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

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. 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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    1. re: Lyonola

      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?

    2. 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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      1. re: zach623

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

        1. re: zach623

          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.

        2. 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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          1. re: Hungry Celeste

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

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              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. 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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                1. re: Becca_in_NOLA

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

              1. 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?