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Giants road trip 2011: New Orleans

Revelers toss beads from a balcony on Bourbon

Revelers toss beads from a balcony on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, in preparation for Fat Tuesday. (March 7, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

The Giants travel to New Orleans to play the Saints on Monday, Nov. 28. If you plan on extending the Thanksgiving weekend an extra day and make the trip to watch the Giants, here's a list of 10 things to do and places to eat while you're in the New Orleans area, in no particular order. Use the comments section at the bottom to share your favorite places.

1. Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St.

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, this is great food for a moderate price. They offer jazz on Sunday to go along with your lunch. They also feature weekday deals on daytime drinking. You can't go wrong paying $1.50 for a Bloody Mary. Its menu is Creole with a focus on fresh regional products. The BBQ shrimp are a must.

2. Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Ave.

Nestled in the middle of the Garden District, Commander's Palace has been a New Orleans landmark since 1880. They offer live jazz music with Sunday brunch along with a great vibrant atmosphere and friendly staff. The Turtle Soup is a favorite on the menu and no one is arguing about 75-cent martinis during lunchtime.

3. Franky and Johnny's
321 Arabella St.

Seafood is the name of the game at many NOLA restaurants. But Frankie and Johnny's specializes in crawfish. The Crawfish Pie and gumbo are a must. If you're a fan of fried foods, this place will make your taste buds dance as half the food on the menu gets a bath in the deep fried. Instead of onion rings, try the pepper rings.

4. Mother's Restaurant
401 Poydras St.

Located only a few blocks away from the Louisiana Superdome, Mother's Restaurant usually has lines out the door. It's totally worth it whether you're going for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Their specialty is the French Dip Po'boy and the Famous Ferdi Special, which is homemade baked ham, roast beef and gravy.

5. Tipitina's
501 Napoleon Ave.

Located uptown, Tipitina's is the best place to experience famous and soon-to-be-famous musicians for a decent price. Established in 1977, Tipitina's holds about 1,000 people and has hosted such musicians as Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, Lenny Kravitz, James Brown and many more.

6. Howlin' Wolf
907 S. Peters St.

The Howlin' Wolf has had everyone from Harry Connick Jr. to Arturo Sandoval, the Foo Fighters and Jimmy Buffet. There is much more space for the crowd compared to Tipitina's. They also feature a menu of Crawfish Pie, cajun eggrolls and pulled pork sandwiches.

7. Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St.

Another NOLA gem located in the French Quarter since 1910, the Acme Oyster House has a casual atmosphere with unbelievable food. This impeccable seafood spot is known for what else? Oysters! Enjoy raw, grilled or fried oyster platters for a great price.

8. Harrah's Casino
228 Poydras St.

Take a break from Bourbon Street and head inside and try your luck at the Blackjack table, virtual poker machines and the slots. The late-night buffet is always providing piping hot food to keep your stomach full. You can park free in exchange for playing 30 minutes in the casino.

9. Francis Sylvester Backstreet Cultural Museum
1116 Saint Claude Ave.

The Backstreet Cultural Museum is a window into the culture that makes New Orleans what it is. Here, you can take a look back at New Orleans' African-American community-based masking and processional traditions, including Mardi Gras Indians and jazz funerals. The museum also looks at the present-day traditions in NOLA.

10. Bourbon Street

Even if you tried, you couldn't miss Bourbon Street. And why would you try to avoid it? Bourbon Street is home to restaurants, hotels with world-famous balconies overlooking the party, jazz clubs and everything else that you can imagine. Look at it like this, whatever you may have heard about Bourbon Street, it is probably true in some form.


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