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Jan 21, 2010 02:49 PM

Boston foodie heading to New Orleans....

with mom (foodie who gravitates to french), hubby (foodie who loves oysters and po' boys), me (addicted to gumbo and seafood) and a toddler (foodie in the making who LOVES seafood) for a conference...we only have a long weekend and it's been about 10 years since i've been to New Orleans...

so any musn't miss recommendations for restaurants?

we're probably looking for 1-2 not-too-formal places for dinner (but definitely doesn't have to your standard 'family friendly' fare)...and a few good places for a casual lunch as we wander around downtown/the quarter?

or even if some can just point me to some good threads on this board? any narrowing down of our MANY options would be hugely helpful!!

thanks so much....

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  1. Well, what do you like in Boston? I have a passing acquaintance with the town...

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      varies...we go through moods...lately, we're fans of B&G Oyster (american/oyster), Grotto (italian), Hungry Mother (american comfort), Petit Robert (standard french) when we go out....when we order in huge fans of RodDee (thai), Quingdao Garden (chinese), Rani (indian)....does that help at all? we'll go anywhere...highbrow or not...with toddler in tow

    2. If you can't venture out of the Quarter, I'd say Mr. B's for bbq shrimp. It's my favorite anyway. I've never seen toddlers in there but I usually go at lunch time when it's mostly business people.

      1. For po boys I've got two places. I recommend Mother's on Poydras St. (about two blocks from the casino). Don't go right at lunch time as the line will be out the door. If you get away from the quarter go to the Magazine Po-Boy Shop @ 2368 Magazine St.

        The only restaurant in the quarter I'll recommend is The Court of Two Sisters on Derbigny St. Again, if you can get away from the quarter for dinner I recommend Jacques-Imo's @ 8324 Oak St. You can get there on the street trolley, but it'll be much faster by taxi since it's on the other side of uptown.

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        1. re: sjd44

          Court of Two Sisters is on Royal.
          Two Sisters Kitchen is on N. Derbiny.

        2. check out Mandina's in Mid-City on the Canal St. streetcar line.
          in the Qtr., Muriel's, Stanley, Johnny's PoBoys, Mena's Palace, Coop's Place, Galatoire's, Bayona

          Mandina's Restaurant
          3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

          Coop's Place
          1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

          Johnny's Po-Boys
          511 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Muriel's Jackson Square
          801 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

          Mena's Palace
          200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Mandinas Restaurant
          4240 Highway 22 Ste 2, Mandeville, LA 70471

          1. Hey, was just there (2/6-2/10/10), also from Boston (got snowed in, though, and had to stay near the airport for 2/11). Agree with the Mr. B's Bistro for the bbq shrimp, and the mississippi rabbit is pretty good, but stay away from their oyster app - the puny oysters couldn't be tasted within their armor of deep-fried batter. We got in with jeans and casual wear, so its definitely not too formal. Coop's is a good recommendation for what you're looking for. Galatoire requires jackets for gentlemen, so may not be to your taste (otherwise, it's a fabulous experience to be there, although not necessarily to dine there). About oysters - Acme had a line when we went, so we skipped across the street to Felix and were very happy there.