The Inertia of a Tourist Economy: Does it help or hurt during a crisis?


  • n.
    Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change

On March 11, the city decreed a state of emergency over COVID-19. Too many scofflaws ignored that and so on March 16, Mayor Cantrell closed the bars and restaurants at midnight to shut down the expected all-day and night partying that St. Paddy’s day brings to cities across the US. Not everyone paid attention but a lot stopped immediately and then over the next week as the hotels emptied, so did most of everything else. On March 20, the city issued a firm, scolding stay-at-home mandate and on March 23, the state followed suit.

My social media post on March 26:

Its been 10 days since New Orleans shut down dine-in restaurants and bars and 6 days since the city stay-at-home order.  Since then, watching the wheels of commercial life slowly grind to almost a complete halt here in the French Quarter has been absorbing and sobering. At first, most places tried to stay open even though the bulk of their business had always been visitors, both those visiting from other places as well as the daily visitors who work in shops, in offices and seem to have so many lunch meetings. Some places did their best to drum up local take-out business via social media and word of mouth, but one by one, almost all in my quadrant have closed. Boards across windows and doors started going up at shops and galleries first, and then hotels and bars and cafes followed. It’s startling the first time you see the dark lobbies and gated locked parking lots 24 hours a day of a hotel normally lit up and staffed. You think about those workers that you saw 5 or 6 times a day for months or years and wonder if they will be back. (The bell captain at the little hotel down the street told me he had 120 days of PTO to use, but was still angry that he had to go home.) Yet even when the businesses began to shutter, some street traffic continued, albeit lighter than normal for a few more days. Then one day this week, I walked to Jackson Square and there was not a single person there.

At 2 in the afternoon. In sunny, 85 degree weather.

You’ll still see people walk a few times a day with their happy dogs, (saw a guy with his leashed ferret a few days ago), evening get togethers on carefully-spaced chairs on the street, a few tourists, and always some street people. The Mayor is slowly moving the homeless into hotels; the guy who lives in the window recess of the Presbytere Museum told me today that he had just missed the cut off to get in the Hilton Garden Inn by 6 people. I’d say the best way to describe his reaction was slightly stung. I told him they’ll find a place for him soon; he seemed to brighten at that. I think he looks forward to that mostly because he misses talking to people, he misses the hustle.  I mean, even the silver guy’s paint is almost entirely worn off. The musicians who are staying in the apartment across the street come out to the balcony in the afternoon and play music quietly but seem to have little of the animation and long jams that they offered in the first days. You make eye contact with strangers, but there is a bit of a hesitation in being too chummy; you don’t want to encourage them to slow down and stay around here. Some neighbors have chalked “Go Home; Be Safe” on the sidewalks; but those who get it are already home, and those who don’t get it, won’t. It’s odd to see the energy seep out of these entertaining streets, but at least we have a strong reason to believe much of it will return. In the meantime, we can save ourselves, our friends, and our neighbors by killing as much of it as possible. #nolacorona

Since that post, I have thought a lot about these silent streets since this post as the days tick by and wondered more and more about how and even if it will recover. Then, something my clearly exhausted but happy pal who owns a cafe in the Marigny said to me (as he bagged up order after order for folks patiently and happily waiting outside his place) struck me:

my business mantra right now is adapt or die.” 

Or as Arundhati Roy brilliantly said:

this pandemic is a portal.

Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” 

That portal can be hard to see in this anachronism of a neighborhood, charmingly designed for 17th and 18th-century living, and then made into a stage for visitors from other places to get a quick taste (and purchase) of that earlier time before heading back to their modern world.

Yet, even though it is primarily a stage, many things about this Quarter still work: the scale of it, the design of small apartments set above small storefronts, small well-run hotels, its nearness to the city center safeguarded behind massive well-engineered earthen levees instead of poorly-designed concrete walls such as those found in 9th ward or in Lakeview, utilities underground,  the highest ground, neighbors dealing with each other in shared alleys, on sidewalks and via on-street parking and so on. And because it is usually spared damage because of the care taken to maintain its facades for the tourists, it can quickly become a gathering place once again when hurricanes or floods devastate much of the city. Last but not least, this tourist center requires thousands of daily workers who become as dear as next-door neighbors, many of whom residents see more than their family, often relying on more than they do on far-off relatives.

