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Mar 29, 2010 09:42 PM

Rough food based itinerary for this week, suggestions welcome!

Arrive 7:000ish. Get into room and get out for food & drink.
Dinner – Café Maspero or Clover Grill
Wander around, maybe a drink or 3 at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

Wander aimlessly around the French Quarter. Maybe take in the Aquarium.
Breakfast – Croissant D’Or or Café DuMonde
Lunch – Johnny’s Poboys or Mother’s
Dinner – early at Irene’s

Swamp tour
Breakfast – Clover Grill, Croissant D’Or or Café DuMonde
Lunch – Muffuletta from Central Grocery
Happy hour at Luke?
Dinner – Clancy’s, Pascal's Manale, Frankie and Johnny's, Drago's

My birthday. St. Charles streetcar to the end of the line then back to Audubon Park & Zoo
Breakfast – Dante’s
Lunch – Casamento’s
Dinner – Muriel’s (7:30 reservations)

Sunday (Easter)
Relax and wander aimlessly.
Breakfast –
Lunch – Acme Oyster house
Dinner – Green Goddess

Pack. Head for airport around 2:00.
Breakfast – EAT or Elizabeth’s
Lunch – Port of Call?

Random drinking
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
Napoleon House
Pat O’Brian’s
Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleon

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

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

Clover Grill
900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. At first glance I'm not sure why you might be trying Clover Grill twice (or do you mean that you'd fit it in only once into either spot?). It's a decent divey gay diner place, and they cook under hubcaps and all, but their burgers really aren't anything special if that's what you were going to order. They're frozen patties. Of course, if you're already drunk you might not know the difference. Or maybe you just want to see the flair and attitude. But personally, I'd do that dinner at Yo Mama's or Port of Call if you just want a burger.

    I don't believe that Elizabeth's is open for breakfast on weekdays, but maybe their schedule is different Easter weekend.

    Other than that I like the list.

    Clover Grill
    900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

    1. Go for your Thursday lunch at Johnny's rather than Mother's. Or, you could try K-Paul's casual lunch, which in my experience (I work next door) has been very, very good. If you do hit Johnny's, try to get there early as they have excellent fried chicken as the Thursday special, if that's your thing.

      Friday dinner at Clancy's would be great; it's the best option of the four you listed. Unless you have a sentimental reason for considering Frankie & Johnny's, cross it off your list. Skimpy servings at overblown prices. I don't get the appeal of that place no matter how many times I try it.

      Nola79 is correct about Elizabeth's not being open for breakfast on weekdays. Maybe sub that in for your blank Easter Sunday breakfast?

      Have a great time, and happy birthday!

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      1. re: uptownlibrarian

        +1 on ignoring's awful.
        +1 on Clancy''s wonderful!

        Add the Swizzle Stick Bar and Sazerac Bar to your random drinking.

      2. Agreed about Clover Grill's burgers. Nothing special. BUT they have incredible breakfast (omelets, eggs, etc) so fitting it in for a first meal one day is definitely a good idea. Also well-advised to avoid Mother's. It is really nothing special, and I have never understood the mystique surrounding it that causes people to line up around the block. If you want to eat a muffaletta, I would recommend Napoleon House over Central Grocery, but it is very much a personal preference as to whether you would prefer it warm or cold. To me, the warmth really adds something wonderful to a sandwich of layered italian cold cuts and cheese. Happy Hour at Luke is great, cheap oysters that are always delicious.

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

        Clover Grill
        900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. I typically find happy hour at luke turns into dinner. By the time we eat at least 4 dozen oysters, it's dinner time, and we usually share some entrees. This assumes you're going to Luke for the happy hour oysters and not just drinks.

          Looks like you're sticking mostly to the quarter so i'd add Stanley to the list. I'm not head over heels wild about it, but given the limited number of decent, casual offerings in the quarter, it bears mentioning. Their breakfast is quite good.

          Keep in mind Casamento's is cash only.

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

          1. Agree with Uptown Librarian that Clancy's should be your Friday dinner choice, with this caveat: Drago's is good if all you want to eat are char-grilled or raw oysters.

            The last time we went to Clover Grill, we walked out w/out being served: when we were completely ignored and I asked (politely) if we could be waited on (in the half empty diner), the guy behind the counter sneered that he now had to "train" the new guy--and then let us know that he didn't know us and we obviously weren't gay so we could "wait or leave." Needless to say we left. We lived in the Quarter and had eaten there a few times (for lack of better options), and I can tell you, neither the food nor the dated "We're Gay" schtick is worth it. (This is New Orleans: we don't care if you're gay; we just want good food and good service.) I later complained--but they thrive on complaints.

            Clover Grill
            900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116