'The Full Nelson': The Final Four In New Orleans, More Than Bourbon And Basketball

When someone asks me what my favorite city is in this country, my answer is usually swift: New Orleans. And not just because my brother lives there (though that is always a great thing). It's because of the architecture, the cobblestone streets, and the intense localization -- probably my favorite part is Magazine Street, littered with almost all mom-and-pop shops, each one of them unique.

Of course, when writing anything about New Orleans, the music, food and accessible alcohol are a must. But whenever I go down to the Crescent City, I usually stay far away from the French Quarter, and find the other spots that help define the culture. When I was told to head down to the Final Four this past weekend, I wanted to explore a few other parts of the city, see how people, the real people of the city, were celebrating. Sure, I went to Bourbon Street (where one of the funniest things I've ever seen happened), but I also went to Willie Mae's Scotch House (best fried chicken in the country) and I went to Cure, an uptown cocktail bar that's pretty much the polar opposite of Bourbon.

Basketball was sort of secondary this weekend, but I also spent a day on radio row, interviewing coaches, former players and even Bill Raftery. If you want to see an awesome time, then this Full Nelson piece is for you.

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