Find Out Where Locals Eat in New Orleans’ French Quarter

New Orleans infamous restaurant scene can be overwhelming. In fact, even individual neighborhoods are dense with so many unique, locally owned bars and restaurants that it’s hard to know where to begin!                     The Carousel Bar & Lounge inside Hotel Monteleone.  Locals have time to do the legwork — some consider it a personal badge of victory to try all the restaurants in any given area; others keep detailed spreadsheets of restaurants they’ve tried and where to go next (seriously!). With the French Quarter in mind, here’s a list of a few standout places where locals eat in New Orleans. Where Locals Eat in New Orleans’ French Quarter   Breakfast/Brunch Brennan’s — Brennan’s is a fine-dining institution we’d recommend any meal of the day (and any day of the year)… but locals know it’s all about their breakfast. With a James Beard-nominated chef at the helm and fresh off a stunning interior renovation, Brennan’s is the most unforgettable place to start your day. But maybe not the healthiest…you must order the Bananas Foster. EAT New Orleans — This sunny space is also BYOB, but dishes like Eggs Cochon (Pulled pork cake over mustard greens, two poached eggs, Creole hollandaise, with grits and a homemade biscuit) are enough to give you a buzz. Criollo — Criollo is one of those restaurants where you could eat breakfast every day and not get tired of it: every single day features a different Eggs Benedict. Who needs daily bread when there’s daily Benedict? (There are also beignets, Bloody Marys, and so much more).   Lunch Felipe’s Taqueria — Fast, affordable,...

Lights, Camera, Action: Criollo’s New Lunch Menu

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a video has to be worth at least a million. Which is why we’re letting the footage (and the food) do the talking this time around. Watch the video below to see a few standout items from Criollo Restaurant & Lounge’s lunch menu. We always look forward to lunch in particular: we can’t wait to try these new lunch options featuring seasonal ingredients and the signature elegance from our chefs. Who’s hungry? Video: Lunch at Criollo Introducing our new lunch menu, kicking off this week at Criollo. We're open for lunch everyday from 11:30am-2:30pm, making us the perfect spot for a mid-day treat. You're not going to want to miss this. Posted by Criollo Restaurant on Monday, 25 January 2016 The menu items seen in the video above include: Classic Reuben with shaved corn beef, gruyere, rye bread, and Russian dressing Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with red and yellow tomato concasse, hot crab, shrimp, and artichoke dip Four Cheese Ravioli with white spinach and yellow tomato fondue Hot Pulled Pork with marinated red cabbage and onions, a toasted onion roll, and horseradish caraway sauce Oh, and one more thing: we think every meal should start with bread. Don’t you agree? New lunch options from @criollonola ... who's #hungry? Click To...

China Lights Comes to City Park

We love the New Orleans French Quarter, but there’s so much more to see when you leave our hotel’s neighborhood to explore (we’re hear waiting for you with a cocktail and live jazz when you get back!). This spring, we’re particularly excited about China Lights in the City Park Botanical Garden in Mid-City. Taking the streetcar to City Park means you’ll not only get to explore a new neighborhood, but a whole new atmosphere. The Botanical Garden will come to life with lighted sights like a 192-foot dragon, penguins, traditional Chinese lanterns and more. Check out the details below! China Lights in City Park’s Botanical Garden When: China Lights starts Feb. 23 and runs through May 1, 2016. The exhibit is open from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. nightly except on Mondays. Where: City Park Botanical Gardens What: China Lights is a touring exhibit that has traversed the world. Most recently, it was in Rotterdam in the Netherlands before packing up and heading to New Orleans! How Much: $18 for ages 13 and older; $12 for children ages 3-12; Free for children under age 3 What to Expect: China Lights pays homage to China’s ancient history through bright, colorful lighted displays covered in silk. More than 100 artisans worked to create the structures, including a four-story pagoda tower, a huge silk dragon, welcome gates inspired by the Tang dynasty, Chinese zodiac iconography, and more. Getting There: City Park is an easy streetcar ride away from our hotel. You’ll simply walk up to Canal Street and take the streetcar marked City Park/Museums – it’s $1.25 per ride, or you can...

