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GET YOUR BEADS READY: SAINTS AND SIN­NERS ALIKE COME MARCH­ING INTO NOLA FOR MARDI GRAS, BUT THESE PICKS FROM CELEBRITY CATERER MARY GI­U­LIANI PROVE THE BIG EASY IS WORTH CEL­E­BRAT­ING YEAR-ROUND.

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Wil­lie Mae’s Scotch House This James Beard Award–winning corner joint in the his­toric Treme neigh­bor­hood serves up “the best fried chicken, red beans, and bread pud­ding in New Or­leans,” says Gi­u­liani. Con­sider it the tasti­est hang­over food ever. williemaes­nola.com

Pontchar­train Ho­tel A fa­vorite of lu­mi­nar­ies like Rita Hay­worth and Ten­nessee Wil­liams in its glam hey­day, this re­stored Gar­den District bou­tique ho­tel is full of de­tails— bro­cade-style wall­pa­per and vel­vet couches—that nod to its 1927 be­gin­nings. the­p­ontchar­train­ho­tel.com

Saba “Alon Shaya’s Saba is a rea­son in it­self to travel to New Or­leans.” The stylish spot on Mag­a­zine Street is “pos­si­bly the best Is­raeli restau­rant in the United States.” A must-try dish? “The lamb hummus is so good, I of­ten or­der a sec­ond round.” eatwith­saba.com D. B. A. “No New Or­leans trip is com­plete with­out a visit to French­men Street for some mu­sic and danc­ing.” You’ll find both at this live-mu­sic spot, which has wel­comed per­form­ers—from hot up-and-com­ers to clas­sics like the Treme Brass Band—for al­most 20 years. dbanewor­leans.com

Saint Claude So­cial Club “My fa­vorite lo­cal artist, Mal­lory Page, turned me on to this chic women-owned bou­tique,” which of­fers cloth­ing from fe­male­fronted brands like Raven + Lily and Prime­cut. “Shop­ping there will make you feel like a lo­cal.” saint­claudes­o­cial­club.com

Com­man­der’s Palace This land­mark restau­rant is as old-school NOLA as you can get. “If there’s one place to try gumbo or tur­tle soup in New Or­leans, it’s here.” Af­ter a jazz brunch, go for a tour of Lafayette Ceme­tery No. 1 across the street. com­man­der­spalace.com

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