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visiting from NY for a long weekend, need 4 nights of amazing eats!

mrgaga Jan 21, 2009 06:20 PM

I am visiting a good friend in NO for a 4 day weekend, can you all please provide a few of the can't miss experiences? I really want to try something new that I could never find in NY, thanks!!!

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    david55 Jan 26, 2009 03:27 PM

    Cochon (fantastic rabbit, alligator, and of course pork, with preparations that you won't find easily in NY), and Acme Oysters (great local vibe and of course great oysters) .
    Avoid Bayona -- it's like an average NYC restaurant.

    1. steve h. Jan 23, 2009 01:11 PM

      galatoire's in the french quarter for dinner (downstairs) is old-school new orleans. let your waiter handle the food courses and the drinks. throttle back the manhattan clock and make the transition to local time. three hours for dinner seems just about right to me. wear a jacket. strap on a tie, too. look sharp.

      take the street car up st. charles, past loyola and the garden district, to riverbend. let frank brigtsen cook a meal for you. guaranteed to put a smile on your face. exact change only on the street car. don't forget the jacket.

      snug harbor on frenchman street is a little off the beaten path. food and drinks are ok but you're going there for the music. sweet, sweet music. go late. stay out very late. explore the neighborhood if you're a jazz fan. leave the jacket and the gold jewelry behind. you won't be disappointed.

      acme catches a lot of flack. i've slandered them myself from time-to-time when they deserved it. still, there's something cool about walking past all the people waiting on line for a table and sitting at the oyster bar. strike up a conversation with your neighbors and the guy behind the bar. tell him where you're from. challenge him to come up with oysters bigger/better than the blue points we get from long island sound in the dead of winter. bonus points if you trash talk those weak apalachicola specimens from florida.

      don't worry about doing it all. you'll be back.

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      1. re: steve h.
        jfood Jan 23, 2009 06:40 PM

        waaaay too strange. jfood just got off the phone w Brigtsens for his visit in a couple of weeks. Gotta bring CT to NOLA

        1. re: jfood
          steve h. Jan 23, 2009 06:51 PM

          san francisco, too.

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        JazzyB Jan 23, 2009 09:32 AM

        Lunch in Commander's garden room (M-F), their turtle soup is the best in town. Emeril's has been terrific lately, Herbsaint, Brigtsen's. Galatoire's offers the quintessential NOLA experience ,serving Creole classics. Not necessarily the best food but arguably the best time. August makes elegant use of local ingredients. Pick up a muff at Central Grocery to take home. Stand at the bar in Felix's and have a dozen on 1/2 shell. Wash them down with a local Abita Amber draught. Thanks for coming and bon appetit!

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          macster Jan 23, 2009 07:52 AM

          Clancy's, Mandina's, Stanley (for brunch), Dante's Kitchen, Commanders, R & O (best roast beef po boy EVER - imho), Jacques-Imo's, Brightsens. Some of my favorites.

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          1. re: macster
            roro1831 Jan 23, 2009 07:55 AM

            Macster, thanks for the kudos to R&O's roast beef. I too think it's the best around but does not get mentioned on this board too often

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              edible complex Jan 23, 2009 09:38 AM

              I lurve R&O as well. but most folks come here for recommendations for traveling here and are limited with transportation...so that often rules out the burbs.

              that said, if anyone is heading toward Bucktown and wants true NOLA cooking, check out Mr. Ed's, New Orleans Food & Spirits (thursday is rabbit day), Two Tony's, Sammy's Deli, Fury's and of course R&O..

              1. re: edible complex
                roro1831 Jan 23, 2009 10:32 AM

                I miss the white beans and rabbit so much. I'll be back for jazz fest and may have to hit NO Food & Spirits before heading out there.

          2. edible complex Jan 22, 2009 06:31 AM

            Herbsaint, Ye Old College Inn, Cafe Atchafalaya, Jacques-Imo's, Boucherie, Squeal, Patois.
            go to an oyster bar: Pascal's Manale, Desire Oyster Bar in the Sonesta, Acme, Felix's.

            what weekend? there may be some markets and festivals, where you can sample some food and music.

            1. N.O.Food Jan 22, 2009 06:13 AM

              Brigtsen's, Commander's, Galatoire's, Cochon, to name just a few. Skip Stella. You can find much better in NY. Don't get me wrong, Stella is good, but it's a pale imitation of similar places in bigger cities, and they don't serve nola food. More casual options include Mandina's, Bon Ton, Parkway Bakery, Joey K's, etc.

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                drwebre Jan 22, 2009 04:19 AM

                The main thing is to check the menu and make sure it has New Orleans food. People praise places like Bayona's but it has a NY type menu and the food is much better in NYC. For true NO food try the neighborhood restaurants such as Mandina's, Liuzza's, Liuzza's by the Track, and such. For more upscale, I'd vote with Mark and go to Galatoire's. Also Mr. B's, the Bourbon House, and the fish at Broussard's. We ate at Grande Isle Restaurant recently and they have fairly good Cajun food there.

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                1. re: drwebre
                  Mark Alberts Jan 22, 2009 12:18 PM

                  I concur: Focus on restaurants and food that is characteristic of N.O.-- the kind you can't get very easily here in NYC, and isn't as good when you do get it. So, you could could discard Luke from my recs above -- although you could also get raw oysters and a great gumbo there, and have a wonderful experience over all, as me and my friends did.

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                  Mark Alberts Jan 21, 2009 07:37 PM

                  As a fellow New Yorker who has visited New Orleans five times in the last four years, I would say that Friday lunch at Galatoire's is probably the single most unique experience. You can read more elsewhere on the board, I'm sure, but everything they say is pretty much true. I would round out a top five with NOLA -- based on my own two visits and visits by two friends -- as well as Brigtsen's, Luke, and a po'boy at Domilise's. But broadly speaking, most restaurants in New Orleans are wonderful. People will dicker over the details, and there's always someone who doesn't like even the most highly acclaimed places, but it's hard to go wrong with anyplace that is widely recommended here on Chowhound. I also find travel articles in the NY Times to be a good resource. Enjoy!

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