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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites in Bayou St. John

  • By Danny Monteverde
  • Photos by Annie Flanagan
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Bayou St. John
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This quiet neighborhood along Bayou St. John has so much of what makes New Orleans special — charming old homes and friendly people — without the hustle and bustle of the parts of the city popular with tourists. And it’s just a short drive or bike ride from the French Quarter. No bike? No problem. Download the Blue Bikes app and find a set of wheels near you to rent for the day.

Meet Danny Monteverde

Danny is a sixth-generation New Orleanian who tried living in Dallas once but quickly came home. He spent several years reporting for the Times-Picayune and New Orleans Advocate before moving to WWL-TV. Like any good local boy, he can walk to his mom’s house from his place.

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Bayou St. John

Fair Grounds Race Course
Depending on the time of year, you can bet on a horse at this historic racetrack or dance the day away to Dave Matthews or a local brass band during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Note that there are a few months where everything is quiet between the fest and racing season.
Fair Grounds Race Course, 1751 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70119
Deutsches Haus
This is home to the city’s Oktoberfest, but during the rest of the year it’s a quiet neighborhood bar that is a secret even to many locals. The menu serves everything from German brats to New Orleans etouffee.
Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St. New Orleans, LA 70119
New Orleans Museum of Art
Behind these walls is the city’s premier art museum. It’s a mixture of permanent and rotating displays. Make a day of it by exploring the rest of City Park while you’re there.
New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle New Orleans, LA 70124
Pal’s Lounge
Want to feel like a local? Check out Pal’s. It’s a corner bar, where bartenders and regulars have never met a stranger. Ring the buzzer to get in.
Pal’s Lounge, 949 N. Rendon St. New Orleans, LA 70119
Cafe Degas
Most of the dining room at this French bistro-style restaurant is built around an oak tree on a covered outdoor deck (that is, thankfully, air-conditioned).
Cafe Degas, 3127 Esplanade Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119
Danny Monteverde
Danny is a sixth-generation New Orleanian who tried living in Dallas once but quickly came home. He spent several years reporting for the Times-Picayune and New Orleans Advocate before moving to WWL-TV. Like any good local boy, he can walk to his mom’s house from his place.
Annie Flanagan
Annie is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in New Orleans.
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