Staying in the Bywater district in March, What are the local restaurants? What are the neighborhood bars? I want an authentic experience from a chef's perspective.
There's also Elizabeth's for REALLY good food and great atmosphere. It's across the street from the new Crescent Park - beautiful spot to walk along the Mississippi River.
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Oxalis is a great bar/restaurant. Try their Scotsman's Siren cocktail! Maurepas Foods is also a good choice.
For a post-dinner grub, check out the Russian soul food at Siberia. Also a great place to catch live music and across the street from The AllWays Lounge & Theatre, another excellent spot for music and entertainment.