On our second day in New Orleans we decided it was appropriate to explore the French Quarter with a DIY walking tour. The lovely people in the tourist information (where we walked in to cool down in their air con for a couple of minutes) suggested we took a walk in the area and followed a map that outlied the sights. So we did. Although I would recommend doing this, be aware that you are just going to walk for hours to look at houses. They are beautiful and interesting, but it's still mostly houses.
After completing most of the walking tour we headed to the French Market, to see if there was anything we desperately needed to experience or purchase. It's the perfect place to try dee fried alligator if that is on your to do list.
Walking the market made us a bit hungry but I just couldn't stomach some of the local cuisine so we went to Johnny's Po'boys which is essentially a sandwich shop where you can also sit down. This place came highly rated on the internet and that warranted a meal there. Po'boys are "poor boys" and it is a sandwich that comes with one filling of your choice and if you want to you can also have it "dressed" with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Johnny's also serve up a lot of deep fried dishes and gumbo, you know, when I. New Orleans. We tried 2 different sandwiches and gumbo, and I have to say that the sandwich bread, although it did not look promising, was great! Crunchy crust, soft inside, filled with deep fried shrimp (I thought they were only fried as I spied the staff pan frying shrimp when ordering but no, of course they were deep fried) and "dressed". As always portions were quite big for us Europeans, but there was an option of wrapping up the leftovers to take with you for those who are so inclined. Which is also something we are unfamiliar with in Europe. The day I am asked if I want the rest of my dinner to go in a restaurant in London will be a very weird day indeed.