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bawc Apr 5, 2010 02:34 PM

We are spending 4 nights in NOLA beginning the first weekend in May. We will have my 6 y.o. son with us, but dh will be attending a conference all day. DS does not do pizza, grilled cheese pb &J--but loves steak, rice and beans, jamaican beef patties. DH and I love all food, but would especially like to enjoy creole and cajun cuisine during our visit. Would any of the following be appropriate (we would be eating around 6:15): Galatoires, Oceana Grill, Commander's Palace, Jacques Imo's, Mr. B, Tujaquie, August. We will be staying either at the Royal Sonesta or the Westin (wait-listed). We need a place that takes reservations. I would appreciate any other suggestions!

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Oceana Grill
739 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. nola79 RE: bawc Apr 5, 2010 03:41 PM

    You could bring kids to Oceana Grill, but outside of sampling Petunia's breakfast menu I'm not a huge fan of the place.

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    Oceana Grill
    739 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      ScarlettNola RE: bawc Apr 5, 2010 10:18 PM

      Coming from a mother of 5, I have numerous suggestions NOLA restaurants that are great for children. Of your original suggestions, Jacquest Imos is just fine for children for dinner. CP, Galatoires, and Restaurant August are places I have taken my children for lunch, but never for dinner.(Not to say you shouldnt take your little one, I just have not done so) Try Dick and Jennys or Mandinas for dinner. You will not be dissapointed in either and the little one will be pleased as well. Another one of my favorites (i have seen lots of kids here) is Dante's Kitchen. Wonderful food and atmosphere. Good luck!

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

      Restaurant August
      301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

      1. uptownlibrarian RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 06:12 AM

        Jacques Imo's doesn't take reservations for small groups. Oceana is not good, don't waste a meal there. Tujague's is best experienced from the bar. I wouldn't recommend the dining room. I think Galatoire's, Commander's, and Mr. B's would all be fine with a 6 y.o. August seems like it might be a little harder for a 6 y.o., but I'm not a parent so take my opinions with a grain of salt.

        For good local food in a diner-type atmosphere, try Mena's Palace on Chartres St. for lunch. It's near the aquarium and the insectarium if you are planning to check those places out. Other child-friendly options for lunches in the Quarter are Johnny's poboys, Napoleon House, K-Paul's deli style lunch (Thu-Sat only), and Moon Wok for banh mi and other Vietnamese food (avoid the Chinese stuff, closed Wednesday).

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

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

        Tujague's
        823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Mena's Palace
        200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Moon Wok
        800 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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          TVC15 RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 06:37 AM

          Last year we took our 6yr old to New Orleans. We all enjoyed Cochon. My son was also fond of Gumbo shop.(I was on the fence with GS) Bayona has a lovely garden. Always a plus with a child. Although we did not go this trip,Herbsaint should be fine and the food is always stellar. And speaking of steller, Stella and Stanley are nice as well ( sorry about the bad pun, I couldn't help myself)

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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            bawc RE: TVC15 Apr 6, 2010 09:06 AM

            Wow, those are great recommendations, now I have to narrow it down.

            First, Lunch: We will be going to the Zoo, Aquarium and Insectarium, one or both days of the weekend. Mena's place sounds like a good option, is Lilette near the Zoo and good for kids?And would Cochon Butcher be good for lunch, leaving alternatives for dinner? Rio Mar? Lunch needs to be on the briefer side, but we need a place to sit and eat, so I wasn't sure Central Grocery would work, unless we went back to the hotel. I forgot to mention that DS doesn't do sandwiches, I have to make him a bento box lunch for school everyday!

