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Leaving Baghdad for a NOLA R&R in August-- HELP!

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justkappa Apr 29, 2009 02:22 PM

Hey guys! I'm leaving my tour of duty in August for a 2 week vacation, of which 5 days will be spent in NOLA. I wanted to experience Emeril's (just cause) but I'd also like suggestions for the other meals, bars, & anything else you've got! I'd rather spend time & money in more inexpensive places that pack better NOLA flavor. However, I'm open, especially because of my romantic accomplice. I'll be staying in Marigny & would love to stay in the general area (to include the quarter) but will have my car to move around. One "minor" factor: NO SEAFOOD! Not much but here's what I have so far.

Breakfast/Brunch: Brennan's, The Court of Two Sisters
Lunch: _______
Dinner: Emeril's, Coops

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  1. Lyonola RE: justkappa Apr 29, 2009 02:52 PM

    Marigny Brasserie in well the Marigny is a good spot. The Joint which isnt far from there and Elizabeth's would also be worth a visit. The Joint is barbeuce (but not the world's best by any means) and funk, Elizabeth's is good, simple cuisine and funk.

    If you want to head into the Quarter there is the Italian Barrel, El Gato Negro (which is hit or miss on food, but hit on margaritas), and of course all the other quarter spots.

    You may also want to hit up Dookie Chase's which is open for lunch or Parkway Bakery.

    Of course there are loads more places, but that ought to get you going. Thanks for your service.

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      justkappa RE: Lyonola Apr 29, 2009 03:08 PM

      Of course there are loads more places, but that ought to get you going. Thanks for your service.
      -- Thanks for supporting us!!! Really means the world!

      What about gumbo? Is it all seafood or are there places that make a good one without?

      "head into the Quarter there is the Italian Barrel, El Gato Negro " -- Are these the better or more inexpensive quarter restaurants?

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      zach623 RE: justkappa Apr 29, 2009 05:27 PM

      I just want to say THANK YOU for what you are doing for us. If it were up to me, you would eat whereever you want for free.
      Thanks again

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        justkappa RE: zach623 Apr 30, 2009 05:48 PM

        Thanks soooo much for all your support! It really really means a lot!

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          pikawicca RE: zach623 Apr 30, 2009 07:02 PM

          Hello, My father flew in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam. Earned the Silver Star and would have been mortified if someone had called him out as someone special. He would not have thought that he deserved to eat free: he was just doing his job.

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          Hungry Celeste RE: justkappa Apr 30, 2009 07:46 AM

          I'd skip Court of Two Sisters: go have brunch in the garden room at Commander's Palace instead. Ride the streetcar from Canal Street to Washington Ave, stroll the few short blocks to the restaurant, and enjoy being able to walk the streets.

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            hazelhurst RE: Hungry Celeste Apr 30, 2009 09:04 AM

            I agree although it can be very nice to have a cocktail at Two Sisters since it is such a pretty place.

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              justkappa RE: Hungry Celeste Apr 30, 2009 05:51 PM

              I was thinking something like that. Court of Two Sisters seemed a bit away from the free-flow atmosphere I'm looking for. Really looking for an open spot with a good time, good food, & good music.-- key word: open :) (inexpensive too)

              Ride the streetcar from Canal Street to Washington Ave, stroll the few short blocks to the restaurant, and enjoy being able to walk the streets-- that sounds right on! thanks!

            2. BayouTeche RE: justkappa Apr 30, 2009 11:03 AM

              A couple of inexpensive spots in the Marigny:

              Adolfo's - Creole/Italian dive above the Apple Barrel Bar

              Mimi's - funky/cool bar that serves pretty good tapas

              For Marigny bars: d.b.a, Spotted Cat and R Bar

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                Becca_in_NOLA RE: BayouTeche Apr 30, 2009 01:01 PM

                Love Mimi's - good food...

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                  justkappa RE: Becca_in_NOLA Apr 30, 2009 06:06 PM

                  Definitely going to Mimi's in the Marigny!!!! OH WOW!!!! - Thanks!

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                justkappa RE: justkappa Apr 30, 2009 05:53 PM

                Would you guys suggest having maybe (1) big meal - (2) regular meals a day? I keep hearing that I shouldn't plan (3) meals a day. Any suggestions?

                1. edible complex RE: justkappa Apr 30, 2009 06:28 PM

                  Hi, thanks for your service and thanks for picking NOLA to spend your time off.

                  August will likely be a hot month, but nothing compared to Baghdad. Many restaurants will have summer specials/menus going on for COOLinary, so get a Gambit when you arrive. Also our local paper, The Times-Picayune, has a Friday tabloid called Lagniappe that will also list what is going on around town. Some restaurants will have lunch specials priced at the daily high temp, so if it hits 92', the next day's lunch special is priced at $9.20. And there will be restaurants offering 3 course meals for around $25.
                  Some of my favorite places are Martinique Bistro, Patois, Clancy's, Iris, Il Posto, St. James Cheese Company, Bacchanal Wine (for Sunday dinners), Mr. B's (duck and andouille gumbo), Commander's (for lunch), Felipe's (in the Qtr), Irene's, Li'l Dizzy's (on Esplanade), Luke. Having a car, make a drive on River Rd. to Rivershack Tavern for a debris style roast beef and on Mondays get the red beans and rice w/sausage or the daily lunch special or head to Crabby Jack's on Jefferson Hwy. for a duck po boy. or drive to Parkway Bakery for a roast beef or meatball po boy or Liuzza's by the Track.

                  Here's link to the Summer Menus thread I started last summer that will give an idea of some places to watch for this year:
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/525408?tag=search_results;results_list

                  As you get closer to traveling, check out this site for the places participating in COOLinary:
                  http://www.nomcvb.com/restaurants//li...

                  Have a great time; stay cool!

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                    justkappa RE: edible complex Apr 30, 2009 06:37 PM

                    WOW!! thanks a million! - Will do!

                    Many restaurants will have summer specialsmneus going on for COOLinary, so get a Gambit when you arrive. -- I read about this event but never really saw any updated news. I'll be sure to get into it closer to my departure date.

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                      mrsfury RE: edible complex Apr 30, 2009 07:14 PM

                      edible, do you ever eat at home? LOL just kidding.

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