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Nov. Birthday Trip

Hi there,

Visiting from NY for my mom's 65th birthday Nov. 3-7. We're staying at the W in the French Quarter. She's a caterer/foodie so I want to have some good meals planned. So far I'm thinking:

Sat dinner: Nola
Sunday brunch: TBD
Monday dinner: August
Tuesday dinner: Delmonico

We'll definitely do Cafe du Monde for breakfast one day. I guess I need some lunch suggestions but with these big dinners I really want to keep lunch on the light side (except brunch where i guess I need a light dinner.....)

Does this sound ok or do you have any suggestions. I'd love our meals to make us say "wow" out loud.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

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  1. I recommend Ralph's in the Park for Sunday Brunch. Be sure to make a reservation. You would really enjoy the ambience and the food.

    Commanders has a good lunch, too.

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    1. re: marchperson

      I second Ralph's. We normally do Commander's, when in NOLA and need to schedule brunch, but Ralph's did such a wonderful job, that I would not hesitate to recommend them.

      For the celebration of the actual birthday, I'd schedule Commander's, ask for table #8 (provided that all can navigate the stairs, and the pary is not too large). Let them know that it is a major birthday.

      Recent review of Ralph's, August & Delmonico: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/433877


    2. It's my birthday week too!
      I would definitely skip NOLA.

      Not sure if I would do Sunday Brunch, but if ya gonna, why not Commander's Palace?

      I am thinking of having a birthday meal at Ralph's on the Park tho.

      What about K-Paul's on Sat night?

      1. I think doing two of Emeril's is a mistake. One (either) would be fine, though none of them are the very top picks on this board. I would consider a meal at Bayona, Herbsaint, Stella and/or the recommendations made by Marchperson and Isabella.

        1. normally I would say stay away from hotel food but the courtyard at the W FQ is soooo beautiful I love to eat there . Sometimes I take a break from our renovations here in mid-city and book a room at this hotel just so we can have a late supper in the courtyard (fire fountain and twinkling candles and cool breezes)

          the roomservice menu is largely the menu from Bacco (attached to hotel) and the selections are above average- the W's whenever/wherever concierge is always accomodating when we ask to dine in the courtyard

          anyway- my suggestion for the wow factor is to treat your mom to a late supper under the stars- I had my mom down last month from NJ and it was the thing she enjoyed most- I think because it was such a departure f-rom eating outdoors in the northeast

          have fun!

          1. jfood would skip NOLA and add Brigtsen's. Sunday nights are hard in NOLA as many restos are closed (Commanders is open but last time it appeared the B-Team was in the kitchen). The W in the FQ is very young and hip, no breakfast resto in the hotel and the rooms are VERY small. If your looking for utmost classy hotel look into Windsor Court, just outside the quarter and literally across the street from August. And it may be less expensive. Then you have an option of a lovely afternoon tea in a beautiful setting as well.

            NOLA is fantastic.

            1. I hate to say it....but skip Nola
              It used to be my fav...but I think the corp has let this one go. It needs to be freshened up in so many areas.

              I would not skip brunch at Cafe Adelaide (or lunch)
              Ralph's was a good suggestion as well...but it's not in the downtown area...if you care
              Bacco is next to your hotel...and while it may not blow you away. It would be an easy good lunch spot. Ther lunches are usually a steal too.

              All of these mentioned are Brennan owned (i just noticed)

              For a more casual local seafood lunch...go to Acme between Bourbon and Royal on Iberville.

              Oh Napolean house is 2 blocks from your hotel too....don't miss the Pimm's Cup and some swear by the muffaletta

              1. Skip NOLA - went there for my birthday - we left after the apps and canceled our entrees. Bad.

                Commander's, Ralph's, August, K-Pauls - can't go wrong in choosing any of those 4.


                1. Add in Herbsaint and/or Cochon for lunch; both are outside the FQ, but just a short cab ride away (or good walk on a nice day) in the downtown area. I'm with the crowd on NOLA; skip it, and definitely don't do both Delmonico and NOLA. Another to consider is the restaurant at the Windsor Court Hotel; WC recently appointed chef Greg Sonnier to take over the dining room, so it's worth a go.

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                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    H C,

                    Is it still called the Grill(e) Room, or has the whole concept changed?

                    Just curious,

                    1. re: Hungry Celeste

                      had the bbq shrimp pie at the Saks key to the cure last week & got a chance to bend Chef Greg's ear- what a double treat

                      peeled bbq shrimp on creamy sweet potatoes in a phyllo cup...works very well and prompted me to make a res for WC...will report back next week