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What are the New Orleans spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Bacchanal, a shrimp po-boy from Parkway Tavern, Preservation Hall, shopping on Magazine Street.
Do’s and don’ts in New Orleans: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Don't spend more than an hour on Bourbon unless you're eating at Galatoire's or drinking at Lafitte's. Do walk everywhere with a drink in your hand.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I do business development and marketing for my family business, Neill. I open new locations, oversee the marketing operations, and generally keep my finger on the pulse of what's next. I love it because it's a fluid job that gives me creative freedom and an integrated work/life balance. Connecting with people and developing relationships are what drives me.
How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?
$200+ (That's for me plus my wife)
Which New Orleans shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?
Billy Reid, KREWE, Friend
Your all-time favorite musicians:
Al Green, B.B. King, The Black Keys, Sharon Jones, The Beatles, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls
Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?
Uptown during the day (Magazine street), French Quarter at night
What’s the one place in New Orleans you think is underrated?
Bayou Bar - the wings are on point.
Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?
Lilette, N7, Cavan, August
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in New Orleans?
Mimi's in the Marigny has great late night food and it's in a bar so you can keep the drinking going.
It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?
Are you sure you're in New Orleans? Bacchanal has an outdoor heater in case you are wondering.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Doris Metropolitan or Galatoire's
Your go-to brunch spots:
Coquette and Sylvain
Your perfect night out in New Orleans includes:
Before dinner drinks and snacks at Seaworthy, dinner at Cavan, post-dinner drinks at Barrel Proof... and maybe some wings there too .
Which local creators do you admire?
Stirling Barrett, founder of KREWE. Robert LeBlanc, restaurateur. Aaron Sanchez, chef. Chris Brancato, connector and unofficial mayor. Sean Cummings, hotelier and real estate developer.
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
The levee Uptown is great for day drinking and sunsets. Think Dolores Park if you know San Francisco. Crescent Park is another great place to get a view of the city.
Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:
Company Burger, or a po-boy from Parkway or Domilise's
Tomorrow’s your last day in New Orleans. How do you spend it?
Walk down Royal Street with a drink in hand, shopping and looking into the galleries. Pit stop at Longway for a refill. Pop in to Cafe Amelie for a bite and a cocktail, have a classic daiquiri at Cane and Table, go take a nap and get ready for a meat feast at Doris'.
You’re meeting the mayor of New Orleans - what constructive criticism would you give them?
Better water, more bike lanes, more streetcar routes.