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How touristy are these restaurants?

Hello. I'll be coming to Nola in early June for a few days and I'm so excited at the prospect of eating all the great food city has to offer. I usually do a lot of research and tend to plan most of my meals - all your reviews on Chowhound have really helped, thank you.
At the moment I'm thinking of going to Boucherie, Emerils, Coops (late dinner, on the night we arrive) and Elizabeths (brunch). My question is, how touristy are these places? Not that I mind sharing space with other people like me but it would be nice to be around locals too and feel like I'm leaving in New Orleans for a few days (I hope you know what I mean!). So, are my choices somewhere a local would go to as well, or will they be dominated by tourists?
Thank you!

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

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. Boucherie is the furthest from the Quarter so that would be your best bet for the least amount of tourists. In today's world of internet and sites like these, there is no longer a place that is locals, everyplace has a mix.
    Elizabeth's is pretty local as well , but strangely I had never been until I came back for a visit once.

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    Boucherie
    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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    1. re: roro1831

      Roro,

      You make a great point. Probably, a good percentage of posters here ARE "tourists," at one level, or another, and the duty of CH's is to steer them to the good food in the City.

      On one hand, that might dilute them a bit for locals, but that they are busy with patrons, who respect and enjoy their cuisine, regardless of their home town, is a great thing.

      Now, there are some restaurants that are firmly geared toward the tourist, and usually tourists with families. Places like Bubba Gump come to my mind here, plus some others. However, the CH regulars are not too likely to recommend those, based on just the food. While not bad, they are not worth missing any of the gems that the City has to offer.

      Location, as mentioned, can contribute to a higher influx of tourists, just because of proximity. This is not a bad thing, as if the food is good, the locals will be there too.

      I always feel a bit uncomfortable answering in a thread like this, as I no longer live in NOLA, so I am nothing but a tourist, though I try to not "show it... "

      Good luck, and enjoy,

      Hunt

    2. Generally, not very touristy at all. I have not been to Coops, so can't comment there. My only issue is with Elizabeth's. I am somewhat baffled by the positive press it gets. I was thoroughly disappointed when I went - almost inedible in my opinion. I wouldn't waste a meal there, but others, perhaps, can give you some reasons why it is good. Otherwise, Boucherie and Emerils will be great. Enjoy.

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

      Boucherie
      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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      1. re: latasche

        im also a bit perplexed as to Elizabeth's popularity. as a local who lives nearby, i think its nice to have it as a breakfast option, but its nothing id brag about to visitors. my friends from San Diego have some amazing breakfast restaurants that simply put it to shame, often for less dough. thus we stick to Croissant D'or, Nola Cake Cafe, or something they cant get like Commander's or Patois.

        that being said -- the Praline Bacon is a thing of wonder.

        1. re: kibbles

          Thanks for that, I may have to rethink Elizabeth's! how about Eat? That was also on my list. Thanks again everyone, very reassuring replies!

          1. re: belma79

            I love EAT for brunch so I always recommend it, but I also really enjoy Elizabeth's. It's not out of this world good, but I have never been disappointed and I feel that, while a bit pricy, you get a lot of food for what you pay. (Actually, the same can be said of EAT in many ways.) For what it's worth, I say you can't go wrong with either one.

            1. re: belma79

              EAT for breakfast/ brunch, but not so great for dinner.

            2. re: kibbles

              Add me to the list of those who don't get Elizabeth's as a list-topper. Agree, breakfast is ok, esp. if one just wants a basic bacon-eggs plate, but there are better breakfast spots around town, and there was definitely nothing special about the lunches I've had there.

          2. Emeril has a fairly good local trade as do most of the established places. Depends on the night of the week and the event schedule. Just now, during Jazz Fest, lots of locals are laying low. I stick to Uptown places and get in early or go to mid-day lunch while the hordes are away. In early June you should be OK...

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

            1. Coops is in the quarter, so tourists do find it. It's not a tourist trap though, and both locals and tourists eat there.

              Elizabeth's is probably mostly local, but there are a few tourists that cab it out there as well. I've always enjoyed my brunch there. If you like bacon I'd recommend trying the praline bacon. I usually order the duck waffles or eggs florentine.

              I enjoy EAT for brunch. I usually get the chicken fried chicken. The butter beans are good too. Others like the shrimp and grits here, but I found them a bit too watery/soupy for my tastes... I prefer mine with a bit more of a solid consistency.

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              1. Something off the beaten path, and exceptionally good is Dick & Jenny's. It has to be about the furthest thing from touristy this side of Parasol.

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