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Weekend Cheat Sheet: Father’s Favorites


Show Dad how much he means to you by treating him to a weekend filled with the things he loves most.



Lunch at: Opened several months ago, Simone’s Market is a specialty grocery store launched by Simone Reggie on Oak Street. Located in the Carrollton neighborhood, Simone’s specializes in local products like fresh produce from local farmers, grass-fed beef from Gonsoulin Land & Cattle in New Iberia and dairy items from Progress Milk Barn in McComb, Mississippi. Like any great market, Simone’s also offers prepared goods and sandwiches that are perfect to take home or enjoy at a sidewalk table on Oak Street. Try the smoked fried chicken thigh with jalapeño buttermilk slaw on buttery brioche or the rosemary roast beef with sharp cheddar and horseradish aioli on herb focaccia. 8201 Oak St., (504) 273-7706, simonesmarket.com

Sip at: The city’s first nano-brewery, Courtyard Brewery was launched more than a year ago by owners Lindsay Hellwig and Scott Wood. Housed on Erato Street in the Lower Garden District behind French Truck Coffee, Courtyard Brewery offers small batches of house-made brews — so small in fact that the brewery regularly runs out. But don’t fret, Courtyard Brewery also offers “one-off” beers from other breweries in California, Michigan, Texas, Colorado and even Louisiana. Courtyard Brewery also features seasonal crawfish boils, fundraisers and scheduled food truck appearances from vendors like Frencheeze, Saigon Slim’s and Midnight Noodle. 1020 Erato St., courtyardbrewing.com

Get Your Groove on at: Easily one of the most famous venues in town, Tipitina’s is a true music destination established more than 40 years ago and dedicated to beloved local performer, composer and pianist Henry Roeland Byrd (a.k.a. Professor Longhair). Some of the finest local, national and international performers have played at Tipitina’s from the Funky Meters and Rebirth Brass Band to B.B. King and The Psychedelic Furs. Plus, Tipitina’s has long supported the music and culture of Louisiana through internship programs, Youth Music Workshops, rehearsal facilities, their “Instruments A’Comin” annual all-star benefit concerts and more. 501 Napoleon Ave., (504)895-8477, tipitinas.com



Revive at: Drop in for micro-roasted java and tasty bites at Church Alley Coffee Bar, which has relocated from its Central City digs to share space with retailer The Good Shop. Owner Renee Blanchard takes great pride in serving espresso drinks, pour-overs, drips and cold brews created from roasters like Portland-based Tandem Coffee and New York City-based Cafe Grumpy. Church Alley offers fresh pastries, salads and sandwiches like cucumber and avocado naan with goat cheese or a smoked ham and apple bagel. 4201 Canal St., (504) 304-6306, churchalleycoffeebar.com

Make the Greatest Escape at: An interactive game and museum inside the old U.S. Postal Service building, Escape My Room was created by Andrew Preble, son of Abita Springs artist John Preble. Based on popular escape room games around the globe, the New Orleans version features the fictional DeLaporte family supported by real historical facts. Reserve a room for eight guests (bring the whole family!); get locked in a room; and try to get out! A series of exciting puzzles and clues offers unique hurdles the whole team must solve in order to move on … and get out! 633 Constance St., (504) 475-7580, escapemyroom.com

Dine at: Located on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, Fat Boy Pantry is a small neighborhood spot to score stellar sandwiches, house-made ice cream and specialty coffees brewed from Chicago-based roaster Dark Matter. Splurge on a “U’z in Philly” ribeye cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz and onion or a fried lobster po-boy with remoulade sauce and drawn butter. Be sure they load you up with hand-cut steak fries that are easily some of the best in town. You definitely don’t want to leave without a scoop or three of the delectable ice creams from vanilla and chocolate to buttermilk salted lime and mango macadamia. 1302 Magazine St., (504) 239-9514, facebook.com/fat-boy-pantry

Breakfast at: Located on Dauphine Street in Bywater, Satsuma Cafe is a hip, casual spot owned by Peter and Cassi Dymond, and a great place to score a tasty (and fair trade) cuppa joe. Dedicated to offering juices and cuisine made from quality local and organic ingredients, Satsuma offers a simple menu of tasty breakfast and lunch items like a Mexican breakfast plate with black beans, eggs, corn tortillas and pico de gallo or a tofu scramble with kale and sweet potatoes. The freshly squeezed juices include combinations like the ABC with apple, beet, carrot and lemon or The Immune Booster with orange, grapefruit and fennel. 3218 Dauphine St., (504) 304-5962, satsumacafe.com

Get a Spirited Tour at: From cane to cask, discover the secrets of Old New Orleans Rum. Proclaimed the “highest rated rum in America,” this 22-year-old distiller offers several distinct products: Crystal; Cajun Spice; Amber; and King Creole: 20th Anniversary Edition. They also sell bottles of their signature cocktail, the Gingeroo, that only requires ice. Book a tour to Celebration Distillation in the St. Roch neighborhood, founded by local artist James Michalopoulos, and meet the creators, learn about the process and taste the high-quality rums. 2815 Frenchmen St., (504) 945-9400, oldneworleansrum.com

Relax at: Because biergartens rock all year long, not just during Octoberfest, spend a warm Sunday evening getting your grub on at Bratz Y’all. Found in Bywater just behind Pizza Delicious on Piety Street, this brick and mortar hub for all things German offers everything from chewy, salted pretzels as big as your face to pork schnitzel in mushroom and onion sauce served with mashed potatoes. Enjoy a glass stein of genuinely German beers on tap or bottled like Franzikaner Weissbier, Warsteiner Pilsener or Flensburger Dunkel to wash down The King Brat (a smoked pork sausage filled with white cheddar and wrapped in bacon). Bratz Y’all also offers traditional German shots of apple, pear and Black Forest cherry brandy or caraway schnapps and fig liqueur. 617 Piety St., (504) 301-3222, bratzyall.com