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Jul 4, 2008 04:18 PM

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. 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.