Recs for FQ and City Park Area
I will be in town with husband, 2 year-old and 7 month old. We're staying in the quarter, and first would like to know of a decent pizza place there. We ate at Lousiana Pizza Kitchen on our last visit in July, and won't go again (the restaurant smelled terrible inside and out, and the food was just okay). We have a car, so a trip outside the French Quarter is a possibility. We used to live in New Orleans, so we are farmiliar with alot of different places - just want to know of any recent favorites or new places of interest. Also, any recs for a place with food that does not suck, where we can take our kiddos in the FQ (we eat early, too - say 5ish). Oh, and we are also going to Celebration In The Oaks while we're there. Any ideas of places to eat that are family friendly around there? I sure miss the food in New Orleans. We are definetly hitting Brocatos and Central Grocery - I wish Stanley was open...
NOLA does not do pizza well so I wouldn't even bother trying.
Ralph's on the Park across from City park would be my suggestion.
I have heard that Zea's and Andrea's are child friendly.
I second the idea that NOLA has NO good pizza.
If I were you, I'd walk over to Frenchmen St (over in the Marigny, which is just adjacent to the quarter, and take the kiddies to Praline Connection (soul food). My son (toddler) loves almost everything they have there and its less packed with tourists than everywhere int he middle of the quester.
There are also take-out options like you've mentioned. You could add Johnny's Po Boys (in the querter) to your list- they have some limited seating inside and would be fine for kids.
Venezia, just a few steps toward canal from Brocato's, has some pretty good pizza. Some say it's the best in town. I don't agree with that, but I agree that it's pretty darn good. Other good italian food, too. Also, when my brother- and sister-in-law were in town with their three kids recently and asked about a good, casual, inexpensive place to bring kids in the French Quarter, I suggested Johnny's on St. Louis. They didn't follow my advice and instead went to Port-o-Call on Esplanade. Both parents and kids absolutely loved it. I stand by Johnny's for poboys. But maybe Port-o-Call would be good, too, if you're in the mood for burgers.
For good pizza in the FQ try Mona Lisa (1212 Royal). The atmosphere is warm/quaint & the walls are covered with images of the Mona Lisa. The place (owners & staff) is also kid-friendly. Besides the usual shakers of grated cheese & hot pepper flakes, each paper-covered table has a cup of crayons for the artist &/or 2 y.o. in the party. Enjoy!
Cote Sud on Maple St. has fantastic pizza, and french food to boot. I also like Pepporoni's ok, a new-ish place on Hampson in Riverbend.
Up by the park, there's Figaro's on Carrollton, or Cafe Degas on Esplanade. There's a new Italian place where Gabrielle used to be on Esplanade as well, can't remember the name. There were lots of families in there when we went.
The new place on Esplanade is called LaVita. Been there a couple of times and thought it was nice...nothing spectacular. Didn't have pizza but it is on the menu. It is very casual and family friendly. However, I like Venizia better...just seems more traditional New Orleans neighborhood Italian. Another place just opened across from the cemetery on Esplanade where the pet store was...Pa Pa's Pizza...or something like that. Haven't tried it, but it looks like a pizza buffet type place from the front through the big plate-glass windows.
Don't forget Crescent City Steaks as a good pre-City Park visit. Family friendly as long as the family likes good meat!