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I'll be visiting N.O. for the first time in early June, and will be there less than 60 hours. My wife and I are coming to eat, eat and eat and then go home. Previous posts helped me narrow my choices, but I'm going to ask for a little more assistance.

We'll arrive late Wednesday afternoon, and we'll grab dinner that night. We leave early Friday evening, and may be able to grab an early dinner (4:00 or so).

I'm planning on having beignets at Cafe Du Monde one morning and brunch at Marigny Brasserie on the other.

Lunch may be guided by how we choose to spend our days, but I'd like to hit Cochon and Commander's Palace. Somewhere in these posts, someone recommended lunch at Commanders, saying it was a good value.

Dinner is where I need help. I've narrowed the choices to (1) Brigtsen's, (2) Stella!, (3) Bayona, and (4) Adolfo's. Of course there were many other considerations, but these seemed to be the consensus favorites. I may not even be able to get reservations at these (if they even take reservations...), but we'll see.

Please let me know if I am planning appropriately, and how I might plan more appropriately.

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  1. I love Adolfo's, but it is a good mid-priced place, and not really in a league with the other three. Since it's your first time here, I'd say go to Brigtsen's, just because it's the most Louisiana-inspired. Sounds like your overall plan is solid, though. Enjoy your visit!

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    1. re: JGrey

      I'm backing JGrey 100%

      You should focus on indigenous cuisine your first visit, and Frank Brigtsen's Modern Louisiana is the highest caliber around, with equally impressive service and setting.

      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        Recently took some people to Brigten's from NYC. Although I love the place, I am used to the richness of the food, and if one is used to a lighter fare it may fall short of your expectations. It is also a cab ride. Don't forgtet KPauls in the Quarter and Stella is amazing, but not necessarily derivative and I would put August in that category too.

        1. re: Tonto

          Skip Adolfo's. Not in the same league as the others is an understatement. Brigtsen's is great, but I'm en enormous fan of Stella!, and I'll plug it whenever possible. Bayona is also very good, but for such a short trip to NOLA, I'd stick with #s 1 & 2.

          1. re: mikemill

            Thank you all. Not only for your response here, but for your excellent advice and comments on this board. I am sure we will have a wonderful time, and I'll express my gratitude in advance.

          2. re: Tonto

            Brigsten's is not that heavy if you get the Roasted Duck (completely exceptional0 with the tart cherry sauce, and no appetizers, it'll be filling but you won't feel terrible afterwards with heavyness.

      2. My wife and I returned home on May 3 after five days in NOLA. After much research and consideration, we decided on Brigtsen's (best meal we had in NOLA), K-Paul's (great Cajun seafood), Commander's Palace for Sunday brunch (outstanding food and service), Pelican Club (good, but I've had better), and Dick & Jenny's (a little out of the way, but more than worth the cab ride). Also did both Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignet (311 Royal St.), Mother's for po' boys and homestyle breakfast. Rio Mar for a wonderful tapas lunch. Take the free ferry to Algiers and eat lunch at the Dry Dock Cafe. Great fried shrimp and oysters. Missed Central Grocery for muffs -- too much good fresh seafood to pass up!