DList Magazine Summer "Nightlife" Issue 2015 - Page 53

DINE Jambalaya, gumbo, shrimp and grits, crawfish, fried chicken, oysters, BBQ, muffuletta, roast beef po’ boy, beignet, and bananas foster. You have to eat it all and where you’ll do it is up to you. A stomping ground of distinguished chefs such as John Foles (Restaurant R’evolution), John Besh (recently of Shaya and Lüke), and Donald Link (Cochon, Pêche, Herbsaint) there is a plethora of places to choose from. Get your fried chicken at Willie Mae’s Scotch House (2401 St Ann St), BBQ at The Joint (701 Mazant St), and po’ boys at the 100 year old Parkway Tavern (538 Hagan Ave). DESTINATION TIP • Best Cajun Creole fare can be found at Atchafalaya (901 Louisiana Ave) and Jaques Imo’s Café (8324 Oak St). Make one of these a priority and then check as much as you can off the “to-eat” list. DRINK No other city has cultivated a culture around partying quite like this gem of the South. According to New Orleans, it’s okay to laissez les bon temps rouler or “let the good times roll,” 24 hours a day. Sample the specialties like the Ramos Gin Fizz or Sazerac. If beer is more your thing, try an Abita Purple Haze or stop at NOLA Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas, St) for $3 (10 oz.), $5 (pint) plus free beer Friday(s) from 2 pm to 3 pm. That’s what they call lagniappe. DESTINATION TIP • Remember to take drinks to-go when applicable. Just ask your bartender for a “Gocup.” Grab a Hurricane at Pat O’s (624 Bourbon St.) dueling piano bar then walk to Frenchman Street where the late night market showcases local artists, and live music will play well into the morning. www.DLISTMAGAZINE.com MUSIC New Orleans is music. Home to greats like Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins and Lil Wayne, this city is known for everything from jazz to hip-hop. For jazz, don’t miss Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in the French Quarter’s Royal Sonesta (300 Bourbon St). See the Grammy winning Brass-a-holics every Thursday at Publiq House (4528 Freret St). Stop at the House of Blues (225 Decatur St) for New Orleans Most Wanted featuring the best new rappers. Honorable mention local artists: Tank and the Bangas, Soul Rebels, Revivalists, and Hurray for the Riff Raff. DESTINATION TIP • Above all, go to a show at Tipitina’s (501 Napoleon Ave). The world famous music venue has become a landmark since its opening in 1977. This venue has showcased everyone who’s anyone rolling through New Orleans. The line-up will definitely have you saying “Who dat!” 53