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Beyond the Super Bowl: 7 Local New Orleans Hot Spots

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The spotlight is in New Orleans this weekend, but the city has more to offer than the Super Bowl or the upcoming Mardi Gras celebrations. Beyond beads and football, here are seven lesser-known experiences.

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Mosca’s Restaurant

While most people associate Cajun cuisine with New Orleans, the city also boasts a sizable Sicilian population.  The outside may not seem like much, but Mosca’s Restaurant has served up some of the finest Italian meals in the area since 1946…and it was once a legendary mobster hangout.

Rock ‘n’ Bowl

Rock ‘n’ Bowl lets you participate in three popular weekend activities at once: bowling, rocking out to Zydeco, and cocktails. With bowling lanes, live music, dance floor, and bar, it is no wonder this is such a local favorite.

Maple Leaf Bar

Enjoy live music seven nights a week at the Maple Leaf Bar. As one of the longest-running music clubs in New Orleans, the Maple Leaf has a reputation for providing some of the best entertainment around.

Confederate Memorial Hall Museum

Housing one of the largest collections of Confederate memorabilia, the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum is a must-see for the Civil War buff.

New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio

Instead of just watching football, make one at the New Orleans Glassworks and Printmaking Studio. This studio not only displays art pieces but also hosts classes and workshops. Make your own New Orleans masterpiece, including football-themed souvenirs this weekend.

Cochon Butcher

Looking for a savory lunch? Stop in to the Cochon Butcher, a premium butcher shop, lunch stop, and wine bar. Sandwiches are the main choice, but at this time of year you can’t miss the King Cake.

Dooky Chase’s Restaurant

Serving up Creole cooking since 1941, Dooky Chase’s is a southern staple. Led by chef Leah Chase, it remains family-owned and operated.

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