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The Great N.O. Road Trip
Business/Location: Abita Brewing Company
Address: 166 Barbee Rd
City: Abita Springs
State: LA
Zip Code: 70420
Phone: 985-893-3143
Website: www.abita.com

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   Abita Brewing Company
As the weather warms and we humid beings begin to emerge from our drafty homes a faint call can be heard coming across the lake. It sounds a bit like: Beer! Fill your car with whoever is thirsty, aim for the causeway and behold the New Orleans road trip. Abita beer is ubiquitous in the city and can be found across the state, in better bottle shops around the country, and in the clutched hand of many a passed out reveler. The brewery tour goes something like this: Arrive at the tasting room where a dozen taps with a dozen different concoctions of spring water, hops, and barley await your bottomless glass. Taste as many or as few of the brews as you'd like, free of charge, for an hour or more. Once the crowd is thoroughly in the clutches of Andy Gator's jaws the kind staff don booties on your feet and shuffle you into The Cellar, to watch the magic happen. Or so you might think. If it's a bottling day (does today end in the letter 'y'?) your lubricated self won't notice nor care that all you got to see were stainless steel vats of fermenting beer. Back to the tasting room you go with fond memories of shiny metal and earthy aromas to pick up your Abita branded merch (the pint glasses are a steal) and head back out into that hot hot sun. Be sure to check the website for tour dates and times.


Rock 'n' Bowl!
Business/Location: Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl
Address: 3000 S Carrollton Ave
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Zip Code: 70118
Phone: 504-861-1700
Website: rockandbowl.com

Posted by:  Kyle Petrozza
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   Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N' Bowl
Ah, bowling. Whether it's making a comeback or has never left is up to you and Woody Harrelson to decide but here in New Orleans, Mid City Lane's Rock 'N' Bowl remains an undisputed standard in classic fun. The clapboard, intimate, character filled lanes of yesteryear have given way to the new, cavernous alley/bar/venue/conference space. Devoid of the cheesy laser lights and house music of "galactic bowling" alleys, Rock 'n' bowl sports a well stocked bar, a stage that hosts some of the city's favorite musicians, over 20 lanes, projection TVs, a DJ, and on weekend nights a house packed with an egalitarian mix of families to meat marketers.


The Patron Saint of Cakes
Business/Location: Haydel's Bakery
Address: 4037 Jefferson Hwy
City: Jefferson
State: LA
Zip Code: 70121
Phone: 504-837-0190
Website: www.haydelbakery.com

Posted by:  Kyle Petrozza
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   Haydel's Bakery
This unassuming bakery way out on Jefferson highway has been providing New Orleanians' with their traditional sugar fix for three generations. David Haydel's status as "the only baker in Louisiana that is internationally certified as a Craftsman and Master Baker" may have something to do with the uncommonly delicious delicacies that make their way out the door and onto the tables of the city. Arguably one of the city's best King Cakes, they ship them all over the country for those homesick souls stranded in colder climes. Every item on the menu here seems to lean up against some stake in Louisiana lore. The Cajun Kringle, Cajunnolis, Pralines, Russian Cake, Lemon Doberges, vol-au-vents...the list goes on. The place itself is tiny, well run, and usually packed with patrons up against all manner of Saints paraphernalia. Now go, and eat all the King Cake you can till you find that baked little baby.


Treasure Hunting
Business/Location: River Road Flea Market
Address: 3908 River Rd
City: Westwego
State: LA
Zip Code: 70121
Phone: 504-831-3532
Website: www.riverroadfleamarket.com

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   River Road Flea Market
In a city overflowing with furniture suitable for the Sun King, and some of it dating back to his reign, its safe to say that you have choices when it comes to decking out the shotgun. The River Road Flea Market steps in to fill the gap between yard sales and consignment shops hooked up via conveyor belt to the mansions of St Charles. The walls stand filled with time machines ready to take you and your dollars for a ride back to say, Acadiana c. 1953. Giant metal crawfish hang from the ceiling, imported Mexican art graces the outside, vinyl, cookbooks, and swords exist with nary a vendor to be found. Acting more as a showroom for other's wares, haggling just doesn't happen here. As you mosey up with your finds to pay (cash & check only) the amiable clerk, indulge yourself... the best Slim Jims in the city live right there on the counter. At $0.25, they're the best bargain in the place.


