I guess I can’t even technically call it a day — we ended up getting into New Orleans around 10pm on Friday night. Which sort of sucks, but since that city is one that can hang well into the night, it’s normally not a huge damper to get in so late.
We had a huge list of 30 things to do for B’s thirtieth. I went into it thinking that it really wouldn’t be that much of a vacation, only because we were on a schedule — a pretty tight one at that.
Our first night we had a list of seven things to get done: And guess what y’all! We got every single one of them complete! Not that it wasn’t 3 in the morning when we were done or anything. I kid, it was. BUT huge plus… we didn’t get shot on Bourbon!
1. Buy a daiquiri in Slidell at a drive thru-daiquiri shop. We went to Daiquiri and Company. They had daiquiris, but Yelp steered us wrong in saying it was a drive-thru. We got one nonetheless — a shittier version of the banana one on Bourbon, but it served its purpose.
2. Eat a dozen oysters. We wanted Acme, but the line was out the door – so there’s another awesome place right down from there called Felix’s, where the oysters were just as delicious. And their horseradish was amazing.
3. Take a shitty shot on Bourbon. If you’ve ever been there, you’ve seen the vendors. The people that sell $2 shots on the side of the street, mainly in between bars. And they’re pretty much the most disgusting thing on Earth. B compromised and said I could do a Cherry Bomb, but lo and behold, they were out. So we did shots of rum. It was disgusting, and this was the only picture I got from the fine establishment where they were taken.
4. Have dinner at Killer Po’Boys. Check and mate. This awesome little place is located in the back of the Erin Rose bar and is cash only! We got the meatball po’boy, and it was amazing. Also from a previous trip, their potato salad is amazing.
5. Get a 3-for-1 at our spot. We go to Krazy Korner every time we’re there for some amazing people watching. We saw a homeless guy get in a fight with a car and almost get run over. The place never disappoints.
6. Hit up Bar Tonique for a unique cocktail. They’ve got an old-timey feeling full of old-fashioned drinks. I can’t even remember what I got (shocker by this point, I know), but I remember it had bourbon and was delicious.
7. Next on this expansive list was a trip to Frenchmen Street to hit up the Spotted Cat. I’ve only been here two other times, but every time we go there they have fantastic music. They are also cash only, so make sure you’ve got it.
8. Finally on the list for the night was to hit up Checkpoint Charlies. If you want a strong drink, definitely hit up this place. We, of course, were in no sort of mind to order another liquor drink, so we ordered an Abita Amber and snacked on cheesy tater tots. And when I say snacked, I mean pretty much inhaled. The bands in this place are always less well-known, but pretty amazing.
Okay, so I said seven things, but it was eight. We completed 8/30 tasks in the first night. We were pretty impressed with ourselves the next day. Also, tired with a bit of a headache. oh, New Orleans, you rarely lose night one.