Valentine’s Date Ideas in New Orleans

If you’re a 1st Lake resident of our metro New Orleans apartments in Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge, there’s plenty to do with your special someone during the most romantic of holidays, Valentine’s Day!

Romantic Restaurants – Food is kind of a big deal in New Orleans, and there are abundant options for excellent romantic restaurants with great ambiance. Some of the best include Lilette, Café Degas, La Crepe Nanou, Mimi’s in the Marigny, Café Amelie, Sylvain and The Delachaise.

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Romantic City Park in New Orleans

Budget-friendly date ideas – A nice date doesn’t have to be expensive – there are many great ways to have fun in New Orleans on Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank. Some ideas for budget-friendly dates in New Orleans include a picnic at City Park or Audubon Park, taking a ferry ride to Algiers Point, riding the streetcar down St. Charles Avenue with stops along the way, sitting on the Riverwalk with beignets from Café du Monde or a muffaletta from Central Grocery, a matinee at the historic Prytania Theater, just to name a few.

Special Events – In addition to dining and budget-friendly activities, certain local businesses are offering special Valentine’s Day festivities. The New Orleans Museum of Art will host a special guided “Amour Tour” throughout the galleries. Emeril’s restaurants including Emeril’s, Emeril’s Delmonico and NOLA Restaurant will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu with courses that are perfect for sharing.

If you’re looking for something special to pick up for your Valentine, there are lots of great shopping options, like Mignon Faget, Abeille and Sabai Jewelry Gallery for jewelry and Sucre or Blue Frog Chocolates for sweet treats.

1st Lake Dining Guide: Kenner Restaurants

Kenner is home to some of our very best apartment communities in the metro New Orleans area, including beautiful apartment properties like Cherrywood, Lakes of Chateau Estates North, and Pelican Bay. Kenner not only offers great living options, but dining options as well.

Next time you’re going out on the town, consult our dining guide and eat the best of the best.

Photos of Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar, Kenner
This photo of Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Seafood Restaurants

In Louisiana, we know how to cook seafood. Check out the spots that are doing fish right.

American Fare

Sometimes you just want a big ol’ plate of fries. Here’s where to get ’em.

Latin Grub

On those days you just really need a margarita, try out these joints:

Asian Cuisine

If you’re looking for light sushi or greasy Chinese, Kenner’s got you covered.

Bakeries & Pastry Shops

Who doesn’t like to end a meal with something sweet? 

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1st Lake Dining Guide: Best Metairie Restaurants

Many people know Metairie for being New Orleans’ neighbor; but Metairie is so much more than that.crawfish-169694_640

There is a reason Metairie is home to the highest number of 1st Lake apartment communities. It is safe, fun and full of Louisiana food culture.

Whatever you’re craving, Metairie’s got it.

So, if you’re new to the area or just bored of the old routine, read our guide to the best restaurants in Metairie. There are hundreds of great restaurants in Metairie, but here are just a few of our favorites:


Louisiana is known for its fresh and delicious seafood, and Metairie is no exception. Try these spots:

  • Drago’s for world famous charbroiled oysters
  • The Galley Seafood for Louisiana shellfish platters
  • Deanie’s for a wide variety of local seafood dishes- try the barbecue shrimp!
  • Acme Oyster House for the best fresh oysters
  • Don’s Seafood  for Don’s Seafood Platter: an epic combination of stuffed crab, fried shrimp, stuffed shrimp fried catfish, fried oysters and crawfish étouffée.


If you’re craving the spices and flavors of other countries, try one of these yummy options:


A favorite in Italy and America alike, pizza is abundant in Metairie. Find your favorite pie at one of these joints:


If you’re looking for the perfect place to take a lunch break, check out these quick and delicious restaurants:


Beignets, French-style fried donuts topped with powdered sugar, are everyone’s favorite New Orleans treat. For the best in Metairie, check out:

New Orleans Style

Since Metairie is right next to New Orleans, there are plenty of restaurants that do NOLA food just as well as they do in the city.

