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Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

Ok, here's what I need help with.

1. Hauling it from the airport into plantation country, is Voodoo BBQ the best place to grab a quick bite on the way out of town? (Sat lunch)

2. Is Acme's packed at lunch on Sundays? Is there a better FQ option that wont eat up (pun intended) a lot of touring time?

3. On a Sunday night in the FQ - NOLA or Red Fish Grill? (Husband doesnt want to pack a jacket so we are staying business casual and only have 3 days so looking for great seafood, creole, cajun, southern locales)

4. Mon am - light quick breakfast anywhere on the St Charles streetcar route (coming from Marriott on Canal)

5. Mon night in the CBD - Drago's or Bon Ton?

6. Lunch on Tues before we head to the airport - where have I missed thats a must-eat in the FQ or CBD?

Anywhere do anything fun or special for anniversaries?

Thanks fellow CHs!

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  1. Off the top of my head,
    Have a drink in the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel,
    or The Carousel Lounge in the Monteleone
    would be great choices for an anniversary toast.

    My vote would be Bon Ton over Drago's. Great food, atmosphere, history, etc

    re Tues lunch, casual, dressy, price etc? what are you looking for?

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    1. re: Suzy Wong

      If Acme is crowded theres always Felixs right across the street their competitor. I also recommend the Bon Ton its the oldest cajun restaurant in new orleans. Try the crabmeat au gratin or the crawfish dinner very good. Camellia Grill is right on the st. charles line and that can be quick sometiimes for monday breakfast. Redfish grill over Nola the hickory grilled fish and bbq oysters are great. lunch on tuesday parkway bakery and tavern for poboys might be a good choice. right off the canal street line and you can walk to it from jeff davis parkway. Something fun to do in the quarter is visit the old u.s. mint they have a great jazz and mardi gras collection in there thats nice. At Jackson Square you must walk inside and visit St Louis cathedral its pretty breathtaking.

        1. re: joedontexan

          Another vote for Camelia Grill for b-fast. My favorite!!

      1. On Saturday, I would grab a po boy, although for time constraints, it may be best not to come all the way into the city if you are heading to plantation country. There is an Acme at the airport, but I cannot vouch for it, as I have nver tried it. On Sunday, would probably try Felixs in lieu of Acme. If you happen to go with Acme at the airport, try Mandinas on Sunday (or this would work for Tuesday lunch as well) Italian-Creole food and one of my favorites. On Sunday night, I would try Muriels for romantic atmosphere. NOLA is very loud and open, but still good. Bon Ton over Dragos, hands down. I agree with Sazerac Bar and Carousel Bar for anniversary cocktails, but also consider The Columns Hotel on St. Charles AVel. If it is a nice day, you can sit outside and enjoy the ambiance. There are a lot of great and casual spots Uptown as well that are an easy cab or streetcar ride away. Will you have a car?

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        1. re: ScarlettNola

          Acme at the airport was on par with Felix's, which was good, but not as good as Acme. The oysters at Acme were about twice the size of the Felix oysters, and Felix's had some dirt on them.

          I don't know about NOLA vs. Red Fish, but I would not go back to NOLA. It was ok, nothing bad but nothing special either. I don't even remember what I had (I think it was a garlic-crusted drum, but I'm not positive).

          Have you considered Cochon or Green Goddess? I have not tried Cochon, but it's well regarded (we'll get there one of these trips). Green Goddess was amazing. MILA was very good as well, but that was a few years ago, and I'm not sure about the dress code.

          1. re: Coconuts

            I had looked at Cochon at one point but then had opted for Dragos or Bon Ton over there for some reason I cant entirely recall now to be honest! So many choices, so little time! But, thats exactly the reason I am asking the experts...
            Sunday night we will be in the heart of the FQ so I hadnt thought about going back out to Cochon, Green Goddess is new right? Of course I have touristy guidebooks and I dont think they had much or anything on there yet so I will do some homework and check it out. Thanks!

            1. re: Nikki7280

              Green Goddess is fairly new. The crab sandwich and Cuban are outstanding. I have only been for lunch. The drink menu is insane. I need to get back over there when it is warmer.

        2. I wouldn't recommend Felix's for anything other than standing at the bar for 1/2 shell. Emeril's is far better than either Redfish Grill or NOLA. Less formal and expensive than you'd expect. Food and service are excellent. August is open for lunch, 3 courses $20. It's also nice for a special dinner. Try their tasting menu w/wine pairing.

          1. Thanks so much for the great idea so far, I am taking copious notes! To answer questions posed so far:
            PRICE/DRESS - Tues lunch (whole trip really) price is not an issue, but needs to be business casual at the dressiest as husband doesnt want to pack jacket, etc.
            CAR - We will have a car the first day but will be hitting plantations, staying in Baton Rouge, then swamp tour in the am and return car at noon on Canal a few blocks from our hotel. The rest of the time we will be hoofing it/using a Visitour bus/streetcar pass.

            Now that the Cowboys won last night my husband will be wanting to catch the game while at Acme's for lunch - is this the best place to grab some oysters on the half/lunch while catching the game in the FQ/CBD?

            As I am only a couple months from having our third kiddo we wont be doing a lot of cocktailing/toasting on this trip but I have definitely added the Sazerac Bar and Carousel Lounge on as stops based on so many great recommendations!

            Have crossed off Drago's for Bon Ton (thanks!!) and have Felix's as a plan B to Acme's.

