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Tri NOLA: 200 Things We Love About New Orleans

Countless ways the Crescent City charms in light of its 300th birthday

200. Crystal-coated barbecued oysters, crowned with blue cheese, at Red Fish Grill 

199. Sunday Jazz Mass at historic St. Augustine Church 

198. Savoring Pimm’s-soaked cucumber rounds at the Napoleon House

197. Taking to the streets despite the heat on White Linen Night

196. The New Orleans Saints marching back into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

New orleans Saints Drew Brees
The Saints take on the Arizona Cardinals Aug. 17 in their first 2018-19 preseason home game. (©Michael C. Hebert)

195. The Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival; yes, you read that correctly

194. The resurrection of Zombies and Mai Tais at retro-cool Latitude 29, home to Beachbum Berry, the world’s foremost tiki expert

193. Save Our Cemeteries’ monthly Tombs by Twilight tour

192. Paging through William Faulkner’s “Light in August”—in August—at Faulkner House Books

191. Seeing the city’s signature copper gas lamps being made by hand at Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights

Bevolo New Orleans
Bevolo counts four French Quarter locations; step into 316 Royal Street, where you’ll find craftsmen at work. (©Shawn Fink)

190. The Krewe of O.A.K’s annual Midsummer Mardi Gras procession 

189. The scent of fresh-baked French bread wafting out of Leidenheimer delivery trucks 

188. Stepping back in time on a plantation country day trip

187. Emeril’s banana cream pie, loaded with three pounds of bananas

186. The way-out wigs at Fifi Mahony’s

FIfi Mahony's New Orleans
Searching for something outrageous and over-the-top? Head to Fifi Mahony’s. (©Shawn Fink)

185. Praline bacon from Elizabeth’s

184. Snapping selfies with Fats Domino, Pete Fountain and other famous performers at New Orleans Musical Legends Park

183. The naughty-but-nice Burlesque Ballroom at the Jazz Playhouse

182. The Pedesclaux-Lemonnier House (640 Royal St.), the city’s first “skyscraper”

181. The portrait of Lil Wayne popping out among the floral paintings at Jack Rose

Jack Rose New Orleans
The "nouveau granny chic" decor at Jack Rose. (©Christian Horan)

180. Peeking in on the culinary action through Brennan’s kitchen window

179. The All Things NOLA sundae at Sucré—brown butter-pecan gelato, topped with bananas Foster sauce and chunks of bread pudding

178. Shucking and jiving at the Bourbon House oyster bar

177. The backyard vibe and all-day music at Bacchanal

176. Parading through the upstairs Mardi Gras museum after dinner at Arnaud’s

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Costume collection in New Orleans
Arnaud’s Mardi Gras museum houses the costume collection of the late Germain Cazenave Wells, who reigned over more Carnival balls than anyone else in New Orleans history. (©Arnaud’s)