Steaks & Burgers

For those carnivores out there, Metairie is home to some of the best barbecue, steak and hamburger joints:

Once you’ve tried out one of these tasty spots, share this post and let us know what you think!

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Spend New Years Eve New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the best cities in the country, and even the world, to spend New Year’s Eve. There is something to do for everyone, no matter your age or activity preference. Besides these special events, all of New Orleans’ best restaurants and lounges will be open for New Year’s Eve dining and entertainment.

New Year’s Eve Events in New Orleans

Zoo Year’s Eve – Ring in the New Year with the whole family during the day at Zoo Year’s Eve at the Audubon Zoo! From 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., there will be music, games and prizes. There will be a countdown to noon with party hats and noise makers, plus non-alcoholic drinks provided by Pepsi for toasting and a sing along of “Auld Lang Syne.” Following will be live music by the Imagination Movers. Admission is free for Audubon Zoo members or comes with regular Zoo admission.

Fleur de Lis Drop – Come out for the annual Crescent City Countdown and see the fleur de lis drop at the Jax Brewery. Right after the fleur de lis drop, enjoy the grand Symphony in the Sky fireworks. Leading up to the midnight celebration, Jackson Square will hold a party of its own with live music including Brassaholics from 9:00 – 9:45 p.m., Mia Borders from 10:00 – 10:40 p.m. and Bonerama from 11:00 – 11:40 p.m.

Music – It wouldn’t be a New Orleans celebration without some amazing live music, and you can expect some of the best New Orleans has to offer on New Year’s Eve. Local funk favorites Galactic will return to Tipitina’s for their annual New Year’s Eve show and energetic young rockers The Revivalists will be performing at the beautiful newly renovated Civic Theatre. Start the New Year off with some great live music!

If you’re a resident of 1st Lake’s apartments in Kenner, Metairie or River Ridge, you’re right next door to these awesome New Year’s Eve celebrations!

Christmas Cheer New Orleans

New Orleans truly is a magical place for the holidays. Immediately following Thanksgiving, there are a variety of joyous events to partake in. Fortunately for the 1st Lake community, if you are a resident of the Metairie, Kenner or River Ridge apartments close to New Orleans, you’re right next to all the fun. Take a look at what events the holiday season will bring this year.

Celebrate Christmas in New Orleans

Christmas Events in New Orleans

Celebration in the Oaks – This giant Christmas light display opens the day after Thanksgiving in New Orleans. Thirteen acres of New Orleans City Park will be illuminated with elaborate light exhibits that people of all ages can enjoy. There will be the classic displays like Mr. Bingle and the Cajun Night Before Christmas, plus train rides circling the two miles covered in lights, and hot chocolate for the kids and hot buttered rum for the adults to enjoy, just to name a few attractions. The 2015-2016 holiday season at Celebration in the Oaks runs November 27 – January 2.

Reveillon Dinners – Reveillon dinners in New Orleans carries on the old Creole tradition of home cooked holiday meals and brings it to nearly 50 of New Orleans’ best restaurants. Leave it to talented local chefs to make a deliciously decadent holiday meal for the family this Christmas at unbeatable prices.

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts – Only in New Orleans can you see some of the best musicians in the city or even the country perform Christmas classics in the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square. The setting provides wonderful ambiance to get you in the holiday spirit to the tune of Amanda Shaw, Davell Crawford, Jeremy Davenport, and the New Orleans Nightingales, just to name a few. The St. Louis Cathedral Concerts run all throughout December.

Caroling in Jackson Square – Caroling in Jackson Square has been a New Orleans holiday tradition that has grown in size and popularity since 1946. Hundreds of carolers come out each year holding candles and singing Christmas songs in Jackson Square. It’s a memorable experience that starts at 7:00 p.m. Early arrival is recommended.

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