Still, now as I venture out to the other parts of the city during this shut-down to get items, I see what I do not see here: restaurants and stores that have quickly adapted. From distilleries selling hand sanitizer or cocktail kits for homemade happy hours, cafes selling quarts of cold-brewed coffee or working with farmers to sell just-harvested items alongside their prepared items,  even fine dining places pivoting to offer a family meal (and 1/2 price bottles of wine) by drive-by pickup, they all seem to know what their neighbors would pay for and how often to serve them. Those businesses have bulletin boards,  funny, aspirational chalk signs for passersby and have become eyes and ears and care for their neighbors.

Orange Couch set  up for physically-distanced ordering at the side door

In these 90 or so blocks, enough locals live here so that we actually do have many neighborhoody things like drugstores, veterinarian offices, postal emporiums but it has become clear during this moment that even much of THAT relies on the millions of visitors who also come to these blocks, or it relies on the pockets of workers who, currently unsure of when or if they get to return to their store or will put that apron on again, are saving their bucks. Or maybe it doesn’t rely on those dollars at all but the business owners just think that it does. For whatever is actually true, what is clear is that almost all of them are closed. And they closed fast.

A few businesses tried to use social media to convince local folks to get items, but locals from other parts of town have been penalized and confused far too often by the parking rules here to dare to drive in. And even if they do brave it once in a while, most are not able to afford or stomach the majority-rule visitor-obsessed restaurants often enough to be familiar enough to check in with the others now.

As for residents: even though numbers have climbed steadily in the last 20 years, now at around 4,000 with around 1000 at or below poverty-level they mostly divide into the worker/residents of the Quarter (although far fewer than when I was one) now without income and the very very rich who have everything they need delivered by Amazon living behind their gates and private driveway.  Since 2000, owner-occupied units have risen from 24.6% to 48.2% with renter-occupied down from 75.4% to 51.8%;  fewer of us renters and therefore likely less of us remaining who seem to live here because we love it and not because we depend on it for work or because it is a family inheritance or peccadillo hideaway. As a result, those able to go get items from the restaurants who tried to offer food is even a smaller group than those other areas of town.

The other obvious issue clearly seen now that the Quarter is only serving its residents: it is so very very white which wasn’t the case when I moved here as a teen. And even though it has become clearly whiter in terms of residents since the pre and post 84 World’s Fair development furor,  on a normal day the cross-section of tens of thousands of workers, hustlers, and visitors allow the FQ to be as diverse and energetic as any place in this city, pound for pound, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Not right now though. The only faces of color or heard talking in other languages here during COVID-19 have been the sanitation folks, grocery workers and security personnel. The usual Quarter workers and artists who represent the diversity of our city are home in their own neighborhoods which since 2005 are far far from here. (Which ironically, also means that the multi-generational food entrepreneurs offering good, culturally appropriate food to a cross-section of New Orleanians are also now far from here.) That diversity is the heart and soul of what makes New Orleans interesting and important. And when we reopen, it’s possible that many culture bearers and much of our indigenous knowledge base may just not care to keep fighting their way back here this time – or the next.

All of this calls into question the future through this portal: what will an economy only based on tourism offer our city, once disruptions come again and again, as we have to expect they will?

More simply and directly, what will remain alive after just this one shutdown? And what if the US opens up later this summer just as we hit the height of hurricane season?

In only a month, I have already seen 1-2 brand-new commercial For Rent signs, talked to business owners who are mulling the idea of not reopening their storefront that cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars per month, and have heard of a few neighbors who are moving away to live with family or to cheaper cities to replenish their savings. One has to imagine that restarting the tourism wheel will take a while, especially when rumors (and logic) have it that JazzFest will likely not operate in 2020 or if it does at all, be a much smaller and leaner version. We’d have to assume the same will go for French Quarter Fest and others as they depend on sponsors as much as visitors. Connected to that is the outcome we have to expect if the seasoned staff of the past few decades that ran our best places like clockwork will not return intact.

