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Where to Go: Tulane Avenue

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Once a stretch of no-tell motels and bail bonds shops interrupted by the imposing Orleans Criminal District Court, this broad boulevard has been popping with new life in recent years and now is anchored by the new Veterans Administration hospital at its downtown point.

Who you'll see:
Lawyers and cops by day; not many people walking after dark.

Where to eat:
Avery's on Tulane is only five years old, but its innovative-but-not-gimmicky takes on sandwiches (Buffalo shrimp po-boy, red beans and rice veggie burger) has established its bona fides.

Where to drink:
Just off Tulane and across from the courthouse, SideBar attracts attorneys, cops and neighborhood folk with beer and craft cocktails. Bar snack tip: Try the "Cajun hummus."

Where to swim:
The Drifter Hotel (pictured) is a restored mid-century motel with a public pool scene (admission applies) that often includes DJs and food pop-ups.

You oughta know
The terminus of Tulane Avenue was home to New Orleans' Chinatown until the 1930s.


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