New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds 61 NFL records, including most completions (468) and passing yards (5,476) in a single season. But in his free time, the Uptown resident shuns the gridiron in favor of exploring his adopted hometown's world-famous Louisiana Creole kitchens. "Friday night is date night for me and my wife," he says, "and we have our spots." We caught up with the Super Bowl XLIV MVP at Samsung's Hope for Children benefit, where he shared his first-choice chophouse, oyster haunt, and – who could possibly forget – his go-to Nawlins sno-ball truck. Launch Gallery >>
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Ye Old College Inn
"One of my favorites is Ye Old College Inn," says Brees of this upscale American pub, a neighborhood staple since the end of Prohibition. "It has a 'Cheers' feel to it," he says. "I've seen Harry Connick Sr. there a number of times." Like many other Crescent City classics, Hurricane Katrina pummeled this city landmark on August 29, 2005. "It was completely destroyed," says Brees, "but the owners tore it down, turned that space into a parking lot, and rebuilt it next door with a small bowling alley, Rock 'n' Bowl, behind it." So what's his perfect night on South Carrollton Avenue? "Rock 'n' Bowl has a little bar with a stage and live music every night," says Brees. "So, I go bowl, listen to the music, have some drinks, and then go eat at Ye Old College Inn."