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Tri NOLA: 275 Things We Love About New Orleans

Countless ways the Crescent City charms in light of its 300th birthday

275. Red beans and rice—a Monday meal tradition

274. Paying respects at the city’s aboveground cemeteries on All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1)

273. Pat O’Brien’s flaming fountain and blow-you-away Hurricane cocktails

272. Antoine’s 14 themed dining rooms; ask for a tour after dessert

271. Area artists displaying their works on the black iron fence surrounding Jackson Square

Jackson Square New Orleans
Artists have been gathering at Jackson Square for more than half a century. (©Zack Smith/NewOrleans.com)

270. Slurping our way around the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival

269. The Holy Cross neighborhood’s twin “steamboat houses” (400 and 503 Egania St.), built for a riverboat captain and his son 

268. Dining on 19th-century serving ware from Lucullus, the nation’s first culinary antiques shop

267. Playing the ponies during Thanksgiving Day races at the New Orleans Fair Grounds

266. Oysters Goodenough at Carrollton Market—good enough for a double order 

Carrollton Market New Orleans
Carrollton Market’s signature oyster appetizer is also served in omlette-form during brunch. (©Carrollton Market)

265. New Orleans Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden 

264. The Bayou Classic’s annual Battle of the Bands & Greek Show

263. The scent of sautéed garlic wafting out of Irene’s and down Bienville Street 

262. Viewing life on the Mississippi from the Port of New Orleans’ little-known swing sets tucked beneath Crescent City Connection bridge

261. Nabbing a front row seat—on the floor—at Preservation Hall

Preservation Hall New Orleans
Don’t want to sit on the floor or stand in back at Preservation Hall? Call ahead to reserve “Big Shot” seats. (©Zack Smith/NewOrleans.com)

260. Turducken—a chicken tucked inside a duck wedged inside a turkey, each stuffed with a different dressing—served on Thanksgiving eve at K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

259. Two-wheel tours of the town

258. The century-old Orpheum Theater’s applause-worthy restoration 

257. Catching the Carnival spirit long after the parades have passed with a tour of Mardi Gras World

256. The Napoleon House’s warm muffulettas

Napoleon House New Orleans
Usually served cold, the Napoleon House breaks from tradition by heating its muffulettas. (©Paul Broussard/NewOrleans.com)

255. French Quarter street poets who type up on-the-spot sonnets  

254. Pigging out on praline bacon at Elizabeth’s

253. Exploring charming Algiers Point, the city’s second-oldest neighborhood

252. Watching the powdered sugar blizzard from the rear window at Café Du Monde

251. Sunset (and sunrise) strolls along the Mississippi riverfront.

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Crescent Park New Orleans
Crescent Park provides sweeping views of the river and city skyline. (©Paul Broussard/NewOrleans.com)