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Rathbone Mansions Insiders Guide

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New Orleans has a unique, vibrant history, award winning chefs, craft cocktails galore, and a low-key, Southern fun atmosphere. There's no wonder NOLA is consistently ranked one of the best US cities to visit.  We've got you covered with tips on locals' favorite spots to check out during your stay. Scroll through our blog for suggestions, current events and truly experience New Orleans like a local.



Fun and Eats at the Po’Boy Festival

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“I waited two years to have this Lobster Po’Boy,”

said one young lady. We looked and saw a three-block

 string of people waiting in line for this Fest winner.


Okay, here is one festival in New Orleans that you definitely DO NOT want to miss. (It all sounds so delicious – I can hardly contain myself while writing this blog.) Take note of the date right now: The 11th Annual Oak Street Po’Boy Festival will be on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

This festival is held in the Oak Street business corridor located in the neighborhood of Carrollton and features some of the finest restaurants and musicians in NOLA. Trust me, you won’t be alone. In the past, 50,000 sandwich-lovers have come to Riverbend in November to sample Po’Boys.

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Would you believe that there are 50 different variations of this classic sandwich at this festival? You’ll find food, music and brews – all on Oak Street. It doesn’t get much better than this.


Here are a few things you should know:


Po’Boy Fest wristbands are required for the purchase of Po’Boys. Wristbands cost $5.00 and can be bought from any food vendor. In order to buy a sandwich you must purchase a wristband first (this money helps keep entry to the Festival FREE for everyone).


No outside food or beverage is allowed. Do not bring drinks. Instead, buy from the official Po’Boy Bars. C’mon, this is only fair because this Po’Boy Festival receives no public funding.


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Pets are welcome and costumes are encouraged. I think this is a nice touch. Why should Fido stay home while you’re out having fun?

To keep things simple, bring cash and change – no $100 bills. There are ATMs available but who wants to waste time standing on a bank line when you can be on a food line and thinking about something delicious up ahead.


Hot Sausage Po’boy

Hot Sausage Po’boy

Soft Shell Crab Po’boy

Soft Shell Crab Po’boy

Fried Catfish Po’boy

Fried Catfish Po’boy

Roasted Pork Po’boy

Roasted Pork Po’boy



There’s the traditional Po’Boys with fried shrimp and cochon de lait (roasted pork) as well as several versions of debris (beef in gravy) and some truly inventive ones such as: The Bananas Foster Po’Boy and The Sashimi Po’Boy. This is what life is all about -- having fun and trying something totally new.


To get you started we found a list of 25 of the BEST AND STRANGEST sandwiches at the festival. It starts with the very popular Lobster Po’Boy that we mentioned at the beginning of this blog and ends with a number called The RayRay Po’Boy (a combo of fried chicken breast, Chisesi ham and Swiss cheese). Frankly, I think it sounds delicious.


CLICK HERE to read the entire list of 25 Po’Boys.


CLICK HERE to read our blog about The New Orleans Film Festival.


And while you’re here why not stay at the Rathbone Mansions? Here’s what several of our guests have to say:


“It’s a cool place. Great location. Easy walking to many spots.”


“We were very impressed with this hotel. The interior, the facilities and the patio were great.”


“I really like how our double queen was laid out like two separate bedrooms.”


Shaun Nelson-Henrick