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New Orleans Attractions

Sunday Evening in New Orleans


In most towns, Sunday nights can be lonesome, depressing times.  You’re not ready to go back to work or school on Monday morning, but the promise of Friday night pizza and a movie, and Saturday barbecues has passed.  What to do?  In New Orleans, though, life really is a Cabaret—what good is sitting alone in your room?  Sunday night offerings are available at various bars, museums, and restaurants, keeping you from staring at the TV screen by yourself.  For example, Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant,  offers viewings of HBO dramas that have a Louisiana connection and that you may have missed last time around.   Past episodes of Treme’, the New Orleans –filmed and themed show about musicians, as well as True Blood,  are screened this Sunday, July 29, alternating at 7, 8, 9, and 10 PM, and you can feast on a famous Buffa’s hamburger while you’re at it.    If you get there earlier in the day, there’s music to listen to as well.

Another chance for company and entertainment is at Siberia on St. Claude Avenue.   An early gig on Sundays at 5:30 PM by New Orleans rhythm and blues band, King James and the Special Men, is a rowdy, joyous place to be, and you can get bar snacks there too, like pierogi or a mushroom and spinach blini  (t is Russian, after all!).    There’s no cover charge, and the drinks are cheap.

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New Orleans Dining

Bar Food That Will Surprise you!


It used to be in New Orleans that a bar was a bar, and it served alcoholic beverages.   Maybe potatoe chips were available at the counter.  Not anymore. Neighborhood “dive” bars or even more upscale operations, are serving all kinds of interesting food now.    They’re breaking ground in ethnic fare not previously found in New Orleans.  Take Marie’s Bar in the Marigny, at  2483 Burgundy St. at the corner of St. Roch. On Sundays now, there’s a pop-up Filipino restaurant, Milkfish.    Marie’s is a quintessential “dive” bar, with locals mixing in with afterhours Bywater bohemian and hipster types.    And now they can all chow down happily on a menu including Filipino classics like lumpia and chicken adobo.  The chef, Christina Quackenbush, has been in the food business for a while, including bartending at the High Hat Café’ and serving at Rio Mar Restaurant in the Warehouse District.  A contingent of Filipinos moved to New Orleans after Katrina, joining the 2000 or so already here (according to the 2000 census), and their cuisine is diverse, spicy, and fits right in here.  You can read an interview with Quackenbush here for a description of the food and her new business. http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/cristina-quackenbush/Content?oid=2004793.

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