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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Taste the Gulf in New Orleans


3. What to Do

Lake Pontchartrain Trestle's abundant catches remain popular with local fishermen.  

Pick up a rod at the Lake Pontchartrain Trestle, where you’ll mingle with local fishermen and catch redfish and spotted trout. If you're in need of a little guidance, let Captain Kenny Kreeger, of Lake Pontchartrain Charters (985-960-3068), pilot you out to the choice spots ($200 per person; two-person minimum) where fish populations are finally rebounding (thanks to a series of artificial reefs) since oil seeped into the basin in 2010.

Check out fresh mirliton and collard greens, freshly-caught red snapper, and sheepshead every Saturday at the Crescent City Farmers Market in the flowering Warehouse District. Though New Orleans used to bustle with markets, by 1995, when Crescent City opened, the only remnant was the largely potemkin French Market. Crescent City operates three days a week, but Saturday, its biggest day, offers everything from organic satsumas from the L’Hoste Family Farm in Braithwaite, to clover honey from Paw Paw’s Honey.

Skip a pork-laden meal at ever-popular Cochon for Cochon Butcher next door, where you can purchase a variety of artisanal meats, salumi, and sausages. Sandwiches include a pitch-perfect muffaletta with house-cured meats ($12), of course, while the deli case holds homemade headcheese by the pound ($10/lb) and fresh duck rillettes ($19/lb). Afterward, make a picnic out of your purchases at nearby Woldenburg Park to see tankers and steamboats chug up the Mississippi.

Published on Aug 4, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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