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Wendell Pierce's Perfect Night in New Orleans

Wendell Pierce, Treme

HBO / Paul Schiraldi

Pierce playing the trombone in Treme.

Start with cocktails at the The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel, which has beautiful 1930s murals by Paul Ninas. Then over to Tremé to the Candlelight Lounge to catch the Treme Brass Band, followed by a walk past Congo Square—the birthplace of jazz—into the French Quarter for another cocktail at Napoleon House. Dinner will be frog legs and Death by Gumbo with a great sauterne wine at R’evolution. Then some bar-hopping on Frenchmen Street. By then, it’ll be time to stop at Gene’s Po-Boys for a late-night hot sausage po-boy. Then walk that off by going back into the Quarter to the Jazz Playhouse, then a streetcar ride uptown into the Garden District for a late-night cocktail at the Sandpiper Lounge. As the morning comes up, finish with beignets and café au lait on the riverfront. I’m doing that the next time I’m home!

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