Halloween on the famous Bourbon Street.. what can I say, it was wild and an experience I will never forget! Bourbon Street is so much more than Mardi Gras parades, balconies and beads. Walking around you will find all kinds of food, souvenir shops and adult fun. On Halloween, you will find all sorts of debauchery.
It’s October 30, 2019, after we got settled in at the hotel, we headed to downtown NOLA to eat at Coterie, a recommendation from Trace’s sister. This restaurant had that cajun spice that we were looking for. Started out with some gator bites, our first time trying them and they did not disappoint! Next, we got jambalaya, crawfish & a gumbo combination to share. Seriously, so damn good. Our tummies were satisfied so we cruised back to the hotel to end the night and chill with the pups.
We got up pretty early on Halloween and hit up Congregation Coffee Roasters, a mighty delicious cup of joe. We came to the conclusion that we should dress up as skeletons, a simple and cheap costume while on the road. Driving around the swampy area of New Orleans, we found a Walmart, got the goods for our costumes then snagged some lunch at Chubbies Fried Chicken. This joint had excellent reviews online so it was a must try. Our choices were the buffalo chicken po boy & some bomb chicken fingers – nom nom nom! The crisp texture of the fried chicken was perfection.
Back to the hotel, took the pups for a walk on a chilly breezy day with the sun peeking out occasionally. Lucky for us, we were able to watch part of Halloween H2O, The Purge & Hocus Pocus to get us in that Halloween spirit. Background noise while getting ready for our evening out in the french quarter.
Time to order a Lyft and head downtown, not a chance in hell would we be driving! Our Lyft driver was hilarious, she was not digging our costumes. From the second we got in, she was like, “Oh hell no! Y’all look so scary!” She even moved the rearview mirror upward so she wouldn’t have to see me in the back seat hahaha so I naturally moved my head wherever she moved the mirror to tease her. She was not having that and happily dropped us off on Bourbon Street.
First things first, we were hungry again and made our way into Oceana Grill to try some charbroiled oysters & cajun chicken alfredo. Oh my gosh.. both were incredibly delicious. Not only was the food amazing, but the restaurant had a cool vibe to it. Much larger on the inside than what I was picturing from the outside.
Now for the fun part, strolling the cobblestone road with neon lights and a large crowd of people (normalcy for pre-covid times). There were nightclubs, balconies filled with people and beads, unique and creative costumes galore, bars, and all the souvenir shops you can imagine. We saw a few bead-worthy moments, and not just from the ladies, if you catch my drift. Catching glimpses of all kinds of goodies, even a gentleman clicky-clacking his heels and performing a scene from “Cats”. Continuing our evening of fun, we ordered some drinks, made some new friends and memories. Our skeleton makeup slowly getting rubbed away from all the fun.
On our way out the next afternoon, we of course had to make a stop at Cafe Du Monde to get our hands on some beignets. They are native to the area (since 1862) and a must try while visiting! I’m talking dough, all fried up and covered in powdered sugar.. mmmmm! Bourbon Street was one for the books and a place that every person should have on their bucket list.