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Mar 29, 2010 08:22 AM

2010 French Quarter Festival with kids

Hi All,
Family of 5 here, two foodie adults, two 12 yr olds and a 6 yr old, unfortunately for us the 6 is not an adventurous eater. For him we always need to find a place that will at least fry chicken strips or wings or hot dogs or pizza. He is also the one of the rowdier 6 yr olds I’ve ever known, his nickname is “bananas” so places where people prefer to eat in hushed reverence won’t be for us. :D

I’m so happy it’s that time of year again. We LOVE the FQF and try to make it every year (last year didn’t fall on our spring break). This year we are trying to limit our travel outside of the FQ, so no Casamento’s or Willie Mae’s (the experience and history was worth the trip if not the chicken). Since we are only coming in for the long weekend we found the cab rides and wait for food burned a lot of our time in the past and so we want to try and stay within walking distance of the Marriot on Canal. Help us find what’s current, old and new?

I probably don’t have any say for our breakfasts since nothing speaks to kids like powdered sugar covered goodness at Café du Monde and the festival will have our lunch and snacks covered. I need some help with three dinners and maybe a recommendation on where we can go for some after dinner drinks and music that could also include the kids. If I can feed the little monster and not get thrown out the rest of us will eat anything anywhere and we love N.O food. Am I right in saying its crawfish season? We loved the raw oysters at Casamentos, ACME an ok sub for raw? Love gumbo, love spicy, need at least one debris poboy (prolly at the festival) and a muffaletta for the ride home. Also on the off chance one of the FQ old guard places could deal with the little guy, which one would it be?

Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. With a nickname like that, it would probably be best to pass up the "old guard" places this trip. Places will be busier than usual because of FQF so trying to keep him calm when the place is overcrowded or there is a wait would probably be a nightmare for you.

    ACME is a fine replacement for Casamento's. They will also have something fried for your 6yo. You can get beers/drinks at ACME as well if you choose to hang out there for a short time. Hanging out with drinks and music along with the kids, especially after dinner, will be pretty difficult.

    Port of Call might be another good place for dinner and a little hanging out with the kids while drinking.

    Coop's Place is a good place for fried chicken.

    Deanie's Seafood also has a FQ outpost which, if the seafood is as good as the Metarie location, will be good to go!

    You might be able to swing K-Paul's (sometimes they have a brass band playing as they walk through the dining room and kitchen). The debris roast beef dish I had there was divine!

    Casamento's Restaurant
    4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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

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

    Deanie's Seafood
    841 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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    1. re: BackBite

      I looked up Coop's (research for my next trip) and saw this on the front page: "...due to the presence of video poker machines only those 21 and over are allowed in the restaurant."

      So it may not work for the family with young 'uns.

    2. Not sure if you are exaggertaing about your son, but if it is an option, you know his limits best, I would think places like Galatoire's, Antoines, Arnaud's etc are already going to be very busy, so if you go early and certainly make a reservation the places you are able to and or go at an off time, I think it would already be loud.

      Palace Cafe:

      Some people love Mother's others hate it, it is an option for casual N.O. meal.

      Louisiana Pizza Kitchen:

      Maspero's is another place for a family with N.O. cuisine:

      House of Blues would also be a loud busy place I am sure and has music at certain times...

      List of restaurants by neighborhood. Scroll a little and you'll see French Quarter: Quarter

      Maybe you could bring a book, coloring book etc for your sonor take him for a walk if need be.

      Mother's Restaurant
      401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Palace Cafe
      605 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Original Pierre Maspero's
      440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Cafe Maspero
      601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. I would second Port of Call. Good burgers, you can get drinks and it should satisfy 'bananas'. Could be crowded, if that matters, as it is very popular.

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

        1. Port of Call is great with kids. Also try Mandina's for dinner or Ruby Slipper Cafe for breakfast. They are both a short street car ride away from the Quarter. There are also generally great food booths at the FQF for quick bites. We did this last year for lunch with no complaints or problems from our children.

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

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

          Ruby Slipper Cafe
          139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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          1. re: ScarlettNola

            These are all good recommendations above for kid-friendly dinner places. I would suggest for breakfast that you try Cafe Beignet as an alternative to Cafe du Monde. It's closer to your hotel than Cafe du Monde and in addition to having equally delicious beignets, it also has some other breakfast options that might be more suited to your taste. It's smaller than Cafe du Monde, but the weather will be nice this weekend and there's a small outdoor courtyard that will be perfect for your son if he's bouncing off the walls.