Johnny's Poor Boys off of Decatur around the corner from the French Market Inn
Cafe du Monde for beignets.
The French Market....cheap souveniers can be found here for way less than on Bourbon Street.
A Voodoo and Cemetary tour....walking tours, cheap and very informative!
Erzulies Voodoo store....on Royal Street. Wonderful handmade soaps and perfumes. Next door is New Orleans Perfumes.....been there over 100 years...check out their shop. All perfumes made right there, and they can make one justfor your chemistry too.
Grandpa Elliot and Stoney B - street blues musicians....you can usually find them on Royal Street near the A & P grocery.
Spend some time just relaxing in Jackson Square, but avoid the "readers" out there...most are frauds.
Go see Jimmy Thibodeaux at the Krazy Korner on Bourbon....Friday and Sat from 2-8. Authentic Zydeco...only band in town right now doing the real deal. LOTS of fun...you won't want to leave.
Yo Mamma bar and grill...across from Preservation Hall....and around the corner from the Krazy Korner....GREAT burgers!
Central Grocery.....the original Mufalletta sandwich...must see it to love it. It's down by the French Market.
Oh...so much to see and do. I am getting carried away...but I have been there many times now...so I know the good stuff.
Take the free ferry to Algiers....nice neighborhood, and visit Mardi Gras World...they show you how the floats are made.
Also, The Voodoo Spritiualist Temple, on Rampart.....Priestess Miriam is a GEM. Very interesting person...and a gifted consultant too.
OK...so for food....you can also go to The Gumbo Shop....old place....the best gumbo in town. For oysters...Acme oysters or Desire...all in the French Quarter. All are affordable too.
If you want to go fancy....try any of the Brennans restaurants...I love The Palace Cafe for lunch...it's on Canal. They invented Bananas Foster - YUM-O!
Get over to Preservation Hall....a must see. No food or drinks, smoking or flash cameras allowed. It's music the old way....good stuff. I definite must see. Be prepared to wait in line, sit on the floor, and have a great time.
Pat O Briens....the only Hurricane in town worth having. Don't get those cheesy one's from the machines. Pat O's is the only way to go for that!
OK, I will stop now. Like I said, I could go on for days....weeks. Love that town, and so will you.
P.S. Don't listen to Shadowangel or anyone else who would cause you to doubt going. There are no bodies around where you will be. Honestly, you won't notice anything is wrong if you are in the French Quarter. I was just there in October, and on weekend the town is as great as ever. I commend you for choosing to spend your money in a town that needs it so badly.