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I posted last week re: Bayona, but figured I should pick your brains overall! We are going to NOLA Thurs-Sun of Memorial Day weekend. We're staying in the Quarter, but happy to go anywhere via streetcar or cab

Here's what we have currently:

Thursday lunch: open

Thursday dinner: Bayona or Herbsaint-- QUESTION: should we ditch both and get tix to the NOWFE stroll?

Friday lunch: open

Friday dinner: open (Dick and Jenny's, MiLa, Coquette?)

Saturday lunch: open

Saturday dinner: August (still great? What is the ONE fine dining restaurant you would pick??)

We're not looking for huge lunches--more local/neighborhood type places.

Thanks for any advice!

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. I prefer Herbsaint to Bayona but as far as the NOWFE stroll, I believe your enjoyment will depend greatly on the weather....it's only a shame you won't know what that will be like until that evening. If the weather is nice the stroll would be lots of fun. Make you reservation early and you'll still have time for a stroll.
    Friday lunch at Galatoire's is a must. Go no later than 11 and you should be seated in the main dining room. As the restaurant begins to fill with all the locals the party begins and lasts till about 4. Tell the waiter what you like and he will feed you. Have as much seafood as you can get. It may not be around much longer.
    Friday dinner: I've only been to Dick and Jenny's and MiLa and I love them both. I had the most rediculously delicious fried oysters there than I think I've ever had.
    For Sunday lunch have split the ruben at Stanley on Jackson Square. I hear their the tits.

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    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

    1. Galatoire's is a great suggestion for lunch or dinner for a quintessential N.O. experience(Friday is super busy if you're into that scene but it's not casual/neighborhood type place at all)

      For a Lunch: Mandina's, classic N.O. "neighborhood" establishment in every way. Bus streetcar accessible:
      http://www.mandinasrestaurant.com/

      You could always pick up a muffaletta to split from central Grocery, some Barq's and have it by the river, or dine in for one at Napoleon House http://www.napoleonhouse.com/ or Maspero's on Decatur.

      I know you didn't ask, but stop by Croissant D'Or for pastry and coffee, you won't be disappointed!

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

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

      Central Grocery Co
      923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

      Croissant D'Or Patisserie
      617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

      Maspero's
      601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: Suzy Wong

        I agree with Napoleon House and Mandina's and I will add Nola Grocery and Ernst Cafe. All menus can be found on line except Nola Gro. It is mostly traditional poboys and some with cajun meats.

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

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

      2. On Thursday for lunch...........

        Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.
        http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

        Bayona on Thursday night. On Friday for lunch..........

        Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021. *
        http://www.galatoires.com/

        Coquette for dinner Friday. Saturday for lunch...........

        Emeril's @ 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 528 - 9393. *
        http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/1/E...

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        Bayona
        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

        Bon Ton Cafe
        401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. Herbsaint for Thursday dinner, August for Saturday dinner. You can't go wrong with any of the Friday dinner options. Coquette would be my pick though. Dick & Jenny's is great, but more casual and no reservations, so it depends on what you're looking for.

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          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

          1. Thurs lunch: Mr B's Bistro for BBQ shrimp. It's an awesome way to kick things off and they have $1.50 cocktails at lunch.

            Friday lunch: Commander's Palace: Absolutely a sublime experience.

            I'd save Galatoire's for Saturday lunch. Friday is a mess and after my mess of a Friday I returned to pick up a forgotten umbrella on saturday afternoon... The sat lunch crowd was civilized! I found myself wishing we'd gone then instead. (although not really since that Fri night was a very very memorable night overall)

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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

            Mr B's Bistro
            201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: kukubura

              We are also going to be in New Orleans this Thurs - Sun and always do Friday lunch at Commander's. Unfortunately, they are not taking reservations for Friday the 28th due to a private function. We are going to try Galatoire's instead, looks like we need to arrive early based on everything I have ever read on the boards. Can't wait!

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

              1. re: Louw

                Make sure to report back!

            2. We just had a remarkable lunch at Coquette, so I would definitely encourage you to pick one of your meals there. We ate there for lunch, but when I go back, it will be for dinner most certainly.