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Is a Progressive Dinner Posible?

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My husband and I are visiting New Orleans for the first time 3/4 - 3/9/2009. Is a progressive dinner possible as busy as many restaurants are? We thought about trying it on Thursday evening, for the two of us. Here's our take on an article we found, doing research, and some recommendations:

Pre-Dinner Drinks: Napoleon House
Appetizers: Emeril's
Entree: Brigtsens's
Dessert: Bayona
After Dinner Drinks: Old Absinthe House

We have not included these restaurants as we hope to have a complete meal experience at them individually: Commander's Palace (reserved for Sunday brunch), Restaurant August (dinner), Galatoire (trying for Friday lunch - Cuvee or Mila as backup), Casamento (dinner).

Suggestions?

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  1. you can do anything, if you have time and transportation. the restaurants listed are spread out from the Fr. Qtr, to Uptown to Riverbend and back to Fr. Qtr.

    I did something similar to what you're asking a few yrs ago and started around 5pm and got thru around midnight. I live here, so was driving my own car. I had fun, but it was tedious trying to park and get around and still enjoy the evening. next time, I'd get a limo for the night.

    you might want to concentrate your list to a more specific geographic area, so you don't have so many cab rides or need to drive and find parking. you could easily stay on foot in Qtr and have a very nice 5 course graze. if you want to stick w/your list, I'd probably change Brigtsen's to somewhere else closer to your other 4 picks.
    have fun!

    1. You could confine it to the French Quarter and do the whole thing on foot. Substitute Stella, Nola, K-Paul's, or Galatoire's for Emeril's and Brigtsen's (which are not in the FQ.) I'd suggest Galatoire's for appetizers -- just get the goute platter, a couple Sazeracs and dig in.

      Or you could do a Warehouse District crawl that could include drinks at the Swizzle Stick at Loew's, apps at Emeril's, dinner (of small plates) at Cochon, and dessert at Herbsaint. Or some combo of those.

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      1. re: HalfShell

        Or compromise even further: get Pimm's Cups at Napoleon House, apps & dinner at Nola, and then somewhere suitable for dessert. I think those two are on the same block, they're fairly close in either case.

        1. re: HalfShell

          I'm going to have to concur here. If you want to do it, do it in one neighborhood. It would also be possible to do this uptown on certain stretches of Magazine, as well as in the Quarter and the Warehouse District. Maybe you could do some combination of Dante's-Brigtsens-Mat 'n Naddies-Jacque Imos in Riverbend, topped by a chocolate freeze at the Camellia Grill for dessert and dancing 'till your feet are sore at the Maple Leaf. (Though you'd have to manage the need for reservations at Brigtsens with the no-reservations policy at Mat 'n Naddies and Jacque Imos.)

          But Quarter-Warehouse District-Riverbend-Quarter would be a killer

        2. We did our progressive dinner last night. Thanks for the input. It was a great experience.

          Pre-dinner drinks: Napoleon House - first time for a Pimms Cup. Refreshing.

          Appetizers: K Pauls
          Me: Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Caper Dill Remoulade - excellent, we both
          loved it.
          Hubby: Alligator Sausage - good but couldn't tell it was alligator taste-wise.

          Entree: NOLA
          Me: "Shrimp & Grits" Sautéed Gulf Shrimp, Grilled Green Onions, Smoked Cheddar
          Grits, Apple Smoked Bacon, Crimini Mushrooms, Creole Tomato Glaze and Red
          Chili-Abita Butter Sauce - yummy, great flavor combo, definitely recommend
          Husband: Hickory-Roasted Duck with Whiskey-Caramel Glaze, Buttermilk Cornbread
          Pudding, Haricot Verts-Fire Roasted Corn Salad, Natural Jus and Candied
          Pecans - probably the best duck either of us had ever had

          Dessert: Bayona
          Me: Apricot and almond beignets with their recommended wine - absolutely delicious.
          I need to buy a couple of bottles of the wine!
          Hubby: Dark chocolate pecan crepe gateau with Louisianne strawberries - he said it
          was good ... and as he forgot to share I'll have to take his word for it (he'll feel guilty
          the rest of the weekend now :) )

          No post dinner drink, we "waddled" back to our hotel and settled down with a couple of bottles of water, now I'm waiting for him to wake up so I can get my first Cafe Du Monde fix!

          Again, thanks for the input. The information on chowhound has really helped us plan some great food experiences on our visit in your lovely city.

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          1. re: ms_behavin

            I envy both you and your husband at this moment! Enjoy the rest of your trip!