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DaisyM May 12, 2008 03:09 PM

We're going to New Orleans for a wedding and will have only 1 lunch to ourselves. We're staying at the Pavilion. Where would you go? We do plan to sneak out to Cafe du Monde as much as we can and buy pralines, too. Thanks for all suggestions. We love everything and can't wait to be back in New Orleans.

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    JGrey RE: DaisyM May 12, 2008 04:42 PM

    Galatoire's, Commander's, August, Bayona. Which day?

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      DaisyM RE: JGrey May 12, 2008 05:35 PM

      It is a Friday in November. We can't wait to go.

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        JazzyB RE: DaisyM May 13, 2008 05:48 AM

        Depends on what type of lunch experience you want. August provides an elegant atmosphere and food. Open only on Fri. for lunch. Galatoire's will be a loud, boisterous room filled with locals and old world Creole preparations. You would go more for quintessential NOLA experience rather than the food. Commander's (garden room a must) is fun with IMO the best service in town and quite good food. I prefer it to having dinner there. 25 cent martinis too. Bayona is not a favorite.

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      Hungry Celeste RE: DaisyM May 13, 2008 07:24 AM

      Wow--just ONE lunch? That's hard. If you're gonna be here in May, I'd probably go to Casamento's and have a softshell crab sandwich, a side of fries, a Barq's root beer, then a cup of cafe au lait for dessert. They're closed June-July-Aug, though.

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        DaisyM RE: Hungry Celeste May 13, 2008 03:26 PM

        We're actually going to be there in November. Only 1 meal, because there will be all kinds of wedding related festivities. We have to sneak out so that the rest of the family doesn't follow us!

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          bgut1 RE: DaisyM May 16, 2008 11:55 PM

          We just returned from 4 days in NOLA and one of our best meals was our lunch at Commander Palace. It was perfect in all manners and respects.

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        carlos lainez RE: DaisyM May 17, 2008 06:45 AM

        Hello Daisy, There are so many places to chose from, but if there is time for 1 and only 1 my suggestion would be Palace cafe. it right on canal st. close to your hotel and is owned by the brennan family, same as commander's palace. It is old world cuisine with a modern take. Great service and a local favorite.Enjoy!!

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          bgut1 RE: carlos lainez May 17, 2008 07:52 AM

          Carlos - My recent lunch at Palace was mediocre at best. We stopped in to try the famous crabmeat cheesecake and the white chocolate bread pudding. While those items were good, to be honest, they weren't worth the detour. Furthermore, the other items we ordered were problematic; the lettuce from the cobb salad was old and wilted and it seemed that it was pre-plated while the replacement (while tasty) was overcooked and came with a charred bun. Service was also problematic as our waiter was difficult to understand and rarely came by our table. Probably one of the worst meals (along with Emerils) during our trip. If the OP wants to stay in the FQ I would try Mr B's Bistro instead. A much better lunch experience.

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            bgut1 RE: bgut1 May 17, 2008 11:09 AM

            I meant to say the replacement dish - a hamburger - was overcooked and came with a charred bun. Sorry.

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              Plano Rose RE: bgut1 May 17, 2008 11:31 AM

              We just returned from New Orleans, and the ONLY meal we hated was at Mr. B's. Food, service, and noise level were all atrocious. On the other hand, our lunch at Commander's was superb. As close to perfect as one could wish for. I'd go there.

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                bgut1 RE: Plano Rose May 17, 2008 03:15 PM

                Plano - What did you eat at Mr. B's and what was wrong with the service?

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                  Plano Rose RE: bgut1 May 18, 2008 10:42 AM

                  bgut1, I ate gumbo yaya and barbecued shrimp. The gumbo was tepid, not even lukewarm and inedibly salty. I really like worcestershire sauce, but it overpowered the shrimp. When the waiter saw that I hadn't eaten much, he remarked that I must not have been hungry, I told him that no I just didn't like it. He shrugged and walked off. Not even a "sorry 'bout that."

                  The other nine restaurant meals in New Orleans ranged from good to magnificent.

          2. mrsfury RE: DaisyM May 17, 2008 09:12 AM

            I would go to Bon Ton. It's within walking distance and the food is wonderful.

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              StBernardGirl RE: mrsfury May 28, 2008 08:37 AM

              I second Bon Ton Cafe. It is just a few blocks from your hotel, and the food and atmosphere are wonderful. You won't be disappointed.

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                cheesegrater RE: mrsfury Sep 21, 2008 09:21 AM

                I agree with Bon Ton Cafe, and it has an electric feeling in it. Not to mention they have some good cocktails.

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                webechil RE: DaisyM May 18, 2008 03:37 PM

                What you are asking is like going to 6 Flags and asking which ride to ride IF you can only ride one.

                Lunch Uptown is very nice at Commanders. Lunch in the Quarters Antoines is very special. Arnaud's is also quite good for the whole experience of a historic restaurant.

                August and Bayona are different. They are both very good but not historic. The buildings are but the restaurants are newer. Well not over 100 years old.

