Recs for baby-friendly dining in NOLA
My husband, my nine-month old daughter, and I will be coming to NOLA at the end of the month. We're both fairly adventurous eaters and would love some recommendations for moderately priced restarants that wont be shocked at the idea of us toting our daughter along for an early dinner. Noise is a plus, she loves to sing during dinner. As for cuisine, we're really up for anything. We both will eat almost anything. Price is a factor, as we're not looking to break the bank for either meal. We'll probably have two evenings free.
Grand Isle next to Harrahs. The Turtle Stew is awesome and raw oysters are really good. It's loud and I saw plenty of babies last time we were there. Not too pricey either.
To be honest, if you have any places in mind it might be easier for us to tell you if it wouldn't be acceptable to go. I happen to think it's fine to go to most places for an early dinner with a non crying (even if singing) infant.
I've taken my baby to Mandina's, and more recently to Cafe Granada for tapas, and ate outside. Any of the family type joints, Liuzza's, Ye Olde College Inn, etc. Cafe Degas would be a little more upscale (but still midrange) but I think they'd be fine, especially early. I haven't been, but I bet EAT restaurant in the quarter would also work.
Oh, possibly Riomar?
Almost every time I've been to Dick & Jenny's for an early dinner, a number of the tables have kids ranging from newborn to 5 years old. Any seafood restaurant would be a good fit (Deanies, Frankie & Johnny's, Saltwater Grill, R&O's, etc.). Also neighborhood joints like Liuzza's or Joey K's would work well too.
My wife and I took our 10 month old to NO in the spring of 2005 and we had nothing but great experiences everywhere we went. On that trip we went to Mr. B's, Acme's, Deanies in the quarter, Bourbon House, Felix's, K-Pauls and Commander's Palace to name a few. We went to lunch at CP and were treated like royalty and they paid special attention to our little guy (he wasn't a singer though ;)).
K-Paul got a gold star though. We were upstairs finishing our desserts when my son threw up on the table, mortified I looked around to see if anyone had noticed and saw one of the staff quickly coming our way. She quietly gathered our remaining dishes and folded up he table cloth before any other diners noticed.
If you let the establishment know about the little one ahead of time, they can usually seat you in an area a little out of the way so that the baby can be a baby and minimally impact other peoples' experience.