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Girlfriend's 1st time to 'Nawlins

tantogoldstein Jun 23, 2009 11:52 AM

Here's my itinerary so far. We don't get in until after 20:00 Thursday night so the dinner place needs to be open later. Anything I'm missing? Want to give her a little bit of everything. Thoughts or alternative recommendations are much appreciated.

Thursday night dinner: Ye Olde College Inn http://www.collegeinn1933.com/index.html

Friday breakfast: Cafe Dumonde http://www.cafedumonde.com/

Friday lunch: Mother's http://www.mothersrestaurant.net/

Friday dinner: Dante's Kitchen http://danteskitchen.com/

Saturday brunch 12:00: Commander's Palace - Jazz Brunch http://www.commanderspalace.com/new_orleans/index.php

Saturday dinner: Dick & Jenny's http://dickandjennys.com/

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  1. bayoucook Jun 23, 2009 11:55 AM

    Sounds good. Bring cool clothes, we're having a heatwave (but being you're from Dallas, you know how that is). No rain in 18 days, and the heat index for today is 110, with 84% humidity - probably even worse in NOLA.

    1. BayouEgger Jun 23, 2009 01:12 PM

      All of it sounds good, but I'd skip Mother's. With the temps in the high 90s there is always a super long line out the door (I work across the street). The food is OK but the prices are out of this world. Went there a couple of weeks ago with a vendor here from another city. I got 1/2 shirmp po-boy, cup of gumbo and a diet Coke,,,$23.50. I asked the lady at the register if this was a large po-boy and a bowl of gumbo and she said no. If' I wasn't with the vendor I'd have left.

      If you're looking for great po-boys and pretty much the same type food as Mother's then I'd go to Johnny's Po-boys on St. Louis Street.


      I hope this helps,


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        ScarlettNola Jun 23, 2009 02:14 PM

        I agree with Steve and would most definetly skip Mothers. IMHO it is VERY overrated. I would recommend trying Parkway Bakery in Midcity for an awesome po boy, or perhaps the lunch buffet at Mat and Naddies.

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          kibbles Jun 23, 2009 02:44 PM

          another -1 for mother's. it was good 30 years ago, been sold at least once since and running by on fumes...the flavor aint dere.

          Johnny's in the quarter has a poboy for everybody. if you have a big appetite get the Johnny's Special -- roast beef, ham, swiss, american. it's huge!! pick it up w/ a bottle of Barq's, perfect hang over food :)

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          1. re: kibbles
            louisiana Jun 23, 2009 07:06 PM

            skip mothers! Plenty of other great restaurants try LUKE on ST CHARLES

            1. re: louisiana
              KateMW Jun 27, 2009 09:57 AM

              I see a lot of anti-Mother's, but I love their breakfast. I also don't think it's expensive. Am I missing something? They have great ham biscuits and we eat there each trip down.

              1. re: KateMW
                ScarlettNola Jun 27, 2009 10:19 AM

                It used to be pretty good-but IMHO it is VERY overrated and overpriced for the quality. I just don't think it is worth any sort of wait especially in the summertime heat. To me it is similiar to Luby's or another cafeteria. But a lot of people love it.

                1. re: KateMW
                  paz5559 Jun 27, 2009 10:27 AM

                  "each trip down" belies your non-local status. Mothers is fine, it just pales in comparison to other local po'boy shops (which are admittedly inconvenient )

                  Give either Parkway or Crabby Jacks a try if you are outside of the Quarter

                  1. re: paz5559
                    KateMW Jun 27, 2009 04:48 PM

                    No, I'm not a local, but I don't think that makes me any less knowledgeable about what I like and what is good. I've been to Parkway. It's great. But my point is that Mother's for breakfast is good and their ham is great. Some of the best I've ever had and I've have a lot of Southern grandmother cooked ham in my life. I've never been there during lunch, so I have nothing to add to that. I like my po-boys from Domilise's for the most part.

                    1. re: KateMW
                      uptownlibrarian Jun 28, 2009 03:09 PM

                      The ham is indeed good. Some friends of mine got one for Christmas last year and it was great.

              2. re: kibbles
                tantogoldstein Jun 24, 2009 09:48 AM

                Many thanks to everyone for the info on Mother's. We'll be heading to Johnny's instead. Staying at the Iberville Suites so Johnny's is quite close & convenient.

                Again, thanks all for the help. Gotta love this site.

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                JazzyB Jun 24, 2009 11:20 AM

                Go to Emeril's for his lunch special $19.50, 3 courses.(M-F). Try a Pimms Cup while you're here. Refreshing in this heat.

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                1. re: JazzyB
                  tantogoldstein Jun 24, 2009 12:10 PM

                  I found this on wikipedia for Pimm's Cup: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pimm%27s... Is this something common to the area which most bars will know how to serve? Would love to try one.

                  1. re: tantogoldstein
                    roro1831 Jun 24, 2009 12:21 PM

                    Any place worth drinking at will know how to make it.

                    1. re: tantogoldstein
                      roro1831 Jun 24, 2009 12:28 PM


                    2. re: JazzyB
                      kukubura Jun 24, 2009 12:29 PM

                      Better yet, don't go to Emeril's and get your Pimm's Cup at the Napoleon House. It's their thing.

                      1. re: kukubura
                        JazzyB Jun 24, 2009 01:02 PM

                        I was suggesting lunch at Emeril's and trying a Pimms while he's here(meaning in town). Best Pimms I've had other than at home (I squeeze lemons/limes for fresh sour mix): Patois, Marigny Brassiere. Nap..House makes a decent one as well.

                        1. re: kukubura
                          dleyten Jun 24, 2009 08:31 PM

                          Hell yes, Napoleon House is the only place for a Pimm's Cup IMHO.


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