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New Orleans La Congress and Expo Travel Tips
MHI Congress & Expo attendees won't want for entertainment in New Orleans. The city has virtually an unending offering of restaurants, music venues, and historical and culture activities. Photo courtesy of Brand USA.

Food, Music, Nightlife, History & Culture Within Reasonable Distance of MHI Congress & Expo Venue

The problem with New Orleans is that there’s too much to do. Too many good restaurants. Too much great music. Too many interesting activities. A smorgasbord of history and culture.

But if you plan to be in New Orleans May 6-8 for the 2019 MHI Congress & Expo, you probably plan to step out of the hotel whenever you get a free moment to experience what NOLA has to offer. If that indeed is your plan, you’ll have much to choose from. Probably too much.

MHInsider will attempt to help you by highlighting a handful of experiences. For a fuller picture, visit the MHI Congress & Expo’s Visiting New Orleans page or the New Orleans tourism site.

It’s Just a Nice Stroll or Quick Ride From Your Hotel!

The Congress & Expo venue, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, is located in the city’s Central Business District. The hotel is about a mile from the French Quarter. Here are some suggestions for food and activities within a reasonable distance of the hotel, with descriptions from the neworleans.com.

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Photo courtesy of Paul Broussard.

Where to Find Some of New Orleans’ Best Food

Willa Jean. The modern elegance of the dining room lends charm to this haven of Southern-inspired dishes, and sets the stage for the nostalgic nature of the ever-evolving menu.
611 O’Keefe Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 509-7334

Johnny Sanchez. A smart and authentic restaurant that embodies the warmth of traditional Mexican cooking and the hospitality that defines New Orleans.
930 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 304-6615

Reginelli’s Pizzeria. See why the locals call Reginelli’s the perfect pizza. The diverse menu includes seasonal salads, house-made focaccia sandwiches, rich pastas and more.
930 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 586-0068

Maypop Restaurant. Southeast Asian meets Southeast Louisiana cuisine. The menu changes seasonally and is paired with an equally exciting wine and cocktail list, all set in a hip metropolitan dining room.
611 O’Keefe Ave., Suite C2, New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 518-6345

The Company Burger. The philosophy at Company Burger is basic: serve the classic American cheeseburger with homemade, fresh ingredients. This uptown eatery has become a neighborhood favorite.
4600 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 267-0320

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Photo courtesy of Zack Smith Photography.

Lively Activities in New Orleans’ City Center

From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of American Art. Artwork spanning the first two centuries of America’s rich history, highlighting the variety and strength of American artistic achievement from the colonial era through World War I.
M.S. Rau Antiques
630 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 273-7391

Let’s Roam New Orleans Ghost Tour. A tour providing access to the most historically haunted parts of the French Quarter.
514 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
(833) 202-7626

Tipitina’s. Tip’s has played host to NOLA music legends since opening its doors in 1977. Dr. John, the Neville Brothers and Trombone Shorty have all graced the stage at this excellent, standing-room-only venue.
501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-8477

We Love You, New Orleans. Celebrate NOLA’s 300th birthday with a visit to this exhibit, which features over 100 artifacts that highlight the city’s unique architecture, food and drink, music, nightlife and more.
The Cabildo
701 Chartres St., Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA 70116
(800) 568-6968

Comedy Gold. This is your chance to see some hilarious comedy for free. Hosted by Leon Blanda at the House of Blues every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 310-4999

Wednesday at the Square Concert Series. Free outdoor concerts at Lafayette Square by well-known local artists. Concerts start at 5 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. On May 8, the scheduled artist is Cyril Neville’s Swampfunk with Miss Mojo.
Lafayette Square Park
S Maestri St., New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 585-1500

Check Back Often for MHInsider’s Manufactured Housing News on Happenings at the MHI Congress & Expo, May 6-8 in New Orleans, La.

MHVillage will have a team of manufactured housing professionals on the ground all week in New Orleans, including the MHInsider news team. We will have coverage from the annual Congress & Expo, including reports on HUD Sec. Ben Carson’s keynote address.