recommend to people, because I really don't think it's special enough to bother with when you're only in NO a few days or a week.
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