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meleyna Jul 23, 2010 12:47 PM

I know this has been covered I don't even know how many times, but my boyfriend and I are visiting in October for about five days. I've done a good amount of research on the boards, yelp, trip advisor, etc, and I've got the must haves down--I'm just looking for a few more opinions. As kind of an overview, we're staying in the Quarter, no car, from Wednesday-Sunday. Saturday night dinner will be at a friend's wedding at the W, but other than that, we're open for everything else. Boyfriend is NOT a CH, and does not eat ANY seafood. He has no problem indulging me and will go wherever I'd like, but at the same time, it's not much fun for me if he's not enjoying himself either.

What I'd like to do are Cochon Wednesday night, Mr. B's/Galatoire's Thursday night, August Friday, and Commander's Palace for brunch Sunday (we don't fly out until six PM). I'm back and forth about doing August for lunch or dinner Friday. Do you get the full experience with the prix fixe lunch? You really can't resist the price tag... If we end up doing lunch there, then maybe Emeril's for dinner. Also, a friend from NOLA recommended Cochon + Butcher over Cochon. Any thoughts? Boyfriend loves small plates, so I think we might go in that direction... Is Galatoire's an absolute necessity? Not sure how excited the other half will be about that, with the jacket requirement and such. If I'm making him sit through a big meal, I feel like it's better spent at August than Galatoire's.

Lunches I'd like to hit up Parkway and Central Grocery. Other than that I'm open for suggestions. K-Pauls, Napoleon House, Bon Ton, Maspero's, Luke?

From what I've read, there's not much excitement about breakfast... Any reason not to eat beignets at Cafe du Monde everyday?

Mat and Naddie's was also recommended--worth the cab ride?

I'll make reservations for August and Commander's Palace--do I need to do so for anything else?

Thanks for all the help!

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

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Maspero's
601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    meleyna Jul 27, 2010 01:55 PM

    Thanks, everyone, for the help--I've definitely changed plans a bit.

    Wednesday I think we're going to stay closer to the hotel and do Mr. B's for dinner--I really want that BBQ shrimp. Thursday we'll do Emeril's for lunch, then depending on how hungry we are, either an appetizer dinner at Cochon or maybe just drink our dinner at Napoleon House. Friday I want to do either Parkway or Johnny's for lunch--it really depends on where we are for the day. Friday night we'll do dinner at August. Saturday's still debatable--thinking either Maspero's, Luke, or maybe Stanley for brunch/lunch. Dinner will be at the wedding we're attending. Sunday we plan on packing, checking out, leaving bags at the front, and doing brunch at Commander's Palace. We'll swing by the hotel to pick up our bags on the way to the airport.

    I figure we'll fit Cafe du Monde and Croissant D'Or in somewhere for snacks/breakfast, and I plan on swinging by Central Grocery at some point and keeping the sandwich in the mini bar for late night snacks. Boyfriend also doesn't eat olives, so no sense making a meal out of that.

    Anything I'm missing? I feel like I did a pretty good job balancing things so that we're not overeating everyday. Also, I think we'd prefer to keep things in the Quarter just to make things easier. Plus, I feel like everything I NEED to have is within those boundaries. Thanks for all the feed back! (Shout out to Bill Hunt from a fellow Phoenician!)

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

    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

    Maspero's
    601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    3 Replies
    1. re: meleyna
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      princsoreo Jul 29, 2010 11:01 AM

      If you go to Cochon and they have pig cheeks on the app menu, get them! They sound weird, but are so so so good! This place totally opened me up to all the wonders of the pig!

      I also really liked dinner at August on a recent trip. Haven't done the lunch tasting menu, but dinner was great with plenty of non-seafood options.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: meleyna
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        rouxdauphine Jul 29, 2010 11:32 AM

        Not to be repetitive, but really do consider K-Pauls for Saturday lunch. It is I think the single most bang for the buck deal in the FQ and it's only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You won't be disappointed.

        1. re: rouxdauphine
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          srqmike Jul 29, 2010 02:06 PM

          I always have at least one breakfast at the Coffee pot.

      2. Bill Hunt Jul 25, 2010 08:50 PM

        If BF is opposed to a jacket, skip Galatoire's, as he will be out of place. I'd also feel the same with Restaurant August, but he might get by. It's less about a strict dress-code, than about what all other gentlemen might be wearing.

        For small plates, Restaurant August's tasting menu is ideal, BUT there will likely be seafood, so that is probably a no-go.

        With the "oil spill," I'm not sure exactly how the chefs are adapting, but I'd think pretty well.

