Would like a couple of recommendations...please
We are going to be visiting New Orleans for a few short days in mid July, To be more specific we will be arriving in New Orleans on a Monday around 6:00 - 7:00 pm and will be leaving first thing Thursday morning. That gives us just two days and three evenings. I should add that we have never visited before but are really excitied about the trip We have our breakfasts and lunches planned, but dinners are where we are a bit bewildered.
From reading these boards we are just overwhelmed by the choices for restaurants. I'm 99% sure we will be going to the Upper Line on Wednesday for dinner. We made that choice based on recommendations here and other sites, and the menu/ price range suits us well.
But we are still looking for places to have dinner on Monday (seems a lot of places are closed on Monday..is that a real slow day in New Orleans?) and Tuesday. We will be staying just outside the French Quarter but will have a car so we don't mind driving. We are not interested in 'high end' dining, and would like to stick with something with a real local cajun flair. Monday is a real problem because we won't be able to make reservations since we don't know exactly when we will arrive. Tuesday we could make reservations for though.
Oh,we will have our 14 year old daughter with us as well, if that makes any difference. She is NOT a picky eater though, I'm just not sure if some places might be more adult oriented.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Also, on Thursday we will be in Baton Rouge if anyone has a 'not to be missed rec. for there,
The Bon Ton Cafe may fit your needs. KPaul's is somewhat expensive, but it is one of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans and represents Louisiana well. You can dress somewhat casual there. Mandina's or Luizza's off Canal Street and Carrolton may be good local type places to go. If you want to get a real local experience, get on Rampart Street and drive about ten miles to Chalmette where Rocky and Carlo's is. Good Italian and Cajun typpe food in a very casual setting.
Bigray in Ok
If you click on the following link and scroll down you will see a list of "cajun" restaurants from a local food writer (somenot all in the general area you'll be in):
K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
416 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA
Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Dick and Jenny's might fit the bill for Monday night. They don't take reservations, but probably won't be too crowded on Monday, especially if you don't make it to the restaurant until around 8ish (which will probably be the case given your estimated arrival). The food is low-key, but delicious and reasonable. It would be an appropriate place for your daughter too. Mandina's and/or Liuzza's are also good choices for either night. Angelo Brocato is nearby for an after dinner cappuccino or gelato. I'm making an assumption that you're staying in the quarter or downtown. Acme in the quarter would be a decent monday night choice if you don't feel like navigating to the other places on your first night in town. Boucherie might also be a choice. It's in the river bend area of uptown, so driving is an essential. You will need a reservation. It's not fancy, but very small. The prices are very reasonable and the food is very good. The krispy kreme bread pudding is to die for. Excellent cocktails as well.
Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
If you are going to The Upperline which is Uptown consider Patois, Lilette, Coquette and Clancy's which are all Uptown as well. If you prefer the FQ or CBD consider Bon Ton. I second that. Mr. B's would be nice or Bayona. Cochon is nice and you might go to August for an early dinner at a set price. Good luck and have a great trip. Bon Appetit.
I have had fantastic luck with two dinners at Dante's Kitchen. It's more Southern than it is Cajun, but the food and atmosphere are just great. They offer some of the best shrimp and grits I've ever had (with head/tail on), great andouille & crawfish stuffed flounder, and a number of other very good and interesting dishes (maple glazed chicken under a brick was also excellent, as was the complimentary molasses spoonbread, root beer sweet potatoes and mac & cheese). They also feature all locally sourced items and list the farms/suppliers of each day's menu offerings on a blackboard. The chef/owner spent a number of years at Commander's Palace before opening Dante's.
It's set in an older house and you can eat inside or outside. Service was outstanding on both of my visits, and while I have enjoyed a number of great meals in NO, including a couple at Upperline, Dante's is a place that just grabs me and draws me in - maybe not the absolute best food, maybe not the most charm (that was Commander's for me), but I absolutely love the food and charm here. It's right across the street from Brigsten's and half the fun is riding the St. Charles streetcar through the Garden District to get there, passing some beautiful houses and Tulane along the way and soaking in all of the New Orleans and Southern charm. It's also pretty casual and I noticed a number of diners in shorts and jeans. Reservations can be made on Opentable.com.
Here's a link to their website: http://danteskitchen.com/
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Wow, this great! Thanks for all the recommendations. I'm sure we will have some fine meals from these suggestion. Thanks for taking the time to help.
Oh, I have another question, how far ahead would you suggest making reservations? Would places take them a month in advance so I won't have to think about it again, or would a week or so be good enough?
I would make reservations now if there is some place you know you want to go to. if something changes, you can always cancel, but make sure you cancel. I like to keep some times open in case my mood changes or I stumble across a find. I just posted a huge list on another thread if you want to check it out. cheers!
Couldn't agree with you more! We loved, loved, loved, this place. The molasses spoonbread lagniappe was delightful, and the creamy grits and head-on shrimp were fantastic. The service was spot-on, and the drinks were kickin'! Dante's Kitchen, along with Pelican Club, were two of our standout dining spots when we visited last month. Highly recommend.
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130