A two-day tour
Jacques-Imo. You want to eat here. They're not open on Sundays or Mondays, and we got the last table Wednesday night at 5:55pm. Yeah, before they officially open every table is full. I don't eat fish and the blackened redfish was incredible. You want to eat here. You can take the streetcar if you didn't want to drive everywhere.
Uglesich. What is the deal? It was good, but not fabu. Tiny cokes for $1.50 (8 oz bottles), 3 slices of fried green tomato for $5, and $9 for a po boy. Sides are $3 each. 'Tis a woeful person who likes variety in a meal but who does not have Bill Gates as a sugar daddy. It was good tomatoes and good sandwich, but I've got better things to eat with $20 per person for lunch.
Mothers. Don't bother for the po boy, get the jambalaya, but bring $$$, it's $1.50 for a can of coke and $8 for the dishes. Also $8 for a sandwich that you'd be better off without--- Ferdi is a crappy deal.
Cafe Du Monde. Those beignets are great.
La Madeleine. To fill out the rest of a decent breakfast was OK. Good juice. Steam table french food.
Bayona. Lunchtime on Monday, we walked in at 1pm, no wait, plenty of tables even without a reservation. Plenty of options on the specials. The garlic soup is really well done, but I don't like it. I had the lamb with goat cheese and zinfandel sauce. It took 11 tries to get the waiter to admit that they use chevre as the goat cheese, and he didn't admit that the lamb was marinated and rolled in fennel until after we were talking about the wine choices. My experience? Trust them about the food, they know what they're doing, you don't need to know what's in it unless you're allergic. The waiters may or may not really be able to recommend wine, but their glasses suck and it really detracted from my wine experience. I tried a bite of the herb crusted salmon and it was a hack job, with a great herb crust, salmon, and those giant pearl couscous which were vaguely tomatoey and boring. Dessert was a meyer lemon tart with passionfruit sorbet, each of which individually was only OK, but together they were fabulous. Also a chocolate creme brule, which I don't recommend eating after the lemon tart. 3 course lunch with wine for 2 was $35 each.
Tally Ho. When one is desperate for food at breakfast, one eats what one must. It's about a block from the Bienville House hotel (where Gamay is, but they're hardly ever open) which is probably my favorite hotel in New Orleans. Anyway, the jambalaya omelet was OK. The english muffin sandwich was good, skip the drinks, just have water not to choke.
And finally the piece de resistance (toss in the funky accents where needed :) Parasol.
You need to eat there. 3rd and Constance. Get the roast beef po boy. It's awesome. They have other sandwiches which would probably knock your socks off if you hadn't already tried the roast beef. This is what all the other po boys try to be when they grow up. And it's only $6. They're often out of sides, which is good because they're $3 each, but cans of coke from the bar are $1, and without wasting room on rings or fries, you might be able to eat another half a sandwich. I know I wanted to and I'd already eaten a whole 8 inch one. It's roast beef like from a regular roast, so you can see the dark edges, it's practically debris but manages to barely hold onto a sliced cohesion (you can't accidentally pull out all the meat in one bite) and it's been soaked in a gravy so it's got that gravy taste without making the bread dissolve or being too greasy.
Thanks to all the people who've posted stuff here, that's where I got my list.
Glad you enjoyed Parasol's. I posted a notice about it last year. My husband and I are about to travel to NOLA this weekend and I'm glad to hear that someone still enjoys Parasol's; it has gotten some bad reviews here lately but it was my absolute fave when I lived in New Orleans. We will take your advice about Jacques-Imo.