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New Orleans Primer: The Best of the Best While In NOLA For the Sugar Bowl

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The best food and things to do before you watch Baylor football.

You couldn’t ask for a better bowl venue than the Sugar Bowl. New Orleans on New Years Eve is a great place to have a good time before we go to see our Bears take apart Ol’ Miss. I used to go to NOLA once or twice a month for business (and pleasure) and figured it might be helpful to provide a primer of the Best of the Best to help you have the ultimate experience while there. This is not an exhaustive list, but it should be a good soup starter to enjoying yourself.


Breakfast Dining

Toast - Excellent, French and American Cuisine.

Mother’s - Fan favorite, American.

Horn’s - 80 years and going strong, American.

Cafe Du Mond - Beignets and chicory coffee anyone? Gotta go to the original for bragging rights.

Cafe Beignet - Hand made beignets...yum!

Court of Two Sisters - Excellent Brunch.

Lunch Dining

Central Grocery and Deli - The best Muffaletta Sandwiches!

Camellia Grill - Gotta get the fried pecan pie. Ride the street car up and back from the Quarters.

Ruby Slipper - Breakfast or Lunch, American and Cajun.

Cochon Butcher Deli - My favorite Deli of all time!

St. James Cheese Company - Ok, so maybe St. James is my favorite deli...can’t go wrong. Wonderful cheese shop!

Napoleon House and Pimm’s Cup Bar - Lunch/Dinner with a world class bar. American and Cajun.

Palace Cafe - Legendary Creole food.

Dinner Dining

Italian Barrel - Mama Mia it's good!

Commanders Palace - #1 in NOLA. No t-shirts or shorts. Dessert chef is amazing!

Dickie Brennen’s Steakhouse - Forever NOLA’s favorite steak place.

Doris Metropolitan Steakhouse - Excellent. › en › new-orleans

The Rum House - Fun place with Caribbean and Latin food.

Clancy’s - Great seafood.

Mambo’s - Excellent Cajun and Creole.

Olde Nola Cookery - Same as above.

Jacques-Imo’s Cafe - Outstanding America, Cajun, and Creole.


Preservation Hall - Honoring the tradition on NOLA Jazz and usually has great music.

The Spotted Cat Music Club - Wonderful Jazz Bar...maybe the best.

Frenchmen Street - Located in the French Quarter’s, it’s one of NOLA’s best kept secrets with great live music, bars, and art venues. Multiple music venues.

Tiptina’s - Never know who you might see and outstanding music. If they’re from New Orleans and have hit it big time, they’ve played at Tiptina’s.


The National WWII Museum - #1 attraction in New Orleans and #2 in the country.

Jackson Square - Want to see street performers, painters, musicians, jugglers, etc...? Go to the historic national landmark Jackson Square.

Tours - I’ve taken many tours around the country and New Orleans has some of the best!

Steamboat Tour -

Swamp and Airboat Tour -

Food Walking Tour of the French Quarters -

New Orleans City Tour -

Ghost, Voodoo, and Vampire Tour -

Like I said, this should get you started. Feel free to leave any recommendations below and I’ll see you in NOLA!