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4 Days in August Itinerary

After many changes in reservation and continual second guessing, I've made my decision for our upcoming NOLA trip. Comments are encouraged. Here are my choices:

Thursday:
Lunch - Acme
Dinner - Clancy's

Friday:
Breakfast - Cafe Beignet
Lunch - Napoleon House
Dinner - Brigtsen's

Saturday:
Breakfast - Mother's
Lunch - Gumbo Shop
Dinner - GW Fins

Sunday:
Brunch - Begue's

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  1. I approve highly of your dinner spot for Saturday. GW Fins is my favorite. Ask to be seated in one of the booths. Great spot for celebrity spotting. order the applie pie when you place your order for dinner and they will bake it while you eat your fish!

    they have a good wine list, too! Enjoy.

    1. Personally, I wouldn't bother with Acme (I don't really like oysters in the deep heat of summer, and that's what they do best). Cafe Beignet is, well, eh. Napoleon House's food is okay, I prefer to go there for cocktails/appetizers only--the atmosphere's great.

      Why not try Bayona for one of those lunches, or Palace Cafe or Cafe Adelaide? Bayona & Cafe Adelaide are participating in the COOLinary New Orleans promotion this summer, with special luncheon menus priced at $20.07.

      Here's a link to the entire list of participating restaurants...in addition to the lunches, there are dinner specials, too: http://www.nomcvb.com/restaurants//li...

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      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        Acme is a must for at least one stop when we are there, as it is my husband's favorite. I prefer the Beignets at Cafe Beignet over Cafe du Monde, so that is where it comes into play.

        I love the Bayona suggestion, and that will definitely be a substitution on the list. Looked at Cafe Adelaide & Palace Cafe, and now I may have to change my list...again.

        Thanks, Hungry Celeste

        1. re: kkak97

          Boy, if you really like cafe au lait and beignets, catch a United Cab from your hotel out to Metry and pay a visit to Morning Call, which puts all other coffee and beignet places to shame. Original location was opposite Cafe Du Monde where Planet Hollywood once was.

          Worth the cab fare, trust me.

          1. re: funkjester

            Maybe it's just me, but I can't imagine any beignets being worth a round-trip cab fare from the Quarter to Metairie. I'm not challenging that Morning Call is better, just that I've never found any beignets anywhere that are worth $40 in cab fare.

            Another nice thing about Cafe Beignet is that you can get real food, not just beignet. Again, there are better breakfasts to be had, but still another reason to choose Cafe Beignet over Cafe du Monde.

            BTW, to the OP, have you confirmed that all of these places will be open while you're there? August is a popular vacation month.

            1. re: Blumie

              40 bucks? You can go from the Quarter to the airport for 26, and Morning Call is nowhere near as far a run as Kenner.

              And yeah, Morning call is worth the trip. If you were from here, you'd know that. All other coffee and beignet places are pretenders.

              1. re: funkjester

                I was quoting $40 as the round trip cost. So if you were in the Quarter and looking for some breakfast, would you pay $40 plus the cost of the beignets and coffee for Morning Call?

                1. re: Blumie

                  Blumie, I agree with you. Morning Call's beignets are good, yes, but not so much greater than CduM's to make it worth a cab ride of any length. Personally, I love beignets, but not for breakfast. Better as a late-nite snack.

              2. re: Blumie

                If we had a car, I'd gladly drive out to try those beignets. If I even suggested a $40 cab ride for beignet, I'd never hear the end of it.

                Breakfast, well good breakfast, has always been a difficult thing to find for us in NOLA. We're going to Mother's as a compromise this trip, as last time the service was just down right rude. We never thought we'd return, but I really loved the grits and etouffee and I craved it the rest of our trip.

                1. re: kkak97

                  For breakfast in the CBD, try Steve's Diner. Or go to the Clover Grill for a diner-style breakfast, or head uptown to the Bluebird, or to Camellia Grill. Or have a bakery breakfast at La Boulangerie on Magazine St--or a bagel w/lox at Stein's Deli, also on Magazine.

