We left Ocean Springs on a Sunday and drove what will probably be the shortest leg of our trip – 100 miles – to New Orleans. After we got parked and settled in, we took an Uber out to get some New Orleans style food at Coop’s Place.
Someone recently asked me how we picked where we are going to eat. Thats a good question because there are so many choices, and it can be difficult! Sometimes, we ask the person in the office at the RV park for suggestions. A lot of the time, we just decide what we have a taste for and look up reviews for the best of whatever it is in that city. Sometimes it works out, like this time. The food at Coop’s was amazing! Mike couldn’t stop talking about the fried chicken. I got the “Taste Plate” which had a little of everything – gumbo, red beans and rice, jambalaya, creole shrimp, and fried chicken. I wanted more of all of it!
After dinner, we walked down Decatur Street to Cafe Du Monde for coffee and beignets. If you have never had a beignet, they are like fluffy, square donuts – but better – and with a ton of powdered sugar on top. So good!
We had to work all week, and I wasn’t feeling well, so we didn’t venture back out into the city until that Friday. Mike got a hair cut at the Rooster Club. On the way to the barbershop, we asked the Uber driver for dinner suggestions. He was super friendly and gave us a bunch of recommendations. Then at the barber shop, we mentioned that we were still trying to decide where to go. The lady there made one of the same suggestions, so the Rum House on Magazine Street it was!
The next day, we started out by going to the Jazz Museum at the Old Mint. On the ground floor, they had stuff relating to the Old Mint, like this old coin press that Mike is standing next to. Upstairs was the Jazz Museum and a small art gallery.
After that, we just walked around the French Quarter. We loved the vibe of the city with the all the markets, art, and music everywhere! At some point, we took a break from all the walking, and got lunch at Oceana near Bourbon Street.
After lunch, we met up with Mike’s friend, James, whose house we had just stayed at in Ocean Springs, and some of his friends. We walked around some more with them and stopped in a couple bars from time to time.
One of my favorite places that we went into was the Roosevelt Hotel. It was all decorated up for Christmas. Sometimes living in the RV and traveling, we can forget what time of year it is. The Roosevelt’s lobby was a wonderful reminder!
Of course, we had to check out Bourbon Street at night. The lights and energy were cool to experience, but it’s not really our scene. However, one of James’ friends did tell us about a bar down at the end of Bourbon, away from the craziness called Fritzel’s European Jazz Club.
We went in and had a drink while listening to the band play. I think they were called Roamin’ Jasmine. It was a good vibe. We stayed until the end of their set before moving on. We walked down to Frenchman Street where most of the bars have live bands playing and it’s a little less touristy. We went in a bar called Maison and got settled while the band was setting up. This band had more of a Caribbean flare. We listened for a bit and did some good people watching as well.
We finished the night at Cafe Du Monde again. There was a huge line every time we walked past all day. I think the key is to go at night. Both times we went, we were able to get a table right away. Just looking at this picture, I am craving one of those beignets!
We had a great time in New Orleans! Our only regret is that we didn’t stay longer. We pretty much only got to see the French Quarter. We would have loved to experience the city beyond that area. But, don’t worry, we’ll be back!