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Restaurant recomendations for a New Orleans First Timer.

Hello everyone, I need a restaurant recommendation to taste the really a truly New Orleans food.

Please let me know your opinions telling me the name of the restaurant and what is your favorite food there...

I will take notes, I am going to be in New Orleans for 4 days.

Thanks :)

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  1. Bon Ton Cafe. Have the house salad dressing, any entree and bread pudding for dessert.

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    1. re: mrsfury

      Absolutley, positively....Mrs. Fury is 100% correct and it's right across the street from your hotel. Go for lunch, take your time...hell, take me.

    2. Brigtsen's Although not a favorite of mine, many like the seafood platter. I've had nearly all the appetizers and entrees (except sweetbreads and rabbit dishes). everything is very good to excellent. IHerebsaint is very good as well. Short ribs, gumbo ,shrimp and grits, pork belly, steak and frites (tasty but everythng else is just sooo good, same for the lamb.) Cafe Giovanni has a $45 "feed me"...4 courses with 4 wines, which is always good ...there's also a $65 without wine and you will leave stuffed. Port o Call for excellent (huge) made to order burgers with an equally large baked potato. Take home a muff. from Centtral Grocery, they travel well. Try Commanders Palace for lunch (I prefer it to dinner) 25cent martinis but their Bloody Marys are better. Bozos (Metairie) for an excellent oyster po-boy. Felix's for oysters on 1/2 shell (stand at the bar).

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      1. re: JazzyB

        Thank you very much, one more favor can you add locations of the above mention restaurants? I am taking notes. Thanks. :)

        1. re: josephml1

          If you Google the restaurant names you'll get a map and the location and most of the time, the restaurant's website.

            1. re: josephml1

              I don't know if you use Firefox with a Google Toolbar, but if you highlight the restaurant/item you want to Google, right click and select "Search Google for..." and it will open up a new tab with your search. This is so helpful when I'm reading a topic on CH and want to rapidly search for multiple items.

              1. re: christina_hunnicutt

                Excellent Tip, I am going to use it around CH. Thanks :)

          1. re: josephml1

            I adore Mr. B's which I find very New Orleansy, as is The Palace Cafe, Acme and Felix's. Of course, Galatoire's is probaby the quinetessential New Orleans experience.

            1. re: bronwen

              Gumbo Ya Ya at Mr. B's, white chocolate bread pudding at Palace Cafe.
              How about Mandina's ?

              1. re: Tonto

                Bronwen and Tonto's suggestions are right on!

                Mr. B's Gumbo Ya Ya, The Palace white chocolate bread pudding, Acme raw oysters and poor boys are all wonderful. They all serve truly New Orleans food.

                For a casual, cash only, no reservations, moderately priced real New Orleans neighborhood restaurant try Mandina's. The menu has a special New Orleans dish every day. The turtle soup is a don't miss as well as the Trout Almondine. I have never had a bad meal at Mandina's.

                Mandina's
                3800 Canal St
                New Orleans, LA 70119
                (504) 482-9179

                With all respect to jamielynn, I had a very bad experience at Clancy's, starting with lost reservations, overpriced food and poor service. I will not be back. Others, however, think it is one of the best restaurants in New Orleans.

                I report, you decide.

          2. re: JazzyB

            JazzyB, do you know where I can buy fresh french bread around the Quarter?

            1. re: Mayflower Cafe

              I get mine at La Boulangerie on Magazine (uptown). They bake an excellent baguette. If you're looking for po-boy French, then most grocery stores carry Zips or Leidenheimer.

          3. Galatoire's
            Gautreau's
            Clancy's
            Brightson's

            (notice how they all end in S...haha)

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            1. re: jamielynn

              coop's in the back of the french quarter has some really great gumbo
              camillia grille on st. charles and carollton is a new orleans classic
              domilises, uptown a few blocks from magazine has great po-boys
              those are all more casual day time sort of places
              dick and jenny's still has great food imo

            2. I just got back from New Orleans. I had a delicious dinner at NOLA in the french quarter, and a delicious dinner at Rio Mar (800 South Peters Street, at Julia - walking distance from french quarter.). I also had a very good $20 lunch at Bayona (430 Dauphine, french quarter.) NOLA is one of Emerils restaurants, and Bayona is Susan Spicer's - while neither is serving rice & red beans, both are wonderful New Orleans restaurants. Upperline, which I didn't get to this time, usually has some of the more traditional local food. You need a cab or a car from the french quarter - it's at 1413 upperline street. It's a treat.

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              1. re: THewat

                Rio Mar's tuna is one of my favorite dishes anywhere.

              2. Joseph,

                While not wanting to seem to toot my own horn, you might want to look at the thread entitled "Wisconsin boy's NOLA guide....."

                I've embedded web links to help you find your way, also.

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                1. re: Monch

                  I found excellent choices here...All the people are very helpful with all the advices.

                  I will check your thread also. Thank you for mention it.

                  :)

                  1. re: Monch

                    I will check it thank you for mention it...

                    :=)

                    And also thank you to all the people who give me excellent advices..

                    I am taking my personal notes and definitive will be in many of the restaurants you mention.