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Please help this Seattle Hound refine her eating itinerary!

My husband and I will be in NOLA Tuesday June 8 through Saturday June 12. I haven't been to the city since 2000, when I was a poor, struggling grad student. We'll be staying in the Quarter but our approach to NOLA will differ greatly from my last visit, when my priority was carousing. This time, I'm interested in eating the best food representative of the city and region that's within our budget (approx. $200 per day). I also want to get out of the Quarter in order to better explore the city. We won't have a car but we're good walkers and are interested in using the streetcar. My husband's never been to NOLA. I love softshell crab more than anything else; my husband is a very open-minded diner and will eat anything (e.g, offal, etc.).

I've been obsessively crawling the board for ideas and I've narrowed my list considerably. Here's my tentative itinerary (with the exception of Commander's, as I've already made reservations):

Tuesday Dinner: We'll get in around 5:00 or so, and after settling in to our hotel I thought we'd do a bar crawl in the Quarter (and possibly Marigny?) to acquaint my husband and grab some food along the way. Ideas for bars include French 75, Carousel Bar, Napoleon House (for food?), and Pat O's (sorry--I can't resist--it'll bring back memories).

Wednesday B'Fast: Cafe Du Monde. Wednesday Lunch: Mr. B's for BBQ shrimp, gumbo ya ya, and $1.50 Bloodies. Wednesday Dinner: Galatoire's (what time would you recommend arriving if we want to eat around 8:00?).

Thursday B'Fast: coffee somewhere since we'll be saving ourselves for lunch. Thursday Lunch: Commander's (I requested the Garden Room but the reservations lady said they Commander's can't guarantee we'll be seated there). Thursday Dinner: Boucherie? Cochon? Looking for great food, more modern than Galatoire's and Commander's, with a lower pricepoint.

Friday B'Fast: Crossaint D'Or. Friday Lunch: Parkway Bakery & Tavern for roastbeef po'boys. Friday Dinner: Brigtsen's. Or Clancy's? It seems Brigtsen's the board's choice over Clancy's.

Saturday B'Fast: Old Coffee Pot. Saturday Lunch: Johnny's or the Central Market before flying back to Seattle.

Thanks for your suggestions!

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

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. That looks like a very good itinerary. Have not made it to Clancy's, as we had to cancel that trip, and could not fit them in, when we put it together. I have to say that Brigtsen's would be very tough to beat. However, I was very impressed by the telephone presence of the gentleman, who took my cancellation call at Clancy's. Does not speak for the food, but made me want to get by and dine there, as someone in FOH cares about customer service - don't see enough of that nowadays.

    As for the time to arrive at Galatoire's on a Wednesday in June, that might be predicated on what else might be going on, in town, on that night. Over the last decade, we've gone upstairs with reservations, due to time constraints, but I'd think that 7:00PM should work. If the locals tell you 6:30, please believe them.

    Enjoy, and remember, you are NOW obligated to post your reviews.... [Grin]

    Travel safely,

    Hunt

    PS - I kept thinking of what I might do, and while there could be alternate restaurants, I just cannot pick any holes in your plans. FWIW - sounds good to me.

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

    Brigtsen's Restaurant
    723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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    1. re: Bill Hunt

      Thanks very much for your input and Galatoire's advice, Bill. I enjoy reading your posts on here and it means a great deal to me that you responded to my query. I will certainly post my reviews.

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

      1. re: luckywonton

        Thank you for the kind words. Remember, I am no longer a local, but tourist, like so many others, when it comes to NOLA. Never discount the locals, as they have inside info, that we tourists will not have, unless we move back.

        Most of all, enjoy,

        Hunt

    2. That's looking like a real solid list. Let me suggest that since you're there on a Thurs you find out if Kermit Ruffins is playing over at Vaughn's and check that out as well. Why not?

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      1. re: kukubura

        Thanks for the Vaughn's tip. We are definitely adding it to our itinerary. I guess we'll have an early dinner on Thursday to be able to make it out to Vaughn's in time to see Kermit Ruffins. Imagine our surprise and delight last night when we watched the "Treme" on HBO and saw the man himself! At Vaughn's!

        1. re: luckywonton

          Haha, yeah we were laughing really hard at that too. I guess it's not so much of a secret any more! Still, should be a lot of fun.

          1. re: luckywonton

            Kermit doesn't start til relatively late. You won't have to rush dinner.

        2. My kind of food intineray in NOLA. Since you like soft shell crab, please try Stanley restaurant in Jackson square. Order the Egg Stella breakfast, You will get one BIG Cornmeal -Crusted Soft-shell crab, poached eggs and Creole Hollandaise on Toasted English muffin. Enjoy your stay in NOLA

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          1. re: nola1421

            the crab-stuffed softshell crab I had at K Paul's was one of the best dishes I've ever had...

            1. re: nola1421

              That sounds delicious. Thanks for the recommendation.

            2. Luke is outstanding for breakfast.

              1. Galatoire's soft shell meniere almondine is a dream. My mouth is watering right now!

                I would add Mandina's on Canal in Mid-City to your list...not too far from Quarter. Cash only. You can ride the streetcar there. Check their website for info/menu, but their trout meniere almondine is a dream too.
                Bar food...Port of Call.... gotta do the burger. Snug Harbor makes a good burger too. Have fun!!

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

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

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                1. re: txtiger

                  I think you have an excellent list of places. I would recommend the Hermes bar at Antoines on your first night in. They have a bar menu with oysters and other options from the restaurant. It's a great location and a fun bar which will fit in nicely with the other options and also provide a better choice on snacks. Clancy's vs. Brigsten's is a tough call and you will not be disappointed with either. The food at both is excellent and the price is relatively the same between both. Clancy's is slightly more upscale while Brigsten's is a bit more homey, so that may sway your decision. I think I would personally go for Clancy's though. Cochon vs. Boucherie - I would opt for
                  Boucherie. Cochon gets rave reviews and it is good, but I have never been overly impressed. Boucherie is great. It's slightly more casual than Cochon and the food is probably not executed as precisely, but it is very good and the low prices sort of compensate for any minor shortcomings in the food. We dined at Boucherie last week and between two people had two small plates, two entrees, one dessert and six cocktails for $100 inclusive of tax and tip. Enjoy your trip!

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  Boucherie
                  8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                  1. re: latasche

                    I love the herb-y cocktails and the bacon and oyster sandwich at Cochon! Try Yo catch the Rebirth Brass Band while you're out.

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                    Cochon
                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                    1. re: Smythy

                      Not to muddy the waters, but now I'm adding Patois to the mix for the Thursday night dinner. The menu there looks absolutely delicious. The prices are higher than at Cochon and Boucherie, however. Ohhh... why does your wonderful city have to have so many enticing choices to frustrate us long-distance visitors!

                      Any thoughts re: Patois?

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                      Cochon
                      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                      Boucherie
                      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                        1. re: nomadchowwoman

                          Agreed. Patois is better than both Cochon and Boucherie, hands down. It's pricier, but worth it IMO.

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                          Cochon
                          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                          Boucherie
                          8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118