A Perfect Day in New Orleans: Jeff "Beachbum" Berry's Itinerary

Touring the town with the world-renowned tiki expert.

Where does Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, the world's foremost tiki expert and owner of Latitude 29, hang during off hours? The new New Orleanian takes us off the beaten path and into his favorite haunts. 

9:30 am: Alfresco tacos
“Have breakfast tacos at the Pagoda Café, an Asian-themed outdoor place with great coffee just off Esplanade Avenue.”

New Orleans City Park

10:30 pm: Country in the city
“Keep heading down Esplanade to City Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the country.”

11 am: Garden arty
“I love the New Orleans Museum of Art’s sculpture garden, and its Polynesian exhibit on the third floor is one of my favorite places in town.”

The Company Burger in New Orleans, Louisiana

1 pm: High and low
“Head to Freret Street, which is really booming. There are two great places for a casual lunch: High Hat—their oyster-and-fennel soup is amazing—and Company Burger, which is cheap, fast and very, very good.”

3:30 pm: Good for what ales you
“You can’t go to Freret and not stop in at Cure, which is one of the premier craft cocktail destinations in the U.S. I’ve never had a bad drink there.”

Tableau restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana

7 pm: One and done
“For dinner Annene and I like to graze, going from one place to the next. Often we’ll get the oysters with caviar at Bourbon House, head to Tableau  for a hearty main course, then skip dessert and go have cocktails.” 

9 pm: Drinks up
“The French Quarter is one of the most concentrated areas of really impressive drinks that I’ve seen in any city. You can pretty much throw a rock and hit a great bar.”

Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana

 

Douglas Brantley
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