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Pat O'Brien's Restaurant Review: Located just half a block from Bourbon Street, Pat O'Brien's attracts a cast of characters that lines up to get inside --- the scene is as entertaining as anything at the bar itself. It’s the consummate French Quarter nightlife experience, from the flaming fountain on the cozy patio to the industrial strength signature cocktail, the Hurricane (you get to keep the glass as a souvenir). For a place that caters largely to tourists, the food is surprisingly good. Crawfish cakes are only lightly fried and the garlic-infused sauce adds an extra punch. Traditional dishes, such as the red beans and rice and the jambalaya, can hold their own against those offered at some of the best local Creole spots. And, yes, you should try the deep-fried alligator strips with Creole mustard sauce. If you want to see one tall chocolate cake, just ask for the aptly named "Big Chocolate Cake."