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Nov 1, 2009 10:51 AM

Boston hounds descending this week - Please comment!

My wife and I are coming to town for our anniversary, and we'll be in late Wednesday night through early Sunday morning. We've done some rough planning and I wanted to pass the choices we've made to see if we're making any glaring mistakes or missing something that can't be missed. Our focus is to definitely sample quality fare, but we're not 100% against something touristy as long as the food is good. We're trying to only go out for one "nice" or "fine" place, on Friday, and everything else seems like it should be low to moderate.

We are getting in at 8:30 PM or so, and our hotel is on Conti St. near Bourbon. We're assuming that we'll probably have a snack/meal on our layover on the way over, but figure after we get settled in (10? 11?) we may want to wander around for a drink and a tiny snack. Any recommendations on a very close bar/late restaurant to fit this goal?

We are going to hit up Cafe du Monde for some beignets and coffee (touristy I realize -- but is it worth it anyway?) and then we'll be over at Mardi Gras World. After this we were thinking we'd aim randomly in that vicinity for lunch. Any specific recommendations around here? Should we just head back towards the French Quarter? Does the central grocery do anything well besides the muff? I will be getting that but my wife is not an olive person at all. We're not looking to spend much at all. For dinner that night we were thinking we would browse around our hotel area for a decent (not terribly expensive, but not low-end) dinner. Maybe the green goddess? Something better?

After an undecided breakfast we will probably hit up the faulkner bookstore and browse around that area a bit. Lunch for that day seems like it will be the parkway bakery, and dinner (already reserved) will be at Emeril's NOLA -- Based on a review of places around, this seems like the spot for us because we do want a bit of what would be regarded as "classic" new orleans fare, and I feel that it will be high quality and consistent, even if it's a "brand" restaurant.

This seems like the most unplanned day. I think we want to shop around Magazine st at some point, and maybe check out the armstrong park, and just wander some more. Wouldn't mind some low-$$ suggestions for this day.

We leave. No time for breakfast I'm afraid, 8:45am flight. Anything worth mentioning in the airport that's remotely acceptable?

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  1. It all sounds like a good plan.

    Wedenesday: Royal House, cornber Roayl and St. Louis, is open until 11 if I'm not mstaken, you could have some baked or raw oysters, Hermes Bar one on St. Louis has a small menu not sure how late they serve food though. A block away is the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel, and of course the Old Absinthe House and Lafitte's Blacksmith Hosue. No shortage of Bars in the Quarter. French 75 at Arnouds also.

    Thursday: Mardi Gras World is a bit isolated, are you walking over there, streetcar? I haven't been but not much within a short walking distance. But you could go to Cochon or the Butcher in the wharehouse district.. Not especially close but somewhat in that vicinity.

    Friday: Not sure about other options at the CG, but you could pick up a Banh Mi at the Moon Wok, or just have luch at Stanley instead. Green Godess is a great idea for dinner that night, especially if the weather is nice which it should be. You can dine alfresco.

    Friday: Emeril's sounds great.

    Saturday: Joey K's is good neighborhood place, daily specials and poboys, if you just want a sandwich their is Mahoney's, both on Magazine. Sounds like you are keeping Saturday Night open, maybe Cochon, its low key, you should be able to get in and out without dropping a fortune, other value options in and around the Quarter /CBD would be Luke, Palace Cafe and Mr. B's.

    Have a nice trip.

    Monteleone Hotel
    214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Emeril's Restaurant
    800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Old Absinthe House
    240 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
    3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    Moon Wok
    800 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    1. Cafe du Mond is touristy but worth it - try to sit close to the outside and you'll get a show with your breakfast.

      Central Grocery is muffalettas and more muffalettas - they don't do ANYTHING else,

      If you like oysters and seafood, try Felix's Oyster bar or Acme on Iberville, Friday night. I haven't made it to Green Goddess but hear good things.

      I responded to this post primarily to steer you away from NOLA. I personally do not like NOLA, of his restaurants it is my least favorite. I have been several times and would describe all the meals as less than memorable. Others love it, i do not. I also don't think it is anything remotely close to "classic" new orleans fare. I would recommend Tommy's, Irene's, and if you really want "classic" NO fare and dining experience try Galatoires - no reservations sit downstairs. Tujaques or Herbsaint -

      On Saturday - i agree with Charlie H - try Joey Ks and Mr. Bs for gumbo ya ya and bbq shrimp. Or stop in the Gumbo Shop on St. Peter - very afordable!

      Enjoy your visit!

      Galatoire's Restaurant
      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
      3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

      Green Goddess
      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: mississippigirl

        Gumbo shop is a good idea---I took some Russian friends there a few years ago and they loved it. It makes no claims to be The Best but it is--or was--perfectly fine.

      2. Liuzza's up on Bienville is a great, cheap lunch or dinner. It's a quick cab ride up towards mid city. I'll second Irene's Cuisine in the quarter. We never miss it for dinner. It can get crowded, so go early if you're not in the mood for a long wait. Coop's on Decatur is good for a late meal. VERY reasonable and delicious. It's a dive bar, but if you can get past that, it's amazing food at great prices. Have a wonderful trip!

        Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
        3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Irene's Cuisine
        539 Saint Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. Magazine is a long street, but worth exploring.

          the above link lists some of the restaurants along Magazine. be sure to pick up their booklet that has maps and listing, which are a great help.
          if it's a nice day, Martinique Bistro has great food and a lovely courtyard. for something a bit more casual, there is St. James Cheese Co. w/the Wine Seller next door. or, you could just graze along several blocks to get a good taste. you could start at the Farmer's Market and then work your way uptown. there's Casamento's for oysters, Ignatius for Nola fare.