Despite being not too far away (relatively speaking), I've never been to New Orleans in my 27 years on this planet. That will change three weeks from now - me and three friends are booking a hotel near the French Quarter. I want some help with: 1. FOOD! I'm a big foodie and I want to experience some authentic cajun food or anything else done well in New Orleans. What's the best place for gumbo? 2. Favorite bars! A place with routinely good music (regardless of genre) is great, but places that are just fun hangouts are great too. 3. Neat places to visit? I don't mind super touristy things as long as it's fun. I'm a big history buff, so historical landmarks of note are great. 4. Anything else you think is great in NOLA. Also, just as important, what are areas to AVOID? I mean this both in a sense of "Hey, that's a lame tourist destination you can skip" and also that I know New Orleans has some seriously crime ridden areas, so I'd prefer to avoid those too. Thanks for the advice, TB bros.