July 2009-3 nights in NOLA; no pork or shellfish
My husband and I have 3 nights in New Orleans; we are staying near the Convention Center. We do not eat pork or shellfish. We arrive on Monday around 7 pm; we would like to eat at a nice restaurant for a late dinner (August? Bayonna?) The two other nights we could eat almost anywhere. We also need recommendations for lunches and breakfasts.
I believe that either August, or Bayona can easily accommodate you. My wife cannot tolerate any bi-valve (oysters, scallops, clams, etc.), and has never had an issue. We always call the restaurant, especially if we wish to do a chef's tasting menu, and have always been accommodated perfectly. Chef Besh, and Chef Spicer each worked with our menus to eliminate the bi-valves from my wife's preperations. I'd never spring this on a restaurant at the time of arrival. Much might well have been done with broths and sauces already. Help them, to help you.
A nice long walk from the Convention Center is The Original Coffee Pot on St. Peter St, in the FQ. We also had a wonderful and elegant breakfast at the Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel, very near you. It was not inexpensive, but well worth the splurge.
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
If you get a meatless muffalletta at either Central Grocery or Napoleon House it will still be super-duper tasty and won't have any pork (We are pescatarians/semi-vegetarians and always get those... They are great.)
Also, Bennachin is an African restaurant in the Quarter that has a lot of dishes that you can eat, including many wonderful meatless dishes. It's cool to see a cuisine that so heavily influenced the other cuisines in New Orleans.
For breakfast, the omlettes at Clover Grill are great.
1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116