                If I had to make a definitive choice for lunch at one of our restaurants and it was all about the food, I would pick Cuvee. If you want a FQ experience. Antoines. The restaurent is very cool. Service amazing. Food is way above average, especially if coming from out of town.

                Court of Two Sisters has one of the nicest courtyards.

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                  JazzyB RE: webechil May 19, 2008 05:26 AM

                  Cuvee would definitly be my first choice however, they are only open Wed/Thur. for lunch.

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                  swampsue RE: DaisyM May 18, 2008 04:53 PM

                  As has been elluded to, it would be easier to help if you could hint at what type of dining experience and food you are looking for...also, were you hoping to stay close to the hotel, or is transportation not an issue?...that said, there are some great suggestions here already, and loads more to add. And with your enthusiasm, I'm sure you will have a superb experience wherever you choose.

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                    DaisyM RE: DaisyM May 19, 2008 11:31 AM

                    Yes, I realize that it is completely ridiculous that we only get to have one meal on our own. And believe me, if it wouldn't cause WW III, I'd blow off some of the wedding events! The more I think of it, the weekend will be filled with fine dining. I think what will be missing is po boys, gumbo, etc. We've both been to Commander's Palace and Arnaud's. Both fantastic...but this time I think more casual will do it.( Sorry, I hadn't really given it enough thought when I first posted.) We are absolutely going to take my adorable 92 year old father-in-law for his first trip to Cafe du Monde. He'll just love it!

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                      StBernardGirl RE: DaisyM May 28, 2008 08:42 AM

                      Whatever you do, please don't go to Mother's. It's a tourist trap and would be a complete waste of time. You could try Lil' Dizzy's in the Whitney Bank on Poydras St., corner of Camp St. I haven't had their po-boys, but the Trout Baquet and fried chicken are excellent and the prices are reasonable. Also, Napoleon House and Bourbon House in the FQ are very good.

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                      DaisyM RE: DaisyM Sep 21, 2008 06:35 AM

                      Okay....so it turns out we have two lunches! I'm going to make reservations for Commander's Palace for one day. For the day we arrive I'd like a more casual place in the French Quarter (Staying at La Pavilion) Should it be Bon Ton or Casamentos...or something else? We've already planned to make a run to Cafe Du Monde every night. Can't wait to go back to New Orleans! Oh, one more thing....where to buy the best pralines? Thank you.

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                        JazzyB RE: DaisyM Sep 21, 2008 07:32 AM

                        Casamentos is uptown, not FQ, on Magazine (next to Miss Maes) 2 doors off Napoleaon. Oyster loaves, 1/2 shell. Small menu. Although not casual, Galatoire's will offer the quintessential NOLA experience. Jacket not required for lunch, no shorts. I don't eat pralines so no help there. Pick up a muff. from Central Grocery to take home. Enjoy!

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                          N.O.Food RE: DaisyM Sep 21, 2008 07:47 AM

                          Between those two, I'd say bon ton. It has a wider variety of food. Casamento's is almost exclusively an oyster restaurant, so go to Casamento's if you're feeling bivalvy. If you want to do a really good lunch in the quarter, go to Bayona. There's also Herbsaint, Rio Mar, Cochon, Cuvee, MiLA, Galatoire's, etc. Sorry for the extra choices, and good luck deciding.

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                            southernyankee RE: DaisyM Sep 23, 2008 03:31 PM

                            As far as pralines, I am partial to Aunt Sally's (right next door to Cafe Du Monde)- but I'm biased, since I worked there for 3+ years! Every praline is different, so it's definitely a matter of taste- some are chewy, some are crunchy, some are smooth, some are grainy, etc. There are a few places in the French Market that sell them, it might be fun to sample and decide for yourself :)

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                              DaisyM RE: southernyankee Sep 23, 2008 04:08 PM

                              I remember Aunt Sally's from years ago! I think you are right....for scientific purposes we really should try as many kinds as we can.

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                                southernyankee RE: DaisyM Sep 23, 2008 05:31 PM

                                oh! and if you happen to visit Aunt Sally's when the ladies are in the kitchen making the pralines, ask for a warm one- they're so good that way! :)

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                              bigjeff RE: DaisyM Sep 24, 2008 07:44 PM

                              cafe beignet has funny hours, but the superior beignet.

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                              justagirl RE: DaisyM Sep 23, 2008 07:16 PM

                              Southern Candymakers has the best pralines IMO. Most places will give you a taste, so you can figure it out for yourself too. Have fun trying them all!

                              Bon Ton and Commander's sounds like two great lunches, you'll love em!

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                                bigjeff RE: justagirl Sep 24, 2008 07:43 PM

                                plus, southern candymakers is very generous with their samples. amazing pralines, amazing product.

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                                Tonto RE: DaisyM Sep 23, 2008 07:31 PM

                                Since this is a May post. You have to have come and gone, so where did you go and how was it?

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                                  JazzyB RE: Tonto Sep 24, 2008 07:19 AM

                                  IShe's visiting in Nov.

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                                  DaisyM RE: DaisyM Sep 24, 2008 10:15 AM

                                  I promise a full report when I get including how much weight I gained!

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