Acme Oyster House

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Whether it’s your first visit to New Orleans or you live here, you’ve probably heard of Acme Oyster House.

To get the whole story, you have to go back more than a century. The original Acme Café opened in 1910 on Royal Street. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the first location, and Acme Oyster House set up shop on Iberville in 1924.

Today, its red glowing neon sign is a beacon of hope for oyster lovers wandering the streets of New Orleans. And one visit is all it takes to get people to make Acme part of their New Orleans itinerary.

“I think the reason people come back to Acme is the experience they have when they come dine with us. We offer great food, and the atmosphere can’t be beaten.”

But the atmosphere at Acme isn’t just what’s hanging on the walls — it’s the people. One of the greatest is Master Shucker “Stormin” Norman, who didn’t exactly go through what you would consider a traditional hiring process.

“I stopped in to get a beer back in 1978,” says Norman. “They needed help for Mardi Gras, and I just never left.”

Norman might look familiar when you see him, because he’s pretty famous, shucking oysters everywhere from the Grammys to the Masters. He has a certain magnetic effect on the people in New Orleans.

“I’m like a musician,” says Norman. “I bring people to this restaurant.”

And if you’re looking for tips on how to properly consume an oyster, class is always in session.

“I eat them with a squeeze of lemon and cocktail sauce straight from the shell,” says Norman.

Go see what the shuck is going on today at Acme Oyster House.

Acme Oyster House is located at 724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Acme Oyster House website or call (504) 522-5973.

Atchafalaya

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Taking a leisurely stroll through the Lower Garden District is one of our favorite things to do in the Big Easy. One of our favorite places to start? Atchafalaya.

The name “Atchafalaya” originally comes from the Choctaw word for “winding river.” The shotgun style building itself, located just two blocks from the Mighty Mississippi, dates back to the 1800s. Originally owned by a family that immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s, the Atchafalaya that stands today has undergone quite a few transformations. After Katrina, Café Atchafalaya was remodeled using materials salvaged materials from the hurricane.

Now, owned by Rachael Jaffe and Tony Tocco, Atchafalaya is a restaurant that continues to embrace “New Orleans’ culinary traditions while pushing boundaries.”

Atchafalaya is well-known for having a brunch that most places can only hope to match. One unique aspect of Atchafalaya is the Bloody Mary Bar. Choose your own vodka from the menu, and make your way down to customize your Bloody Mary just the way you like it!

“All of our vegetables and mixes are made fresh and in-house,” says Rachael, one of the owners at Atchafalaya. “We even have a green tomatillo mix that is really popular and different.”

Brunch starts off with warm and spicy Jalapeño Cornbread with real bits of corn baked into the bread — resist the urge to load up on these bad boys, because you’ll want to save room.

If you’re having a hard time deciding on your main course, the Eggs Atchafalaya is tried and true. Hot buttered blue crab is piled on top of two fried green tomatoes, served on a bed of Rockefeller spinach and topped with hollandaise. The crab meat is so delicate and buttery that it melts in your mouth!

Don’t plan on making it down Magazine until later? Atchafalaya is open seven days a week for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.

As they say, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”

Atchafalaya is located at 901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Atchafalaya website or call (504) 891-9626.

Antoine’s 

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The Story

To get the full story of Antoine’s, you have to go back … way back.

In 1840, Antoine Alciatore opened a French-Creole restaurant that celebrated fine dining and family. Antoine’s is the oldest family-owned restaurant in the entire country and part of the New Orleans ‘Grande Dames,’ or original fine dining restaurants.  

Antoine’s is a decadent labyrinth of unique and fascinating history. The restaurant has 14 dining rooms, each with its own story and purpose. From a room dedicated to an exclusive escargot society to the Rex Room, a royal reserve for the King of Mardis Gras, Antoine’s has space for the entire city.

So, how do you get in? Is there a special knock on the back door or a code word you whisper to a burly bouncer? Just walk right in! We recommend visiting Antoine’s for lunch, when having a reservation is rarely required. (You still might want to make reservations during the evenings, especially on the weekends.)

Ever heard of Oysters Rockefeller? Antoine’s just happens to be the place that invented it — no big deal. Legend has it that the oysters were named after the business tycoon because of their richness.

