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Jun 14, 2009 06:53 PM

Confused now Help! Time and location important.

Me, hubby, 2 sons(one 21 one 17) and a daughter 6 are traveling our first mini trip to New Orleans. We will be heading in for only 2 nights staying at The Inns of New Orleans this month. TIme and location are important. I have been looking and reading all the tips on eating place, which is my job to find everywhere we go, so help me decide 2 or 3 different place for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner(any price level is good too). My family love to put as much into these small trips so give your top choices onlywith that in mind. Any added tips for sites or must do's on a short trip are also welcome.(just read about the snowballs with cream and I would not have known about them until I got there)This is my first post on chowhound so welcome to you all.

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  1. I feel your pain, as I too plan my family trips and generally put a lot of thought into what we will do. Here is an itinerary that I would consider for 2 days.

    Day 1:
    Breakfast: Betsey's Pancake House (off of Canal from the streetcar)

    Activity: City Park (Storyland is awesome for the little one) Botanical Garden, and Art Museum. There is also a small amusement park adjacent to Storyland. You can take the streetcar all the way to City Park if you have no transportation, but there is ample parking.

    Angelo Brocato's off of Carrolton (this will be on your way home from City Park)

    Mandina's off of Canal (Italian Creole Comfort Food)

    Afternoon: Swim or Relax at hotel

    Dinner: Port of Call (Esplanade Great burgers, but be prepared to wait) or NOLA (Emeril's restaurant in Quarter, not my favorite cuisine, but is fine for children)

    Day 2:
    Breakfast: EAT
    Activity: Buy a pass for the zoo, insectarium and aquarium. Spend the early part of the day at Aquarium and Insectarium, then head Uptown to the Zoo. You could eat lunch en-route somewhere a long Magazine Street (Lots of great bistros, cafes, pizza and shopping)
    Snack: Hansen's Sno Bliz
    Dinner: Dick and Jenny's (Great wine list, fabulous food, and a kiddie menu)

    Good luck!

    Mandina's Restaurant
    3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

    Hansen's Sno-Blitz
    4801 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    4 Replies
    1. re: ScarlettNola

      That is some GREAT things to check into. I continue to see Mandina's and the two breakfast places. I have one son(the 17 year old) that has to have something with a very unique setting, he likes the finer things in our house, ha, so if you can think of someplace that might give him someplace geared with a very nice setting and a bit of something for him and his brother to chat about after the trip. While we include my daughter in planning I have to also let them have a pick. He wants GOOD food he says if he has to go on these ever other mini weekends. Again that you so so much, I will take down all that for the trip.

      1. re: where2now

        Dick and Jenny's has great food and is kid friendly. Another option would be Dante's kitchen. There are a lot of fine dining establishments, but not all are great for little ones. I have taken my children to Restaurant August, NOLA. Bayona, Emeril's, Commander's Palace, but always either for lunch or very early dinners.

      2. re: ScarlettNola

        I am also a big fan of the Coffee Pot, on St Peters Street (just river-side of Pat O'Brien's) for breakfast. Love the venue, and the food. Always have, even back to the days, when it was Maxie's Coffee Pot.

        I am always seated at one of the window tables, or the courtyard table, closest to the gate to the courtyard. Either allows for great "people-watching."


        1. re: ScarlettNola

          Oops, the link did not take. Here it is - I hope...


          Coffee Pot Restaurant
          714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        2. Will you have a car? I am not familiar with The Inns of New Orleans. Is this in the Quarter?

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          1. re: ScarlettNola

            Yes but we always walk to everything or might consider a streetcar. We will get there late the first day and have only about a day and half of day hours...approx. The Inns of New Orleans Ramada Use to be the Old French Oprea House on the corner of Bourbon Street. We just got back from Memphis and went to Graceland, took horse and buggy rides walked down Beale street and shopped a little and ate at 3 top place, one the best burger place, bbq place and then a nice sit down restaurant. I will probably go with some of your ideas, that sounds good and fairly safe this trip, until I learn a little more about the area. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me.

          2. Preservation Hall in FQ is a cool place for live music, $10 cover, open nightly.

            You may need to take a cab but Cochon serves a variety of small plates so you can try a great variety and the atmosphere is classy casual.