            So at this point I guess I am still trying to figure a Sun night dinner (hearing Emeril's then Red Fish?) and Tues lunch in the FQ...

            Thanks so much!!!

            1. I looked up Camellia Grill and its perfect - just what I was looking for! Great location, right hours, looks like great breakfast choices - thanks so much CHs!

              Almost there...now if I can figure out Sun night dinner and Tues lunch options we will be set and I will do a full report when we get back!

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              1. re: Nikki7280

                Tuesday lunch should be Liuzzas on Bienville take the canal street line to north telemachus get off and walk to it. great locals neighborhood joint you will love it.

              2. Nikkii, If you're staying at Marriott on Canal, "You have to go to"Mena's Palce" a 2 minute walk from Marriott, it's on the corner of Iberville and Chartres, and is probably, without a doubt "Thee Best Place" in all of New Orleans to get BREAKFAST. It's also excellent for Lunch and Dinner and on the days I have a "Splurge Lunch" at Galatoire'e or Arnuad's, I go to Mena's for Dinner. I've been to New Orleans 6 times and I have 90% of my Breakfast at "Mena's Palace" LOVE IT !!!!
                "Secondly," ACME is always packed and not really worth it. If you're able to, hop in a Taxi and go to "Cassamento's" in the Garden District, "It's Far Superior to Acme"
                3rdly Go to "GALATOIRE'S" for that Tuesday Lunch. Only problem is if you go there then before you go to the Airport, you'll wish you had gone sooner. Galatoire's is "Awsome" , but almost just as good, is "Arnuad's" a couple blocks away. PS. Galatoire's, Antoine's or Arnuad's for Anniversary Special occasion. If you go to GALATOIRE'S, make sure you sit downstairs dining room, not up, and at Arnuad's , the front main dining room, nowhere else.
                Spotted Cat on Frenchmen Street in the Faurborg Marigny is a great Funky Bar for Jazz, especially on Monday Nights when the "JAZZ VIPERS" play
                Hope this was helpful to you, Dan from NEW YROK, NY

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                1. re: xpicassox

                  This is great info - thanks! For some reason everything I looked at had Galatoires open only for dinner, glad you brought this up as everything I read said jackets required but their website says thats only for dinner and Sundays! I really wanted to hit one of the "original three" but thought all wanted jackets or werent open for lunch so I am so glad you brought this up!
                  We are in the Garden District on Monday and of course, Casamentos is closed on Mondays, but it was top of my list until then. We just dont have enough time to see/do what we want and shuttle around so I was trying to work the places we wanted to eat at into our intinerary according to where they were located.
                  I am looking up Mena's Palace now - great info!!!

                  1. re: Nikki7280

                    Galatoire's has jackets at the door if your husband is required to wear one.

                    check out Roberto's Riverroad on your way to the plantations (where are you going?)

                    or St. Rose Tavern

                    or Middendor'fs in Manchac
                    or Hymel's Seafood in Convent
                    or eat at either of the Houmas House restaurants

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

                    Middendorf's Seafood Restaurant
                    30160 Highway 51, Ponchatoula, LA 70454

                    Hymel's Seafood Restaurant
                    8740 La 44, Convent, LA 70723

                    Latil's Landing Restaurant
                    40136 Highway 942, Darrow, LA 70725

                    1. re: edible complex

                      We are going to Oak Alley and Nottoway but we land after a long flight at 12:15pm and have to grab our car rental so I know we will be too hungry to eat at Oak Alley or Nottoway, plus we are tight on time to see both with the drive times and all so was hoping for something good and quick right on the way. I know Latil's is at Houmas so that is out, but will check out the rest you listed - thanks so much!

                      1. re: edible complex

                        Roberto's is dinner only on Saturdays. :( We will be mostly on the west side (Hwy 18) so that rules out Hymel's and we are staying in Baton Rouge so wont be anywhere near Middendorf's. :( St Rose is dinner only Sat as well, that seems to be the trend and thus, the reason I could only come up with Voodoo as an option! The Seafood Pot right at the bridge near Destrehan looks like it might work as well - anyone have any thoughts on it?

                      2. re: Nikki7280

                        Mena's isn't open for supper, but they have serviceable breakfasts and good fried seafood, hot lunches, and daily specials for lunch.

                        1. re: uptownlibrarian

                          Thanks! Have Mena's for breakfast on the way out to the Garden District on Monday, it was a perfect recommendation!

                    2. The Carousel Lounge is cool as is Laffites Blacksmith Shop, while @Laffites midday there was a lady with a cart selling pies, if you luck into seeing her, get one (or some). Our FQ experiences have been spotty at best, Bayona is excellent. Within FQ walking distance is Restaurant August, we cant visit NOLA without going to August it is incredible. Cafe Dumonde is 24hrs so you could hit that anytime. Emerils and Cochon are both top notch and accessible from the St. Charles line just mapquest them. Emeriles has a luch deal that we really enjoy and the food seems to be better than his FQ outpost NOLA. Visit the Garden district if you get on the streetcar and seek out the creole creamery also down the street from that is LA Thai which we tried last trip and cant wait ti go back. Consider also the Commanders Palace brunch on the weekend. We haven't been to the NOLA one but there was a Las Vegas branch and when we were on the west coast every LV trip includede CP and the brunch in particular was fantastic. Looking forward to voisiting the NOLA original for brunch on the next trip.

                      Restaurant August
                      301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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