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Apr 28, 2010 06:55 PM

New Orleans May 4 - 8 - Need Help Refining Dining Choices

I'm heading to NOLA next week (arrive early Tues - depart Sat afternoon) and want to try some new places. I've had Port O Call, Central Grocery, Emeril's Delmonico, Cafe Du Monde and that's about it. I have reservations at Antoine's for dinner one night. Otherwise I'm open.

We would love to throw down on some boiled seafood (crawfish, crabs, shrimp) and want to try fried chicken at either Dooky Chase's or Willie Mae's. I definitely want to try Mr. B's also. So that leaves me with 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 3 dinners. I don't want to go crazy on prices but don't mind spending some money if the meal is great. We're staying in the FQ but have a car so can go pretty much anywhere. I'm a very adventurous eater.

Since it's pretty close I'm not sure whether I'll be able to get into places where I'll need reservations but I can try. Oh, and I need drinking places too. Thanks for your help!!!

Dooky Chase Restaurant
2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Surprisingly good crawfish boil in the Quarter: Yo Mama's (727 St. Peter St.) Thur-Sat, first boil of three served up around noon. $8 for 2 lbs. crawfish. Loved them this weekend, plump and sweet.

    Lunch or Dinner: K-Paul's (416 Chartres St.). Lunch... Thurs- Sat (11am- 2pm). Excellent casual "order at the counter" lunch with seriously low prices. Dinner...upbeat, boisterous environment sets the perfect background for the simple yet euphoric dinner to come. Sublime gumbo, oysters pernod, blackened drum, bread pudding. I am a fan.

    4 Replies
    1. re: powderhound

      I heard about the crawfish boil at Yo Mama's and the tawdry aspect of the bar itself is very appealing. I think we will definitely check it out. I wish their website was a little better so I could check out the full menu though. K-Paul's sounds great. I'm going to try that for sure.

      1. re: Erincc77

        Yo Mama's is best known for their burgers. They are excellent. They also serve up good baked potatoes. I believe there are some salads and maybe a couple sandwiches, but really, they are a burger (and tequila) place. I wasn't even aware of their crawfish boils, I might have to check them out myself.

        1. re: Erincc77

          My good deed of the day. Hopefully the pics come out.

      2. Have you been to NOLA often. You went to Delmonico's. Go to Emeril's this time. Also cancel Antoines and go to Brigtsen's which is Uptown. If you want to dine in the FQ go to Bayona, Galatoire's or Stella. Lunch one day at Willie Mae's would be fine. Spend most of your time in fine NOLA creole seafood restaurants not soul food. Try some NOLA po boys @ Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047 for lunch and try Lil Dizzy's. If you desire LD just opened a new branch in the Wyndham Whitney Hotel in CBD. Or the main place on Esplanade wouild be nice. The one in CBD might be more convenient. Try some of the Uptown restaurants such as Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 9626, *Casamento's Restaurant @ 4330 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 9761,Coquette Bistro & Wine Bar @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421 or
        Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 9441.

        There's so many great places in NOLA you must be patient and keep researching. Good luck. Bon Appetit.

        Lil Dizzy's Cafe
        1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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

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

        Cafe Atchafalaya
        901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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        1. re: Littleman

          I've only been to NOLA once and since my partner is from there, we ended up visiting family, local haunts most of the time. I was sorely disappointed with Delmonico's. We went there only because reservations at Emeril's were booked over a month in advance and we couldn't get in. Thanks for all the suggestions, they look great!

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

        2. Definitely don't go to Antoine's. I get the whole "old school New Orleans" experience, but the food is not good and the service wasn't much better the last time I was there. You will end up feeling that you had a very expensive, not very good meal. Try Galatoire's instead for the "old school" experience with better service and food. Sit downstairs, get there early since you won't be able to make a reservation. You can do either lunch or dinner. If you're still thinking about Antoine's, go to the Hermes bar there instead. You can try the oysters Rockefeller and some of the other stuff on the menu and the bar is really a fantastic and fun place.

          +1 on Emeril's (dinner), Coquette (lunch or dinner), Patois(dinner or sunday brunch), Brigsten's (dinner), Parkway Bakery and Casamentos (both for lunch). I would also throw in Clancy's for a nice dinner.

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

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

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

          3 Replies
          1. re: latasche

            What about his NOLA restaurant? The menu there looks a little more appetizing to me.

            1. re: Erincc77

              Erin, we really liked NOLA when we ate Friday lunch there last November. So much so that I'd say give it a try. It's one of the best choices in the Quarter for lunch, and I'm sure dinner would be fine, too, but when it comes to places that are open for lunch as well as dinner, I usually like to try them for lunch first. Just a personal quirk of mine ; ) Now for the places that are only open for dinner, well, it's already decided for me which meal I'll be eating there..hee :)

              1. re: Erincc77

                I think Emeril's is generally better than NOLA, but that said, I really like NOLA. If the menu there looks more appetizing to you, go for it. The fried chicken is excellent as are the shrimp and grits. Its a good option for lunch or dinner.

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

            2. Ok, so after lots of thought and researching here's what I came up with:

              Tuesday lunch at Yo Mama's or Rocky & Carlo's in Chalmette (partner's old fave), dinner at Irene's. They take reservations btw!

              Wednesday quick lunch - maybe Willie Mae's. Going to tour Abita in the afternoon and going to Hammond for sushi at Kirin.

              Thursday lunch at Mr. B's, dinner at K-Paul's. I might switch K-Paul's to lunch if they post the deli-style lunch menu and it looks good. Anyone know what they have usually? If I go to K-Paul's for lunch I'll do dinner at Dick & Jenny's. Thoughts?

              Friday lunch at either Acme or Mr. B's or maybe at the Hermes Bar at Antoine's. Dinner at Emeril's.

              Saturday definitely stopping at Central Grocery for muffalettas for the plane trip home. Not sure what to do for breakfast/lunch yet.

              I'm not big on breakfast...I'd rather do an early lunch. I'm thinking of trying Stanley's, maybe Elizabeth's and CDM.

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

              Rocky & Carlo Restaurant & Bar
              613 W Saint Bernard Hwy, Chalmette, LA 70043

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