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My French Quarter Plan - Am I On Track?

My husband and I will be visiting New Orleans for a few days at the end of the month and we are wanting to have some great food while staying within the French Quarter and sticking to a budget. I would love to have some opinons of my plan so far:

Wed. Lunch - Port of Call (Burgers)
Wed. Dinner - Cafe Adelaide (Prix Fixe Menu)
Thurs. Lunch - Cuvee (Prix Fixe Menu)
Thurs. Dinner - Central Grocery (Muffs)
Thurs. Dessert - ???
Fri. Breakfast - Coffee Pot

I'm thinking this will only cost about $300 in total for what I'm hoping will be some delicious meals. Any comments or additional suggestions?

BTW, we have already been to Stella!, Bayona, K-Paul's, Muriel's, and Cafe Du Monde (we are trying to not repeat where we have eaten before).

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  1. For a good burger at a good price you can also consider taking a streetcar ride to Beach Corner.

    1. Profiteroles for dessert at Mr. B's

      1. Check the summer menu topic. Commanders is outstanding for lunch M-F. You can save a meal by bringing a muff. home from CG. They travel well. They close around 5 or 6. I know this sounds absurd but, stroll over to House of Blues for dessert. They have a senstional white chocolate banana bread pudding with creme angalise, whipped cream and topped with a caramel halo. It's $6 and huge. We get it in the bar with a cup of some of New Orleans' best coffee. Yes, HOB! So good it stands up to many of our finer rest. offerings (unfortunately nothing else can be recommended unless, they put the key lime pie back on the menu).

        1. I'm not local but what time does Central Grocery close? Not sure what their hours
          are post Katrina. It's always difficult to visit the French Quarter and "not repeat". I laways crave the Sweetbreads at Bayona, Mr. B's BBQ shrimp, beignets at Cafe Du Monde (seems like I always start the morning off there), crawfish etouffe at the Gumbo Shop (remember I'm a tourist) and everyone's gumbo. Hope to visit this Fall.

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          1. re: Bigshadetree

            I was thinking the same thing. If I am not mistaken, Central Grocery is only open during the day...not sure of the hours. Otherwise, your plan is looking good.

            1. re: swampsue

              My wife surprised me with a 3 day 2 night trip to NOLA for my 50th Birthday in 2 weeks. She left the restaurants to me. Here we go-
              Commanders Palace - Friday Lunch
              Muriel's on Jackson Square - Friday Dinner
              Acme Oyster House- Lunch Saturday
              Red Fish Grill - Dinner Saturday
              Cafe Du Monde- Sunday (pre flight)
              Monday - Diet

              1. re: Hockey19

                as JB noted, pack a muff from Central for the flight home. or as a friend always does, he boards with a soft shell crab po boy (from R&O) for the flight back home..

                enjoy, and thanks for coming!

                1. re: edible complex

                  I will be in NO on Thursday and was looking for a place to get my hands on a soft shell po boy, what is R&O and where is it located? Much appreciated, thanks a bunch, am really looking forward to it.

                  1. re: Ani

                    R&O's. 216 Old Hammond Hwy. 831-1248
                    it is a true neighborhood joint, which serves pizza, italian and seafood. their stuffed artichokes are very good, and it they have the tamales, get some. call ahead to make sure they have soft shells. don't be put off by the service, it is all part of the "charm".

                    since Katrina, some of the folks that farm them are not in business making that market a bit tight.
                    when they;re good, they're great.

                    saw some ginormous soft shells at Muriel's last week (reminiscent of the Godzilla at Jacques Imo's)
                    also call Crabby Jack's and see if they are doing soft shell po boys: Crabby Jack's. 428 Jefferson Hwy. 833-2722

            2. re: Bigshadetree

              Central Grocery opens at 9am (I am almost positive) and closes at 5pm. And it is closed on Sundays. =)

            3. I have to say that Central Grocery is the one place on my list where I have previously eaten. I've traveled with their muffalettas before and they are good later. Maybe I'll save those for the road trip home and choose another place for dinner on Thursday (still sticking to our budget!).

              The bread pudding and profiteroles sound good. I also forgot about how much I love the bourbon pecan pie from Coffee Pot, so I am going to have to work that in somewhere, too. Still taking dessert recs...

              I can't wait! Thanks for the suggestions!

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              1. re: squeakypeaches

                LaBoca has some fabulous desserts. http://www.labocasteaks.com/ I've loved every one, and I've had them all.

                1. re: mrsfury

                  I checked out the menu and that whole place sounds really good. Arghh...the budget! I'm so tempted for us to have dinner there instead of Central Grocery on Thursday. My husband loves a good steak. Is the rest of their menu as good as the desserts?

                  1. re: squeakypeaches

                    Their skirt steak is outstanding. The flank steak is marinated in pineapple juice, not noted on the menu. We didn't care for this at all, so be forewarned. Portions are generous. Sides and desserts are enough for 2. Do not miss the fries. You can easily skip the apps. here and still be quite full.

                    1. re: squeakypeaches

                      Hubby always gets the kobe, I always get a pasta dish. I tried my friend's skirt steak and it was fabulous.

                2. Can anyone comment on breakfast at the Coffee Pot? I read some decent reviews and it was recommended to me last year by a friend who is a NO native (I stopped there then for that delicious pie).

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                  1. re: squeakypeaches

                    I think it is ok but nothing special. Since you are from Oklahoma you might be familiar with Jimmy's Egg in Oklahoma City. I eat there every week and think it is better than any breakfast place I have been to in New Orleans including the Old Coffee Pot, Camilia Grill, and Elizabeth's. I took a friend of mine to New Orleans in March 2005 and ate at all the previously mentioned places. His favorite breakfast place on the trip-Shoney's breakfast bar.

