Ask the Expert
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.