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Tri NOLA: 250 We Love About New Orleans

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

250. Artist Enrique Alferez’s WPA-era sculpture and bas-reliefs spread throughout City Park

249. Le Petit Theatre, the nation’s longest-running community playhouse

248. The statue of city founder Bienville (Decatur and Conti streets), close to where French settlers first cleared ground

247. The annual Mourning Tour at Hermann-Grima House, a dead-on depiction of 19th-century funereal customs

246. Hamburgers cooked under hubcaps served with a side of attitude at Clover Grill


Clover Grill New Orleans
Open 24/7, Clover Grill is as famed for its acerbic waitstaff as it is for its burgers. (©Shawn Fink)

245. Being fitted for custom-made fangs at Boutique du Vampyre

244. Massoud Dalali’s hand-tooled leather disguises at the Mask Gallery

243. The Saturday morning Vietnamese farmers market in New Orleans East

242. The New Orleans-inspired inks (Sazerac, streetcar green, Garden District azalea) at Papier Plume

241. SeaGem Studios' charming Voodoo Collection of serving trays and toothpick holders 

SeaGems Studios New Orleans
SeaGems also produces a line of ceramic oyster-shell serving pieces. (©SeaGems Studios)

240. Soaking in the marble bathtub in which Napoleon is said to have signed the Louisiana Purchase at Le Pavillon Hotel

239. Drinking by candlelight at Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop

238. Seeing what’s new on the walls at galleries citywide during October’s Art for Arts’ Sake celebration, the kickoff to the city’s cultural season  

237. Beefing up before Saints home games at Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse

236. Costumed concertgoers worshipping the music at Voodoo Fest

Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
Over the past two decades, the Voodoo Music + Arts Expereince has hosted 2,000-plus musicians and more than a million fest-goers. (©Katrina Barber)

235. Puttin' on the Ritz at the Davenport Lounge

234. Having our tea leaves read at the Bottom of the Cup

233. The Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band’s Tuesday night funk fest at the Maple Leaf Bar

232. Sneaking peeks into private courtyards on a Secret Gardens of the Vieux Carré tour

231. Artist Betsy Youngquist’s surrealistic beaded sculptures at Gallery 2   

Gallery 2 New Orleans
Youngquist’s works incorporate vintage beads, antique doll parts, glass eyes and other repurposed objects. (©Gallery 2)

230. Newcomb Art Museum’s Arts and Crafts pottery

229. Acme Oyster House’s "mother shuckers," who average 6,000 bivalves per day 

228. Conjuring up long-lost recipes at Kitchen Witch Books

227. The sun rising from the east…over the Westbank

226. Restaurant R’evolution’s Death by Gumbo  

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Restaurant R'evolution
Death by Gumbo—a boneless roasted quail, stuffed with oysters, andouille and filé rice, swimming in a dark-roux broth. (©Restaurant R'evolution)