Only visiting restaurants in the French Quarter
You don’t have to go to Algiers or the West Bank, but for real, you should at least get to the Garden District or Mid-City for a meal. Many of the best restaurants in the city aren’t in the Vieux Carré, so invest in cab fare, or at the very least $1.25 for the streetcar.
Asking for a menu at Charlie’s
You should know what you want when you sit down. At the very least, ask your server what’s up that evening, but skip the menu. Here, we’ll do it for you. Repeat: “I’ll have the 18oz ribeye, medium rare, with creamed spinach, garlic bread, and onion rings.” See? Wasn’t that easy?