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Trip Report Quick N.O. business trip review

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Went in on a Sunday morning, arriving around 10am.
Grabbed a cab to the French Quarter (33.00 for 1 or 2 person) and felt lucky to survive the trip! Many of the 'cabs' are 20 year old Suburbans. My cabbie was an elderly man who felt it necessary to drive 90+ mph in a vehicle that had bad shocks and swayed to the left and right as he weaved in an out of the light traffic. I was terrified and he would not slow down. Then he got very irritated that I used a credit card even though I told him BEFORE we left the a/p.
Checked into the Ritz which is a lovely hotel. My room was just beautiful, looking over the quarter. The tub was big enough for 4 people (really) and the walk in shower was nice.
The bed was romantic with the canopy. Hardwood floors and nice electronics.
The club lounge was amazing, with 3 full food presentations a day there is almost no need to pay for food while in New Orleans. My only complaint about the hotel was Canal street. It's dodgy at best and I felt very uncomfortable walking on it.
The Ritz has an exit on it's backside which goes right into the busier touristy part of the quarter. That was a better way to go.
After I arrived, I headed out for the day, walking all over the city and enjoying beignets from a bag full of powdered sugar. I had a Muffaletta for dinner from some random place and it was pretty darn good, but a little oily.
I went into 50+ stores in the city and did not find anything of interest.
The next day we had dinner at K-Pauls.
I cannot say enough about the devine cheddar jalapeno yeast rolls. OMG they were heaven. Other than that, the meal was just ok. It took 2+ hours to get our entrees and the service was friendly but very unattentive.
I had the etouffee, fried green tomatoes and the spinach salad. All fine, just nothing special. The bread pudding was very good, I must say.
I wish I would have had more time for exploring and the trip makes me want to return with a few days of leisure time.
I recommend the Ritz. The room was awesome and comfy, the meeting rooms were nice and the food/drinks/snacks in the club lounge were excellent!

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