So the question is how will we look once through this portal? Will the French Quarter adapt as it always has, or will it finally “die”- meaning become smaller, less lively, maybe owned by more out-of-towners with deeper pockets who move more to the middle in terms of what they present as New Orleans? That could mean losing what had been a critical mass of authentic experiences and becoming too small to entice enough visitors to hold this city together.

Or maybe – just maybe – this old city will just adapt as it has so many times previously.

In 2008, the book Building the Devil’s Empire offered the intriguing analysis (via many years of archaeological digs around the old city) that by the mid-1720s due to the failure of New Orleans as a tobacco exporter and the effect of Law’s Mississippi Bubble bursting,  France had basically given up on this colony, although not turning it over to the Spanish until the 1760s. Yet those digs show lively trade and activity in those 40 years, proving that New Orleans became a smuggler’s capital by turning its attention to the Caribbean to find its own opportunities even though that was against French law. That “rogue colonialism”, as Dawdy names it, she believes was mirrored in 2005 when the federal government did its best to thwart returning residents and stymie small businesses yet many found a way around that to survive and even some to thrive.

That rogue colonialism is clearly an adapt or die portal which could be vital for whenever the country opens back up for business. Do we have another one in us here? And if so, what will that version center on: regional food?  port activities? design for climate challenge places?

And maybe to help that, possibly commercial rents in the FQ will come down to reality. Maybe people will see the need for downsizing their place to something smaller and more communal as only the Quarter can offer. Maybe my idea of Canal Street and Pontalba being offered tax credits to become rent-controlled to entice residents to move upstairs into all of those decaying camera shops will happen.

I hear bike shops around town are doing bang-up business right now; maybe we’ll see a few open in FQ again.

Maybe less crap made in China will be for sale in our shops and more useful services for all residents can return. Shutter repair? Seamstresses? Metalwork? Mule-driven delivery around the city?

Maybe the French Market can add a splash park on the concrete pad, a storefront library, citywide compost drop off and community or senior services along its many block span to serve the entire city in some manner?

In any case, the way through this portal does seem to require a push to something new even if it might actually resemble something old and tested.

The question is: can we begin to turn in that direction?















French Quarter Festival 2020

French Quarter Festival 2020, has been RESCHEDULED to October 1st-4th, 2020, following the recommendation of public health officials and with the support of the The City Of NOLA, due to COVID-19 concerns. French Quarter Festivals, Inc.’s top priority is the health and safety of our fans, artists, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and community.

French Quarter Festival will now take place on October 1st-4th. We understand the impact this news brings to so many people. For fans who were traveling, we encourage you to contact your airline and hotel immediately for any changes. We are communicating directly with all artists, vendors, sponsors and staff on the next steps.

Since 1984, our nonprofit has been committed to its mission to deliver an economic impact to the community and showcase local talent. The 2019 French Quarter Festival generated an economic impact of nearly $200 million and hired over 1,700 local musicians. Visitor spending at our festival creates or supports nearly 2,100 full-and part-time jobs for our community. Though our plan has changed, our commitment to our mission hasn’t – in fact, it has grown stronger. Now, more than ever, our community needs us. To make a donation that will help us stay strong during this unprecedented situation, please click here,

We are grateful for continued support and look forward to hosting you in the fall.

FQF Food

Jackson Square Vendors

(G) – Gluten Free, (S) – Sugar Free, (V) – Vegetarian  Eat Fit NOLA Approved

Vendor Since 2007
Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce $7
Oysters Bonne Femme $8
Shrimp Regua $8

Vendor Since 2014
Crawfish Tail Steam Bun Tacos – $8
Crab Cake Sliders – $8

Court of Two Sisters
Vendor Since 1984
Crawfish Louise $7
Turtle Soup $6
Combo Plate: Crawfish Louise & Turtle Soup $12

