You are currently viewing New Orleans August 2017

New Orleans August 2017

I went to New Orleans again, this time in August 2017, which might be three times in 2017. It’s funny; I never wanted to go there for the longest time, but now I have difficulty staying away. I think my two favorite cities are New Orleans and San Francisco.

Traveling To New Orleans in August 2017

The Amtrak’s City of New Orleans in Jackson, MS.

It was a great trip; the train down was pleasant, and I arrived early with no hitches. The staff was fun and helpful, and the food improved over the year before. It is a unique food service compared to Amtrak’s long-distance trains, primarily due to its schedule.

Amtrak has simple, abbreviated meals; for example, when the train leaves Chicago, they load the sleeping car passengers first and send us off to the dining right away, where they have selections such as warmed sandwiches. And lunch is short, too, because we get in relatively early.

Once I Arrived

A cheese omelet with bacon po-boy from Killer Po-boy

Once I got there, I walked to my hotel, where I had stayed several times, only a mile away. I settled in and got a marvelous Po-boy at Killer Po-Boys, just a block away. After my tasty sandwich, I walked to the heart of the French Quarter. Bourbon Street was under construction, putting in new sewers and making walking challenging due to less space for people.

It is interesting down there, be aware that bars will ask you if you want your beer or a drink for here or to go.

It takes a while to get used to this, but you learn to enjoy this choice. You can walk around with a drink as long it is not in a glass bottle. I walked past a state trooper with a beer in hand; he looked at me, said hi, and then looked away. I found out you get used to just taking your drinks to go quickly. People-watching is always fun down there as well.

The Next Day

I dealt with a few storms on Thursday, which interfered with my plans. I went back to Café Du Monde for beignets; the key is to go early, they are open 24 hours, so if you have a craving in the middle of the night, they got you. Just be warned that they are cash only. It is $6 for three beignets and a café au lait, which is not the wrong way to start your day.

Louis Armstrong Park
Louis Armstrong Park

Most of the day I spent walking around and trying to stay dry. I visited Armstrong Park, an attractive park with unique statues based on jazz themes.

I did not get to explore too much, for it was thundering and lightning out. One place I did want to go to was Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar, but something was going on there. I also wanted to visit the Carousel Bar, which looked busy.

I had a great lunch at Arnaud’s Remoulade; I had the muffuletta toasted at my server’s suggestion, which was tasty! On the side, I had crab-boiled new potatoes; they are small red potatoes boiled in the same spices that they prepare the crabs in, they had just enough kick to be fun, and a little butter just made them better.

Later that day, I had plans to go to Preservation Hall, but I ended up chatting with people at a bar, which was just as good. Traveling solo isn’t always lonely, but a friendly conversation is still enjoyable. After a few rounds, I returned to Pere Antoine’s, one of my favorite late-night places to eat, and to find out that breakfast is excellent there too.

My last day

Friday was my last day, and it started out packing. I went for a walk, trying to find the doughnut shop I was looking for, but I could not find it.

Bengent Fries
Pere Antoine’s beignet fries!

I was probably a block off or walked past it, not knowing it. Some places are open later in the day, so it might not have been available for business yet.

As I said, I went back to Pere Antoine’s for breakfast. I had beignet fries; if you go there, GET THEM! They are tasty! I had that and the Raging Cajon omelet, a great combination. The food had some kick but not too much, just perfect.

After that, I returned to the hotel to chill for a little while and get my bag. I walked back to the train station but stopped at the Company Burger. If you like beer and burgers, this is a place for you. The bartender, who remembered me from last year’s visit, is excellent, knows his beers, and is happy to share that knowledge with you. The food is terrific as well.

Going Home

I was not at the station long, I got in around 1 pm, and they were already loading the 1:45 pm train! So, I got in line, and not long, I was in my bedroom on the train.

The ride home went well mostly; I like the extra room in the bedroom. The only big problem was getting stuck behind a disabled CN freight train. It took us a while to get around that, and we never made up the time. CN kept getting put on sidings for other trains to pass us. It did not affect me too much, for I just took a later next Hiawatha back.

If you want to take your own Amtrak adventure to New Orleans, check out my Riding Amtrak Page to get started. If interested, join the email list or join me on social!

All in all, a great trip!
Safe Travels!

Do you want train travel tips and news in your inbox?

If you want to learn more about Amtrak travel, consider joining the Travels with Kev email list.

You will get tips and tricks and discover what is happening with Amtrak travel.

Check out one of my emails.


Kev has been traveling with Amtrak since 2012, celebrating his tenth year this year. Over those years, he has been on over 700 trains covering over 200,000 miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by assisting them with support and information. Kev enjoys making music as an organist.