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Jun 10, 2010 12:32 PM

If you had 2-3 days in New Orleans to pack in the most amazing meals possible...

Where would you go?

I'll be in New Orleans for my 30th birthday at the end of July for 3 days and I am looking for the MUSTs for 1 showstopping dinner, one awesome late lunch or early dinner, and one great brunch.

Friday - dinner - special occasion
Saturday - either larger lunch or early dinner before big night out
Sunday - brunch

The main purpose of this trip for me is to experience the amazing New Orleans food and restaurant culture. I am a definite "foodie," for lack of a better term, and am really hoping to be blown away in a small amount of time. Please help! :)

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  1. Are you staying in the FQ? Do you have a car?

    Commander's Palace in their Garden Room Friday night for special occasion.
    Galatoire's Saturday for lunch at 11:30. Dinner at August @ 7:30 then big night out.
    Emeril's for Sunday brunch.

    Have a good trip.

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      1. re: phillygourmet

        Stella Friday night, Galatoire's Saturday lunch, August dinner Saturday night and Emeril's Sunday brunch. No need for cab or car. Good luck.

        1. re: Littleman

          I would still head to Commander's, but for brunch. And take the streetcar. Sure it'll be hot but it'll be worth it. You want to have a real NO experience, dontcha? You gotta do a little sweating along the way.

          \/ Us sweating on the way to Commander's Palace

      2. re: Littleman

        Emeril's is not open for brunch except pre Saints 3pm games and a few holidays. Swap Commander's for brunch and go to Emeril's for dinner. Commander's provides a good time in the garden room, even with their less than stellar food.

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

      3. For Friday dinner, Stella! excellent for a special occasion IMO...

        (I agree) Galatoire's perhaps Saturday lunch...and or Commander's Palace...

        I bet JazzyB will/might suggest Emeril's (also a very good choice

        Stella Restaurant
        1032 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Commander's Palace Restaurant
        1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

        1. I would do Stella! for my special dinner. Saturday I would go to either Elizabeth's for brunch or Domenica for lunch. Sunday I would do Commander's for brunch, request the garden room.

          123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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          1. re: Bayareafoodiei

            Thanks to all 3 of you for the suggestions! I'll definitely look into all of them!!

            1. re: phillygourmet

              Littleman nailed it. His choices aren't necessarily the best restaurants in NOLA, but they will give you the quintessential NOLA experience.