Crêpes à la Cart
Vendor Since 2007
Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Crêpe $7 (V), add Bacon for $1
Black & Gold (Nutella & Banana) Crêpe $7 (V)
Bacon & Nutella Crêpe $7

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
Vendor Since 2011
BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy $8
Prime Roast Beef Debris Po-Boy $8

Vendor Since 2012
Fried Shrimp “BLT” Po-Boy $9
Shrimp Remoulade $9 (G)
Fried Sweet Potato & Pecan Pie $4

Haydel’s Bakery
Vendor Since 2012
White Chocolate Kingcake Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce $6
Large Chocolate Éclair $6
Wedding Cake Cream Cheese Square $6

Jacques-Imo’s Café
Vendor Since 2007
Slow Roasted Duck Po-Boy $8
Shrimp & Alligator Sausage Cheesecake $8
Crab & Artichoke Citrus Salad $8

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
Vendor Since 2012
K-Paul’s Famous Butterbeans & Rice “That Make You Crazy” $6
New Orleans Chicken Grillades with Cheddar Cheese Grits $6
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo $6

Muriel’s Jackson Square
Vendor Since 2002
Crawfish & Goat Cheese Crepes $7
Shrimp & Eggplant Stuffing $7
Combo Plate $12

Mrs. Wheat’s Pies
Vendor Since 1984
New Orleans Meat Pie $6
Shrimp & Andouille Mini Pies (4) $6
Crab & Artichoke Mini Pies (4) $6
Creole Crawfish Pie $6
Any One Item $6
Any Two Items $10

Pat O’Brien’s Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Hurricane $9
Category 5 $7, Double $14
Bloody Mary $6, Double $12
Screwdriver $6, Double $12

Plum Street Snoball
Vendor Since 2009
Regular(V)(G)/Cream Flavors(G):
Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Pineapple, Nectar Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cream Ice Cream, or Iced Coffee Cream $4
Sugar Free Flavors: Raspberry or Pink Lemonade $5
$1 Add Condensed Milk

Quintin’s Ice Cream
Vendor Since 2010
Ice Cream (V): Vanilla Bean, Café au Lait, Double Chocolate, Roasted Strawberry Creole, Swamp Mint Chip, Salty Caramel $6 double scoop $6 cup or cone $7
Sorbet (V): Blackberry, Mango Tango double scoop cup $6 or cone $7

Trey Yuen Cuisine of China
Vendor Since 1984
Egg Rolls 2 for $5
Crawfish with Lobster Sauce $7
Shrimp Fried Rice $6
Vegetable Lo Mein $6 (V)
Combination Plate (Shrimp Fried Rice, Crawfish with Lobster Sauce & Egg Roll) $9

Tujague’s Restaurant
Vendor Since 1984
Seafood Stuffed Mirliton with Creole Sauce $7
Brisket of Beef with Creole Horseradish Sauce $9
Marinated Crab Claw Remoulade $8
Shrimp Ravigote over Fried Green Tomato $8

Vaucresson Sausage Co.
Vendor Since 1984
Creole Hot Sausage Po-Boy $7
Creole Crawfish Sausage Po-Boy $7
Creole Barbeque Chicken Sausage Po-Boy $7

LA State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint Vendors

14 Parishes Jamaican Restaurant
Vendor Since 2017
Jerk Chicken – $7
Steamed Cabbage – $4 (V) (G)
Rice and Peas – $4 (V) (G) (S)
Fried Plantains – $4 (V)

Andrea’s Restaurant
Vendor Since 2016
Eggplant Crab Cake Meuniere $10
Crawfish Ravioli $10
Crabmeat Ravioli $10
Eggplant Parmigiana $8 (V)

Bratz Y’all Bistro & Biergarten
Vendor Since 2017
The Drunk Pig: Slow roasted pork with mustard, sauerkraut & caramelized onions $7
The Nuernberger: Grilled pork Bratwurst with mustard, sauerkraut & caramelized onions on a pretzel bun $7
The Bavarian: Pork & Veal Bratwurst with mustard, sauerkraut & caramelized onions $7
Bavarian Salted Pretzel $4 / with cream cheese, radish & herb Obatzda dip $7

