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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.

                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

            (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.

                  2. I am going to stay in the W hotel in poydras st... how good is this hotel and also I need restaurants recommendations around it.

                    Thanks. :)

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                    1. re: josephml1

                      The W is fine; it tries hard to be hip and thus is so non-New Orleans...like the silly automatic curtain that opens & closes behind you as you walk from valet parking to the reception area. In the immediate area near the hotel, you can walk to lots of places...Rio Mar, La Boca, Grand Isle, Riche, Gordon Biersch, Mother's, Restaurant August, and Cochon is a few more blocks away, but not out of range.

                      1. re: josephml1

                        Little jfood started college in NOLA this year and M&M Jfood have visited a few times already. The advice you will receive from the NOLA chwhounds will be exceptional.

                        W - sleek NY'ey hotel. There are no chest of drawers in the room, only hanging, beware. Breakfast is nice but extremely expensive, even by NY standards. Right across the street out the back door is Mother's. August almost across the street and FQ is a three block walk, so no biggie there as well.

                        Jfood's favorite is Brigtsen's. And to answer a question above, he has eaten both the rabbit and sweetbreads, and both are outstanding. He is not a big fan of the fish platter, but with a chef as great as Chef Frank, let him show you what he can do versus some fried things. Favorite dish is the duck, could be the best duck in the world. He also like anything else that is the special fish and asking for a bordelaise sauce with shrimp over any of his fish is perfect. jfood gives every dish a 9-10..

                        NOLA nd K-Pauls were not favorites on the visits, and he liked Commander's but had one not so great experience. If you go you must order the bread souffle. Fantastic.

                        And do not forget Cafe du Monde. Enough said.

                        Likewise for some fun lunch go to Camellia Grill (Uptown). The waiter on the right side his name is "word" will talk your ear off. Very funny guy.

                        Enjoy NOLA

                        1. re: jfood

                          If I had 4 days in NOLA I'd have dinner at Brigstens, Lillette, Pelican Club and Galatoire's. Lunch would include Central Grocery, Mandina's, Johnny's poboy and Port O' Call.

                          1. re: jfood

                            I am not a huge fan of either W hotel in NOLA, but if you're close to Mother's...even if you aren't you MUST go for breakfast! Sublime biscuits!

                            1. re: KateMW

                              I have to try MotherĀ“s...
                              This great page make me hungry :),

                              1. re: josephml1

                                Not a Mothers fan for breakfast overrated too tourisy for me. That said when I'm in New Orleans I stop at Mothers,go in the out door-big wait at the in door and by a pound of coffee to take home. Best NO coffee in town.


                                1. re: don515

                                  For a late breakfast, early lunch, go to Willie Mae's. Fried pork chops, chicken, red beans and rice, green beans, sweet potatoes. It is all incredible. (And they have a band playing in the back for lunch) It is close to Dookie Chase.

                          1. I will be there at the end of this Month... :)

                            1. The W is awesome and you are going to have an awesome time! Don't miss Snug Harbor or Brigsten's. Or Cafe Du Monde.

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                              1. re: lawstudent

                                I will, right now I am looking forward to visit New Orleans.

                              2. Right now, if I had to recommend a place to someone, it would be one of the following:
                                - Cochon
                                - Restaurant August
                                - Dick and Jenny's

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                                1. Not a food issue but please HELP!!!
                                  How hard is the parking on the street In downtown New orleans around the W hotel on poydras st??? Is the Harrahs hotel near the W???

                                  Thank you all

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                                  1. re: josephml1

                                    There are many lots to park in and street parking is available near your hotel. Harrah's hotel is very near the W. Be sure to walk around the Warehouse District while you're here. The Piazza D'Italia is near your hotel. It's a beautiful thing. There's also the Riverwalk mall and Spanish Plaza. Have fun!

                                    1. re: mrsfury

                                      Thank You very much I really appreciate the info :)))

                                    2. re: josephml1

                                      Beware that some of the downtown street parking is time-limited to 2 hour stretches during business hours.

                                      1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                        Any parking lot for overnight parking not so expensive.?

                                        1. re: josephml1

                                          That is a tough one because I park in a contract garage. There's a lot at the corner of Lafayette & Tchoupitoulas (near the hotel) that I believe is $8 a day but I have no idea about overnight. The hotels charge about 20 bucks a day (they did when I used to have to pay). Harrah's might be cheaper. You can park free at a meter from 6pm-8am I think and it's free on Sunday-not sure about Saturday. Check with your hotel and see if they will give you a break.

                                          Edited to add: http://www.neworleansonline.com/tools...

                                          1. re: mrsfury

                                            In my hotel the parking charge per day is $35 dlls. But I found very useful the information you provide me and also thank you for the Link about New Orleans Parking. I will consider to park in a lot near my hotel.
                                            Again thank you very much.

                                          2. re: josephml1

                                            Call Central Parking at 504-525-5476 to ask about overnight parking at the Piazza I lot (directly across the street from the W). As far as food goes, skip Mother's - very overrated and a tourist trap.

                                            1. re: StBernardGirl

                                              We also find MotherĀ“s overrated and also a tourist trap.

                                      2. One of the best seafood places to eat is actually in Buck Town. It is called Deanies Seafood. It is one of those out of the way great places to eat and you get a lot for your money. My husband and I make a point to eat there every time we are in New Olreans. We also like to Port of Call on Esplanade, they have the biggest and best burgers in town as far as I am concerned. For a more upscale place you can also try The Upperline which is on Upperline and Jacque a mo's (I am not sure about the spelling) which is uptown too. I also love Crepe Nanu uptown.

                                        We will be there for Easter ans we can't wait. Have a great time and let us all know where you wind up eating.


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                                          1. re: laurenbformerNOLA

                                            In case you missed it, Deanie's just opened a location in the quarter. We stopped in. Other than the location is different, look is 'newer' but the food is still great. They're on Dauphine, a few blocks from Canal.

                                            1. re: gm_smith

                                              I have been to Deanies in quarter. Can't speak as to anything else but the bbq shrimp (authentic with the head) was amazing. Messy but delicious. Ordered it off the appetizer menu and was fully satisfied. Used bread to sop up the sauce.
                                              Best in N.O. Had same dish at Jacque Imo, and it was mushy, not authentic. Wanted my money back.