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Where New Orleans - - CONTENTS - Danny Al­ford

Le Méri­dien Ho­tel concierge.

Q: Le Méri­dien re­cently in­tro­duced its new “Bike the Big Easy” pro­gram. How has re­sponse been?

A: Great. Guests re­quest our rentals all the time. It’s re­ally across the board; we even have bikes for kids.

Q: You bike a lot your­self. Any ad­vice for two-wheel­ing around town?

A: Even though we have a lot of bike lanes now, I tell guests it’s just safer to stay out of traf­fic. So if you’re rid­ing in the French Quar­ter, I sug­gest tak­ing Wold­en­berg Park (p. 42) along the river­front, which is about a mile ride. If you want to see more of the river, check out Cres­cent Park (p. 40) in the Marigny/By­wa­ter neigh­bor­hood; it’s ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful.

Q: Where would you guide guests in search of health-con­scious cui­sine?

A: Café Carmo (p. 22) is a won­der­ful place on Ju­lia Street. It’s a Brazil­ian/Caribbean mix with a ca­sual at­mos­phere. The Bro­ken Noo­dle Salad is my fa­vorite thing there.

Q: What if they wanted to in­dulge?

A: Co­chon (p. 22), Toups’ Meatery (p. 30) and Jacques Imo’s (8324 Oak St., 504.861.0886) are all great pig-out places. But I’m a big bar­be­cue fan, so I have to add The Joint (p. 30).

Q: The Joan of Arc pa­rade or the Phunny Phorty Phel­lows?

A: The Phunny Phorty Phel­lows (p. 18); it has that old-school New Or­leans feel.

Co­chon

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