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Weekend Cheat Sheet: September 2015

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Kick off the season with a sports-centric weekend dedicated to food, fun and football!

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Lunch at: Football and barbecue go together like Bert and Ernie or chips and dip, and one of the hottest spots to score great ’cue is at the indomitable NOLA Smokehouse. Located in a small, dark red building on the corner of Jackson Avenue and Annunciation Street, this unassuming establishment run by pit master Rob Bechtold has people queued up before the doors even open. Stock up for the game on brisket, burnt ends, pulled pork, spare ribs, and all the corn spoon bread and barbecue baked beans you can eat. You may not be so lucky next time — they run out quick! 739 Jackson Ave., (504) 418-2591, nolasmokehouse.com

Gear up at: Ladies, you can’t just “be” a football fan — you have to look the part! Visit one of Fleurty Girl’s many locations, and get everything you need to be set up for Saints season. Owner and New Orleans native Lauren Thom makes sure it’s always raining black and gold with everything from t-shirts and flip-flops to game day voodoo doll pins, black and gold tutus, and gold Saints-helmet earrings. Feel free to order online, or visit a Fleurty Girl location in the French Quarter, Uptown on Magazine Street, in Metairie at Lakeside Mall or in Mandeville on Highway 190. fleurtygirl.net

Dine & Daq at: Dial up your destination for daiquiris and wings, and head over to Bourrée at Boucherie on Jeanette Street. Chef Nathanial Zimet already scores delicious downs at the ever-popular Boucherie, and his work at Bourrée is no different. Try wings sauced with kimchi, lemongrass and miso aioli for dipping, or try sweet mango barbecue with roasted poblano ranch dressing — but, since they’ve been oak-wood smoked, they’re plenty good dry or on their own. Bourrée also offers a rotating menu of fresh fruit daiquiris like Rubin ‘The Hurricane’ Carter with passion fruit, Old New Orleans Crystal Rum, Peychaud’s Bitters, Earl Grey tea-infused simple syrup and lemon juice. 8115 Jeanette St., (504) 510-4040, bourreenola.com

Saturday

Revive at: Co-founders Liz Pogue, Josh Owen and Emma Chevalier recently launched Revelator Coffee Company, the latest of many new establishments to open in the Warehouse District. Open for breakfast and lunch, Revelator is offering pastries from Gracious Bakery, plus salads and juices from City Greens, along with specialty coffee drinks (from cold brew to pour-overs). Quality beans are sourced from all over the globe and then brought into their Birmingham, Alabama, plant to be roasted. Revelator takes great pride is providing a great coffee experience, which to them includes a warm, inviting environment, skilled baristas from the community and everyday luxury. 637 Tchoupitoulas St., revelatorcoffee.com

Practice your pass at: Get the family together, and throw the ball around at Palmer Park in Mid-City! With several acres of green space, Palmer Park is the perfect place to get together and practice your skills at running back, wide receiver or quarterback position. Kids will love the new shaded playground that features a mini rock-climbing wall, jungle gym, swings and slides. Plus, if you happen to hang out there on the last Saturday of the month, you can enjoy the food, fun and festivities to be had at the Palmer Park Arts Market. Claiborne Street & Carrollton Avenue, facebook.com/FriendsofPalmerPark

Reminisce at: Appreciate the altar of one of our greatest local athletes — and eat like one — at Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon. The famous local quarterback recently “threw his helmet into the restaurant arena,” and opened this sports bar and eatery that features his personal collection of sports memorabilia of signed jerseys and photographs. Also on offer is a bevy of classic New Orleans cuisine, like Danni’s corn and crab bisque, Buddy D’s red beans and rice, barbecue shrimp, po-boys, Cajun pastas and seafood platters. Be sure to try the Cajun Hebert fries with a crawfish-mushroom cream sauce, cheddar cheese and roast beef debris, or feel free to keep it simple with a juicy bacon cheeseburger. 4101 Veterans Blvd., (504) 324-6841, bobbyheberts.com
Sunday

Breakfast at: Juice it up after a weekend of great eats and excess at Raw Republic. Specializing in 100-percent organic, cold-pressed juices, this local shop seeks to offer a natural and healthy way to treat common maladies — encouraging folks to follow a cleaner lifestyle. The menu features seasonally appropriate juices, such as Roots (made with beets, carrot, cucumber, lemon and apple) or Thai Greens (made with bok choy, orange, celery, basil and apple); “mylks” like Sprouted Almond Mylk (made with dates, pink Himalayan salt and spices); and smoothies like Monkey Business (made with spinach, romaine, celery, lemon, apple and banana). After several days of indulgence, you might also want to try one of Raw Republic’s juice cleanses that will undoubtedly make you feel great and fit enough for football. 4528 Magazine St., (504) 324-8234, rawrepublicjuice.com

Catch the game at: Kick back; drink good beer; and wait for the game to start at Junction, a hip new bar and grill in Bywater. With 40 taps that feature craft beer, and a kitchen that stays open late, there’s no reason to go hungry or thirsty during a big game. Lloyd Miller teamed up with the owners of Molly’s at the Market and 13 Monaghan to provide yet another great spot to eat, drink and play in New Orleans with local brews from Bayou Teche and Covington Brewhouse, plus a menu of railroad-themed burgers, salads and — that coveted football favorite — wings. 3021 St. Claude Ave., (504) 272-0205, junctionnola.com

Work it off: Open for almost 150 years, the New Orleans Athletic Club is a historically elegant place to get into shape. Located in the French Quarter on Rampart Street, the NOAC offers state-of-the-art cardio equipment with TVs, an indoor track and swimming pool, locker rooms with saunas and steam rooms, and approximately 45 different classes from spinning and yoga to cardio kickboxing, Zumba, Pilates and fencing. Members can also take advantage of free parking, private personal training and a fully stocked bar that offers fresh food, smoothies and even cocktails! 222 N. Rampart St. , (504) 525-2375, neworleansathleticclub.com