The Blue Crab
Vendor Since 2016
Crab Cake $7
Chicken Pasta $5

Vendor Since 2010
12-Hour Roast Beef Po-Boy with Horseradish Cream & Pickled Red Onions $6
Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding $5

Plum Street Snoballs
Vendor Since 2009
Regular(V)(G)/Cream Flavors(G):
Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Pineapple, Nectar Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cream Ice Cream, or Iced Coffee Cream $4
Sugar Free Flavors: Raspberry or Pink Lemonade $5

Rouses Crawfish Boil
Vendor Since 2008
Hot Boiled Crawfish with all the Fixins’ $10
Crawfish Family Platter $40

Three Muses
Vendor Since 2012
Korean “Bulgogi” Beef, Kimchi Rice Stirfry $8 / with Wonton Chips $11
Chilled Asian Noodle Salad $7 / with Chips $10
Wonton Chips $5

Riverfront – Canal Street Vendors

Ajun Cajun
Vendor Since 2014
Soft Shell Crab Po-Boy $12
Catfish Po-Boy $8
Yakiniku (Garlic Ribeye Beef) Po-Boy  $8

Mona’s Café
Vendor Since 2011
Gyro Sandwich $7
Falafel Sandwich $7 (V)
Chicken Shawarma Sandwich $7
Combo Plate: Falafel(V) or Chicken or Gyro with Hummus, Greek Salad & Pita $10

Praline Connection
Vendor Since 1994
Grilled Chicken Livers with Sweet Hot Pepper Jelly $7
Grilled Chicken Livers with Crowder Peas & Okra $9
Fried Jumbo Chicken Wings with Mustard Greens $9
Vegetarian Plate – Mustard Greens, Crowder Peas & Okra $8 (V)

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Vendor Since 2014
Mini Steak Sliders with BBQ Butter 2 for $8
Sweet Potato Casserole $5
Combo Plate $8

The Daily Beet
New Vendor
Fresh Mango Spring Rolls with Peanut-Ginger Dipping Sauce $8.50
Mango, Pineapple, and Papaya Sticks with Lime Juice and Chili Powder $6
Avocado Toast $7 add an Egg $9

Riverfront – Plaza Vendor

Plum Street Snoballs
Vendor Since 2009
Regular(V)(G)/Cream Flavors(G):
Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Pineapple, Nectar Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cream Ice Cream, or Iced Coffee Cream $4
Sugar Free Flavors: Raspberry or Pink Lemonade $5
$1 Add Condensed Milk

Riverfront – Kohlmeyer Lawn Vendors

Audubon Catering and Events
Crawfish Bread $7
Pork Lollipops with Thai Slaw $9

Bennachin Restaurant
Vendor Since 2005
Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Rice & Steamed Veggies $8 (G)(S)
Caribbean Fish with Rice & Steamed Veggies $8 (S)
Sweet Potato Pie $4
Combo Plate: Jerk Chicken with Rice, Steamed Veggies & Curry Pattie $11

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Vendor Since 2002
Shrimp Cakes $5
Cajun Shrimp Bowl $5
Combo: 2 Shrimp Cakes, Cajun Shrimp, & Bread $8

The Big Cheezy
Vendor Since 2016
Mac N Cheezy: 4 Cheese Bacon Mac on a Grilled Cheese – $7
4 Cheese Bacon Mac Bowl – $6
Original Grilled Cheese $7 (V) Cheddar and American on Country White Bread

Café Dauphine
New Vendor
Cajun Seafood Eggrolls $8
Deep Fried Seafood Stuffed Bell Peppers $9
Fried Green Tomato Shrimp Remoulade Stack $8
Combo Plate: Fried Bell Pepper, Green Tomato Stack, Eggroll $10

Cool Fruit Sensations
Vendor Since 2013
Fresh Squeezed Juice
Lemonade, Limeade, or Orange with Strawberry, Blueberry, or Watermelon $8

Flamingo A-Go-Go
New Vendor
Shrimp A-Go-Go $7
Grilled Chicken & Ham Cuban $7
Garlic Parmesan Fries $4
Coconut Sorbet with Honey Mango & Raspberry  $4

Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails
Vendor Since 2016
Seared Crawfish Boudin, Pickled Mustard Seeds with Field Green Salad – $7
Pickled Blackened Shrimp over Cabbage Slaw dressed with Honey Mustard – $7

Koz’s Restaurant
Vendor Since 2015
Burger with Cheese – $8
Gravy Debris Cheese Fries – $8
Crawfish Boil Fries – $8

Loretta’s Authentic Pralines
Vendor Since 2014
Praline Candy Flavors: Original, Chocolate, Rum, Coconut $3.5
Praline Shoe Soles $5
Praline Cupcakes $5
Praline Beignet $5
Crab Beignet $8

Love at First Bite
Vendor Since 2009
Crawfish Pasta $9

Original New Orleans Po-Boys
Vendor Since 2000
Fried Shrimp Po-Boy $8
Crawfish Nachos $7
Jambalaya with Chicken & Sausage $6
Combo Plate: Fried Shrimp & Jambalaya $10

Mrs. Wheat’s Pies
Vendor Since 1984
New Orleans Meat Pie $6
Shrimp & Andouille Mini Pies (4) $6
Crab & Artichoke Mini Pies (4) $6
Creole Crawfish Pie $6
Any One Item $6
Any Two Items $10

Red Fish Grill
Vendor Since 2009
BBQ Oyster Po-Boy $10
Louisiana Crawfish Roll with Spicy Remoulade, Pickled Onion & Poblano Relish $7

Rib Room
Vendor Since 2014
Prime Rib Debris Po-Boy $8
Chicken Andouille Gumbo $7

New Vendor
Pig Latin Tacos $8
Chocolate Belly Cookie $5

Walker’s Southern Style BBQ
Vendor Since 2009
Cochon de Lait Po-Boy $9

Westin New Orleans Canal Place
Vendor Since 2015
Crawfish and Andouille Mac N Cheese with Spicy Three Cheese Mornay $6
Corn and Crawfish Fritters with Jalapeno and Malt Vinegar Aioli $8
Try Both: 2 Fritters and 1 Scoop of Mac N Cheese $12.50

Riverfront – Berger Great Lawn Vendor

Pat O’Brien’s Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Hurricane $9
Category 5 $7, Double $14
Bloody Mary $6, Double $12
Screwdriver $6, Double $12

Riverfront – Palm Lawn Vendors

Desire Oyster Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Oyster Rockefeller Po-Boy $10
Fried Chicken & Waffles with Cane Syrup $8
Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce $6

GW Fins
Vendor Since 2006
Fish Tacos 2 for $7
Salty Malty Ice Cream Sundae $6

House of Blues
Vendor Since 2011
House of Blues Famous Voodoo Shrimp – $8
Blackened Shrimp Po-Boy with Remoulade Slaw – $8

Lakeview Harbor
Vendor Since 2010
Crawfish Bread $7
Louisiana Blue Crab Cakes over Spring Mix dressed with Remoulade Sauce $9
Alligator Sausage Kebab with Zydeco Sauce $7

Restaurant R’evolution
Vendor Since 2013
Sugarcane Glazed Pork Belly Po-Boy $9
Crab Beignets with Red Pepper Remoulade $8

Plum Street Snoballs
Vendor Since 2009
Regular(V)(G)/Cream Flavors(G):
Strawberry, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Lemon-Lime, Grape, Pineapple, Nectar Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate Cream, Cream Ice Cream, or Iced Coffee Cream $4
Sugar Free Flavors: Raspberry or Pink Lemonade $5
$1 Add Condensed Milk

Quintin’s Ice Cream Cart
Vendor Since 2010
Ice Cream (V): Vanilla Bean, Chocolate- cup $5

Tropical Isle
Vendor Since 2000
Small $7 / Large $10
$9 Large Refill
Frozen Hand Grenade (Large Only)
Hand Grenade
Skinny Hand Grenade
Tropical Itch
Happy Gator

