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Tri NOLA: 225 Things We Love About New Orleans

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

225. Club-hopping along Frenchmen Street

224. Artist Xavier Gonzales’ mural from Dixie’s Bar of Music, now housed in the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint

223. The trout meunière amandine and spirited Friday lunch crowd at Galatoire’s 

222. Views of the city from aboard the Algiers Ferry, which has been crossing the Mississippi since Mark Twain’s days

221. Stumbling upon a second-line parade…and joining in

New Orleans second-line parade
Second-line parades can pop up at any time out of nowhere. (©Todd Coleman/NewOrleans.com)

220. The “Touchdown Jesus” statue behind St. Louis Cathedral

219. Ceramic tile markers on French Quarter buildings, noting street names under Spanish rule, a 1959 gift from the city of Talavera de la Reina

218. The annual No Dead Artists exhibit at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, still alive and kickin’ after 22 years

217. The blast of heat from flambéed bananas Foster, prepared tableside at Brennan’s

216.  Papier-mâché, float-sized flowers created by Mardi Gras artists, in bloom year-round at Miette

Miette New Orleans
Missed Mardi Gras? Decorate your own float (or walls) with Carnival flowers from Miette. (©Miette)

215. The almost-too-stunning-to-eat cane syrup blackberry trifle at DTB

214. The “Celebrity Hall of Foam” at Cooter Brown’s

213. Following in the footsteps of pirates at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

212. Willie Mae’s blue-ribbon fried chicken

211. The yearly recreation of the Storming of the Sazerac, commemorating the day in September 1949 when women first took a seat at the once men-only Sazerac Bar

Sazerac Bar New Orleans
More a publicity stunt than an actual uprising, the Storming of the Sazerac helped establish the drink as “the official cocktail of New Orleans.” (©Tales of the Cocktail)

210. Touring Degas House with the impressionist’s great-grand niece

209. Saints superfans who suit up for home games at the Superdome

208. The Krispy Kreme bread pudding at Boucherie

207. The Woolsworth luncheon counter inside Peaches Records

206. Crescent Park, connecting the French Quarter to Bywater neighborhood 

Crescent Park New Orleans
Crescent Park, which runs along the river, offers great views of the city skyline. (©Zack Smith/NewOrleans.com)

205. Sipping French 75 cocktails at Arnaud’s French 75 bar

204. James H. Cohen & Sons, the oldest family-owned business in the U.S. 

203. Restaurants that stockpile recycled oyster shells to aid in coastal restoration efforts

202. Dancing in the lanes at Rock ’n’ Bowl

201. The fried baloney sandwich (trust us) at Turkey and the Wolf, named “America’s Best New Restaurant” of 2017 by Bon Appétit 

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Turkey and the Wolf New Orleans
At Turkey and the Wolf, baloney sandwiches are topped with potato chips. (©Turkey and the Wolf)