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blessed02 Jul 19, 2010 11:23 PM

I'm planning a long weekend in August and am starting to worry about my capacity for all this glorious food! I've got one more meal slot to fill and would love to get opinions.

So far, our plan is:
-- Friday -- lunch of po boys at Mahony's, then a late dinner at August
--Saturday -- lunch at Galatoires, dinner of the BBQ shrimp at Mr B's
-- Sunday -- the jazz brunch at Commanders Palace, then a late dinner at Stella!
-- Monday – ???

(1) I'm trying to balance things out so that I don't eat two massive meals only a few hours apart. It's impossible! But that's why early po boys and then late dinner at August, for example. Have I accomplished this, or am I setting myself up for failure?

(2) I want to try to find a lunch place on Monday that is an excellent goodbye to the city, but that is not too heavy or rich of food. I think there's a good chance I'll be butter-overloaded by that point. Also, I don't have a ton of time because I have to leave for the airport at around 2pm and have to swing back by my hotel in the French Quarter. So many places are closed for Monday lunch. Emerils is open, but I wonder if it's just too much by that point? What do you suggest?

(3) Also, I am hoping to be able to get seated downstairs at Galatoires on a Saturday. Not too late because I don't want to bump up against dinner. Am I asking for the impossible -- will it be crazy crowded and I should book upstairs instead?

I have never eaten at any of these places! I would love any tips you have to give about seating, must-order dishes, etc.

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

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

Mahony's
3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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    JazzyB Jul 20, 2010 05:51 AM

    Don't miss Emeril's. If you want to eat light, order the Abita bacon (pork belly) salad. It's an outstanding flavor combination. There's also a 3 course prix fixe menu listed at the bottom. The smoked mushrooms on angel hair is delicious. http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/1/E...

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

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      Hungry Celeste Jul 20, 2010 07:34 AM

      Hmm, I'm struck by the phrase "excellent goodbye to the city".....I'd have lunch at Cafe Reconcile. What better goodbye than lunch at a nonprofit cafe training at-risk youth to continue the hospitality traditions of NOLA? Read about it before you go, tip generously, and eat red beans & rice (maybe with some fried chicken) or meatloaf. http://reconcileneworleans.org/

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      Cafe Reconcile
      1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

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      1. re: Hungry Celeste
        N.O.Food Jul 20, 2010 08:30 AM

        +1

        1. re: Hungry Celeste
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          collardman Jul 20, 2010 10:15 AM

          Thanks for the Reconcile thumbs-up. I try to take vistors there for a good touch of local and am pleased that it is always busy at lunch

          1. re: Hungry Celeste
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            roro1831 Jul 21, 2010 08:37 AM

            I have to agree with Celeste, Monday is red beans and rice day, what better way to say goodbye to the city. But that's just me as I love red beans and rice. Cooking my two pound bag of Camellia's this weekend that a friend was nice enough to bring up last weekend.

          2. Suzy Wong Jul 20, 2010 08:05 AM

            re Galatoire's, you shouldn't have a problem being seated downstairs, and if you don't want to eat too close to dinner time, have lunch when they open to give yourself more time.

            Since you are staying in the French Quarter, re Monday lunch, Palace Cafe right there on Canal St would make for a very good,light lunch depending on what you order:
            http://www.palacecafe.com/
            They also have a summer special, based on the high temperature the previous day (85 degrees =$8.50 lunch)...

            or Bon Ton (classic cajun food, old school atmosphere

            )

            http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

            Obviously you can always order a light salad, or a soup and appetizer etc for a smaller lunch...

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            Palace Cafe
            605 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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            1. re: Suzy Wong
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              Littleman Jul 20, 2010 09:04 AM

              I second Palace Cafe. You will be 5 minutes from your hotel most likely and the food is outstanding.

              I really love Emeril's but that's another 15 minutes walking assuming you don't take a cab. You can order a salad and appetizer and cut back on the food some if that helps. You should have fun at August, Galatoire's, Commander's, Mr. B's and Stella. I wish I were with you. Good luck and come back soon.

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

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

              1. re: Littleman
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                JazzyB Jul 21, 2010 05:06 AM

                Here's my 2 cents : Don't let your last meal in Nola be the Palace Cafe.

                1. re: JazzyB
                  N.O.Food Jul 21, 2010 06:37 AM

                  Agree, Jazzy.

                  1. re: N.O.Food
                    Suzy Wong Jul 21, 2010 09:44 AM

                    With so many places and no doubt much acitivity being squeezed in a brief period of time 72? hours, I don't think the order is that big of a deal. Just my "6" cents....(I'd skip Mr B's altogether but that's just me)...And we all know what are opinions are like.....

                    1. re: Suzy Wong
                      N.O.Food Jul 21, 2010 11:00 AM

                      Agree, Suzy. I'd skip Mr. B's, too.

                      1. re: N.O.Food
                        Suzy Wong Jul 21, 2010 03:37 PM

                        Whew! At least we agree on something. HA

                        1. re: Suzy Wong
                          N.O.Food Jul 21, 2010 06:33 PM

                          Wait, we disagree a lot or something?

              2. re: Suzy Wong
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                blessed02 Jul 20, 2010 09:05 AM

                I forgot Question #4, which is - how on earth do you ever choose??? I have completely revamped my food itinerary 3 times already. I just keep finding more "can't pass up" places and swapping other things out to make room. Originally I had Dragos or Acme for as many chargrilled oysters as we could eat, but then I got worried that oysters are difficult/expensive now with the oil spill. :( I hope I'm wrong about that, but just in case - there are so many other options, too.

                Looking at the menus for all of your suggestions now -- thank you guys so much!

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                Littleman Jul 20, 2010 09:07 AM

                Go to Galatoire's at 11:15 and you most likely will walk in when they open at 11:30. Ask for Richard to wait on you. Tall nice looking 65 year old gentleman. Order the Oysters Brochette, Crab Maison and Trout broiled with crab meat on top.

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

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                  kibbles Jul 21, 2010 08:20 AM

                  Bacco's on chartres has a light two-course special -- the excellent lemon salad, and a pasta & seafood dish. i really enjoyed the fried oyster fettuccine when oysters existed, but the crawfish ragatelle is good too.

                  $15, and 20-cent martinis -- now thats saying goodbye to new orleans!

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                  Bacco Restaurant
                  310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                  1. re: kibbles
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                    nosurndr Jul 22, 2010 06:24 AM

                    Hey, when did the martinis at lunch go up to $0.20? They were $0.10! Double the price?! Is nothing sacred? And how will I pay for the next round?? Damn.

                    Yes, the Bacco lunch is really nice. Just a perfect place for a 2 hour, 3 martini lunch. And the food is pretty good as well and you can't beat their 2-course specials.

                    1. re: kibbles
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                      blessed02 Jul 23, 2010 10:19 PM

                      20 cent martinis! I would be that sloshed person on the airplane that you end up reading in the paper about! (But in a good, definitely unscary way.)

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                      mikek Jul 21, 2010 08:10 PM

                      How would you compare Emeril's lunch to August's?

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

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                      1. re: mikek
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                        JazzyB Jul 22, 2010 04:50 AM

                        August's food and ambience is more refined. Emeril's food/atmosphere is lively. Both use top notch ingredients and are delicious. Apples/oranges.

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

                        1. re: JazzyB
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                          blessed02 Jul 23, 2010 10:20 PM

                          Emerils is starting to sound pretty unmissable, isn't it?

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

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