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First Post - First Time in NOLA - Give me the Scoop, Please

My wife and I are taking a three day trip to New Orleans, coming up the first weekend of November and would love opinions on picks for the following:

Best Breakfast
Best Brunch (Jazz)
Po' Boy (where and what kind)
Muffaletta
Gumbo
Dinner Spot - Old School and Newcomers
Dessert
Cocktail Purveyor
Place not to miss (no matter what!)

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions-
Chris

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  1. Since it is your first time, hit the classics:
    Muffaletta--Central Grocery

    1. Sorry, I hit the wrong button. To continue:

      Cocktails--Napoleon House, Pat O'Brian's in the courtyard, then any of the bars across the street from Pat O's for real, real locals (Johnny White's or Yo Mama's)

      Breakfast--Brennan's for fancy or Petunia's for dressdown

      Dinner--Galatoire's or Antoine's

      Place not to miss--beginning of Bourbon St. later at night

      Dessert--Bananas Foster at Brennan's

      Now, this is just my neighborhood, the French Quarter.

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      1. re: Panama Hat

        I'll make some suggestions for my neighborhood, Uptown:

        Best Brunch (Jazz): Commander's Palace
        Po' Boy (where and what kind): Roast Beef at Parasol's, shrimp at Domilise's, oyster load (not a po-boy) at Casamento's
        Gumbo: Casamento's
        Dinner Spot - Old School and Newcomers: Upperline (Taste of New Orleans menu is a steal at $38), Delachaise (upscale bar; also consider for cheese or dessert snack after dinner)
        Dessert: Stella (in FQ, but I can't leave it out)
        Cocktail Purveyor: Columns; also, don't miss for Swizzle Stick in Warehouse District for great modern cocktails

        1. re: Frolic

          And here are a few more:
          --dessert: gelato and a cannoli at Angelo Brocato's on Canal St. (101 years old this year and recently reopened post-K)
          --po-boys: garlic oyster poboy at Luizza's By the Track on N. Lopez St., hot sausage poboy at Parkway Bakery on Hagan near Toulouse
          --gumbo: duck & andouille at Herbsaint

      2. And here are mine, from all over the city:

        Best Breakfast - No opinion

        Best Brunch (Jazz) - Commander's Palace

        Po' Boy (where and what kind) - Parkway (shrimp or roast beef); Domilise's (shrimp); Mandina's (not open, but I have to mention it; meatball!)

        Muffaletta - Central Gro. No contest here.

        Gumbo - Brigtsen's

        Dinner Spot - Old School and Newcomers - Galatoire's (Old School, must sit downstairs); Stella! (newcomer)

        Dessert - Bananas Foster anywhere you can get it. Brennan's originated the dish. Also, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce at Commander's. Gelato/cannoli at Brocato's is another winner.

        Cocktail Purveyor - Porch of the Columns Hotel. Still will be temperate enough to sit outside.

        Place not to miss (no matter what!) - Gotta go to Galatoire's, sit downstairs, drink a healthy amount, and let your waiter order for you. Also, please go to a casual restaurant outside of the French Quarter. A place like Domilise's, Parkway Bakery, Drago's, Bozo's, Parran's, etc. are out of the tourist trail and are REAL New Orleans. Mandina's was my favorite of these neighborhood places, but it suffered flooding in the storm. I hear they're working to return, though.

          1. re: Panama Hat

            We'll be staying at the Sheraton, on Canal I think. I wish I would have found this forum prior to making the reservations because I've received better information here in 5 replies than I got in any of the books or articles that I read. It is supposed to have a pretty good/central location though and we did get a good package deal. I'd rather spend my money on the food than the room anyway, as I'm sure most here would. I love this site though. Thanks to all for the responses thus far, I'm feeling hungry already!

            1. re: Agent_Chef

              Then you absolutely need to walk across the street to the Palace Cafe to get the most wonderful appetizer of crabmeat cheesecake and dessert of white chocolate bread pudding.
              Also not to be missed are the cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde and the bread pudding souffle at Commander's Palace. Bon Appetit!

          2. Palace Cafe is good and right across the street-- and Restaurant August and Bon Ton are in the blocks right behind the Sheraton. We were there in June and found everyone in the hotel and restaurants so helpful and inviting....

            We went for early 1130 lunch to Galatoires, loved the duck (and the service) at August and have to wait to visit Commanders. I love jazz brunch and that bread pudding souffle and have to go to my closer spot in Vegas to tide me over until I return to NOLA.