Cheese Please
Business/Location: St. James Cheese Company
Address: 5004 Prytania St
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Zip Code: 70115
Phone: 504-899-4737
Website: www.stjamescheese.com

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   St. James Cheese Company
You've just picked up your favorite Côtes du Rhône from the Wine Seller when it hits you that you don't know a Lincolnshire Poacher from a Stinking Bishop. Fear not, the neighbors have you covered. The St James is an encyclopedia of all-things-once-milk as much as it is a lunch spot. The staff will kindly help you navigate the mounds of stinking goodness as locals gathered around small tables take to their lunches of charcuterie platters, salads, and cheese sandwiches you wish your momma made for you as a kid. The place is bright and whistle clean: a character flaw or muted background for the cheese is up for debate, but retains a communal feel as the place fills quickly during the lunch hour. They have an equally impressive collection of cured meats from Molinari and Cremanelli and patés made from the likes of duck, boar, and venison to compliment whatever variety of cheese you've chosen. As the warmer months come on the noshing moves out onto the patios to ensure your midday bliss.


Cinema Paradiso
Business/Location: Prytania Theatre
Address: 5339 Prytania St
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Zip Code: 70115
Phone: 504-891-2787
Website: www.theprytania.com

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   Prytania Theatre
The Prytania is your quintessential neighborhood nickelodeon. It lacks the seediness of a back alley screening of Seventh Seal and is worlds away from anything resembling a "plex.." Prime time slots are filled with the latest family friendly, mind numbing blockbusters. It's in those off hours though, when the tykes are off at school or dreaming of Hannah Montana, that the theatre hikes up its skirt to show off its roots. The midnite hour brings the twenty-and-thirty-somethings into full nostalgia with cult classics (Labyrinth, Breakfast Club, Gremlins [f'ing Gremlins!], Scarface, etc...) while the starving artists, retirees, and Tulane kids can catch the likes of Hitchcock, Brando, and Mankiewicz on the big screen at noon. Throw in an encyclopedic owner with a true love of theatres and all things friendly, an updated projection and sound system, cheap eats, and a recession friendly admission price and Le Bon Temps has a run for its rainy day money.


Deli of the Gods
Business/Location: Stein's Market & Deli
Address: 2207 Magazine St
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Zip Code: 70130
Phone: 504-527-0771
Website: www.steinsdeli.net

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   Stein's Market & Deli
Face it, New Orleans is filled with more than just Creoles and LSU fans and for better or worse, many of us have come from the Northeast. Such is the case with Stein's Market and Deli; unquestionably for the better. In a city filled with all manner of things fried then stuffed inside thick loaves of white baguette it is a damn good day when you find hot pastrami, Swiss, and slaw on seeded rye. Philly's pennants, Tastycakes, and Herr's chips speak to Stein's heritage of brotherly love but don't let the back home goodies steal your attention from the comprehensive beer, beverage, charcuterie, cheese, and grocery selections (and leave your Stallone impressions at the door). The menu gets changed up with weekly specials (Whiz withs on Tuesdays, Chicago style Italian beef on Saturdays, and a pork sandwich with broccoli rabe tossed in for good measure). Stein's is a neighborhood classic in a city all about its neighborhoods: neither wanting nor waiting for recognition, free of pretenses, damn good food and full of personality. They're just a market with a deli that likes to turn out good food to good people. And they'll stay that way.


Live and Local
Business/Location: Jackson
Address: 1910 Magazine St
City: New Orleans
State: LA
Zip Code: 70130
Phone: 504-522-5766
Website: www.jacksonnola.net

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   Jackson
Nestled into one of Magazine Street's darker blocks, Jackson lights things up. After three years of cold stoves and empty bar shelves, Mark Anthony and family have put together a force to be reckoned with on the Magazine food scene. As of this writing, though, you can get in on the goods while getting on a first name basis with your neighbors, chef, and barkeep. Before the earthy aroma of fries bathed in truffle oil caught my attention the space lent itself to some investigation. The action is split between an intimate main level housing a few tables, two curvaceous booths, and a bar that just makes you want that 12 year single malt. Your eyes will no doubt follow the hanging art up to the mezzanine where another bar and tables for twenty six are decked in white cloth and butcher paper, their guests enjoying everything from mussels, oysters, and po' boys to a contender for the city's best burger. When you finally become a local of our fair town be sure to grab up the local's specials that run throughout the week before enjoying your free champagne on that blurry Sunday morning.