I’m shipping out for Austin tomorrow, so this is my last chance to see anything interesting. Following Dan Saldaña’s advice, I headed downtown to the Acme Oyster house. 

I saw a whole bunch of seafood places on my way to Acme. Do you know how I knew Acme was the good one to visit? It’s the only one that had a line. A line with a 45-minute wait. 

I had just settled in for a long stand when I got a pleasant surprise: bar seating for one skips the line! They had an opening for anyone who wasn’t a couple/family/whatever and was OK eating at the bar. Sweet deal! 

I’ve never been a shellfish person, but I knew better than to come to the best oyster restaurant in a seafood city and not get oysters, so I selected the chargrilled oysters and some hushpuppies. The hushpuppies were decent, but the oysters were really good. 

They were roasted with parmesan and some other stuff put on top. Very tasty! 

I set my scooter down to take a picture just as this cop walked in. He got grumpy at me for creating a safety hazard with it (barely) in the walkway, so I scooted as far out of the way as I could while he patiently let me get a picture. I set my scooter down to take a picture just as this cop walked in. He got grumpy at me for creating a safety hazard with it (barely) in the walkway, so I scooted as far out of the way as I could while he patiently let me get a picture.

Now that I was in proper downtown for the first time, I made my way over to Canal street to wander around. Big city stuff, at last!

I saw lots of interesting things- fancy places, places that aren’t branded anything like what I’m used to.

My favorite part was when I stumbled across a sort of orchestral goth metal group, Cello Fury, playing in front of the court house to fund their way to South by Southwest, where they hope to meet the right people in the industry to get their music careers off the ground. They’re really good! I just stopped and listened to them for maybe 45 minutes. 

And that’s the end of my time in New Orleans!

wat. wat. This is quite a claim! This is quite a claim! This thing that looks like a boarded-up, impoverished building actually seems to be an uppity clothing stor. This thing that looks like a boarded-up, impoverished building actually seems to be an uppity clothing stor. I saw several of these horse rides while I was downtown. They just get in front of traffic and that's that. I saw several of these horse rides while I was downtown. They just get in front of traffic and that’s that. This is the fanciest, most postmodern-styled McDonald's I've ever seen. This is the fanciest, most postmodern-styled McDonald’s I’ve ever seen. Drug stores that are much fancier than their Raleigh sibblings Drug stores that are much fancier than their Raleigh sibblings This is just hanging out in some storefront. I have no idea why. This is just hanging out in some storefront. I have no idea why. New Orleans has trolly tracks everywhere. This is why! New Orleans has trolly tracks everywhere. This is why!

This was some absurdly fancy restaurant. There’s a third room further to the left, not photographed, that’s a very fancy bar, and their door is adorned by a lantern with an actual flame.

This group playing a mere block down the road, was not nearly as good as Cello Fury. However, I still find it interesting that it's so easy to find street musicians in New Orleans. This group playing a mere block down the road, was not nearly as good as Cello Fury. However, I still find it interesting that it’s so easy to find street musicians in New Orleans.