Rental car would be better for sure.
Make sure you get some Beignets from Cafe Du Monde (in the french quarter) http://www.cafedumonde.com/
if you want some great food and a quirky new orleans atmosphere go to
Jaques-Imo's (its on oak street) http://www.jacquesimoscafe.com/
Get the Alligator Cheesecake (trust me its amazing...its one of their best apps!)
Also Dick and Jenny's has some great new orleans food
If you want a good new orleans Po-Boy try Parkway Bakery and Tavern
Mother's Restaurant has some HUGE po-boys and some tasty new orleans food http://www.mothersrestaurant.net/
And for good music/nightlife GO TO FRENCHMEN STREET (its on the outskirt of the french quarter...where the locals go) Great jazz, funk, blues on that street on any given night. http://www.drinkgoodstuff.com/no/default.asp
est in 1856 Tujaques Restaurant http://www.tujaguesrestaurant.com/
it doesn't get more new orleans then this! This place is delicious and about as old school as it gets. (in the french quarter)
Matt and Naddies Restaurant http://www.matandnaddies.com/web/
Best Burgers in the city PORT OF CALL (winner of best burger for many years and running) http://portofcallnola.com/ On Esplanade in the quarter. "that's some good burgers walter"
Central Grocery Muffulleta
The Gumbo Shop http://www.gumboshop.com/
In the french quarter. Pretty good gumbo nice patio area if its a nice day
In jackson square (the french quarter)
Pascal's Manale http://www.neworleansrestaurants.com/pascalsmanale/
Acme Oyster House http://www.acmeoyster.com/
Drago's Restaurant http://www.dragosrestaurant.com/
Really good charbroiled Oysters! highly recommended!
Evan's Famous Creole Candy http://www.evanscreolecandy.com/
get yourself some Pralines. yum
Crescent City Brewhouse http://www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com/
Micro-Brewery in the french quarter. Serves food and has a live jazz band at night.
Camellia Grill http://www.camelliagrill.net/
Great diner food in the riverbend area. Make sure you get one of their famous "freezes"
The Columns Hotel http://www.thecolumns.com/
Cooter Browns http://www.cooterbrowns.com/
Uptown in the the "riverbend" area. Tons of great beer on draft and pretty good food too! Lots of tv with all different kinds of sports on.
The Maple Leaf Bar http://mapleleafbar.com/
On Oak Street (next door to jaques-imo's mentioned above) Great local music every night!
Great live music! Local and touring acts
Dos Jefes http://dosjefescigarbar.com/
Pat O'Briens http://patobriens.com/patobriens/
Located in the french quarter. home of the famous Hurricane.
Tropical Isle http://tropicalisle.com/
home of the "hand grenade"
on the fancier side of things
Antonie's Restaurant http://www.antoines.com/
Commander's Palace http://www.commanderspalace.com/
The Court of Two Sister http://www.courtoftwosisters.com/
Things to see/do:
Audubon Zoo & Aquarium of the Americas http://www.auduboninstitute.org/ The zoo is located "uptown" and the aquarium is right by the french quarter. Both are top quality!
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World http://www.mardigrasworld.com/
Jackson Square http://www.jackson-square.com/
The Cabildo http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/cabildo/cabildo.htm
the site of the Louisiana Purchase Transfer ceremonies in 1803 and our State's most important historical building
The New Orleans Museum of Art http://www.noma.org/
Located in beautiful City Park. Check out the sculpture garden right outside its a great thing to do on a nice day!
Hope this helps. Hit us back if you want more info. Always down to point you in the right direction