2306 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA, USAhttp://www.degashouse.com(504) 821-5009 + 800-755-6730New Orleans’ Home to the French Impressionist Master Edgar Degas, the Edgar Degas House Museum, Courtyard and Inn is a masterpiece of history and hospitality. It is the only home or studio of Degas anywhere in the world that is open to the public, beautifully restored and located on majestic Esplanade Avenue just eleven blocks from the famous New Orleans French quarter. It serves as a wedding venue, a licensed, insured and inspected bed and breakfast, and hosts the Edgar Degas Creole Impressionist Tour. It serves as a special event venue and has a gift shop with items related to Edgar Degas and more.
Dining in New Orleans
Liuzza's By The Track
1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119(504) 218-7888 A true taste of New Orleans can be found at Liuzza's By the Track among many locals who will make you feel like you are one of the neighbors. Located a short drive away.
3127 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119http://www.cafedegas.com(504) 945-5635French artist and restaurateur, Jacques Soulas, came to New Orleans in 1980, and with his friend Jerry Edgar decided to build a restaurant that would be reminiscent of his homeland, and where diners could experience French Bistro atmosphere (with a New Orleans touch), good food and an inspired Wine List. Located only a few blocks away from Degas House - a short drive.
Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Avenuehttp://www.ralphsonthepark.com(504) 488-1000Nestled among the live oaks and colorful clapboard houses of mid-city New Orleans and City Park sits Ralph Brennan's Ralph's on the Park. At the heart of this vibrant eatery is New Orleans born and bred Chef Chip Flanagan, whose globally-inspired interpretations of local cuisine are influenced by the eccentricity, diversity and traditions for which New Orleans is known.
3312 Esplanade Ave504-488-6946On June 19th, 1994, Angel Miranda opened his restaurant, Lola's, in a beautiful Mid City location. Since then, Lola's has been proudly serving the people of New Orleans a taste of true Spanish cuisine. People often confuse Spanish food with Latin American food, but beyond a shared language the two regions do not have much in common in their cuisine. With so much of Spain surrounded by water, the majority of the country is considered to have a Mediterranean diet. Fish and seafood are dietary staples, but wild game and pork is popular as well. The principal spices used in Spanish food are garlic, saffron and paprika, so while the food is flavorful, it is not spicy. You will be able to taste the influence that Spanish food has had on Creole cuisine. We encourage you to sample many different items on the menu and hope that you will enjoy them and return.
3125 Esplanade Avenue(504) 948-1717Love for people. Love for cool places to hang out. And Love for all things Italian. So many things about Nonna Mia are inspired by our love of Sicily - a place that many travelers miss when exploring Europe. We hope you get a little taste of the culture, the food, the wine… and the passion that is Italy. We hope you become part of our family. Located a few blocks from Degas House, or a short drive away.
924 N. Rampart St(504) 569-9979A graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City, chef/owner Matthew’s modern bistro menu features classic French, Louisiana regional and Colonial Indochine dishes inspired by travels abroad. Meauxbar brings a truly unique selection of delicious and healthy dishes using only the freshest seasonally available meats, seafoods, and produce.
Franky & Johnny's
321 Arabella Street New Orleans, LA 70115(504) 899-9146For a taste of local food without much extra flashiness, I strongly recommend Franky and Johnny’s at the corner of Arabella and Tchoupitoulas in uptown. It is definitely a step above a dive, but still maintains the aura and style of a local bar and restaurant that has its clientele and does not try to be something it isn’t. It prepares great downhome New Orleans food – the poboys are superb – especially the shrimp, though you can’t go wrong with any of them really. The boiled seafood (in season) is always good and the gumbo is a must. - Mark Innkeeper
3400 16th Street Metairie, LA 70002(504) 455-1545Recently my husband and I dined at Impastato's Restaurant located in Metairie for a special birthday dinner. First I have to say that the homemade "hot" bread is to die for when you first sit down at your table. We do go there several times a year and I have so many favorite dishes, but just to mention a few I love are the fresh grilled fish of the day topped with delicious lump crabmeat. The pecan smoked filet mignon absolutely melts in your mouth then don't let me forget the fried soft-shell crab topped with lump crabmeat too. Also, the sautéed crab fingers are so delicious and you can dip your hot bread in the juice. Oh my goodness and the desserts are out of this world.
1403 Washington Avenue New Orleans, LA 70130(504) 899-8221For a more upscale evening out I recommend Commander’s Palace on Washington Avenue in the Garden District. The food is as good as any in the city with an emphasis on classic local creole recipes. Many of the most famous chefs in the city have worked at Commander’s Palace at some point in their career (including, most famously, Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.) What really makes the restaurant stand out from others in the city who offer the same food is the ambiance and service. You will be treated like royalty and the personal attention makes the meal worthwhile.
3325 Severn Avenue, Metairie, LA 70002885-4068New Orleans City Park's expansion now includes a new restaurant. "Morning Call", formerly located in the French Quarter, then in Metairie Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb, has now relocated to the Park. Serving the traditional French doughnuts called Beignets, this traditional New Orleans breakfast food or desert, tastes best covered in powdered sugar and enjoyed with New Orleans coffee and Chicory. The tradition of having a few Beignets after a late night in the French Quarter has, in recent years, been expanded to provide for 24/7 demand on the fried pastry. City Park flooded out completely in 2005, another victim of Hurricane Katrina. Due to Federal Disaster relief funds, City Park is rebuilding a better park than residents have experienced in recent years. Morning Call is one of many revitalization projects. Morning Call serves other New Orleans favorites, such as Red Beans and Rice and Crawfish Etoufee. Also the City Park gift shop is included in he same building.