            Can you help me weed down my dinner list, so that we have a variety of food and experiences, all hopefully appropriate with a (hopefully) well-mannered child?
            Galatoires, (unique nola experience?)
            Commander's Palace (nola experience?)
            Herbsaint (seens to be outstanding food)
            K Paul
            Mr. B
            Dick & Jenny (worried about the no reservation policy?)
            La Petite Grocery
            Dtella
            Stanley
            Patois
            Mandina,
            Dante's Kitchen
            Bayona (love the garden idea)

            As you can see, it is overly long

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

            Commander's Palace Restaurant
            1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Rio Mar Restaurant
            800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Bayona
            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

            Lilette
            3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

            Cochon Butcher
            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

            La Petite Grocery
            4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Dick & Jenny's
            4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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              JazzyB RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 09:40 AM

              You have a fair number of fine dining rest. on your list. If your child is well behaved, none should be a problem. If there's even a chance he'll disrupt other diners, go more casual. That being said, some would be more upbeat/ fun for a child...lunch or brunch at Commander's (garden room), Emeril's, Dick and Jenny's, K-Paul's. IMO, Stella would be the least child friendly.

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

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                TVC15 RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 10:33 AM

                Looking at your list, heres my 2 cents with one or two other suggestions , I have never been to Le petite Grocery or Lilette but I hear both are great. And thats from a friend who's local. A quick sit down lunch, I would try Nepoleon house. Also to consider, Luke for breakfast or lunch. That was our first stop on our trip, we had breakfast, and my son not only enjoyed his meal he loved watching the streetcar rumble past. Now because you said you wanted New Orleans food experience, i would skip Rio Mar. I have eaten there and it is wonderful food,but not that New Orleans in feel.Still, if you want spanish, Rio mar is a great choice.The only place I would take off this list is Mr B's. Pre K, they had the best gumbo ya-ya. I raved about it back home. When i went last year it was not good at all. Maybe they are back to there old form now. but since you have to lose some of your choices, and your list looks great to me, i would lose B's.

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                Rio Mar Restaurant
                800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Lilette
                3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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                  bawc RE: TVC15 Apr 6, 2010 11:00 AM

                  Great, I will add Luke for breakfast/lunch, Napoleon for lunch, Commander's for lunch/brunch, Mena's Place, will check location for Cochon Butcher and Lilette. Napoleon house sounds great. What about the burger places that I read about?

                  Dinner:
                  I will drop Stella, Is Herbsaint more casual? Ditto La Petite Grocery and Lilette?
                  Isn't Emeril's at the edge of town, a little far out? K paul's sounds great, Do you think we would have a long wait at Dick and Jenny's around 6:15?

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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

                  Cochon Butcher
                  930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  La Petite Grocery
                  4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    JazzyB RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 11:38 AM

                    Emeril's is in the warehouse district and is more lively than Lilette, Herbsaint and La petite. They have a food bar where you sit literally a counter away from the kitchen. Might be fun lunchtime (m-f) with your son.

                    You may want to check online to see which menus are best suited for your son,

                    My favorite burger is at POC. It is huge and can most likely be split between you and your son. It comes with a large baked potatoe. As a headsup, POC is a dark bar however, they also have a well lit backroom with a window overlooking Esplanade.

                    D&J open at 5:30 and seat the entire rest. Unless they don't fill up, you will have to wait for some of the first diners to leave. Ask for the front (plate) room. Dining on the rear porch is not nearly as nice.

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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

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                      uptownlibrarian RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 11:44 AM

                      Cochon Butcher is in the Warehouse District near the Convention Center. Lilette is on Magazine St., a bus or cab ride from the zoo. It's about halfway between the zoo and the French Quarter. Emeril's is not "far out." It's on Tchoupitoulas St., in the Warehouse District, 10 or 12 blocks from the Royal Sonesta. (I kind of feel like "here let me google that for you" with this location stuff, not to be a jerk.)

                      Luke has great burgers. People like Port of Call on Esplanade for burgers as well. Both are child friendly.

                      Herbsaint is more casual than Stella for sure, as are Petite Grocery and Lilette.

                      There will very likely be a decent wait at Dick and Jenny's at 6:15, more or less time depending on what day it is; longer on weekends obviously. They open at 5:30 and people are pretty well trained to get there at that time to fill the "first seating." They recently started opening on Mondays, so that might be the best day to go if you can.

