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Compiled by Mary Barczak
The Working Press
Food is an important part of New Orleans’ culture and history, so make sure to indulge in some of the cuisine this week. Skip the late-night fast-food run and try out some of these restaurants instead:
813 Rue Bienville, off Bourbon Street
Open daily from 6 p.m.
Try Bananas Foster for dessert
Very upscale, old-South feel to it
Café Beignet
334 Royal St. and 311 Bourbon St.
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Royal Street location) and
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday (Bourbon Street location)
Try the fresh beignets, which are fried pastries covered in powdered sugar.
Daisy Duke’s
121 Chartres St., around the corner from the Marriott hotel.
Open 24/7
Go for the Early Bird Breakfast: Your choice of two eggs served any style, hash browns or grits, a choice of bacon, ham or sausage, and toast or a biscuit for $3.99. Served 5-9 a.m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all day.
Fast, friendly service
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St.
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
Try the charbroiled oysters
Upscale dining.
739 Conti St., off Bourbon Street
Open 8-1 a.m.
Go for the red beans and rice or crawfish etouffée
Fun atmosphere