Family friendly recommendations for late June...
I am looking for restaurant recommendations for two days/nights at the end of June. These are my limiting factors:
* I desire family friendly atmospheres that won't also drive the adults crazy.
* Seating easily for a group of 6 - 8
* Food selection satisfying for kids and grandparents...
* Near Garden District or public transportation accessable...
* Ethnic, contemporary, or regional fare are equally okay...
Thanks for the suggestions (in advance).
I can't think of anything in the Garden District. I recommend that you go to www.nomenu.com and search by neighborhoods. The public transportation is pretty limited to Canal and part of St. Charles to Lee Circle.
I know there are buses, but haven't a clue of the route. Maybe you could search that as well on a New Orleans site. If you can get to the Quarter, I recommend Carmelo's on Decatur. Or maybe one of the chains such as Margaritaville or Hard Rock. Those are usually good for groups and don't mind kids.
I believe there are two Copeland's restaurants right on St Charles. One is in the Grand Boutique Hotel at 2001 St Charles. I recall the other as being up the street (towards Tulane) on a corner on the even-numbered side. Copeland's should satisfy all your criteria...
They're boarded up, but rotting? C'mon, neither one flooded. Al did reopen Fire & Ice, the old Copeland's on Lapalco, Cheesecake Bistro in Metairie, a new Copeland's resto out at the Esplanade mall, and he's slowly renovating the Copeland's on Clearview. So he's reopened or is renovating all of his restos that aren't in Orleans Parish.
Places that jump out to me as family friendly in the general uptown area (which includes the Garden District) are:
Franky & Johnny's (seafood, poboys)
Felix's Uptown (seafood)
Cafe Rani (sandwiches, salads)
The thing about New Orleans is there aren't many places that scream "family friendly!" but there aren't many or any places that aren't family friendly. Most places down here are pretty good-natured and accommodating. I might suggest making your way to Magazine Street, which is maybe five blocks on the river side of St. Charles, and just finding a place. There are good restaurants in the vicinity of Magazine's intersections with Jackson (Stein's Deli, Juan's Flying Burrito), Louisiana (Slim Goodie's, Sake Cafe, Rocky's Pizza, Byblos, Joey K's, Cafe Rani and more) and Napoleon (Nirvana, Ignatius, Theo's Pizza, The Joint BBQ).
These are all relatively inexpensive places, which I gathered you were looking for. If not, you'll also want to consider places like Lilette, Dick & Jenny's, Upperline, Vizard's on the Avenue, all of which are generally in the Garden District area.
Also, the two Copeland's places mentioned by another poster are both closed.
Of those mentioned, I like Cafe Rani on Magazine the best. I am not sure if it is open for dinner. It's great for lunch, though. It's kind of a soup and salad place with some good pasta, too. There used to be one in Baton Rouge, but it closed. We couldn't figure it out because it was always packed.