Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Today’s episode is a Q&A show with questions from listeners like you. As always, questions from our Patreon supporters come first, followed by those from our Facebook Group.


Patron Questions

4:38 – What are your favorite venues on Frenchman st. and which are your favorite artists to see in those venues?

7:58 – Where do you recommend to go for a great breakfast in the Quarter and why? Any must-have breakfast menu selections that are classic NOLA?

9:15 – I was wondering if there was a theatrical agency who provides actors in NOLA? I am in need of 2 male actors for a music video.

9:57 – I remember you once gave listeners a heads up that you might be starting up a whisky/bourbon podcast at some point. Any updates on that?

12:03 – What are some New Orleans bands/musicians that you’re following these days? Do any of them have ongoing residencies anywhere in town?

13:41 – What do you think about the current state of affairs in New Orleans? NOLA was hit with the pandemic then, just as things were getting a little better, Hurricane Ida hit. Are things rebounding from a residents perspective? Is the current political leadership up to the challenge?

17:46 – Saba is one of my favorite places to go every time I am in New Orleans (with one of the best Sazeracs in town). That said, are there any other treasures you recommend at places one wouldn’t expect?

19:40 – We love French Quarter Fest; began attending in 2017, and find it more enjoyable than Jazz Fest. We would love to try some of the other festivals; do you have particular favorites that you can suggest?

23:53 – I’d like to hear an update on your travel guide. Do you expect sales will really grow as FQ Fest and Jazz Fest are coming up? Anything specific fans and the community can do to help promote?

26:00 – Is Jazz Fest still worth attending now that the vendor for Crawfish Bread has bowed out? (Just kidding, but I’m crushed and I wonder what you will fill your foil lined pockets with now 🙂

28:58 – When is it okay to join a Second Line. There seems to be different etiquette for funerals than for, e.g., weddings in the Quarter…


Facebook Questions

33:50 – If you don’t have a brass pass from WWOZ, can you still buy their WWOZ gear at Jazz Fest?

34:53 – You can eat free at any 5 restaurants in Nola for the rest of your life but that’s the only 5 restaurants you can ever eat at again. What’s your 5?

37:10 – What’s your favorite local beer/brewery ?

38:12 – Can you share the best top places that are wheelchair or mobility scooter friendly! Also what is the best transportation for the same, are the streetcars wheelchair accessible?

40:43 – What is your favorite quote about New Orleans?

42:27 – Being a graphic designer, I’ve always wondered why does Rex use the phrase, “The School of Design?”

44:11 – If you could host a roundtable discussion with any five New Orleans celebrities, who would you host and what would you discuss? Think music, art, food and bar scene, sports, politics…

49:01 – Can you suggest the best hotel or area to look for my wife and I as we come for our sixth visit together in a few months? We have loved our stays at Place d’Armes, Bourbon Orleans and Hotel Monteleone, but are ready to stay somewhere outside the FQ. We like a lively bar/touristy/people-watching/easy-to-leave-the-hotel-and-walk-to-something-fun vibe…what are you thoughts?

50:39 – Have you ever taken a cooking or mixology class in New Orleans? Any good recommendations?

51:32 – It’s widely know that Derek Carr went to Chipotle for his first meal as a New Orleans Saint. Bad move, but maybe he just didn’t know any better…If you are tasked with spending one day with Derek Carr, taking him to one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and one late night activity to acclimate him to his new home, where are you taking him?

55:38 – I’m a big stand up comedy fan. I hear a lot comedians who are from New Orleans like Theo Von and others say it’s not the best comedy scene. Where are the good places for stand up or open mic nights?



The Historic New Orleans Collection

Support comes from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the city’s premiere history museum, located at five twenty Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter. 

Check out their online publication called First Draft. Its’ a combination blog and online exhibition space.

Through April 17, 2023, check out  the exhibit titled French Quarter Life: People and Places in the Vieux Carré. It runs thourgh  It features artists from around the world who have worked to capture and share their impressions of New Orleans’s most iconic and historic neighborhood.

On April 28, 2023 HNOC will present an exhibit about women’s right to vote. Titled, “Yet She Is Advancing”: New Orleans Women and the Right to Vote, 1878–1970 

The 19th amendment granted American women the right to vote, in 1920,  but Louisiana laws effectively disenfranchised Black women. 

As many white women began going to the polls and increasing their political participation in segregation-era New Orleans, African American women continued to fight for access to the ballot. From paying their poll taxes to organizing voter registration drives, Black women challenged their status as second-class citizens up to and through the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

This exhibit tells a decades-long story through objects, images, documents, and interactive displays—and through the words of the New Orleans women who for nearly 100 years persisted in their struggle to obtain the vote.

As always, the Historic New Orleans Collection is free. It’s somehow continues to fly under the radar, but should not be missed.

Go to to plan your trip.

Liz Wood Realty

The most frequent questions I get are about moving to New Orleans. If you are ready to make the move, you need a good realtor.

That’s where Liz Wood comes in.

Let Liz and her team over at Liz Wood Realty help you find the right place. They can help whether you plan to rent or purchase

New Orleans is a terrific city, but choosing the neighborhood that’s the best fit for you can be overwhelming.

Liz makes the process fun and easy. Reach out to Liz at and make your dream of living in New Orleans a reality. Several members of our community have done just that and are thrilled with their new homes You will be, too!

The other thing that sets Liz apart is what she does after she helps you find a home. Liz does a great job at building community and helping you get connected with people in your new area. When you’re ready to make New Orleans home, reach out to Liz.

Tommy Manzella At Gulf Coast Mortgage

While you are working with Liz you need to secure financing. Reach out to Tommy Manzella at Gulf Coast Mortgage and let him help you get everything in place.

That’s what we did on our refi and it was as smooth as could be. We went through the same process with Tommy when we were considering purchasing a new home and it was just as easy. 

Two Chicks Walking Tours

March 2023 marks the return of Two Chicks as a sponsor of Beyond Bourbon Street.

There’s been a lot that has changed in our lives and in our world during the past three years but our love of New Orleans is stronger than ever.

Long time listeners probably remember the crew over at Two Chicks operates intentionally small public walks (14 guests compared to 28 so half the size of the city ordinance) seven days a week. These experiences are focused in the Garden District and French Quarter neighborhoods.

They’re also producing private curated walks for groups sized 1 – 200 when called upon. See you on the streets!

Find out more at Two Chicks Walking .

My Book

I have a book! The Beyond Bourbon Street Insider’s Guide to New Orleans officially released on May1st.

You can find it online at major retailers like Amazon, Bookshop, Barnes and Noble and more.

In New Orleans, Octavia Books, Blue Cypress have it, as well as The OW, a store located at 2850 Magazine, Fleurty Girl in the French Quarter has it, as does NOLA T-Shirt Club on Magazine.

NOLA T-Shirt Club also has copies available in their online shop, and those are autographed by me. Some are signed by my girls as well, who played a big part in bringing the book to life.

If you love the show, the, podcast, and New Orleans, please consider picking up a copy. For more on the book, check out episode 157.

Become a Patron

Do you like the work I’m doing with the podcast and the Facebook community? If so, please consider becoming a patron and supporting me with a few dollars a month. Every bit helps, and we have perks at all levels. Find out more here

Thank You

Thanks to everyone who submitted a question for today’s episode.

Thanks as always to Joel Sharpton of Pro Podcasting Services for editing the podcast and making the show sound great.

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