Monthly Archives: August 2013

New Orleans Community

Take a Trip to New Orleans’ Own Oak St

Colorful painting of Jack, the owner of Jacques Imo's





Oak St is one of the major draws to the Carrollton Ave area as it has many restaurants and shops that contribute to the city’s vibrant culture, particularly the stretch from Carrollton Ave toward the lake. Here are some of our favorite spots for you to try.

At the corner of Carollton and Oak is a popular coffeehouse, Rue de la Course, where you can find tasty breakfast, brunch and sandwich offerings in addition to a great coffee selection.

Just down the street you’ll find up-and-coming Chiba Nola, already one of the best sushi restaurants in the city, whose menu includes specialty rolls like Satsuma Strawberry Roll, Mardi Gras Roll and Let the Good Times Roll. The restaurant has a great happy hour called the “Funk and Roll” happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays that features cheap drinks, rolls, appetizers, steamed buns and desserts.

Just across the street, Truburger has become a new favorite among burger lovers with their slew of special burgers. Try The Heat with sriracha mayo, jalapenos and pepperjack cheese, Red Neck Special with beef patty, sausage patty, American cheese, fried egg and pickled pepper mayo or the Deep South with a fried green tomato, pimento cheese, lettuce and onion. They also serve hot dogs, sides, sandwiches, finger food and shakes.

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New Orleans Dining

Best Po-boys Around New Orleans

 exterior of parkway with colorful old timey signs with coca cola



No one does po-boys like New Orleans, and so many restaurants in the city have their own take on the beloved sandwich that it can be hard to choose which is the best. There are many things to take into consideration when finding the best po-boy in town, including the bread—toasted Leidenheimer, please!—meat or veggies, dressing and overall menu. Take a look at some of our favorites to get ideas for your next po-boy eating adventure.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern. Parkway has a long-standing reputation of being one of the best po-boy spots in the city, and it is beloved by locals and visitors alike. They have an extensive menu with all of the classics plus some unique additions like alligator sausage, caprese and fried sweet potato. Their fried shrimp and oysters are crispy and light, their roast beef is tender and sloppy with gravy, and their bread is fresh and crisp. (538 Hagan Ave)

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New Orleans Events

Red Dress Run: A Sea of Red Takes to the Streets.

logo designed in NOLA water meter cover


If you’ve ever been walking or driving in New Orleans on a Saturday near the end of summer, you may have spotted an odd sight: a group of men and women all dolled up in red dresses, strutting their stuff down a French Quarter street like Rampart or Bourbon. You may have shrugged it off as one of those “only-in-New Orleans-type things,” and you wouldn’t be wrong. But then you see another gaggle of red dresses on men and women alike. And then another. And soon you realize that something must be going on today or the city’s denizens are losing their minds.

It is something going on—it’s the Red Dress Run.

Held this year on August 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Red Dress Run is “the biggest little Red Dress event in the world.” The premise is simple: don yourself with your best red dress—man or woman—and join the throng of other red dressers in the French Quarter. If you want to actually participate in the race aspect of the event, register ahead of time, and enjoy even more Red Dress Run fun as you attend the after-party in Armstrong Park on N. Rampart, complete with food and music from Cowboy Mouth and Dash Rip Rock. But many people do not register for the race, and they are the ones you will see cramming the streets after the actual race is over for the rest of the day.

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