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Jun 4, 2008 12:23 PM

Based on board recommendations......

We'll be in NO July 17-23rd for a convention and this is what we have planned so far based on all the recommendations on this board. Appreciate the help!

Thursday when we arrive:
Cafe du Monde
Acme Oyster House

Lunch at Galatoires
Dinner at Stella

No plans yet

Brunch at Commander's Palace

Dinner at Cuvee

Lunch at Cochon

Willie Mae's Fried Chicken

Any other MUST eat, see, do things while we're there. We haven't been in 6+ years and I know alot has changed since then. Thanks again.

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  1. you have a great start.
    for any lunch openings, I would try Li'l Dizzy's on Poydras St (Trout Baquet is to die for), J'anita's (great BBQ, fish and hamburgers), or St. James Cheese Co. (amazing selection of cheeses, charcuteries, salads, sandwiches) w/BYOB from next door's Wine Seller.
    for any dinner openings, try to get into:
    Iris (duck confit, scallops, mussels, veal cheek ravioli, skate wing)
    Patois (sweetbreads, pork belly, moules frites, duck confit salad, rabbit and andouille gumbo, paneed rabbit)
    Clancy's (oysters w/brie, sweetbreads, smoked soft shell crabs and frozen brandy alexanders)
    Brigtsen's (everything, anything)
    Martinique (crab salad,grilled eggplant app, duck breast w/confit leg)
    Cafe Minh (all apps, bouillabaisse, braised short ribs, lacquered duck).

    for fun, go on a Fr. Qtr. buggy ride with your favorite beverage from Vieux Carre' Wine & Spirits (next to K Paul's) if inclined to imbibe. then go get your Cafe du Monde. not to miss cocktails at Carousel Bar at the Monteleone, Lafitte's Blacksmith, Old Absinthe House, Napoleon House (all in the Fr. Qtr.) or take the streetcar to the Columns Hotel for happy hour on the veranda. Club 528 at Harrah's Hotel has great music; go see Leah Chase and John Boutte if performing. Rebirth Brass Band is at Maple Leaf on Tuesday nights. the ferry ride across the Mississippi and back at sunset offers great views.

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    1. re: edible complex

      Edible has many great suggestions. There is only one issue. I had heard many good things about J'anitia's so I went. If you go, just be prepared for no AC, doors open, things flying around, and it's not very clean. If you can get over the cleanliness and flies the sandwich is good.

      1. re: anteeks

        Summer Hours
        Beginning June 1st we will be reducing our hours of operation to 5 days a week. This is the time of year when alot of people are out of town, businesses get slower, heck the whole pace of life gets slower. So after June, please come in, sit in the air conditioning and enjoy a cold one and a dang good meal.
        (that’s, thurs,fri,sat,sun,mon

    2. I'd skip Friday at Galatoire and opt for a long saturday lunch...Friday is just too damn loud. It has become something of a parody of itself. Stick your head in that afternoon just to see if you like but you'll enjoy yourself much more on another afternoon, I warrant.

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      1. re: hazelhurst

        unless you are at upstairs w/ a reservation at Gal's, and then can pop downstairs.
        in July, Fridays might not be such a zoo downstairs; but be prepared to line up early in the hot July sun if you want to partake downstairs. the sun won't clock over until dinnertime. if you are in line, keep hydrated!

        1. re: edible complex

          Thank you both so much....I'm printing off your recommendations to take with me, edible complex. I guess if Gal's is too crazy, we won't have a hard time finding great food close by!

      2. Thanks ediblecomplex! I'm printing off your recommendations to take with me. Thank you hazelhurst for the warning. If it's too crazy, I'm sure it won't be hard to find great food close by!

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        1. re: drbillie

          w/in walking distance is Mr. B's, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, GW Fins, Redfish Grill, Bourbon House, Bayona, Muriel's, Cafe Amelie, Bistro Maison de first to see who is open for lunch, as it is July.
          But I go to Gal's and enjoy!
          And if the lights flicker, it's just the streetcars on Canal St. zapping some juice.
          Thanks for coming and supporting our beloved city.

          1. re: edible complex

            OP's list looks good. I will quickly second both Bayona and G W Fins. Both offer really good food, in totally different settings. Still, it's about the food, after all.

            I'm less a fan of Dickie B's, but that has been hashed around enough. Same for Muriel's, but others love it, and many reviews praise it.

            Bistro Maison de Ville has been on our list, but we missed it, even while staying at the Audubon Cottages (part of Maison de Ville). I will rectify that omission next trip.

            Good calls, EC,


            1. re: Bill Hunt

              I've only had one really bad out of about dozen meals at DB's. I do prefer lunch over dinner there, but I have way too many faves to frequent it. I did however enjoy thier happy hour wine and apps events.

              Muriel's has a new chef, Gus Martin, formerly Ralph's. The buss I'm reading on other forums is that it is Good! I'm planning to return soon and give it a try. Love the location and the decor. Hear the food is outstanding again,

              Bistro has a new owner, the chef, Greg Picolo. All reports have been favorable. It too is on my list to revisit. I have never had a bad meal during its many years and many chefs, so I expect nothing less next time.

              Gw Fins is starting up their summer wine pairing dinners:

              so many restaurants...sigh...and so many lbs

              1. re: edible complex

                Thanks for the info on G W Fins. Actually, it was there wines b-t-g list, that got our attention, shortly after they opened. They also did wine-tastings in the late afternoon. I was surprised, when they refused to charge me for it. Bartender, who did a good job with a upper-mid-range Chard tasting, got a hefty tip. Food has always been good to great, and service in the very good range. It is a bit casual, but so is another restaurant, that I enjoyed, Cochon.

                My Dickie B's experince was long ago, and universally bad. Even had a family member doing sous-chef work there, and he could not get us back. I hope that all has changed, especially post-K. Had it not been such a horrible experience, on all levels, I'd not even have mentioned it, because of the time, that has passed.

                Thanks for the H/U with G W Fins. We'll be back at the end of the Summer, and staying in the FQ. It's now been two trips, since we dined there, so they are due. Maybe I can get back, while the wine pairings are still going on.


        2. Request the garden room at CP. FWIW, whenever we have lunch at Galatoire's, (around 11:30) we are not ready to eat ANYTHING until 8:30pm. Plan your dinner resv. accordingly. I'd add Herbsaint and August to your list. Don't miss the crispy napoleon with remoulade (app) at Cuvee. Pick up a muff. at Central to bring home. We play tourist and take a private carriage ride and it is lovely. Bring along a go cup cocktail. Pick up a Gambit (a free weekly) and check the ads. Many restos. run ads with their summer specials. If you're in the quarter, HOB has them by the entrance to their store. It will be extremely hot so pack accordingly. You'll find the Aquarium and the IMAX a welcome respite. NOMA too. Thanks for coming.

          1. Check the SUMMER MENUS thread on this board.