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Apr 25, 2007 04:36 AM

1st Time in NO--only 3 days--What can't I miss?

Hi there:

I've wanted to go to New Orleans for the past 15 years, and finally have the chance to go to JazzFest. Unfortunetly, there is so much I want to see/do (and eat:-) that I'm having a hard time figuring out what to eliminate. Any help that you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

1. Go both Saturday and Sunday to JazzFest, or take Saturday to do Jamy's Canal tour and stop at the New Orleans Museum of Art?

2. Napoleon House, Cafe Du Monde, Central Grocery for a muffallata and Cochon for a "splurge" meal are all must goes--but if (because of time restraints) I can only go to one of the iconic restaurants--K-Paul's, Commander's Palace, Antoine's, Arnaud's, Brennan's--would you suggest?

Any other suggestions? Thanks again--this board has been a great resource in planning this trip.

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  1. I'm jealous and I was just there a month ago!!

    I've been to Commander's and K-Paul's and would heartily recommend both. Commander's for lunch is a great value if you can make it monday through friday..

    For what it's worth, Commander's felt 'more special'...we were treated very, very well and we had a 1 year old in tow and were wearing jeans!! (we were in the area and hadn't planned on going, but we walked right by it and I simply asked if the jeans would be a problem----I'd understand if they would----but they were very accomodating and gracious).

    Both vistis were pre-Katrina...

    1. Go to JazzFest both Saturday and Sunday. Jazzfest is very unique and it is very much worth going as much as you can. Eat all the food you can there; you won't be disappointed. If you are here on Friday, I'd do the muffaletta then. I cannot make a suggestion as for as an iconic meal goes since I really don't care for many of those places anymore. Good Luck and have a great time...I know I'll be.

      1. I love all the iconic restaurants you listed but I've always had a soft spot for Antoines, which has the most elegant French atmosphere. I'd go there!

        1. Better get your muff on Saturday as Central Grocery is closed Sunday and Monday.

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          1. re: Concetta

            But if she is at Jazzfest she can't... well, depending on what time she goes... they close early.

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