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Recommendations for spring break?

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Hi-

My boyfriend and I will be going to New Orleans for a long weekend for my spring break in early March. We'll be there from Friday-Monday and I am so excited about the food! He's working but I'm not (grad student) so I'd like to keep a mix of price ranges. He's also not a huge fan of live music when he's eating which I'd like to respect.

So far, I've booked Commander's Palace for dinner on Sunday and Arnaud's for Sunday brunch. Beyond that, I'd like to schedule dinner for Saturday night and possibly a lunch for one of the days-- the rest of the time I'd like to leave unstructured.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, any suggestions for snacks and/or activities that we can't miss? Neither of us has visited NOLA before and I have no idea when we'll get to return.

Thanks!

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  1. Hit up EAT on the corner of Dauphine and Dumaine for breakfast. INCREDIBLE shrimp and grits and it's BYOB, so if you like to have mimosas or bloody mary's it's very economical!

    I would hit Commander's for Sunday brunch instead of for dinner.

    Dinner recs:
    Brightsen's
    Atchafalaya Restaurant

    Lunch recs:
    Casamento's (oysters)
    Parkway Bakery (roast beef poboy)

    One of those days, I highly recommend hitting up Luke for their happy hour...which they have every day from 3-6! 25 cent raw oysters and 1/2 price drinks.

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    1. re: nikinik

      for a first-time, weekend visit, im not sure i'd do EAT for one of your precious few meal slots. its fine but i guess i havent been swept up in its appeal. some much better options for brunch such as Patois or Stanley.

      (sidenote nikinik, you mention EAT in nearly every post i read of yours -- friend work there or really just that big of a fan? :)

      1. re: kibbles

        Just a big fan. I do have to say I'm not a huge fan for dinner, but their brunches are great. I just love the vibe of the little place and people watching out the window. The food for brunch is consistently good as is the service. And I'll be the first to tell you, I'm a HUGE fan of BYOB. Mr. Nikinik and I love having drinks with brunch and it can add up. We both loved Green Goddess...but at $9 each for a bloody mary with breakfast...we won't go back for breakfast/brunch.

        1. re: nikinik

          yeah, ditto -- i love their stuff but think their drink prices just arent doable for repeat biz.

          but w/ the food coupons i will go for dinner.

          1. re: kibbles

            I'm with ya there! We love Restaurant.com! Snagged some for Lola and Cafe Degas a couple of weeks ago!

    2. one thing -- id do Commander's for Sunday's brunch (if you don't mind a *little* wandering jazz with service) as it is higher rated than Arnaud's, and find an alternative dinner service sunday evening.

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      1. re: kibbles

        I keep hearing disappointing things coming out of Arnaud's and at least one witness was a Big Supporter of the renvoation and ate there a lot in the 1980's and 1990's. But since Archie's death I hvae no idea who is running the place. Anybody know? the original deal was a lease so it could have reverted.

        1. re: kibbles

          Definitely agreeing with this post. Had a lovely brunch at Arnaud's 3 years ago but all reports have been awful lately. Commander's on the other hand, is solid. With lunch or brunch you can't go wrong.

          For a lunch I'd also suggest Mr. B's Bistro specifically for the BBQ shrimp. The lunch portion is cheaper than dinner and it's really an amazing dish. (remember, it's not BBQ in the traditional sense...) You can also split a portion of it at the bar with a cocktail for a snack.

          And make sure to have a drink at the Carousel Bar in the Monteleone lobby. The bar is an actual carousel that rotates slowly.