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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: luckywonton

                        YES! It is wonderful.

                        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

                2. You should add Bouche to your dining itinerary... it's a new restaurant that opened up in the Warehouse District.... a great mix of classic southern cuisine executed in a new, inventive way.... the restaurant has a great atmosphere too- lots of candles, a lounge room, wrap around bar. It's lots of fun, great food.

                  1. If you're going to start in the Quarter what about a a dozen raw & a dozen cooked plus a Dixie at Acme Oyster House?

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                    Acme Oyster House
                    724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    1. re: Iowaboy3

                      My husband loves oysters and he would like to try Gulf oysters (he's used to our local oysters from Hood Canal and the lower Puget Sound), but my understanding from reviewing this board is that June through August is not a good time for oysters in LA. That's how it is up here, too. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

                    2. Hey Lucky. You have done an outstanding job preparing your itinerary. If you have time consider Emeril's for dinner. It's certainly one of my favorites. And try to get by The Davenport Lounge in The Ritz Carlton to hear Jeremy Davenport. His music is outstanding. Good luck and have a safe trip.

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

                      1. With suggestions from the board and from my own OCD-fueled perusing of Chowhound and other sites, I've revised my itinerary to the following:

                        Tuesday Dinner: unchanged (Quarter bar crawl with snacks along the way).

                        Wednesday: lunch unchanged (Mr. B's), but now we have reservations at Patois for dinner.

                        Thursday: lunch unchanged (Commander's at 11:30), but want to switch out Cochon for Coquette for dinner before seeing Kermit Ruffins at Vaughn's. Coquette looks amazing and its flavor profiles and cuisine philosophy appeal more to me than Cochon's. My only concern here is the amount of running around that will take place. We're staying in the Quarter and won't have a car, so we'll take the streetcar to the Garden District for lunch at Commander's, then the streetcar back to the Quarter to rest, etc., then streetcar or cab it back to the Quarter for dinner, then cab it to Vaughn's. Phew... I'm exhausted just typing it. Anyone have thoughts on how to handle this issue?

                        Friday: lunch unchanged (Parkway), but also wondering whether I should trade our standing plan for Brigsten's for dinner at Galatoire's. After posting my original query, I started to get cold feet about Galatoire's due to the mixed postings. Now I'm starting to feel the same way towards Brigtsen's. I recently showed Galatoire's site to my dear husband and he was interested--its history and ambience are totally up his alley (note to self: maybe keep DH included in future dining decisions). So there it stands. Brigtsen's or Galatoire's for our last supper in New Orleans?

                        Thanks again for all your help and patience.

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                        Cochon
                        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                        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: luckywonton

                          Just be aware with friday dinner at Galatoire's that there is the very real possibility that all hell will break loose while you're there. I'm not saying DON'T go... I plan to return. But not on a Friday.

                          I haven't been to Brigsten's but definitely will go next time after everything I've read. The rest of your trip sounds amazing as is (but of course I would say that... Commander's... Mr B's... Kermit...)

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

                        2. Although I have not been there myself: I have had several chef friends go to NOLA recently, and they ALL agree unanimously, that the best meal they had in NOLA was at Restaurant August. Since I only made it to NOLA for a few days, I didn't get to try August, but I can vouche for Jacques-Imos: excellent food, but stick to the entrees, the starters were hit or miss.

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                          Restaurant August
                          301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                          Jacques-Imo's Cafe
                          8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118