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Jun 15, 2010 06:51 AM

Trip coming up.... Some rec's needed

Good morning, CH'ers!
In less than 2 weeks I'll be in New Orleans, sipping on pimms cups and eating fantastic food... Can't wait!! I have most of my trip already planned, but wanted to get some recommendations on a few blanks that I have to fill. I'll be traveling with my husband and another couple - we're all flexible and will eat just about anything. No picky eaters here! I was in NO last year and ate at the following places: Commander's Palace, Mr. B's, MiLa, Luke, Cafe du Monde, Old Coffee Pot, Lil Dizzy's. Would like to check out new places this time around.

We arrive on Thursday at around 11:00 am and have the following scheduled:

--Lunch @ Coquette
--Dinner - BLANK - Need Rec

--Lunch @ Emeril's
--Dinner @ Jacques-IMO (mainly because we want to go to the Maple Leaf Bar for some music after dinner and figured we would kill 2 birds with 1 stone)

--Lunch - BLANK
--Dinner @ Cochon

--Brunch - BLANK - Need Rec

I'm really torn about what else to squeeze in... Please help me make a decision with your great recommendations.

We've been to several of the bars: Carousel, Swizzle Stick, Sazerac, D.B.A., Hermes, Lafitte's and several others (drawing a blank right now). If there are any other bars / spots you feel are a must see, please let me know.

Thanks in advance!!


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

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

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

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  1. Not trying to be pissy. But your inquiry is so wide open. There are at least ten if not twenty excellent restaurants that I or someone else could recommend depending on a million variables. There is type of food, level of amenities or service, location, price, style of cuisine, or you could mention what it was you liked or didn't like on your last visit. Or, why you picked what you did for this trip. Just sayin.

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    1. re: CharlieH

      As far as breakfast and lunches go, I'm looking to keep it casual. Good food is a must though. Don't want to waste a meal on something that's just ok. I had Parkway Bakery on my list of possibles, for example. Napoleon House as another.

      For dinner, we are seeking food that is typical of New Orleans - french, creole, southern. Not interested in Latin, Japanese, Mexican, or any of the sorts. We're flexible as far as price range goes, however I can guarantee you that my husband will not be into wearing a jacket in this heat.

      As far as Sunday's brunch goes - I really wanted to do a jazz brunch, but that is not a must. I just thought it would be a nice way to end our weekend trip.

      Hope this helps.

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

    2. Thursday dinner - Clancy's
      Saturday lunch - Lilette
      Sunday brunch - Patois

      Trust me'll thank me later.

      3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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      1. re: BayouTeche

        Good suggestions. Especially Patois and Lillette. Clancy's can be really fun when you sit downstairs, and not so much upstairs. I like the scene at Iris also. Very serene. ch

        1. re: CharlieH

          I love Clancy's, but have to agree with you about upstairs.

        2. re: BayouTeche

          +1 on Bayou's suggestions. You can't go wrong with these.

        3. Thursday dinner at Emeril's and lunch Friday at Bon Ton rather than Emeril's. Dinner at Emeril's is much fun. Saturday lunch at Galatoire's and Sunday brunch at August.

          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

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          1. re: Littleman

            While one might sneak by, I think that the lack of a jacket might be a rub with Galatoire's. I know that I would not be comfortable dining there, sans blazer. So as to not incur the wrath of the MOD's, I will not go into any detail, beyond saying that if one wishes to "fit in," a jacket is a very good idea, regardless of what the "minimum clothing requirements" might be.



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

          2. i had one of the great dinners of the last 10 yeas at august.....

            1. (I may be repeating some suggestions)

              Weekdays (only) lunch or dinner, Bon Ton, old school, classic cajun cuisine

              Casual breakfast, Croissant D'Or coffee and french pasry (quiche also


              Saturday lunch 2 totally different places,
              Mandina's another mainstay casual, very good New Orleans neighborhood type place in mid-city and Brocato's is right nearby for desert....

              re Cocktails:
              Bar Uncommon in the Pere Marquette Hotel (great building wonderful cocktails

              Polo Lounge in the Windsor Court Hotel or Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton, in the Marigny The Spotted Cat on Frenchmen.

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

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

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

              Brocato Angelo Ice Cream & Confectionery
              214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119