                  There's always La Peniche, too.

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                  Steve's Diner
                  828 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                  Bluebird Cafe
                  3625 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                  Camellia Grill
                  626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                  La Peniche
                  1940 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                  La Boulangerie
                  4526 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                  Stein's Market & Deli
                  2207 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    Those are all excellent suggestions! Since the storm, however, a few friends and I have experienced terrible service at Camellia. It didn't seem to be the way it used to, but I'm sure they'll smooth out the kinks as time passes. I would definitely recommend Bluebird (get there early) or La Boulangerie for breakfast.

                    Steve's has AMAZING lemon bars if you decide to go for lunch. Another good one in the CBD for a quick lunch is Welty's.

        2. Instead of the Gumbo Shop (which sells their own spices & IMO uses them indiscriminately), I'd try Eat New Orleans or Coop's, or one of the other suggestions here like Bayona--all in the Quarter.

          1. WOW! Are you ever gonna be FULL! ;>D

            I also would bypass oysters in August... (much as I love them).

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            1. re: ChefJune

              You can eat oysters in any month that doesn't have an "r"

              1. re: cor

                I think you have that backwards

                1. re: cor

                  Before the days of modern refrigeration it was said that you shouldn't eat oysters in any month that doesn't have and "r" in it. However, now all oysters served in restaurants have been "pasteurized" by a process developed by the LSU Ag Center, so they should be safe to eat. I just think it's too darn hot for fried food. Seems to be hard to digest.

                  And...the beignets are pretty good most places. Hard to mess them up. I would concentrate more on the other meals.

                  Camellia Grill used to be accessbile by street car (down St. Charles on the turn up Carrollton) but that line is not yet back up since Katrina. A cab ride for that wouldn't be too bad, but they don't serve beignets. If you did take a cab, you would be close to Audubon Park and Zoo.

                  You mentioned the Palace Cafe and I like it, too. It is a Brennan property. It's noisy and busy, so be sure to make a reservation. It's on Canal not far from Bourbon, so is walkable from the Quarter.

                  1. re: marchperson

                    We'll mostly stay within walking distance for breakfast and lunches, as we'll be at the Sheraton. We've already got two cab rides going for dinner, and I'd rather limit it to that. I'm very sorry to know the St. Charles street car still isn't up and running, as we used to ride it frequently during visits.

                    1. re: kkak97

                      You will be right across the street from the Palace Cafe....so convenient. Please go and order the crabmeat cheesecake appetizer. It is wonderful. Also great are the turtle soup and white chocolate bread pudding.

                      1. re: cajungirl

                        Oh, I'm going to. After Hungry Celeste suggested the Palace Cafe, I looked at the menu and that crabmeat cheescake sounds outstanding.
                        We may try and go there for brunch.

                        Our usual brunch spot was always Mr. B's. The bloody marys were just wonderful. I always had a bowl of the delicious gumbo ya ya to start, and a dish that I've never found anywhere else -poached eggs on crawfish hash. It was to die for.

                        The hash was made up of tasso, potatoes, onions, peppers, and crawfish, two poached eggs and hollandaise over the top. It makes me happy just to think about it. I tried to recreate it, and it was good, but not the same.

                        1. re: kkak97

                          Mr. B's is open again, but not on Sundays.

                    2. re: marchperson

                      All oysters served in restaurants ARE NOT pasteurized. You can indeed find places serving AmeriPure oysters, which have been heat/cold treated, but you will pay a premium for treated oysters.

                2. Try the chargrilled oysters at Acme. I think they're as good as the chargrilled oysters at Drago's. That's right I said it! As good as Drago's!

                  And I'd give my big left toe to have some biscuits and debris from Mother's for breakfast. Only change I would make to your itinerary is to visit Jacques-Imo's for dinner one night if you haven't been there already.