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Easter Weekend Recommendations -- off the beaten track?

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I'm in New Orleans for a conference from Thursday to Sunday, and a friend and I are looking for good places to eat--and drink--where we can A) Have a good meal, not too expensively, AND B) Avoid the other conference-goers as much as possible. We're staying in the French Quarter, but we're willing to travel by foot, by bus, by cab, by whatever. We've both been to New Orleans before, so we're not looking for the places you should go if you want to hit the highlights or THE New Orleans experience. Instead we want to try somewhere that we can have a good (great?) meal and hang out in a relaxed setting.

Also--as a secondary consideration, one night we might get together with 8-10 other friends. Any recs for a place where spend an evening out and not overstay our welcome?

Many Thanks in advance!

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  1. Have shrimp and grits for breakfast and EAT on the corner of Dauphine and Dumaine. It's a quaint little place with a lot of charm. Great for people watching out the window.

    Maximo's bar area is always a good place for a group to just hang all evening. They definitely don't mind.

    1. If you're dining out on Easter Sunday, some places may have a brunch or holiday menu or different hours, you may want to call first. Here's a list of open places on Sun from Tom Fitzmorris:

      http://www.nomenu.com/easter/

      1. Outside the Quarter, not too expensive, relaxed--Boucherie, Crescent Pie and Sausage; Cafe Minh and Cafe Degas are a little more expensive, but not "too."

        Cochon fits the bill--esp. for the larger group--but you'll not likely avoid other conference goers. Domenica has wonderful, moderately priced Italian (not Creole-Italian) food. I go there often and always feel relaxed--the drinks will do that!--but it is very noisy and definitely on the conference-goers path. Probably off the path is Eleven79, a Creole Italian restaurant with really good food and drinks, not inexpensive but not too expensive.

        Finally, a moderate-to-expensive (the menu has lots of options--from burger to moules frites to duck confit) place with fabulous drinks and a very friendly vibe, still mainly a FQ locals place, is Meauxbar Bistro, a favorite of mine.

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Cafe Minh
        4139 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Cafe Degas
        3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Domenica
        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. I really Love the atmosphere (not to mention the excellent cuisine) at Little Tokyo in Mid City and they are open until 11 on Fri and Sat:

          http://www.littletokyonola.com/

          I second Cafe Minh menu:
          http://www.zagat.com/Verticals/Menu.a...

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          Cafe Minh
          4139 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

          Little Tokyo
          310 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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          1. re: Suzy Wong

            Thanks for the recommendations. I'll report back after the weekend!

          2. try sammy's deli on elsyan fields ave near the new orleans rum distillery. its one of my favorite meals on my new orleans trip. the red fish was delicious! a great local atmosphere though