Historic Esplanade Area
The Duvigneaud House
2857 Grand Route Saint John New Orleans, La 70119http://www.degashouse.com504-821-5009One of the earliest houses in New Orleans, the Duvigneaud House, was built circa 1800 and is listed on the National register of Historic Places. Built on a native American canoe trail that linked Bayou Saint John to the Mississippi River, this house served as the main house for a small plantation, fronting Bayou Gentilly in the Fauborg Saint John. Although the rear of the house backed up to the trail originally, as New Orleans was developed and the natural waterways were lost, the house was actually turned to face the street, when the 1850 expansion occurred. Louis Duvigneaud was an attorney, judge and state senator, until the end of the Civil War. During Reconstruction, he was the head of the Conservative Citizens of the State of Louisiana, one of many organizations formed to recover citizen rights that had been lost after the fall of the Confederacy. Louis acquired this property in 1834, as land only, then purchased and moved a creole cottage from another lot to form his home here,
The Museum of Free People of Color
2336 Esplanade Ave.http://www.lemuseedefpc.com504-233-0384Le Musée de f.p.c., a historic house museum, is one of the country's few attractions dedicated exclusively to preserving the material culture of and telling to the story of free people of color.
St. Louis Cemetery # 3
3421 Esplanade Avenuehttp://www.nolacemeteries.com/louis3.htmlEstablished in 1854, St. Louis No. 3 is located a few miles from it's counterparts on Esplanade Avenue near Bayou St. John. It is built on an old leper colony. Governor Galvez exiled the city's lepers to this location. It was known as "Leper's Land." However, after the huge yellow fever outbreak of 1853, the city was in need of another cemetery. It was first known as Bayou Cemetery.
Esplanade Ave. and Bayou Rd.Gayarre Place is a small park at the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Bayou Road in New Orleans, named after New Orleans historian Charles Etienne Arthur Gayerre. It is dominated by a red stone pedestal with a allegorical statue which were originally on display at the New Orleans 1884 Cotton Centennial World's Fair, "Peace, the Genius of History".
2800 Esplanade Ave504-482-9865Community Coffee is a New Orleans favorite and is the largest family-owned retail coffee brand in the U.S. This location is a great place to sit outside and enjoy the historic Bayou St. John neighborhood. CC's serves all the popular coffee drinks including classic New Orleans coffee with chicory and cafe au lait.
Lil' Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade504-569-8997This casual soul food restaurant is located in the famous Treme neighborhood. Their breakfast and lunch buffets are very popular with locals. Dizzy's serves some of the best fried chicken in the city, along with creole gumbo, jambalaya, bread pudding and other down home Southern favorites.
NOMA New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins C. Diboll Circlehttp://noma.org(504) 658-4100The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 , with an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art , photography, glass, and African and Japanese works , continues to grow. The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with over 60 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges.
The French Quarter
1751 Gentilly Blvd.http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com(504) 944-5515Home to the world's best music festival, New Orleans' Jazz and Heritage Festival. Also home to the Louisiana Derby.
Canal Street Streetcar
Esplanade Ave. and Carrollton Ave.A spur line along North Carrollton Avenue connects Canal Street to City Park at Beauregard Circle, where riders can enjoy a 1500-acre urban Eden filled with centuries-old oak trees, an elegant botanical garden, a charming storybook village, and a host of family activities.
1 Palm Drivehttp://neworleanscitypark.com504·482·4888Today's City Park is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. A popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride, the park hosts 11 million visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area.
Bestoff Sculpture Garden
One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124http://www.noma.org/sgarden504-658-4100Home to over sixty sculptures from artists from all over the world and set in a stunning environment of meandering footpaths, The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.). Admission is free. The Sculpture Garden is closed on all legal holidays. Sculpture Garden Audio Tour NOMA offers a free audio tour of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which is accessible through visitors' cell phones and which highlights twenty of the sculptures in the Garden. The tour is available free of charge. Please inquire at the information window at the entrance to the Sculpture Garden for information on accessing the tour.
Friedrichs Ave New Orleans, LA 70124http://www.nolagondola.com800 979-3370Robert Dula, AKA Roberto, decided at a young age he wanted to be a Gondolier. So he lived in Venice, Italy and received his training from the Italians. While in Italy, he had his Gondola built. The gondola is fully equipped with an on board sound system, so your favorites, such as Andrea Bocceli may be heard wafting through the moss draped oak trees that line the old Bayou Metairie at City Park. Your port of embarkation is at Big Lake, just adjacent to the New Orleans Museum of Art. The sculpture garden may be seen on your gondola ride, which traverses the lagoons that wind their way through City Park. Many engagements occur on board, and Roberto has bragging rights, as well as photos of these many adventures that he guides his clientele on. I highly recommend this as another European adventure that occurs in the Fauborg Degas and on the Esplanade! Whether you want an intimate cruise for two, or a small group of friends (up to six), you will cherish this memory for years to come.