                    Bigray in Ok

                    1. re: Bigrayok

                      I feel so very sorry for your guest. My M-I-L insisted on a breakfast at Shoney's (Clearview). It took three days to get over that. Other than an open buffet, it was inedible. Great quantities, but not good food, at any level.

                      We forced her to do La Madeline's (chain) the next day, and all were impressed over Shoney's. I was still popping Tums from the morning before.

                      I hope that you are given to hyperbole, and this is not a true story. If so, please tell me the other restaurants, that you and your friend recommend, so I can make note of those too.



                    2. re: squeakypeaches

                      Predicated on many years of having breakfasts there, I think that it is well worth the visit. Though the last visit was a bit odd, the food was great. I still recommend it, without reservation. The food is unique, prepared well and the setting is great fun. What more does one need, except obscene quantities of less than mediorcre food?

                      I would not miss Coffee Pot on my trips, should I not be staying way out in the Parish. Then, I'd definitely drive in to Camilla Grill, for a nutty waffle.

                      Not being from the midwest, where every course should feed a family of six for three days, I have no complaints.


                    3. Burgers? Go to Buffa's. 2 blocks away from Port of Call, and not a mob scene. Huge and delicious.
                      I'd pick Herbsaint or Cochon over Cuvee. Both have reasonable lunch options.

                      1. also for dessert, try Croissant d'Or.
                        or you could go for brekkie there too.
                        617 Ursulines Ave (bet. Chartres & Royal Sts.)

                        1. Cochon over Cuvee, particularly if you are "meat eaters".

                          For "real" local food, great prices, and "local colour", have dinner at Coop's. Just a few steps from the Central Grocery.


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                          1. re: schuarta

                            Cochon, Herbsaint, and Coop's have been on my list for forever, but I haven't made it around to them. I was actually debating Coop's over Central Grocery for that meal. If I go to Coop's, what should I order? Other restaurants on my list include Irene's, August, Lilette, Martinique, and Brigsten's, but I'm all about prix fixe and cheap for this trip.

                            1. re: squeakypeaches

                              Martinique has prix fixe summer menus; got to the Summer Menus thread for the link and for more restaurants that are doing these special priced menus for lunch and/or dinner.

                              1. re: squeakypeaches

                                Irene's and Brigsten's are top's with me, but not budget oriented.

                                At Coop's I've always enjoyed the Seafood Gumbo. The Taste Plate is good, and big. I enjoy their Jambalaya. The Combo Fried Oyster
                                and Shrimp Dinner is also good. I lean toward seafood. My last NO trip was in Sept. for 3 weeks. I hope Coop's continues to be good since.

                                1. re: squeakypeaches

                                  Cochon and Cuvee are 2 totally different experiences. One casual, one fine dining. I am probably in the minority but, Cochon is good for apps. only. We've been disappointed with the entrees. As a whole I think it is overrated. I'd take a CG muff anyday over Coops. Excellent list, however only Martinique has a pre fixe.

                                  1. re: JazzyB

                                    I have to say that the aps are so good I rarely bother with the entrees. I'll go with friends and just get the whole boucherie section-it's that good.
                                    Not that there aren't awesome entrees too, but the aps really shine, and you can get out of there without spending a ton of cash.

                              2. A nice easy dessert, I aways enjoy, is gelato. You could go to an old family favorite Angelo Brocato's on Carrollton. There are also two places on magazine La Divina and Sucre that serves gelato and other desserts. All would definitely fit you budget and leave you some wiggle room.

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                                1. re: MrsKheartsNola

                                  I second your vote for Brocato's! The Canal or Carrollton streetcar makes it an easy trip outside the Quarter.

                                  1. re: stayuplate

                                    Well, we don't have any major plans for the few days we are there (except eating!). Maybe I will make that trip to Brocato's, as it has also been a desired destination for me.

                                    1. re: squeakypeaches

                                      The best dessert in the quarter is one of the 32 ounce frozen daiquiri best flavor white russian.

                                      1. re: squeakypeaches

                                        Brocato's!!! No doubt about it. A gelato to eat right there and some tiramisu to bring with you for later :-) Brocato's is my favorite sweet spot in NO right now.

                                  2. CUVEE "A Waste of Time" !! Go to Galatoiers instead, or Arnaud's or Antoine's, just forget Cuvee.
                                    Cafe du Monde is a Must !!!! You haven't been to New Orleans if you haven't been to Cafe du Monde..
                                    Go to Domilisee's and get a Poboy instead of the Burger at Port of Call..... The only things I'd leave on your list are Cafe Adelaide and The Central Grocery where they make The BEST Dam MUFFULETTA in The WORLD but be prepared for The RUDENESS of The MISERABLE SOB OWNERS Behind the counter, "Give The Rude SOB's your MONEY, block out their outrageous RUDENESS, get your TASTY MUFFULETTA, eat it and ENJOY !!!!

                                    Picasso .

                                    below ....MUFFULETTA at THE CENTRAL GROCERY ... BEST DAM MUFFULETTA in NEW ORLEANS, but Beware some Outrageous RUDENESS !!!!

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                                    1. re: xpicassox

                                      Perhaps your obnoxious rants would be more credible if you learned to spell, punctuate, and capitalize properly. Just a thought.

                                      1. re: xpicassox

                                        This is a zombie thread from'08- Cuvee's been closed for over a year now.