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Listed: Six New Orleans Spots to Hit (Not on Bourbon St.)

Listed: Six New Orleans Spots to Hit (off of Bourbon St.)


These Big Easy joints may be harder to find, but well worth the effort.

Anyone who visits New Orleans should certainly get his fill of Bourbon Street. After all, it's one of the world's most famous thoroughfares. But when the novelty of throwing back alcoholic slushies on the street corner wears off, venture a few steps away from the fray to explore some of these great, albeit lesser-known joints:

The Friendly Bar
If it's a dive bar you seek, this Marigny establishment is a dream come true.  Not only are the drinks cheap, the clientele is, as the name suggests, friendly and Misty, the bartender, is a local legend. 2301 Chartres Street

The Golden Lantern
Although situated at one end of the French Quarter, The Golden Lantern is considered more of a locals' haunt than tourist trap. Pop in any Thursday through Sunday to catch one of their riotous drag shows. 1239 Royal Street

The Corner Pocket
Looking for a place to round out your night? This watering hole is a mere two blocks from Bourbon Street and offers its patrons plenty of tasteless fun. We promise you'll have your fill of trashy go-go boys (and we mean that in the best possible way!) 940 St. Louis Street

Casamento's Restaurant 
This family-owned restaurant has been serving up fresh seafood, like the oysters they are well known for, on charming Magazine Street since they opened in 1919. 4330 Magazine Street

Elizabeth's Restaurant
When the sun starts to intrude on your night out, make your way here for an unforgettable breakfast. The praline bacon may be the best thing ever created for human consumption.  (As an added bonus, there are plenty of shops to pick up vintage clothing the like surrounding this Bywater eatery.) 601 Gallier Street

OK, so maybe not much of a secret since Butcher is the little brother to the famed Cochon. However, we've included it because we think it may arguably be one of New Orlean's best lunch spots.  They have elevated deli meats to works of art here and the pulled pork is out of this world. 930 Tchoupitoulas Street

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