one night in New Orleans--dinner suggestions?
My two co-workers and I will be in New Orleans from Connecticut for just one night this week, and are looking for a place to have dinner. Our constraints/desires: needs to be reachable by cab from downtown, should be on the high end of moderate priced (we're expense accounting the meal, but our organization is a non-profit, so we can't spend a fortune, if that makes sense), obviously can't be somewhere we needed to reserve a month ago, and shouldn't be touristy (we're all NYC expats and have antitourist attitude). Assistance would be greatly appreciated.
There are recent threads discussing great places in detail. Either go to Commander's Palace, or be realistic, decide that you are a tourist so why not be with others and go to some place touristy but good--Bayona, Brennans, Ruth's Chris?
Jacques'Imo's. This is where we take all out of town visitors for the real New Orleans experience. Great creative New Orleans food; filled with locals; moderately priced; casual (jeans okay). It's uptown on Oak Street just a couple of blocks off the streetcar line. They don't take reservations unless you have six or more, so you WILL wait -- but it's worth it and you can chat with locals in the bar while waiting. Here's a link for a review:
Here's another vote for Jacque-Imo's. The wait, however, can be extreme depending on the night. The mussel app. is wonderful, as well as the alligator sausage and shrimp cheescake.
My other vote would be Dick & Jenny's. I have found the wait to be not as long (no reservations as well), with the food being somewhat more refined and a bit pricier.
Either way, you can't miss.
when i am in nola i always go to a local place called
Feelings Cafe at 2600 Chartres past Elysian Fields.
definitely not touristy. ask for a table on the 2nd floor overlooking the courtyard.
a must have is the BBQ shrimp for the spice in your