Ask the Expert
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