NEW ORLEANS (CBS San Francisco) – Think you know the players in Super Sunday? Sure, you know the storylines and players – Harbaugh and Harbaugh, Flacco and Kaepernick, Rice and Gore, Lewis and Willis, “The Wire” and “Treme,” and so on and so on. But when you’re down in the Big Easy and craving some traditional cuisine or a cocktail to wet your pallet, do you really know the players you need to know for the trip to New Orleans? Here are 10 spots that Ravens and 49ers fans, much like their respective kickers, can’t afford to miss.
945 Magazine St.
Not too many happy-hour spots will be located inside of a World War II museum, but not ever happy-hour spot is like American Sector. Housed inside the National World War II Museum, John Besh’s restaurant serves up barbecue sliders for $0.75 and half-price drinks every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
713 Saint Louis St.
One of the premier places for traditional French-Creole cuisine. Oysters Rockefeller, the signature dish of a haunt, originated at the Antoine’s in 1869. The haunt has since hosted former presidents and Pope John Paul II.
Café Du Monde
800 Decatur St.
Home of the renowned beignets, Café Du Monde is open 24 hours a day. Located in the heart of the French Market, it serves as a prime location to take in the sights and sounds of New Orleans.
509 S. Carrollton Ave.
Arguably the best sports bar in New Orleans, Cooter Brown’s has about 40 beers on tap and 25 TVs tuned to the best games. Look out for the bar menu, which is a step up from average bar food.
4905 Freret St.
The go-to spot for the best craft cocktail in the Big Easy. The drink menu is always changing with ingredients you don’t often see in high-end drinks and the lounge atmosphere makes it ideal to socialize with friends.
800 Tchoupitoulas St.
As the unofficial face of New Orleans, Emeril Lagasse has been able to keep his personality in the dishes at Emeril’s, infusing dishes with the Creole-style seafood that has come to define most of his cooking.
949 N. Rendon St.
-The ultimate bar for the guys. From wallpaper in the men’s room made out of centerfolds to free cupcakes as bar snacks, Pal’s offers enough air hockey, nachos and football to satisfy any guys’ night out.
605 Canal St.
Set on beautiful Canal Street, the Palace Café has consistently good happy-hour deals. Creole dishes at an affordable price in one of the better settings in town.
Ralph’s on the Park
900 City Park Ave.
A strong option for breakfast or brunch, Ralph’s offers more of a neighborhood feel. But this neighborhood joint knows how to do breakfast. The locals love the chicken stuffed with boudin sausage, which is served with chocolate chip waffles. Breakfast anyone?
501 Napoleon Ave.
When tourists and locals want some live music, they come to Tipitina’s, which has become the venue for some of the best up-and-coming talent. Lots of dancing, lots of drinking and lots of fun.
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* New.NOLA.gov/Superbowl: Schedule of parades
* NewOrleansSuperBowl.com/: Official site of the host committee
* NFL.com/SuperBowl: NFL.com’s Guide To The NFL Experience