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Food itinerary for a former Nola resident taking a first timer

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  • mikek Jul 12, 2010 08:22 AM
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Hi all,

I am taking my girlfriend for her first visit to New Orleans in a few weeks and wanted to get everyone's input for the meal agenda. We get in on Friday and leave on Monday. Here is what I have slotted in so far...

Dinner - Brigtsens as a refined but still local type of restaurant, and one you cannot really find outside of NOLA. Always was one of my favorites.

Breakfast - Surrey's
Lunch - somewhere on Magazine and lighter fare
Dinner - someplace that is fun for a group and that would complement the other two dinners.

Brunch - Patois? Commanders? Green Goddess?
Dinner - Le Foret

I think that Sunday doing both Commanders and Le Foret may be a bit much. Have read great things about Green Goddess, so that could definitely be a fun way to start a day of walking around the quarter, since we will be walking Magazine St on Saturday. I definitely want to get to Le Foret based on all of the reviews. So really I guess that Dinner on Saturday is the one I am having a hard time settling on. Thank you for any help or advice.

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

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

Le Foret
129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. What about doing Saturday dinner at Patois or something in the same category like Coquette or Lilette. I think that would balance out the other dinners. Then do Green Goddess for brunch since, as you point out, Commanders and Le Foret in one day might be a bit much. For Saturday lunch on Magazine, I've heard good things about Mahoney's Po-boys (haven't been, so other hounds can correct me), but I'm not sure how light po-boys are. Coquette and La Petite Grocery are also open for lunch and would be lighter, but more upscale (both on Magazine).

    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    Green Goddess
    307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

    La Petite Grocery
    4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Le Foret
    129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. You certainly cannot go wrong with Brigtsen's. All I know of Le Foret is what I've read and heard but I agree that a double-header of that and Commander's would be a hell of a kick. On the other hand, it seems a shame to take a first-timer and miss the Commander's Sunday brunch. And you could eat "light" and stick to turtle soup and a salad or some such but I imagine you'd be touted off that idea from the moment you see the menu.

      For saturday dinner I'd either wander up to Clancy's or down to Galatoire's but you'd need to shed the sweaty clothes so that would revolve around where you are staying and the ease with which you can change.

      Patois is another good suggestion,. it is a pleasant place but, for my money, I'd rather be at Clancy's. In fairness that is merely because I am a founding member of the "new" Clancy's and, in fact, go back to the days when we'd wander between the old bar and Norby's

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

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

      Le Foret
      129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. La Divina Gelateria might be a good Saturday lunch spot - light soups/salads/panini (I recommend the Tacchino), then get some gelato to go and explore that area of Magazine. Lots to see/window shop around there.
        Not on Magazine, but not far from it would be St. James on Prytania - cheese shop with sandwiches, salads, & seasonal specials (and alliteration, apparently).

        La Divina Gelateria
        3005 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

        1. Are you staying in the FQ? Do you have a car? I am going to assume you are flying into NOLA Friday night and don't have a car. I also assume you are staying in the FQ. If this were so and it was myself I would have dinner Friday night in the FQ and eliminate Brigtsen's all together. I like Brigtsen's but you have a very wide choice to choose from for 6 meals at lunch and dinner. So far Brigtsen's, Commander's, Le Foret, Clancy's, Patois, Green Goddess, Coquette, Mahoney's, La Petite Grocery, Galatoire's, et al have been mentioned. You will be tired from traveling all day Friday and I would go to a FQ restaurant Friday night then walk back to my hotel and get some rest for Saturday.

          I would go to Galatoire's Friday night, lunch at Commander's Saturday, then walk off the desert down Magazine, then dinner Saturday night at in the FQ, lunch Sunday at Patois, walk around the FQ, then dinner at a FQ restaurant such as Green Goddess, Le Foret, Mr. B's, Stella's, Muriel's or Nola.

          I know you want to go to Brigtsen's. Go Friday night if you choose. I always do things different. Have a great trip. Good luck.

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          1. re: Littleman

            I know Brigsten's is a little way uptown, but truly love it there and it was always one of my top 2 in the city. I figure after dinner that night heading to see music, going to one of the hotel bars, W.I.N.O. or something to that effect. We are staying at the Loews, so I figure the Warehouse Dist will be close enough, maybe we will take the streetcar up to the Columns before dinner for a cocktail.

            The second night we will probably head over to Frenchmen after dinner, though do not mind heading uptown before dinner.

            I was thinking lunch at Commander's on Sat but do not want to have to walk around in khakis or whatever would have to be worn to lunch.

            Are there any other newer restaurants for Saturday night? How is Le Meritage?

            Le Meritage
            1001 Toulouse, New Orleans, LA 70112

            1. re: mikek

              I have not been to Le Meritage but I have heard nothing but good things about it. Have you been to Stella. Chef Boswell is creating some outstanding cuisine there and it's in the FQ. Bistro Daisy is getting good reviews but it's Uptown near Clancy's. Take a cab. And John Besh has some great restaurants. August has not been mentioned nor Luke. Good luck.

              Bistro Daisy @ 5831 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 6987.

              1. re: mikek

                since you are staying at the lowes hotel, please introduce yourselves to the greatest bartender in n.o.-ms. lu brow. she was so friendly to us and will really chat you up about n.o and all kinds of fun bars and music. i go there every trip to n.o. to get a real blast of n.o. hospitality.