        Cochon does fill the bill with the "no seafood" concept, but I would hold them for lunch.

        Stella! normally has at least one pork and one beef main, and is a very good restaurant.

        Just some thoughts.

        Most of all, enjoy,

        Hunt

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        Restaurant August
        301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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        1. re: Bill Hunt
          j
          JazzyB Jul 26, 2010 04:42 AM

          August will substitute a a course on the tasting menu, just ask.

          1. re: Bill Hunt
            h
            hazelhurst Jul 28, 2010 07:40 AM

            Sound advice and put better than I could have done.

            1. re: hazelhurst
              Bill Hunt Jul 30, 2010 08:23 PM

              I think that most of those came FROM you! [Grin]

              Hunt

          2. r
            rouxdauphine Jul 24, 2010 06:23 PM

            K-Paul's does a deli-style lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Only "deli" style about it is that you order at the bar and the food is served on disposable plates and flatware. Most expensive thing on the menu is $12.95, and I've yet to have anything less than stellar. Also, plenty of non-seafood choices for your other half.

            1. Suzy Wong Jul 24, 2010 12:12 PM

              re Breakfast besides Cafe du Monde, try Croissant D'Or for very good french pastry and coffee or Stanley by Jackson Square for a decadent morning meal....

              http://www.stanleyrestaurant.com/
              menu: http://www.stanleyrestaurant.com/pdf/...

              A bus/streetcar ride away Mandina's for lunch in in Mid City for classic casual New Orleans neighborhood cuisine. Possibly Brocato's right nearby for dessert:

              http://www.mandinasrestaurant.com/
              http://www.angelobrocatoicecream.com/

              I'd skip Mr B's.
              You asked about Maspero's,it is good for a very casual, good and reasonable N.O. lunch (not! saying to throw over a place you really want to dine at though) Bon Ton is cajun, excellent and old school, but there is quite a bit of seafood on the menu:
              http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

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

              Stanley Restaurant
              547 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA

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

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

              1. j
                JazzyB Jul 24, 2010 08:11 AM

                Go to Coquette on thurs. to take advantage of their 1/2 price signature cocktails. We like to sample several. Lunch has a prix fixe around $24, 3 courses. Dinner offers a bargain 4 course tasting menu $40. Lunch at August is a steal. Dinner has a nice tasting menu ..get it w/wine pairing. Emeril's is delicious, don't miss it. Portions are generous. While Galatoire's is the quintessential nola experience, your bf will probably do better elsewhere. Mr. B's is best for bbq shrimp and gumbo ya-ya. If that's not for you, don't go. Cochon is best for an all appetizer meal. Lilette uptown is great for this as well. Johnny's in fq has good poboys. I prefer their rb to Parkway's. You will need dinner resv. everywhere. Resv. the garden room at Commander's. Enjoy!

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                Cochon
                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

                Lilette
                3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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                  Littleman Jul 23, 2010 05:39 PM

                  Have lunch at Cochon on Thursday or Friday or scratch it all the way. Cochon does not serve lunch on W/E's. Go to Galatoire's on Wednesday night and August on Thursday or Friday night. One of those nights get a cab Uptown to Patois, Clancy or Coquette. All are outstanding and you will enjoy the Uptown neighborhood feel rather than the busy FQ feel. All serve traditional creole cuisine. Parkway is good for lunch but Bon Ton and Luke would be even nicer. Central Grocery does not do much for me. Get one to take home on the airplane. Go to Commander's for lunch Friday or Satuday brunch. If you decide on Saturday go early so it won't interfere with your wedding plans.

                  Emeril's is my favorite restaurant but they are not open for lunch on WE's so go on Thursday or Friday for lunch. Scratch Mat and Naddies. You are chasing better places. Napoleon is great for drinks.

                  Make reservations for August and Commander's. If you go to Patois, Clancy's or Coquette make reservations there. Also make reservations for Luke, Bon Ton or Emeril's if you have lunch at either. Breakfast is not one of my favorite meals. Go to Cafe Du Monde for a snack as you will be getting plenty to eat at lunch and dinner.

                  On Sunday have brunch in the FQ so you can get back to your hotel right away, pack and get a cab to the AP. Brennan's does not get great reviews here but it's fun for Sunday brunch. Mr. B's is open for lunch on Sunday. You are probably staying very close. Get some BBQ shrimp. Have a nice trip.

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  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
                    j
                    JazzyB Jul 25, 2010 05:23 AM

                    IMO, the cuisine at Coquette and Patios leans more toward eclectic/bistro rather than traditional creole.

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