New Orleans Convention Center Visitors Survival Guide


Known for our food, music and celebratory lifestyle, New Orleans is meant to be experienced. Visitors of the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will get the most out of their time with this Survival Guide!

I’ve been all over the world. I love New York, I love Paris, San Francisco, so many places. But there’s no place like New Orleans. It’s got the best food. It’s got the best music. It’s got the best people. It’s got the most fun stuff to do.
Harry Connick, Jr. – Singer


  • RESTAURANTS – Listed by price and area – Convention Center, French Quarter and Uptown. Each establishment serves New Orleans style cuisine.
  • LIVE MUSIC – Bourbon St. is full of music, but in case you want something different check these out.
  • ATTRACTIONS – New Orleans history and art
  • TRANSPORTATION – Streetcar, Cab, & Uber
  • GLOSSARY – Our city seems to have it’s own language. No worries cher, we got you!
  • FESTIVALS – List of yearly festivals (mostly of food and music of course!)


Listed by price and area – Convention Center, French Quarter and Uptown. Each establishment focuses on New Orleans cuisine.



Restaurants Price Range $11-30

Cochon Restaurant Pork Focused Cajun Fare (Voted Best Cajun Restaurant)
Drago’s (Voted Best Charbroiled Oysters)
Manning’s Sports Bar Creole Eats
Marcello’s Restaurant & Wine Bar  (Voted Best Wine List)
Mother’s Famous Southern Cuisine Cafeteria Style, Po-Boys Since 1938
Mulate’s the Original Cajun Restaurant Celebrated Cajun Dine & Dance Hall (Voted Best Cajun Restaurant)

Restaurants Price Range $31-60

Compere Lapin Caribbean & European New Orleans Flavors (Best New Restaurant)
Emeril’s Fine Dining Creole
Herbsaint Chef Donald Link Southern Cuisine
Peche Seafood Grill – (Voted Best Seafood)

Restaurants Price Range Above $61

Restaurant August Elegant French Fare by Chef John Besh



Restaurants Price Range Under $10

Cafe du Monde World Famous Coffee & Beignets – Open 24 Hours
Central Grocery & Deli (Voted Best Muffuletta)

Restaurants Price Range $11-30

Cafe Amelie (Voted Best Outdoor Dining)
Deanie’s Seafood (Voted Best Seafood)
Gumbo Shop Creole Staples and Courtyard Dining (Voted Best Gumbo)
Port of Call Longtime Hangout with Burgers & Booze (Voted Best Burger)
Tableau Classic French-Creole

Restaurants Price Range $31-60

Antoine’s Classic French Creole
Brennan’s Upscale Creole
Doris Metropolitan Steakhouse (Voted Best Steakhouse)
Galatoire’s Elegant Creole Restaurant (Voted Best Restaurant)
GW Fins Upscale Seafood Dining (Voted Best Seafood)
K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen Upscale Cajun Fare (Voted Best Cajun Restaurant)
Mr. B’s Bistro Modern LA Cuisine (Voted Best Gumbo)
The Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch Creole Fare (Voted Best Buffet)



Restaurants Price Range Under $10

The Camellia Grill Landmark Diner

Restaurants Price Range $11-30

Jacques-Imo’s Casual Creole Eats
Luke French & German Cuisine Chef John Besh
Boucherie Southern Cuisine
Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar Creole-Inspired Dishes

Restaurants Price Range $31-60

Apolline Modern Louisiana Cooking
Commander’s Palace Upscale Creole Fare
La Petite Grocery Modern Louisiana Cuisine
Pascal’s Manale (Voted Best BBQ Shrimp)
Upperline Restaurant Traditional & Modern Fare


square700x700I was born and raised 30 minutes outside of New Orleans, have traveled the country, and would still consider New Orleans to be in my top 5 favorite cities!

If I only had a few days to hit the high notes, I would suggest a visitor not skip on Café Du Monde, the St. Louis Cathedral and strolling around Jackson Square to see the street performers and artists. It’s all in walking distance and the hub of our city’s culture!

~Paulena Gross

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Bourbon St. is full of music, but in case you want something different check these out.


House of Blues – Rock & blues themed chain with Southern dishes such as po’ boys & jambalaya, plus live music. Sunday Gospel Brunch.

House of Blues New Orleans

Source: HOB NOLA


The Howlin’ Wolf – Musical acts shine at this expansive, low-key concert hall with a mahogany bar & pub fare.

The Howlin' Wolf

Source: the Howlin’ Wolf


Tipitina’s – Rustic, black-and-white tiled warehouse space & landmark since ’77 for live music & Cajun dancing.


Source: Offbeat


One Eyed Jacks  Concerts, burlesque & comedy shows in a hipster-friendly venue & bar with a bordello-chic ambiance.

