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Food near the Canal St. Marriott

Steve Green Jan 5, 2007 07:51 PM

I'm attending a conference in a couple of weeks--we'll be staying at the Marriott on Canal St. Any suggestions for nearby restaurants (preferably within a few blocks walk)? Since I will be at the conference in the daytime, I'm mainly asking on behalf of my wife, who prefers not to have to walk a lot. (Also, after the conference we'll be moving to the Omni Royal Orleans, so there will be ample time to explore that end of the Quarter together.)

Breakfast and lunch suggestions are especially welcome, and also some places with less-heavy-than-usual food. We know the Palace Cafe is right down the street, but she would rather not eat rich food like that 3 meals a day.

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    asm_ny RE: Steve Green Jan 6, 2007 02:01 AM

    Consider this a second request for same, as I am at a conference there now, and already drowning in the rich food i had tonight. Who knew?

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      Bill Hunt RE: asm_ny Jan 7, 2007 03:52 AM

      "Healthy," eh? Some many years ago, I hosted a group of CFOs from Boulder, CO. These were all "leaves n' twigs" folk. I got them into Commander's during the Sugar Bowl - no mean feat. One looked at the menu and inquired, "do you have any 'Healthmark' dishes?" The waitress replied in her best 9th Ward accent, "dawling, this is New Awlins, and we don't do 'Healthmark' here." I think that he settled on the fried lard... no, actually he we for a couple of salads. The point is that New Orleans cuisine is "rich" by design. It's been too long, since I live in NO and dined there with frequency, to recommend lighter fare, but I'm sure that some good spots have cropped up.

      I'd recommend embracing the richness, and just hit the gym, when you get home. That is what we do, and we were raised on NO cuisine - just can't do it for a full week any longer. That is a sad testiment, as we both still enjoy it greatly.


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        asm_ny RE: Bill Hunt Jan 7, 2007 11:32 AM

        Totally understand, but it's not a matter of vanity and hitting the gym later (though I need to do that too!), but of how I felt at the end of the meal. Lesson learned!

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      Tonto RE: Steve Green Jan 6, 2007 03:53 AM

      We have a lot of Vietnamese food, mostly on the West Bank, but there is a sushi presence in and around the convention center. try Rio Mar a seafood destination and Rockin Sake South Peters and Fulton.

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        dtud RE: Steve Green Jan 6, 2007 04:26 PM

        i don't know where to get a healthy breakfast - i think it's impossible unless you order the fruit plate.

        but - other healthy things exist on pretty much a lot of menus. it just depends on what you order. most new orleans restaurants have a fish - and it is not necessarily fried. you can get grilled fish, charbroiled oysters, shrimp or crab salads - all that will be healthy. sometimes you have to order a couple of appetizers instead of a meal to get the chilled/grilled seafood options - but it helps.

        in the quarter - there's Landry's Seafood House, Acme Oyster House (never been - but may be overrated?), Red Fish Grill, and Riomar.

        Also - Emerils seems to have some healthy options.

        Really - it just depends on what you order.

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          Hungry Celeste RE: dtud Jan 6, 2007 09:22 PM

          Landry's is an awful chain. Just say no. Right on par with Bubba Gump & Hard Rock...

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            dtud RE: Hungry Celeste Jan 6, 2007 10:29 PM

            well - i ate there about 6 months ago and had a really good crab/shrimp louis salad. so - maybe other stuff isn't good there - but that was. i've never been to buba or hard rock - so, who knows.

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          psaprop RE: Steve Green Jan 6, 2007 04:40 PM

          The breakfast buffet at Henri's in the J W Marriott Hotel is great and has a lot of options.

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            Hungry Celeste RE: Steve Green Jan 6, 2007 09:21 PM

            Horinoya, a japanese place on Poydras between Baronne & O'Keefe, has lighter fare than the usual NO stuff. Zydecue is a few blocks away in the 800 block of Iberville (not exactly light), and Redfish Grill is a short couple of blocks from the Marriott.

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              Spencer RE: Hungry Celeste Jan 7, 2007 03:18 PM

              Is Zydecue any good? I was thinking of ordering a large meal there and see if the will deliver it to my favorite band who has a regular gig about 3 blocks down.

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                Hungry4Good RE: Spencer Jan 7, 2007 06:46 PM

                I like Zydecue a lot. The cochon du lait is, by their admission, not suckling pig, it's shoulder, but is smoked wonderfully and is delicious.

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