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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

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

                      Cochon Butcher
                      930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                        TVC15 RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 02:15 PM

                        One small detail. If your son is a pancake/waffle/ pain perdue fan, ask for maple syrup, The local cane syrup,served at most places can be a bit strong, even for an adventiorous childs palate

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                          bawc RE: TVC15 Apr 6, 2010 04:59 PM

                          Unfortunately, unlike his parents DS prefers savory to sweet--so he doesn't care for pancakes, french toast, waffles, eggs or cheese...Not the easiest child to feed, but at least I don't have to worry about his consumption of heavily sugared cereals! He does have a weakness for doughnuts (thanks to his grandfather), so I plan to take him to Cafe du Monde for beignets and a cafe au lait for me!

                          I think we will pass on Cochon, I am not a fan of pork--or of oysters for that matter...

                          Napoleon and Luke sound good for lunch, depending on where we are spending the rest of the day...I gather that anything on Magazine St is not too far from the Aquarium?

                          Still organizing the rest of the meals...Dick and Jenny might be better on Monday evening, my concern is that a long wait without reservations ensures a meltdown--I don't know if we can get there at 5:30, it depends when my husband finishes up his day...

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                          Cochon
                          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            TVC15 RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 06:02 PM

                            The Aquarium and the Insectarium are on the edge of the quarter . Not close at all to magazine st or the zoo for that matter. But since you are close to both the FQ and the CBD you will have many great choices. More tomorrow if you still need help.

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                        nola79 RE: TVC15 Apr 6, 2010 12:40 PM

                        Everyone has had their own experiences, but if someone was planning on trying the BBQ shrimp I'd consider Mr Bs a must-visit. Just my opinion.

                  2. Suzy Wong RE: bawc Apr 6, 2010 10:52 AM

                    Just as an fyi I know it wasn't on your list, but you may want to try American Sector a John Besh restaurant by the (next to) National WW II Museum. They have a menu and theme that a child and adults alike would enjoy (not to mention how well done the museum is).

                    Web site and menu:
                    http://www.nationalww2museum.org/amer...

                    (As a ps some people (in general) worry so much more about the behavior of kids and not the loud talkers, drunks or cell phone users

                    )

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                    National World War II Museum
                    945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                      bawc RE: Suzy Wong Apr 7, 2010 07:31 PM

                      Thanks to all your help we have almost finalized our dinner plans. Of course, I realize with our late arrival on Friday, we actually only have three dinners!
                      We reviewed all the menus, and I seems that Lilette, La Petite Grocery and Herbsaint have similar inflections. Any recommendations among those three in terms of food and child friendly?
                      Dick and Jenny's we loved the menu, and plan on trying that on a Monday evening.
                      That leaves one more night to decide between Dante's Kitchen and Emeril's. Any thoughts on those two?

                      I have the recommended lunch places. With the exception of Commander's Palace for brunch, I was going to wing it depending on our plans of the day and DS' energy level.

                      On Monday, when many of the child friendly attractions are closed we may do a swamp tour, lunch upon our return, and then relax by the pool.

                      Is there a place to pick up something for lunch for our flight the next day, that would travel well?

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                      Commander's Palace Restaurant
                      1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                      Herbsaint
                      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                      Lilette
                      3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                      La Petite Grocery
                      4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                        JazzyB RE: bawc Apr 8, 2010 05:41 AM

                        It's been awhile since i've dined at La Petite. I love Herbsaint, but in my experience it's a crap shoot consistency wise. We had a terrific self made tasting menu from Lilette's apps/entrees a couple weeks ago. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6968...

                        We dine at Emeril's regularly and love it. Great food and service. Some favs.: andouille crusted redfish, tamarind glazed pork chop, Abita bacon (pork belly) salad, smoked mushrooms on fresh angel hair w/ tasso cream sauce, chicken and waffles (lunch). If you like bananas, go for their signature banana cream pie.

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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

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                          bawc RE: JazzyB Apr 11, 2010 05:48 PM

                          I am having a problem finding a restaurant open on Sundays...La Petite Grocery is not. We have Emeril's booked for Saturday, as our first nola dinner, and plan on Dick and Jenny's on Monday, when I hope to minimize the wait. Mandina's is a possibility, but it might be heavy if we do Commander's Palace for lunch (well, that will just be my son and I, DH is working...). By the way does CP have a children's menu?

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

                          Commander's Palace Restaurant
                          1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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