New Orleans 11/9-11/13
Going for a work conference from Friday - Tuesday. I have been closely following recommendations here for a while. I'm a single woman, 40, a bit alternative (a few tattoos) and just looking for great meals in nice atmospheres. I don't mind eating alone - in fact some of my best meals have been alone, meeting interesting people in my travels.
I was thinking the following -
Friday evening - Brigtsens
Saturday evening - I've been invited to a work dinner at Brennans
Sunday Evening - Wanted to do Casamentos but they are not open so I guess I'll do Acme
Monday - open
Tuesday - looking for a nice leisurely brunch - have the day to myself before a 5PM flight back to LA.
Appreciate any feedback on my choices or suggestions for my open spots. Monday night I wouldn't mind going somewhere with live music/entertainment
Thanks fellow foodies...
Try Cafe Degas on Tues. (specially if the weather is nice)
Monday with entertainment could be a challenge...look into arnaud's (they do jazz dinners)
Port Of Call could be alot of fun for you on monday too...your sure to make friends if you plop down at the bar.
OMG - I almost forgot - go to Jacque-Imos - then hit the Maple Leaf (next door) for Papa Grows Funk (they've played every monday for a while now - it's great - not to miss!
Whichever you choose, make reservations ASAP - I unfortunately waited until last week to make dinner reservations for my anniversary, and could not get a Friday night table for two between 5:30 and 9:00 at Stella, Cuvee, Arnaud's, or Brigsten's. Ended up getting squeezed in at 8 at Lilette. Must be a pretty big conference...
With that many folks in town, and the scarcity of reservations (at least from what I've experienced), you might want to look into a few places that are a little off the beaten path. Two great places that spring to mind are Gautreau's and Upperline; I would imagine they might still have some dinner tables open during the conference, as they don't get as much attention as many other spots, and they're Uptown, a little further away from the convention activity. I've had wonderful meals at both. Caveat: I haven't been to either since Katrina. Maybe somebody could chime in with recent impressions...
Oh, one spot that is great for solo diners - Cochon. They've got quite a bit of bar seating. I don't think I've ever read a negative review of the place.
Think about Acme (or Casamentos) for a late lunch . . . we usually hit Acme for a couple of dozen oysters and a pitcher of Abita right after we check in to the hotel -- with the time change, it's around 2:30-3:00 for us, comeing in from California, and you get in right before the "after work" crowd . . . .
Bayona is another great dinner option.
I hope the Carosel bar is working again at the Monteleone.
Take an extra (empty) suitcase to NO with you and on your way back out to the airport on Monday stop at Dorignac's Supermarket on Veteran's Hwy and "make groceries". Git yaself some of their Creole Cream Cheese, sprinkle some sugar on it and eat it right out of the carton with a spoon. While there you can find a great selection of foods from the local areas and one of the greatest selections of the area locals. Paper or plastic, dawlin?
I don't know if they're open for brunch on Tuesday, but if they are, Elizabeth's is worth the trip too...
Also, Mr. B's has a really, really good brunch DRINK, although no brunch on Tuesday. They've got the world's BEST brandy milk punch...it has ice cream in it...I could drink it all day long. You should grab one in a go cup and take it with you to whatever brunch spot is selected.
NOLA at the Food Bar is a great option for dining alone - very entertaining and I love the food!
I just got back from a work trip in NO, and my best meals were at Bayona and Herbsaint. There's a bar at Herbsaint that serves the full menu...we sat there and it was great. This was at about 8pm on a Wed night, and the bar was wide open. Try the gnocchi; it is heavenly. Maybe a little salty for some, but I love salt and it went well with the whole dish.