Boucherie or Upperline?
My parents are coming into town this weekend and I'm trying to decide on a spot for Friday night dinner. I've dined at both places once...Boucherie very recently and Upperline about a year ago. Upperline seems like it has a more classic New Orleans menu, but Boucherie knocked my socks off.
Thoughts? Where would you take out-of-towners?
We're doing Commander's Palace for brunch on Sunday and probably Rio Mar for dinner on Monday, along with whatever other places we can find along the way. I've already warned them that between Mardi Gras parades and Super Bowl insanity and the elections on Saturday and the City's ridiculous plan to initiate construction on all major roads simultaneously, our activities may be somewhat limited.
Update and Recap --
I went with Upperline on Friday night, and was glad I did. The parents really liked it, very classic New Orleans dishes. My dad had fried P&J oysters for an app, Veal Grillades and Grits, and a blue cheese and pecan plate for dessert. My mom had the Shrimp and Grits, and I had Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade, Drum Muniere and Bread Pudding. Everything was delish.
On Saturday we did the French Quarter, and caught full-on WHO DAT fever, including joining in on a second-line Saints pep rally. For lunch we split a muffaletta at Central Grocery, which was great.
Brunch on Sunday at Commander's Palace was amazing and involved not one but TWO second line parades around the second floor of the Garden Room as the jazz combo played "When the Saints Go Marching In." My parents loved the room, the band, the atmosphere, everything.
We finished up our culinary adventures on Monday evening with tapas at Rio Mar. My dad studied in Spain during college so he has a great love of Spanish food and everything got great reviews from us (White Bean soup, Beet Salad, a meat/cheese plate, Ecaudorian ceviche), except the octopus, which was a disappointment. Dessert was Tres Leches cake and flan. It was a great meal to finish off their visit.