One Eyed Jacks

Source: Live Music Blog NOLA


Preservation Hall – Historic, all-ages place for jazz in a no-frills space with wooden floors & no air-conditioning.

Preservation Hall

Source: Paste Magazine


Maison – Upbeat music club hosts a diverse, jazz-oriented lineup on 3 stages & offers eats, drinks & dancing.


Source: Trip Advisor


Liz WarrenThere is nothing quite like our work hard play hard mentality. I love the diverse culture and opportunities New Orleans has to offer, completely unique.

While you’re in town, take a walk down Frenchmen Street for the sights, sounds and flavors of downtown NOLA!

~ Liz Warren

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New Orleans history and art.

French Quarter Carriage Tours

French Quarter Carriage Ride

Source: Flickr

Carriage rides are a great way to tour the French Quarter, discover historic landmarks and fascinating stories taking you back in time. Tours are operated by several companies located on Decatur street in front of Jackson Square.


Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights

Bevolo Gas Lights New Orleans

Source: Bevolo

Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights began in the French Quarter in 1945 revolutionizing the production of gas lamps. Their iconic copper lamp can be seen throughout the city. You can view a live build by a Bevolo craftsman at their  gallery located in the famous Royal Street Art District.


Hermann Grima House

Hermann Grima House

Source: Deep South Magazine

Hermann-Grima House (aka the interior of Madame Lalaurie’s Mansion of American Horror Story) is an 1831 Federal mansion, designated as a National Historic Landmark, and also operated as a historic house museum. The Hermann-Grima House has the only 1830s open-hearth kitchen and horse stable still in existence in the French Quarter and has been painstakingly restored to depict the lifestyle of an affluent Creole family in 1830s New Orleans.


Cabildo – Louisiana State Museum

Cabildo New Orleans

Source: Louisiana Travel

The Cabildo in Jackson Square is an elegant Spanish colonial building positioned to the Left of the St. Louis Cathedral and houses many rare artifacts of America’s history.


St Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral

Source: A View on Cities

The St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans’ most notable landmarks. This venerable building, its triple steeples towering above its historic neighbors, the Cabildo and the Presbytere.


Prebytere – Louisiana State Museum

Presbytere New Orleans

Source: A View on Cities

The Presbytere houses an elaborate and exquisite collection of Mardi Gras artifacts and memorabilia, positioned to the Right of the Cathedral.


French Market

French Market New Orleans

Source: Where Traveler

For over 200 years, the historic French Market has been an enduring symbol of pride and progress for the people of New Orleans. A walk through the French Market is fun- lots of vendors and food. Good place to buy cheap t-shirts, sunglasses, jewelry and other crafty things.


New Orleans Haunted History & Ghost Tours

New Orleans Haunted History & Ghost Tours

Source: Ghost City Tours

Whether it’s the ghosts of the mistreated slaves of Madame Lalurie or the vampires interviewed by Anne Rice, New Orleans’ reputation as “The Most Haunted City in America” is well-deserved. There are many tours to choose from and are easily accessible throughout the French Quarter.


National WWII Museum

National World War II Museum

Source: National World War II Museum

The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn.


Loretta’s Authentic Pralines

Loretta's Authentic Pralines

Source: Chad Bower

Loretta’s Authentic Pralines has been in business for over 35 years. Loretta was the first African American woman to successfully own and operate her own praline company in New Orleans.


Steamboat Natchez

Steamboat Natchez

Source: Travel Channel

Experience New Orleans as it can best be seen from the Mississippi River on the Steamboat Natchez. Choose from a Dinner Jazz Cruise, Harbor Jazz Cruise or Sunday Jazz Brunch Cruise.


Rodrigue Art Gallery

George Rodrigue Gallery

Source: Rodrigue Gallery

The Rodriguez Art Gallery features the artwork of Cajun artist George Rodrigue, most famous for the “Blue Dog” series of paintings.


Ansley FreyNew Orleans is a city full of culture, beauty and amazing food! I enjoy just walking the streets and taking in all of the sights, and doing a little shopping. The artists and street performers are simply mesmerizing.

Breakfast at Cafe du Monde is a must, followed by a carriage ride through the city, and maybe even get a palm reading, just for fun.

If you love flavorful food, you will always be looking forward to the next meal! My personal favorite restaurant is Muriel’s. And please don’t leave without having some bread pudding! I hope you enjoy our beautiful city!

~Ansley Frey

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  • Big on atmosphere and ambiance, New Orleans is actually a geographically small town, which makes most journeys by cab very affordable. A cross-town ride from your French Quarter/downtown hotel to an uptown jazz club or neighborhood restaurant is typically under $20, and a safe, fast way to get from point A to point B if you’re unsure of streetcar or bus stop locations along the way.


  • Currently serving all neighborhoods in Orleans Parish (including Algiers and New Orleans East) plus MSY Airport.


