We spent Easter weekend in the “Big Easy”. We still stay at the Monteleone.

We love it. 214 Royal is the address. It is at the corner of Iberville and Royal.

Rooms are great. It’s a 100 year old plus hotel but modernized and grand.

Rooms are on a par with the rest of New Orleans. 200 a night and up.

Crillion restaurant in the hotel has great food and super desserts.

The Carousel bar is a must see. It revolves (slowly) and it’s worth waiting for a seat.

Beers are 5.00 and drinks comparable. No blenders. Everything is done by hand.

Hotel is a block from Bourbon street.

The Royal Sonesta on Bourbon is also a good bet.

There are several more reasonably priced hotels on

Magazine, just off Canal, just two blocks from the French Quarter.

Breakfast? The Ruby Slipper.

Jason Synakiewicz runs the place. Sweet stuff (pancakes and the like).

Our favorite was the corn beef hash and eggs atop a giant biscuit.

Dickie Brennans on Iberville. Wonderful steaks and the best Redfish I have ever eaten.

Mr. B’s bistro is second to none with great shrimp and crab.

Deanies (in the quarter) doesn’t take reservations but the seafood is worth the wait.

Acme Oyster house(where you will also wait)…but good.

Café Du Monde. A must for breakfast as least once. Coffee and beignets just 6.00 or so.

Central grocery. #1 for Muffalottos in NO.

PS. We rode the train from Beaumont (again) and loved it. When you consider 40.00 a night to park, the train is a bargain.

And you don’t need a car in the quarter.

Trolley system is great and cheap.

Riverboat Natchez is worth the time and money. 2 and a half hours down the Mississippi.

Plantation tours are also in abundance. Most last half a day or more.