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Aug 14, 2009 02:18 PM

One Day, two Nights NOLA

Hello Everybody, I'll be one day, two nights in NOLA waiting for the train (not quite Jimmy Rogers, but close). I'll be down in the FQ, prolly the Des Armes, can walk anywhere. Is there a good nontouristy place for beignets and coffee; is the Cafe du Monde and good or is it just a scene? Also, do you still like Galatoire's or Arnaud's? On the website, Arnaud's reminds me of the Tadic Grill in SF, V. good place. Is Arnaud's still good? Thanks for any help. Traveler.

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  1. I still like Cafe DuMonde for beignets. Morning CAll or Cafe Beignet are your other options. I would certainly choose Galatoires over Arnauds. The last meal I had at Arnauds was an absolute tasteless mess. The quality has been going downhill for quite some time. Galatoires is a classic that is consistent and outstanding in both service and quality. Good luck!

    1. I agree with ScarlettNola...Cafe DuMonde is always good and fun people watching. Galatoires over Arnauds if you are looking to stick with traditional NOLA cuisine. If you want to have a more updated experience try Cuvee, Restaurant August or Cochon. Can't go wrong with them for dinner and a great lunch is Johnny's Po Boy or Mother's as the classic great NOLA food.

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      1. re: spacewrgler

        I would probably stay away from Mother's but this is just my opinion. A lot of people love it, but I tend to find it VERY overrated. For a po boy Johnny's is good, as well as PArkway, if you wish to stay near the Quarter.

        1. re: ScarlettNola

          I agree on can't do better in my book. Also, Mother's has been coasting for years BUT I must admit that it is better than what you get elsewhere.

          The Arnaud's decline is distressing...I saw it's first decline after the "count" died and the resurrection under Archie. It never regained its former form but at least it was not the embarassment that it became under Germain's hand. I did get upset when Archie went to a plate of five oysters, though--he claimed it was to be in the French Style but it was in fact a device to keep people from splitting plates. But I cannot wish ill on the house.

          Does anyone think CDM coffee is good these days? It's been dishwater (by New Orleans standards) to me for a long, long, time

          1. re: hazelhurst

            No it is quite watery. I would rather make my own. Going to have to go with Morning Call for coffee.