Valentine’s Day in New Orleans

What could be more romantic than whisking your sweetheart away to a weekend in New Orleans for Valentine’s Day, one of the most magical cities in the country? New Orleans is built for love and romance, and Hotel Monteleone is the perfect place to start. After grabbing a romantic New Orleans cocktail at our Carousel Bar & Lounge, we wanted to recommend some of our favorite things to do for Valentine’s Day in New Orleans. You can stay with us for the evening or book a weekend getaway for an extra special celebration. The Best Things To Do in New Orleans for Valentine’s Day: 1. Dine at Criollo Restaurant The elegant and handsome decor of our New Orleans restaurant, Criollo, serves as the perfect location for a wonderfully tasting menu followed by some of the best desserts in town. Sip on wine and enjoy the luxurious service of our staff, who will cater to your every wish and desire. Follow it up with a drink at the Carousel Bar & Lounge while enjoying live New Orleans music nightly! 2. Take a horse-drawn carriage While New Orleans is easily accessible by foot, bike, car or streetcar, there’s no better way to see Valentine’s Day in New Orleans than by an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage. Pick-up locations for the horse-drawn carriages are close by — just a quick stroll from our French Quarter hotel to Jackson Square! Your knowledgeable driver will serve as a wonderful storyteller of the rich history of our city during your ride through New Orleans (just as New Orleans residents used to do for hundreds of years). 3. Peruse the shops on...

Broadway in New Orleans at the Saenger Theater

Roll out the red carpet, because Broadway in New Orleans has arrived, and it’s here to stay! Hotel Monteleone is proud to announce our partnership with the Saenger Theatre and Broadway in New Orleans. It’s only natural that two historic New Orleans landmarks should partner together, and Hotel Monteleone will proudly serve as the sponsor hotel for Broadway in New Orleans. The historic Saenger Theatre reopened its doors in September 2013, following a $53 million redevelopment project. The beautiful venue features an authentic restoration of the original 1927 design, plus state of the art building and technical systems. The renovation project also added new theater seating, increased concessions and restroom facilities along with new lounge areas. Watching a live show here is something you simply must experience! Also known as “The Crown Jewel of Canal Street,” the Saenger Theatre has held up its reputation, bringing in an exciting and star-studded lineup, one show after another. Broadway in New Orleans: 2016-2017 Theater Season The Saenger Theatre welcomes Broadway in New Orleans. We look forward to the following upcoming shows: Blue Man Group: May 13-15, 2016 Wicked: May 25 – June 19, 2016 The Sound of Music: September 20-25, 2016 The Illusionists: October 25-30, 2016 Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical: November 22-27, 2016 Jersey Boys: December 13-18, 2016 The Lion King: January 4-29, 2017 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: March 7-12, 2017 The Bodyguard: April 4-9, 2017 Finding Neverland: May 9-14, 2017 Mamma Mia!: June 6-11, 2017 Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. More Upcoming Concerts and Special Events at the Saenger Theatre: Smashing Pumpkins: April...

Four Ways to Experience Mardi Gras at Hotel Monteleone

Carnival season spans the whole city, and even other areas within the south like Mobile, Alabama (home of the very first American Mardi Gras in 1703) and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. However, you won’t need to travel far and wide to experience an authentic Mardi Gras. In fact, you don’t even need to leave our hotel! Check out four ways to experience Mardi Gras at Hotel Monteleone. 1. Stay in a Literary Author Suite. Our hotel features five suites honoring Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, and Truman Capote, all of whom had a personal connection to Hotel Monteleone. Although Capote, who was born in New Orleans, got lost during Mardi Gras as a child, he still couldn’t shake the call of the Crescent City. “I get seized by a mood, and I go,” he said in a People Magazine interview shortly before his death. Another author who loved Mardi Gras? Mark Twain. In a letter to a friend written not long before our hotel opened, Twain wrote, “An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans.” 2. Drink a Vieux Carre in the Carousel Bar and Lounge. Our bar’s signature cocktail is the perfect homage to the French Quarter: a blend of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Hennessy, sweet Vermouth, Benedictine liqueur, and a dash of Peychaud’s bitters. Quick history lesson – Peychaud himself was a New Orleanian who created his bitters in 1830. Speaking of history, bartender Walter Berferon created the Vieux Carre drink at our bar in 1938. That same year, LIFE Magazine sent photographer William Vandivert...