Ask the Ex­pert

Janet Well­man

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Concierge at the Ho­tel Mazarin.

Q: What’s the se­cret to sur­viv­ing sum­mer in New Orleans?

A: Dress in cool clothes, find a nice pa­tio with cool drinks, like the Napoleon House (p. 21), and per­haps visit a ho­tel swim­ming pool. If yours doesn’t have one, many—such as the Ace Ho­tel or the Mai­son Dupuy—will wel­come you.

Q: The Satchmo SummerFest takes place this month. Where would you send guests for modern-day jazz?

A: Def­i­nitely to the Spot­ted Cat (p. 42). I also love the Daven­port Lounge (p. 42) and, of course, the Mazarin’s won­der­ful 21st Amend­ment bar.

Q: Au­gust also brings COOLi­nary bar­gain menus. Any sug­ges­tions?

A: I’d say go for restau­rants that are nor­mally more ex­pen­sive, and take ad­van­tage of the COOLi­nary menu. I’d rec­om­mend GW Fins (p. 20), which is a fa­vorite of mine; K-Paul’s (p. 21), for a true taste of Ca­jun in the city; and Bay­ona (p. 19), which is one of my go-tos for a ro­man­tic evening out.

Q: What tour do you most rec­om­mend?

A: A city over­view tour. Peo­ple who stay in the French Quar­ter of­ten tend to think this is it, so I like to send them to dif­fer­ent ar­eas that are in­ter­est­ing. It gives them a bet­ter feel for the city as a whole.

Q: What do you love most about New Orleans?

A: The fes­ti­vals, the food and—hav­ing been born and raised here—family.

The Spot­ted Cat

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