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Where New Orleans - - ASK THE EXPERT - Travis Gil­bert Concierge at Le Meri­dien Ho­tel

Q: Bayou Coun­try Su­per­fest comes to town this month. Where would you send guests for a lit­tle boot scootin’? A: My go-tos for any­one look­ing for Ca­jun coun­try mu­sic are Mu­late’s (p. 23), which has nightly line danc­ing, and the Sun­day af­ter­noon fais do-do at Tip­itina’s (p. 56).

Q: Where are we most likely to find you, the New Or­leans Wine and Food Ex­pe­ri­ence or Greek Fest?

A: The Wine and Food Ex­pe­ri­ence (p. 18). It’s such a good time. You get a re­ally good rep­re­sen­ta­tion of restau­rants in the city, and, of course, who doesn’t like drink­ing them­self silly on wine? Q: There are also a num­ber of craw­fish boils in May. Any point­ers for first-timers?

A: Hook up with a lo­cal who will show you how to prop­erly peel a craw­fish. My first time I had no idea what I was do­ing; it was quiet com­i­cal. Q: What new din­ing spot should vis­i­tors seek out?

A: Com­père Lapin (p. 22). The cock­tail pro­gram is amaz­ing, the ser­vice is amaz­ing and the food is very spe­cial. I spent twice as much as bud­geted, just be­cause we kept or­der­ing more.

Q: New Or­leans dom­i­nated this year’s James Beard Award nom­i­na­tions. Who gets your vote for “Best Chef: South”?

A: Slade Rush­ing at Bren­nan’s (p. 25). I think he’s do­ing amaz­ing things there, breath­ing new life into the menu with­out de­sert­ing that clas­sic Bren­nan’s el­e­gance.


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