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Here is what I've got so far for our short anniversary trip in August...

I need one lunch and a dinner plus any snacks that you think are necessary. I could also use some bar recommendations for a great cocktail or two. Should I change anything? Is Luke for lunch a good choice? I'm so used to going to Galatoire's, I'm second guessing my choice!

Friday~
Lunch- Luke
Dinner- ???

Saturday~
Breakfast-Mother's
Lunch- ???
Dinner- Restaurant August

Sunday~
Brunch- Commander's

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  1. Kate-What type of bars do you like? Obviously they are across the spectrum, so before I put my two sense in just wanted to know.

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    1. re: ScarlettNola

      We like all kinds of bars really. Bars with music are great and I love a good cocktail, so nice bars that focus on the drinks would be great too.

      1. re: KateMW

        For great music try Tipitana's, Maple Leaf, or Rock and Bowl (live music and bowling!). You may also want to bar hop on Frenchmen Street for fabulous jazz. For great cocktails and upscale ambiance try CURE, Bar Uncommon, Sazerac Bar, Carousel Bar, Swizzle Stick (at Loews Hotel) Hermes Bar, or courtyard at Ritz Carlton. The drinks are mixed by the bartender/mixologist of the Library Lounge which a private club in the Ritz, so you get live music from the Jazz Bar, and fabulously strong cocktails. When we go to the Lounge, I would rather sit outside anyway, as it is a great courtyard. Overall a win-win. If it is late, late, late night and you are still ready to go there are several dive bars, which are great fun. Snake and Jakes gets hopping well after midnight, but is in a residential neighborhood and very hard to find, minus the Christmas lights around the bar. Great people watching and late night drinks. It attracts a mixed crowd of folks and is probably 90% local. Miss Maes/The Club on Magazine is a great spot as well. Super cheap drinks, but a fun and eye opening experience. Also try F & M. These are great places for after midnight/one if you are up for an adventure.

    2. I would skip Mother's and sub Elizabeth's.

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      1. re: Bayareafoodiei

        No thanks. I love their ham biscuits. :) I know how this board feels about Mother's though. I'm going to fit Elizabeth's in on our trip in April for FQF though. Sounds yummy!

      2. Luke is open daily for lunch. Many others are not. Try Cuvee Fri. lunch, Luke on Sat. Perhaps Herbsaint Fri. dinner. Swizzle Stick in the Loews Hotel for cocktails.

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        1. re: JazzyB

          I had almost forgotten about Herbsaint. The first place I ever ate in NO with my husband. Is the quality still there? I don't see it mentioned too much.

          Where is Cuvee?

          1. re: KateMW

            Cuvee is on Magazine. They do great food. Lunch there would have to be Friday, as they only do dinner on Saturday. Either meal would be great. Also in the lunch consideration should be Cochon, which is run by Donald Link, who is an owner of the previously mentioned Herbsaint. Bayonna would also be a great fit in your itenerary as would MiLa. I have no been to Green Goddess, but that looks as though it could be a wonderful lunch spot as well. No liquor license, so BYOB, but they do make some interesting fruit juice "cocktails."

            1. re: Samuel Smith

              Greed Goddess is a good lunch rec. They will certainly have their liquor license by August, in fact I believe it has been or is very, very near to being procured. Maybe someone can check this weekend.

              1. re: Samuel Smith

                Cuvee serves dinner m-sat. I believe they recently expanded lunch m-f. 504-587-9001.

          2. I'd have drinks in the bar at August before dinner. can't remember the name of it, but there is a drink made w/crushed sugar cane. sounds tasty on a hot summer night.
            I like the bar at Arnauds, French 75. Then there is the bar at Antoine's, Hermes. Or either the Rib Room bar or Touche at the Royal Orleans. I love the bloody mary's at the Chart Room at 300 Chartres.
            I like Luke and enjoy sitting at the bar for drinks and nosh. great raw bar and local brewed beers.
            cheers!

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            1. re: edible complex

              I think I need a cocktail now lol! Thinking about the Bloody Mary's at the Chart Room has me craving them.....Another great BM (that just sounds wrong)hmmm Bloody Mary is made at the Original Pierre Maspero's. They have a house made infused vodka with peppers, tomatoes, jalepeno's etc and it is out of this world! They are great at the bar or to go.

              1. re: ScarlettNola

                great, I'm breaking out the Zing Zang and concocting a VM, as I'm quite thirsty and I haven't had my salad for lunch yet ;-)

                1. re: edible complex

                  I never had a chance to have one. : ( If I were home I would probably be at the Chart Room, but as it stands I will probably have a glass of wine! It's 5 o clock somewhere, and my kids are home all summer. I have earned it.

                2. re: ScarlettNola

                  Going back a bit, though not to my youth, the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone did about the best Bloody Mary, that I have ever had. I was not alone, as my entire board voted them the #1, and we had met across the US.

                  While we did not avail ourselves of it, the bar at Restaurant August had the right look and feel, when we did diner there.

                  Enjoy,

                  Hunt

              2. cocktails -- there is an excellent new hidden gem in the French Quarter. its called "Bar Tonique", 820 N. Rampart.

                not a happening part of the quarter, but this place is special. many components made in-house (ginger beer, for ex), talented mixoligists w/ a creative menu, as well as tequillas, bourbons and scotches.

                http://blog.nola.com/notesonneworlean...

                1. I would change your Saturday lunch to Luke and go to Cochon or Herbsaint for lunch on Friday. Friday dinner, Patois, Iris or Coquette...they are all amazing AND they all make great special cocktails!! Sunday brunch is a great choice. For cocktails, I second the recommendation for Bar Tonique. Also, Cure is a great place uptown.

                  1. Have a night cap at the Hotel Monteleone carousel Bar 214 Royal Street in the FQ. Enjoy