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Oysters and Pearls: Luxury NOLA

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New Orleans is set amid a gulf, a river, and a lake. The city has had a sometimes contentious relationship with bodies of water, but it also relies on their generous bounty. Whether served fried on a po' boy or chilled on the half shell, the humble oyster is an unforgettable part of New Orleans cuisine. The creature's byproduct, the precious pearl, appears everywhere from well-appointed antique shops to Mardi Gras museums. One of the most inviting bodies of water may well be your hotel pool, set on a rooftop and ideal for a postprandial rest. 
  • Attraction
    The French Quarter is packed with antique and vintage stores of all stripes, and M.S. Rau is the most spectacular. They're known the country (and maybe the world) over, and... more
  • Restaurant
    Acme has life-changing chargrilled oysters. I took my mother for some on her first-ever visit to New Orleans. She did not stop talking about them for the year between her visits,... more
  • Hotel
    Behind the headboard of my bed at the Ritz-Carlton stood an enormous damask upholstered board in green and gold. I went home wanting to make one because then I could feel like a... more
  • Restaurant
    Arnaud's is one of the Grand Dames of the French Quarter, recognized among locals and visitors alike as an authentic source for perfect creole cuisine. The recipe for trout... more
  • Restaurant
    5 Luke
    The brunch at Luke is spectacular. Eggs in a jar, simple enough in name, sometimes feature an entire fried soft shell crab creeping out of a clear glass dish layered with eggs and... more
  • Restaurant
    This place, located on a stretch of Magazine populated by mostly local businesses, doesn't look like much. The front has a classic tiled look, but inside it takes on the... more
  • Hotel
    There are two W hotels in downtown New Orleans. The French Quarter location is a little more intimate and boutique-feeling. This one, in the Central Business District, is large... more
  • Hotel
    I stayed here with a well-heeled friend, and even she was pleased by the amenities. The lobby is golden, airy and inviting. The restaurant is typically decorated for a fine hotel;... more