On the Road with Grubbs Infiniti: New Orleans, Louisiana


On the road again with Grubbs Infiniti!    Our destination: New Orleans, Louisiana and we brought a spacious QX80 along for the fun.  “The Big Easy” is 506 miles from DFW and inside the luxury interior of the QX80, the 7 hour trip flew by with lively conversation and undeniable comfort.

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Grubbs Infiniti Maglieaux's on the Cane

Stopping for lunch in lovely Natchitoches, we enjoyed a meal overlooking the river at Maglieaux’s on the Cane.  It’s the same town that hosted Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton and other stars of “Steel Magnolias” while they filmed.  It’s a great spot to take a break and enjoy the scenery.

This quaint southern town was home for the cast and crew of the famous movie during filming and for many months, the people of Natchitoches played host to some of Hollywood’s finest.  We enjoyed the fresh seafood (get the shrimp and corn bisque) and thought the QX80 looked very nice in the square.

Grubbs Infiniti Natchitoches

Grubbs Infiniti Louis Armstrong TremeCrossing over the long bridges, we made it to NOLA and took a moment to tip our hats to the late/great Louis Armstrong and the amazing legacy he leaves in New Orleans.  There’s no doubt New Orleans is a music town and it’s considered by many to be the real birthplace of Jazz.  We came prepped by utilizing Infiniti’s InTouch system and streamed our favorite songs via Bluetooth technology over our Bose speakers completely hands free.  #Convenience!

Food is a great reason to visit Louisiana’s largest city and we made sure to make a stop at Willie Mae’s Scotch House.  It’s been serving some of NOLA’s best fried-chicken and soul food since 1957 in the heart of Treme.  Sitting down to a plate of the world-famous fried chicken, you’ll understand why this restaurant is a James Beard Award winner.  Totally worth the calories!

Grubbs Infiniti Willie Mae's Scotch House

Grubbs Infiniti Cafe Du MondeContinuing our food tour, no trip to New Orleans is complete without some coffee and beignets.  In 1862, the Cafe Du Monde opened in the New Orleans French Market serving dark roasted coffee with chicory and hot beignets.  They’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we did our best to brush all the powdered sugar off our hands before jumping back into the QX80.

The Big Easy is a city where historic sites cozy up to modern buildings.  New Orleans features a blend of French and Spanish creole architecture and one of our favorites was a colorful shotgun house in the French Quarter.  Decked out in colorful Mardi Gras colors, this bit of history contrasted nicely to the modern lines of the QX80.

Grubbs Infiniti French and Spanish Architecture

Grubbs Infiniti BalconyNew Orleans is world-famous for its abundance of unique architectural styles which reflect the city’s historical roots and multicultural heritage.  During a visit, you might hear people talk about the balconies and galleries of NOLA.  Here’s the difference:  A BALCONY is a narrow platform projecting outwards from the wall of a building and is unsupported by posts or columns reaching to the ground.

A GALLERY is wider than a balcony and are supported by posts or columns reaching to the ground. Pedestrians caught in a New Orleans downpour can appreciate the wide overhang of French Quarter galleries!

Grubbs Infiniti Gallery

Grubbs Infiniti Provincial Hotel

New Orleans has the reputation of being one of the most haunted cities in America. So we took the QX80 to have a look at the Hotel Provincial.  Some of the buildings that make up the hotel were used as hospitals during the Civil War and guests have reported strange moans and visions of doctors and men in Civil War uniforms walking the halls.  Boo!

One of our favorite places to visit for a special meal is Commander’s Palace in the Garden District.  Built in 1880, this legendary restaurant offers true Louisiana charm and creole dining.  Lunch time fans rave about their 25 Cent Martinis and Turtle Soup.  We made room for Lally’s Praline Parfait (a must have).  Thankfully, the QX80 features a 2nd row with tilting seats so a nap was enjoyed on the way back to the hotel.

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Grubbs Infiniti Garden District

The Garden District is really the best place to enjoy Mardi Gras (the big floats can’t fit in the French Quarter) and we saw many trees still decked out with the beads that are thrown for the big celebration.  We thought the QX80 looked right at home in front of one of the area’s more beautiful old houses.

As always, it’s good to come home to Texas and Grubbs Infiniti.  New Orleans is an amazing city filled with music, food and fun.  It’s an easy trip in an Infiniti and one we highly recommend!  So go grab a po-boy (get it “dressed”) and Jambalaya and relax and go with the flow.  After all, it’s the Big Easy and you’re sure to make some new “Whodi’s”.

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