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I'll be leading an FQ tour this weekend for a group of out-of-towners at a conference. I need to figure out what to do with them for lunch. I am thinking of maybe getting a sampling of things and eating by the river. I've already decided on a muff from Central Grocery. I'm trying to figure out where I can get a pound or two of crawfish in the Quarter for everyone to try.

any other ideas for what i can pick up along the tour?

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  1. There is a restaurant near Central Grocery (sorry, I can't remember the name) that has a big pot of crawfish in an open window on the street. If the French Market has reopened from their remodeling, there is a crawfish stall there.

    1. Don't forget about Jackson Square. There's a lot of space to sit inside the square on the soft grass under the trees to eat and people watch. The river is nice too - just giving you another option. As far as food goes, Johnny's poboys is in the vicinity as well as Napoleon House. Tujague's should have boiled crawfish. Bring wet wipes if you're not eating in a restaurant. You'll get kinda seafoody eating boiled crawfish without a sink for clean up.

      1. Johnny's is a good suggestion. A couple orders of whatever is on special, or a softshell crab or catfish poboy for all to share could supplement the muffaletta. I don't care for their gumbo, but that's probably personal. I've never seen boiled crawfish at Tujague's, and the farmer's market part of French Market is still under renovation. For dessert you could have pralines.

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        1. re: uptownlibrarian

          Was I thinking of Maspero? I asked hubby and he said Tujagues. Sorry about that.