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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

            1. Of your choices definitely Emeril's. The food and service are always terrific. I find Herbsaint great when they are "on". Unfortunately that isn't often enough. Pass on Brennan's. Try either Coquette or Lilette for Sat. lunch.

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

              Herbsaint
              701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Lilette
              3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

              1. When you say next weekend, do you mean Easter weekend? If so, that Easter brunch could pose a problem; lots of people go out for Easter brunch--so call now and see what you can get. I'd skip Brennan's, too, unless you really feel you must do the Breakfast at Brennan's Experience, and I've known many people who want to do that. (Even so, Easter Sunday is probably not the day to do it.) Considerably less expensive and with much better food are Dante's (which will likely be mobbed and won't take reservations) and Restaurant Patois, where you may be able to get a res if you book now.

                As to your Saturday dinner, I'd suggest Herbsaint or Emeril's. I've never had a bad meal at either, and I really love Herbsaint--for food, definitely, but I also love the space and atmosphere. Again, book now, as it'll be a busy weekend.

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

                Herbsaint
                701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                1. re: nomadchowwoman

                  I might suggest Bayona for their light lunch on Saturday - 3 courses/$25.00. It's always a delightful and casual meal...you can book as early as 11:30...which means you could do coffee at Croissant d'oro...they have a special easter brioche that is wonderful.

                  I'm more of a lunch person...but I would also recommend Bayona for dinner or possibly Restaurant August...

                  Depending how much time you have for Easter brunch...I would bite the bullet...put on a sport's jacket and hat and get on line early for Galatoire's. It's a great party!

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                  Restaurant August
                  301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  Bayona
                  430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

                  1. re: LandscapeDudeCNJ

                    Wow! I weigh under 115 lbs and I manage 4 to 5 meals a day! Trick is to taste it all and not gorge on anything! Do Stanley's for breakfast, Green Goddess for lunch, Napolean House for small plates and your choice for dinner. When overly ambitious split a burger at Port of Call at midnight!

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                    Port of Call
                    838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

                    Green Goddess
                    307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                2. No Offense to OP but I have always been able to visit NOLA for a minimum of 2/3 nights and I have NEVER been able to accomodate breakfast along with lunch and dinner. I just don't see how anyone could come to NOLA and have 3 meals in one day. If so then great. I guess you could eat light meals but I like to EAT and when I come to NOLA I eat a lot for lunch and dinner. JMO. Bon Appetit.

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                  1. re: Littleman

                    I'm in NOLA frequently, and when we vacation there...we EAT! We have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We'll be there in April for six whole days doing little more than drinking and eating. It's all about timing...eat breakfast at 9ish...lunch at 2ish and dinner no earlier than 8 p.m. We look forward to it each and everytime!

                  2. Thanks to everyone for the recommendations. I had completely blanked on the fact that it was Easter. Got reservations for Emeril's Saturday night and Mr. B's on Sunday morning. Will add the other places you mentioned to the list for next time.

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

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                    1. re: cbbjr

                      I have a similar dilemma. I'll be arriving NO at around 11am on Mothers Day and I have three meals before I leave NO Monday afternoon. My meal plan: EAT (gumbo) for brunch, Mr. B (BBQ Shrimp) for dinner. I don't have any plan on Monday lunch (I'll be leaving at 4 pm on Monday). If I want duck or roast pig (cochron), where should I go? Should I switch my duck/pig meal for Sunday dinner and have lunch at Mr. B on Monday instead?