And the culinary creations don’t stop there. You can scarcely claim your trip to Antoine’s is complete without an order of the Pommes de Terre Soufflées. This Antoine’s classic features fried puffed potatoes that are hollow on the inside.

“It’s like a big, fancy french fry,” says Charles, a third-generation server at Antoine’s. “This is a fancy place, but you can use your fingers.”

Here’s where those French lessons in high school come in handy — the dinner menu is entirely in French! So, when you see entrées like Escargots à la Bourguignonne and Cotelettes d’Agneau Grillées, don’t feel bashful. The French language keeps Antoine’s traditions and history alive through the years.

“Bon Appétit.” (That’s French for enjoy your magnificent meal.)

Antoine’s is located at 713 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Antoine’s website or call (504) 581-4422.

Audubon Aquarium

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Jun 19
2019

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Jun 19
2019

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Who doesn’t love a day of fun at the aquarium? The Audubon Aquarium is an aquatic maze of wonders from around the world.

Start your underwater adventure off in the Great Maya Reef Exhibit. This 4,200 square foot exhibit makes you feel like you are in the middle of the sunken Mayan city, surrounded by lion fish, eels, coral reef and endless wonders.

Swim up to the surface and you will find yourself in the Amazon Rainforest Exhibit. This exhibit has been created to look and feel just like the rainforest with all of its inhabitants. There are plenty of payara piranhas and pacu fish in the tanks — probably don’t want to stick your finger in there! The tree-top loop lets visitors get up around the canopy where birds of the rainforest fly freely through the exhibit.

And now the moment most of you are probably waiting for — the penguins! They’re nature’s playful little butlers and Audubon Aquarium is home to over 20 African Penguins. You can watch these amphibious creatures waddle and dive through their exhibit. If you want to witness a frenzy, make sure you show up for the feeding times at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

Want more of an interactive experience?

Reef Rescue is a virtual reality experience where players are tasked to help clean up The Great Barrier Reef. Reef Rescue is not only a blast for users, but it stresses the importance of reef conservation and taking care of our delicate underwater ecosystems.

Since we’re on the Mississippi, Audubon Aquarium has an entire exhibit dedicated to the aquatic life of the Mississippi. As you may have guessed, there is an alligator along with a bunch of his river buddies waiting to be discovered!

All of this and more awaits at Audubon Aquarium.

Audubon Aquarium is located at 1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Audubon Aquarium website.

Defend New Orleans

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2019

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We are definitely a city full of proud and resilient people here in New Orleans. That’s why it’s no surprise that the first Defend New Orleans shirts were printed way back in 2003.

Jennafer, one of the employees at Defend New Orleans, spoke to us about the brand since then.

“Our brand has been building and expanding ever since those first shirts were printed,” she says. “That’s why we eventually opened our flagship store here in the Garden District in 2011.”

And the expansion certainly didn’t stop there.

“Last year we introduced our second location on Carondelet, next to the Ace Hotel,” says Jennafer. “In February, we launched a new project by opening a record store in tandem with Disko Obscura on St. Mary St.”

The Brand

The Defend New Orleans store is filled with both men’s and women’s clothing, caps, accessories and much more. According to Jennafer, there’s a definite theme throughout the line.

“The products we make embody the spirit of New Orleans,” she says. “We’re dedicated to projects and ideas that empower the community.”

The classic design features “Defend New Orleans” across the front with a skull sporting the beloved fleur-de-lis. And Defend New Orleans has tapped into their whimsical side with their “I Love You Louisiana” design, featuring an alligator hugging the state of Louisiana—so precious.

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Giving Back to the Community

But Defend New Orleans isn’t all about profits.

“We have used our proceeds in the past to support non-profits, host events and produce creative content,” says Jennafer.

The future is bright for Defend New Orleans. Jennafer spoke to us about looking ahead.

“As the brand grows and evolves we will continue to craft and share new visions for how to create and commune,” she says.

Don’t miss an opportunity to stop by the Defend New Orleans shop and gear up—don’t forget to grab a free sticker on the way out.

Defend New Orleans is located at 1101 First St, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Defend New Orleans website or call (504) 941-7010.