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3. Here is a guide by category from the local newspaper
2. Rum House is a bar that has amazing food and strong drinks. It is located at 3128 Magazine St. and is close to the Lower Garden District.
1. Bearcat Cafe, Freret Street near Napolean Ave. Pretty much every restaurant on Freret between Napoleon and Jefferson is great, but I don't think you can screw up your order at Bearcat. Lots of vegan/veg/gf options, too. Get the crispy potatoes.
2. Neyow's Creole Cafe, Mid-City. Not far off the Canal St. Streetcar line, this is an excellent, casual spot for Creole and Southern favorites.
1. The Palace Cafe is lovely for a very nice breakfast, lunch or dinner and is not far from the hotel. It is located at 605 Canal St. It's run by the famous Brennan family of restauranteurs and is located in a renovated Canal St. landmark, from the time when people went there for serious shopping: The Werlein's Music Store. The inside has a lovely spiral staircase and upstairs the walls are covered with murals showing New Orleans musicians. Downstairs it's possible to sit where you can see into the kitchen. It is an experience, so not a place to grab a quick lunch, but it is very New Orleans. One would probably need reservations in the evening but likely not for lunch.
2. Joey K's is a typical New Orleans corner restaurant (frequented by locals and Tulane folks). It is more casual than the Palace Café. It's at 3001 Magazine St. around Jackson Avenue and would be accessible by cab, Lyft/Uber. It's closed on Sunday and open 11-9 other days and has a great assortment of traditional NO dishes, including po-boys. It would not be "touristy" and would give people a local experience.
3. Mandina's, at 3800 Canal Street (accessible by red Canal St. streetcar). Traditional New Orleans seafood and Italian-style food. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
4. Ye Olde College Inn is next door to Rock'n'Bowl. It is a "casual place with Creole-Southern comfort fare" and a serious restaurant with bar and lots of character.
New Orleans is obviously all about the food so it's hard to go wrong. Here are several wonderful options near to the convention center (although don't hesitate to branch out further, too)
1. Compere Lapin (535 Tchoupitoulas) – CBD, approx. half mile from convention center. Amazing Caribean Creole cusine from James Beard chef Nina Compton, great cocktails, too!
2. Willa Jean (611 O'Keefe) - CBD, less than a mile from convention center, delicious all around, but especially amazing bakery, brunch, coffees, and drinks.
3. Seed (1330 Prytania St) – CBD, less than a mile from convention center, small vegan café- far anyone seeking vegan options, this is an amazing little place!
4. Peche (800 Magazine Street) – CBD, approx. half mile from convention center. Donald Link restaurant specializing in seafood.