  • Getting around New Orleans by streetcar is a great way to see the city. There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of which originates downtown but takes you different parts of the city.
  • Streetcars in New Orleans offer $1.25 fares and can be paid with exact change when you board.

New Orleans Streetcar Routes


Our city seems to have it’s own language. No worries cher, we got you!


Bayou (by’ you)

  • Slow stream, or body of water running through a marsh or swamp.

Big Easy

  • This is an euphemism for New Orleans, like the “Crescent City,” that is attributed to Betty Guillaud, a gossip columnist for the Times Picayune, in the ’70s as a term of endearment and an answer to the then I Love New York City hype. If it’s the “Big Apple” then New Orleans is the “Big Easy,” where everything is slower, simpler and easy-going.

Cafe au Lait – “Ca Fay – Oh – Lay”

  • This is New Orleans traditional coffee. Cafe au Lait is made from coffee and chicory mixed with boiled milk. Cafe au Lait is certain to give you a start for the new day.

Cajun (kay’ jun)

  • French Acadians who settled here after immigrating from Canada.

Creole (cree’ ole)

  • Descendants of French, Spanish, and Caribbean slaves and natives; has also come to mean any person whose ancestry derives from the Caribbean’s mixed nationalities.

Etoufee – “A Two Fay”

  • There are many variations to this dish. Most etoufees start with a roux and consist of rice, shell fish or meat and vegetable

Flambeaux – “Flam Bo”

  • Before there were electric lights, Mardi Gras parades were lit by fire torches called flambeaux. Today, the tradition of the flambeaux and their mysterious illumination is carried on by some of the old line Krewes.

Grillades – “Gree Yods”

  • This is broiled veal served in gravy. Usually, grillades are served for breakfast with grits.


  • The word “gumbo” comes from an African language that means okra. Gumbo is a traditional southern soup like dish. It can be made with just about anything. But, all gumbos start with a rich roux and usually include either sea food or sausage.

Jambalaya – “Jam Ba Lie Uh”

  • This is a very popular party dish as it can be made in large quantities ! Usually, jambalaya is a spicy dish made with rice, tomato and either sea food or meat is added for flavor.

King Cake

  • Extra-large oval doughnut pastry dusted with colored candied sugar. A plastic baby doll is hidden inside the cake–the lucky person who gets the piece of cake with the doll inside (and doesn’t break a tooth or swallow it in the process!) buys the king cake for the next party of the Mardi Gras season.


  • Legend has it that the word “Krewe” came from the old English spelling for the word “crew.” A Krewe is an organization or club that parades at Mardi Gras.

Lagniappe (lan’ yap)

  • Something extra that you didn’t pay for–thrown in to sweeten the deal–like a baker’s dozen.

Laissez les bons temps rouler (Lazay Lay Bon Tom Roulay)

  • Let the good times roll.

Mardi Gras

  • Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent…The day to celebrate before the traditional Catholic tradition of sacrificing and fasting during the 40 days of Lent.

Muffaletta – “Moof A lot a”

  • Said to have been invented at “Central Grocery” on Decatur Street in the french Quarter- A Muffaletta is a very large sandwich served on an Italian bread loaf. The muffaletta is made from ham, salami and provolone cheese and garnished with an olive relish.

Neutral Ground

  • In most cities this is called the “median-” You know, that little strip of ground in the middle of a road. Legend has it that the neutral ground got its name from early New Orleans when the French and Spanish could do business between sections of the city standing on the “neutral ground.”

Praline (Praw’ leen)

  • Brown sugar pecan-filled candy patty. (Very sweet and so delicious you can’t eat just one!)


  • This is any sandwich that is made with a loaf of french bread. It’s called a Po’Boy because one sandwich can feed an entire family.

Roux – “Rew”

  • A roux is the base for many popular New Orleans dishes. It is made from flour and oil.


  • Shaved ice (nearly powder) served with flavored syrups. Those of you in the north might throw ’em…we eat ’em!


  • Most parades require the crowd to politely sit and applaud as each float passes by. Not in New Orleans ! In New Orleans a parade is a “sport.” The crowd is expected to participate in the action by catching stuff that is “thrown” from a passing float. At Mardi Gras, the most popular throws are beads, doubloons and plastic cups.

“Who Dat?”

  • A New Orleans Saints fan
  • A chant for New Orleans Saints fans: “Who dat? Who dat? Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?”


Cara BuddeNew Orleanians are hard working people who love their culture (and dem Saints). Growing up here you learn the best things in life are food, music and festivities.

Take time to enjoy all three during your visit – any type of seafood (many to choose from), live music and dancing, and remind yourself of the good things in life!

~Cara Budde

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List of yearly festivals (mostly of food and music of course!)














Thank you for visiting our amazing city!

In town and have a question? Contact a LOCAL! Paulena 985.788.3292 or Liz 985.710.1069

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