Originally Posted by ElGatoGordo
Hey GM, I see you're in NO...where would a guy tie up or anchor
for a night or two to see some of the town...with some local flavor. I really don't like fancy marinas, but want to see the real deal.
You could anchor in the lake with a S wind
but there is no protection from any northerly wind
. It is wide open. Maybe anchor just west of the marinas. There is a park there. During the day it should be okay to leave your dink there if you got a chain and padlock, or just wade ashore if your got a skinny draft
. Or get a transient berth in Orleans Marina. The outer marina is the municipal one and I don't know anything about it. Not sure if anybody is even collecting slip rents yet so maybe MAYBE... check with someone, you could just tie up there but don't quote me on that. You will notice it still isn't even half full. I know there were a lot of freeloaders there and there was talk about liens for back rent. My marina, the inner one, is more protected and more full but there is usually a transient berth available. Just motor
right in, hang a line on the first pier where you see the pumpout station, walk up the dock
and talk to Miss Helaine. Upstairs. She will hook you up. Or google
the number and call on your cel. There is nobody in the office after 5 or on weekends but security
is watching so I would not do any unauthrized docking
From the marina you are a 15 minute cab ride from the Quarter. if you call for a cab, I recommend United. If there is a dock
party on pier 3, you might get a bottle so you don't come empty handed and go introduce yourself. A few bars in the area, a Robert's (Pronounced, Ro-BAIRs) and a walgreens a block away. Google
the city bus service
and you will find a stop maybe 1/4 mile away but check the schedule.
I am actually in the Persian Gulf right now so can't be your land pilot. Keep your valuables secure. There are pickpockets. Otherwise the Quarter is fairly safe adn there are bars and restaurants open 24/7. We also have a great zoo and there is City Park, Steamboat rides, walking tours, museums and other stuff to do.
In the Quarter I recommend going to Quartermaster Deli at Bourbon and Ursulines for a Roast Beef Poboy. HYOOOOGE and pretty cheap
and they deliver 24/7 anywhere in the quarter. Decent burger too, and daily specials.
Sunday morning put on proper clothes and check out the jazz brunch at Two Sisters. A little pricey but wow... unforgettable.
Don't waste time in line at the too-popular Acme Oyster
House. Felix's across the street has oysters just as good and the line is shorter. It is actually pretty hard to find a bad place to eat except for Moon Wok... stay away from that place if you want you and your stomach to remain friends.
Deja Vu (the restaurant, not the titty bar) is a good place to eat in the small hours of the morning. Food
is good, prices cheap
unfortunately varies wildly so be patient, but it is a low-lifer party animal spot.
Daisy Dukes and Jimani, and Hog's Bar (that;s the old name I don't remember the new name) are good places late at night. That's where a lot of the Iberville Street strippers hang out as well as other soiled doves.
of strippers if your taste runs to the tacky and unrestrained/unrefined, early evenings check out Dixie Divas. Look for a big guy named Felix and if he is working, tell him Robinson said HI and said to let you in for free. (actually there is no cover charge... just an inside joke.)
A good place to just chill and listen to jams is Fritzels on Bourbon Street. They usually have a small Dixieland combo and it is a really cool small club atmosphere frequented by tourists and locals.
During the day there is plenty of free entertainment. Lots of street performers on Royal Street during the day. You won't be bored. Step into the A&P which is now Rouse's and get a tallboy and go out and sit on the curb and check out the music
The Quarter isn't the only place to go. There are drinkeries and eateries all over the City. Uptown, St. Claude, Mid City, the Marigny, all over the place. Be careful where you walk at night. The Quarter is okay and the brightly lit areas of Uptown are, too. Where you see lots of tourists in stupid hats you are generally safe as long are reasonably sober and alert and you look like a harder target than the rest of them.
Houma is another nice spot to stop for a day and a night. The bayou winds around through downtown and is a really mellow place to just row the dink around for a couple hours. It's a Kodak spot. Lots of real Cajun cooking
and I don't mean that phoney "blackened this and blackened that" Cajun, either.
At night on the unpopulated stretches of the ICW it can be hard to get a good night's rest with all the barge traffic but you can try dropping a stern anchor or two and tying to a tree on the bank, then pull yourself back out a bit on your anchor rodes.
Across the lake there is Madisonville which is popular with the local yachties. (too popular on weekends or festivals) Go up there on a weekday and you can tie up for free at the city docks. A few friendly little bars and restaurants and you might like it after the hustlebustle of New Orleans. Motor
up the river a couple of miles and maybe you see some wildlife. Don't feed the gators. They don't dislike you, but they are not very smart and they don't know where the grilled cheese sandwhich ends, and the hand that feeds it to them begins. Good fishing
so think about getting a nonresident 3 day fishing license
if you swing that way.
Whatever you do, don't pass by a place that says they got hot Boudoin (pronouncified, Boo-Dan) without getting some. Take some back to the boat with you, too, and in the morning scramble it with a couple of eggs, a little leftover rice and whatever other leftovers you got. Rib
stickin good. Another local sausage you can't go away without trying is Andouillie (An-DOO-ey) which is killer in red beans or chicken gumbo.