Pat O’Brien’s Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Hurricane $9
Category 5 $7, Double $14
Bloody Mary $6, Double $12
Screwdriver $6, Double $12

Jax Brewery Vendors

Cafe Beignet
New Vendor
3 Traditional Beignets $4.50

Cajun Corner
New Vendor
Thin Fried Catfish with Dirty Rice $9
Alligator Sausage Po-Boy $8
Jambalaya $8

Company Burger
New Vendor
Company Burger served with American Cheese, B&B Pickles & Onions – $9
Company Fries – $4 (V)
Turkey Burger served with Arugula, Green Goddess Dressing & Tomato Jam – $8

Jack Dempsey’s
Vendor Since 2010
Baked Macaroni $5
Softshell Crab Po-Boy $10
Fried Shrimp with Baked Macaroni $9
Stuffed Crab with Baked Macaroni $9

Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant
Vendor Since 2012
Meat Pie or Mushroom Pie (V) $6.50 / with Creole Taters $10
Crawfish Pie $8.50 / with Creole Taters $12
Creole Taters – $4

McHardys Chicken & Fixin’
Vendor Since 2015
Two pieces of Fried Chicken with Potato Salad or Coleslaw $8
2 Fried Chicken Strips with Potato Salad or Coleslaw $7
Eight “All” White Meat Fried Chicken Bites with Potato Salad or Coleslaw $5

Miss Linda The Yakamein Lady
Vendor Since 2016
Beef Yakamein $7
Shrimp & Beef Yakamein $8
Fried Pork Chop Sandwich $8

Pat O’Brien’s Bar
Vendor Since 1984
Hurricane $9
Category 5 $7, Double $14
Bloody Mary $6, Double $12
Screwdriver $6, Double $12

Royal House
Vendor Since 2010
Chargrilled Oysters $7
Gulf Fish Beignets $7
Oyster Pastries $7

The Rum House
Vendor Since 2016
Brisket Taco 2 for $8
Jerk Chicken Taco 2 for $8
Curry Shrimp Rundown of Coconut Mango Rice $8

Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant
Vendor Since 2015
Smothered Rabbit Po-Boy with Cajun Slaw $9
Crawfish Enchilada with Green Chili Meat Sauce $9
Oyster Calas (Rice Fritters) $8
Crabmeat Boudin Balls with Creole Mustard Sauce $9

Wink’s Original Buttermilk Drop Café
Vendor Since 2008
Buttermilk Drops $2 / 3 for $5
Red Beans & Rice with Sausage $7
Fried Green Tomatoes with Rémoulade $6

WWOZ’s Mango Freeze
Vendor Since 2012
Mango Freeze $5 (G)

Best of the Fest(s)| NOLA DEFENDER

ChazFest is my personal pick too.

Chaz Fest 

May 3, Truck Farm (3020 St. Claude Ave.) 


Threadhead’s event has some great music for sure. Their label includes some of our best but it looks like it is sold out. Maybe buy a ticket earlier next year if you are disappointed eh?


May 2, Old Ironworks (612 Piety St.)


The Ace Hotel has been programming the shit out of their hotel since they opened:

Six of Saturns

April 27-May 7, Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St.)



Best of the Fest | NOLA DEFENDER

Friday FQF Schedule 2017

New Orleans Magazine Cabaret Stage at Palm Court Jazz Cafe

Start End Performer
12:00 12:45 Andy J Forest Treeaux
01:00 01:45 Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers
02:00 02:45 Dayna Kurtz
03:00 04:00 Hot Stuff Featuring Becky Allen

French Market International Stage

Start End Performer
12:00 02:00 Party Gators (Germany)
02:15 04:00 Tub, Jug, and Washboard Band (Switzerland)

House of Blues Stage in the Voodoo Garden

Start End Performer
12:00 02:00 Gypsy Elise
02:30 04:00 Jonathan “Boogie” Long (Trio)
04:30 05:45 Airpark (ex Apache Relay)
06:15 07:20 Luxley
07:50 09:20 Dick Deluxe

Chevron Cajun/Zydeco Showcase