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New Orleans Seafood Festival

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Indulge in a plate of calamari during the New Orleans Seafood Festival.

Mmmm, good food. That’s what you’ll find during the New Orleans Seafood Festival, which takes place this weekend, September 10 – 12, 2010. Your tastebuds will start salivating before you even get to Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans, for the fragrance of barbecued oysters, fried calamari, and sautéed crawfish will fill the air.

The Seafood Festival starts Friday, September 10, at 4pm. From that point on, Lafayette Square will be filled with live music, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, local arts and crafts, and of course, tasty New Orleans food from the finest local restaurants and caterers.

If this will be your first trip to the city and your first stay at a bed and breakfast New Orleans, it’s a great opportunity to sample food from a wide variety of restaurants. Read on for an incomplete list of restaurants participating in the 2010 Seafood Festival:

Galatoire’s: this restaurant on Bourbon Street has become legendary since Jean Galatoire established it in 1905; it is now operated by the fourth generation of Galatoires, and is as good as ever.

The Acme Oyster House is the descendant of the Acme Café, which was opened in the French Quarter in 1910. Oysters were shucked through thick and thin, after fires and hurricanes.

Mr. B’s Bistro prepares authentic Creole food using fresh, local ingredients. Menus are seasonal and frequently change. You may find Panko Crusted Jumbo Shrimp or Mr. B’s signature Barbecued Shrimp.

Guests of New Orleans bed and breakfasts should not hesitate to ask their innkeepers for suggestions and advice. One of the best parts of staying in a b&b is the exchange of information that takes place in the common areas or over breakfast. Other guests can be as helpful and informative as the innkeepers.

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