I’m Tunney Barrett, Director of Sales & Marketing here at the Staybridge Suites Hotel New Orleans Downtown. I grew up in this city and have a deep love for the culture, the music and, of course, the food. When it comes to the city’s huge number of attractions, I have experienced almost all of them first hand. Now, we have found our guests want to know where do we as locals go, what do we enjoy and where do we eat. So each week I will give you my Picks of the Week. Enjoy
Let’s start with the obvious. Emeril’s. The first time I went to Emeril’s, I went with an attitude. I went there not wanting to like it. All the hype, the products, the TV… but, I was with clients that wanted to go to Emeril’s, so off I went. Well, boy did I change my mind. It was every bit as good as everyone had said it was. The gumbo was extraordinary, one of the best in the city (not as good as my Mom’s but very good)! Then there was the double cut pork chop with sweet potatoes. OMG! It was amazing! To top it off was the Banana Cream Pie! I’m not a huge fan of Banana Cream Pie, but this stuff is soooo good. Rumor has it, that when Springsteen is in town, he calls ahead and they bring it out to the limo. My wife and I have eaten here several times since. It’s out the door, walk right, down Tchoupitoulas about three blocks. On the left, corner of Julia & Tchoupitoulas. Price: $$$$
RESTAURANT VERY CASUAL:
So you’re looking to try several things, but you’re not exactly what, then try Acme Oyster House. Fried Shrimp or Roast Beef Poor boy, Red Beans & Rice, Chargrilled Oysters, raw oysters… (New Orleans comfort food). Have an Abita Amber Ale with your lunch. Remember, your diet is on vacation, too. Out the door, left on Poydras and two blocks the St. Charles. Then three or four blocks to Canal Street. When you cross Canal Street it will St. Charles will become Royal Street (we do that just to confuse the tourists). First corner is Iberville. Turn left and Acme is on the left. Price: $$
AN ADULT BEVERAGE:
I love W.I.N.O. (Wine Institute of New Orleans) Across the street to the right, in the next block. There are glass cases with wine bottles in them. You put in a card and choose a 2 oz., 4 oz. or a 6 oz. pour. It gives you a chance to try wines you have never heard of and some you have. You may not want to spend the money on a bottle of Opus One, but you can get a taste of it here. Nice cheese plates too. Price: from $$ to $$$$ depending on what you decide to try.
The National World War II Museum. If you only have time to see one New Orleans attraction, this would be my recommendation, hands down. From the short film Beyond All Boundaries, to the train ride, to D-Day, to Pearl Harbor, to the Road to Berlin, to Hiroshima, to the Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience this place is amazing. Take you parents, take your children, take your friends. Tom Brokaw was correct, they were our greatest generation. They looked into the face of evil and said “NO”. And not just from the battle field, but from the home front as well. Don’t miss this! Right out of the hotel on Tchoupitoulas to Andrew Higgins Blvd. 2 blocks to Magazine Street.