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help with four meals in 1.5 days

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Wife and I will be in New Orleans next weekend and need recommendations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. I am guessing we will want to do a casual breakfast and lunch, and then a nice dinner Saturday and nice brunch Sunday. We are staying at the W just south of Canal.

Any recommendations? We have been to Cochon, Commander's, and Brigsten's. Really enjoyed each of them but would like to try something new.

So far I was thinking about Herbsaint, K Paul's, Mr. B's, or Emeril's for dinner. For Sunday morning we were thinking about Brennan's - what is the dress code? We are flying out that day and will presumably have checked out of our hotel, so will want to be no more dressed up than maybe pants and a polo or dress shirt (i.e. no jacket) - is that too casual?

Any help is greatly appreciated. There are so many good options it is difficult to sort through everything.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. If I had 1.5 days in NOLA, I would not spend a precious meal at Brennan's. IMO it's horridly overpriced. Dante's Kitchen (across from Brigsten's) does a great weekend brunch. You could take a cab with your luggage, and then keep going from there.

    For breakfast Saturday, check out Croissant d'Or on Ursulines. But beware, next Saturday is the Crescent City Classic. The Quarter is going to be packed with runners in the a.m.

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    Dante's Kitchen
    736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

    Croissant D'Or Patisserie
    617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

    1. I like Elizabeth's for Sunday brunch, but Dante's would be good as well and is also more "on your way" to the airport, sort of. They're doing a lot of road construction in that area of town, but I'd expect the cabbies would know a way around it.

      You could do EAT restaurant in the quarter on Saturday. I like the chicken fried chicken and butter beans. The fried green tomatoes are nice as well.

      1. My thoughts....

        Eat for breakfast
        Mr. B's for lunch
        Lilette for dinner

        Brunch at Elizabeth's

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        Lilette
        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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        1. re: FoodChic

          The shrimp and grits at EAT are sooo good!

        2. I think if I had to pick four meals without repeating the places you've already been, I'd do Elizabeth's for breakfast on Saturday, pobpoys for your casual lunch (Johnny's in the Quarter, if that's the area where you want to stay), and dinner at Galatoire's, Emeril's, or Bayona. I'd have Sunday brunch on the way to the airport at Patois, which is much better food and value for money than Brennan's, and also better than Dante's (I love Dante's too though), and they take reservations if you're worried about the timing.

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          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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

          1. Elizabeth's is a great reco for Saturday breakfast. I had a huevos rancheros there a few weeks ago that was excellent, and of course the praline bacon and bloody marys are not to be missed. It's a fun scene , and will probably be insane that weekend. If you want a casual lunch, I would recommend Napoleon House or Cochon Butcher. Napoleon House does wonderful panini, meatball subs, red beans, and my favorite muffaletta in the city. They also serve up deliciously refreshing Pimm's Cups that are unmatched elsewhere, in my opinion. Cochon Butcher just does great, creative sandwiches that are thoughtful in flavor profile and artfully constructed. Amazingly good marinated brussels sprouts. For dinner Saturday, I believe Herbsaint to be the most desirable choice out of these four. I have never had a bad meal there, and the space is really lovely. Housemade spaghetti with a fresh egg and the pommes frites are both delicious choices. Bayona is also a great recommendation for dinner. Susan Spicer brought a rabbit confit cake to the Friends of James Beard Foundation event held here recently, and it knocked my socks off. I totally agree with uptownlibrarian on Patois for brunch on Sunday. Delicious and unique offerings at reasonable (compared to Brennan's) prices.

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            Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
            500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Bayona
            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Cochon Butcher
            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130