If you go
THE BEST WAY TO NEW ORLEANS
From LAX, Delta, United and Southwest offer nonstop flights to New Orleans, and American, United, Delta, Southwest and US Airways offer connecting flights (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $442.
WHERE TO STAY
Dauphine Orleans Hotel, 415 Dauphine St., New Orleans; (504) 586-1800, http://www.dauphineorleans.com. A quiet respite in the heart of the French Quarter, just one mile from Frenchmen Street. Saltwater pool, a classic bar and flat-screen TVs. Doubles from $129.
WHERE TO EAT
Coop's Place, 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans; (504) 525-9053, http://www.coopsplace.net.
Small with communal tables and a laid-back bar, Coop's offers down-home soul food and reasonable prices. Try the fried chicken and rabbit jambalaya. Mains from $9.95.
WHERE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC
The Spotted Cat Music Club, 623 Frenchmen St., New Orleans; (504) 258-3135, http://www.spottedcatmusicclub.com. An intimate live-music club with a focus on jazz and blues. Regularly features up-and-coming local talent.
The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St., New Orleans; (504) 371-5543, http://www.maisonfrenchmen.com. Brass bands, jazz, funk and zydeco are all featured in this lively venue.
Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St., New Orleans; (504) 949-0696, http://www.snugjazz.com. One of Frenchmen Street's most grown-up and respected jazz clubs and bistros, where you'll find sets by the likes of Ellis Marsalis and Charmaine Neville.
One-Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., New Orleans; (504) 569-8361, http://www.oneeyedjacks.net. If you happen to find yourself on Bourbon Street, you can easily escape to this cool rock 'n' roll venue where local rock legend Quintron packs the house and national touring acts such as the Album Leaf and Lindsey Buckingham can be seen.
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