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Christmas Weekend 2009--need some restaurant/bar help

I'll be in town with my wife, 2-year-old daughter, and my parents for the Friday-Monday that begins on Christmas Day. Let's take it meal-by-meal:

Christmas Day early dinner with the whole family of 5:
We arrive in time to have an early dinner on Christmas Day and I've made a 5pm reservation at Luke. Is that a good choice, especially with my little one? I've never tried a Besh restaurant and the menu seems interesting. Any other thoughts? We're staying at the W French Quarter, but will have a car.

Saturday:
Breakfast at Elizabeth's. If it isn't open, should we try Stanley or Eat?

Lunch: I was thinking about heading over to the Mid-City area. Any child-friendly suggestions? I'd like a great Roast Beef Po' Boy and my wife wants oysters. I'm thinking about Parkway Bakery, Ralph's, Liuzza's by the Track, Dooky Chase (for fried chicken and gumbo), or Mandina's. I've never tried any of these classic places, and I'm just not sure what is open or which to choose. Can I get some expert opinions? Remember, child-friendly, please.

Dinner: My wife and I will go out on Saturday night, just the two of us. We have 3 reservations, since we couldn't decide on one place. We reserved at August, Martinique, and the Pelican Club. Since we're going to Luke already, and since August seems like quite a fussy and long meal, we're leaning toward the Pelican Club. I wanted to try Boucherie, but it is closed. I didn't like the menu at Coquette or Iris. What about Bistro Daisy? Any other thoughts? We've already been to Brigsten's, Upperline, Cochon, Galatoire's, and Stella, and want to try something different.

Sunday:
Early Brunch: We're not going to the Saints game, but I'm a lifer and we will want to settle in somewhere for the Noon kickoff. So for the pre-game brunch, I was told that Cafe Amelie in the Quarter was nice. Any other thoughts? I wouldn't mind a jazz brunch, but want to keep it fairly casual.

Bar for the game: While Grandma watches our daughter, we'd like to watch the game somewhere with nice TVs and volume. I don't think Johnny White's is going to cut it. Should we try a hotel bar? Which one? I'd like to stay in the French Quarter, CBD, or the Marigny.

Sunday early dinner: I'm planning on Jacques-Imo's. My wife has never been and I'm in love with the food.

Monday
Breakfast: Maybe hit Cafe Du Monde
Take-out lunch: A sandwich at the Cochon Butcher--what sandwich would you get?

That's it! Any help, especially Saturday and Sunday, is appreciated.

PS: I'm also coming to town December 4-8 for a conference at the Convention Center, but I'll be by myself and working long days so will be eating as well as possible under the circumstances.

Thanks again!
Brett

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  1. I know this is a long list of questions. Let me try just to cut to the chase:
    Saturday lunch in Mid City--where can I take the family and get a great po-boy?
    Saints game--what bar should I hit in the Quarter with good TVs?

    3 Replies
    1. re: bmoskowitz

      Saturday lunch, Parkway Tavern for your poboys.
      Saints game, Lucy's on Tchoup or Chart Room on Chartres. Neither are known for great TV's, but it'll be a festive crowd and they will have the game on. For something a little different, try the American Sector at the WWII Museum. Catch the 11:00 showing of Beyond All Bounderies, then walk over to AS for the game. Nice bar, nice TV's and excellent food.

      1. re: BayouTeche

        Many thanks! I will check out these options. I appreciate it.

        1. re: BayouTeche

          is anyplace really known for their TVs? seems w/ the advent of cheap HD flat panels, everybodys got one -- or 4, unfortunately...

      2. Something else to consider for Saturday dinner would be Patois. For the game you could try Voila, 300 Decatur, corner Bienville, its a hugely gouche suedo club type place, but they have a huge drop down projection screen and a half dozen flat screens, they specialize in doing the big game thing, pay per view etc. The bar food is actually pretty good. For something a little more civilized you could try the Swizzle Stick Bar at the Loews Hotel, its nice and if memory serves me, they have a wide screen in there someplace. ch

        1. In mid city go to Liuzza's on Bienville. GREAT food; great poboys, red beans & rice, etc. Very casual and ok for kids.

          1. Thanks for the info. It is going to be hard to decide between Liuzza's and Parkway. Ideally, I'd love to try both. Thanks for the sports bar tips--the Loews sounds like a good option. I want atmosphere, but I want to be able to see the game too. I looked into Patois. It looks like a nice place, but I wasn't thrilled by the menu. Am I missing something? I've heard that the Pelican Club's food is average--how would it compare to say, Muriel's, which I consider to be only average?

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            1. re: bmoskowitz

              personally, Patois can do no wrong. I enjoy Sunday brunch at the bar watching Saints' games and eating gumbo, rabbit and moules frites.
              haven't been to Pelican Club in too long, but recent posts have been positive.

              1. re: edible complex

                Try the tasting menu w/wine pairing at August. If you don't like a course, they will let you pick a substitute. Coquette's menu changes almost daily. Bistro Daisy's changes often as well. I prefer Liuzza BTT 's "breath taking RB poboy" b/c of the horseradish sauce. Pre game brunch, make a resv. at Emeril's.

                1. re: JazzyB

                  Coquette is always changing, tho i dont think the website menu explains that very well. *excellent bar*. they have some amazing mixoligists that come up w/ unique, exquisite cocktails. try the bacon-infused bourbon.

              2. re: bmoskowitz

                patois is a new star, my review from a year ago:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/585376

                ...blows PC and Muriel's out of the water. i like PC but it's not a "destination" restaurant for me, just a good standby that, while not wowing, usually doesn't disappoint. Muriel's has never struck me as anything other than an easy tourist version of new orleans dining. this image is re-enforced by the t-shirt glad patrons fresh off bourbon street. charming bar and gorgeous upstairs lounge, tho.

                as for Liuzza vs. Parkway.. i really love L's "BBQ Shrimp" poboy, its unique and dastardly good -- whats not to love about butter, pepper, and shrimp? space is small and kinda boring. Parkway is nicely redone, has plenty of space including outdoor seating, and some pretty good above average poboys. known for their roastbeef. love their "Thanksgiving" poboy which was the thurs special, may still be.

                1. re: JazzyB

                  Thanks, JazzyB. I like the idea of Emeril's for brunch, but it isn't open for brunch on weekends. I will try Le Cote Brasserie instead and walk across the street to Lucy's for the Saints game.

                  1. re: JazzyB

                    Just a note that this website is not a complete list. I made reservations for Restaurant August for Christmas Day and for Pelican Club for Christmas eve (both through Open Table) but neither are listed on this site.