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first time in new orleans, help with dining itinerary

celebrating 7th wedding anniversary... booked hotel in FQ with balcony, looking for the quintessential new orleans dining experience.

we own a restaurant and in our early 30's, so some serious dining and partying is a must.

here's my itinerary so far...

Sun Dinner: August

Mon breakfast: Du Monde
lunch: Felix's
dinner: Cochon

Tues breakfast: Court of 2 Sisters
lunch: Commander's
dinner: Emeril's

Wed breakfast: Mother's

Open to suggestions but def cochon and august. Also any cool after dinner bars.

thanks!!!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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  1. Felix's is best for oysters 1/2 shell/amber draught..stand at the bar. Don't bother with anything else. Go to Cochon for lunch...all apps are best or, stop in Butcher. I' m not a breakfast person so no help there. I've never been to Court of 2 Sisters. Many lousy reviews. Coquette has creative cocktails and good food.

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. I would skip Court of 2 Sisters and Mother's. Court of 2 sisters has a lovely courtyard, but it's mediocre food. You'll be doing some serious eating the rest of the day, so I wouldn't spoil my appetite with something like Court of 2 Sisters. Try Croissant D'or on Ursulines in the FQ for croissants, pastries, quiche for a lighter breakfast. Other options if you want to eat a little more are Stanley and Luke. For Wednesday breakfast, you could also do Stanley or Luke or try brunch at the Green Goddess. Mother's is overrated and touristy. Otherwise, your other picks sound good.

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      Green Goddess
      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: latasche

        Mother's isn't bad for breakfast, but I would still dump it and hit Stanley.

      2. Skip Mother's at all costs, it's terrible. Court of Two SIsters regularly gets tepid reviews but the jazz and the courtyard turn it into a quintessential NO experience so don't be put off. Arnaud's, Antoine's, Brennan's, Galatoire's, Commander's Palace are the old war horses and all of them are wonderful in their way ............

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

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

        1. re bars/lounges for drinks and or music, all right there in downtown/French Quarter New Orleans:

          The Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton to hear Jeremy Davenport,

          Bar Uncommon in the Pere Marquette Hotel
          http://www.baruncommon.com/

          The Carousel in the Monteleone Hotel,
          The Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel

          Loa in the international House Hotel

          Hermes bar at Antoine's, French 75 at Arnaud's, The Rib Room Bar in the Royal Orleans.

          1. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in NOLA is too much for me. If you insist on breakfast I agree with the others Stanley is much better than Mother's and it's in a better location since you are staying in the FQ. I like Cochon but they don't serve traditional creole cuisine. I would go to Stella rather than Cochon. Also I would have lunch at Galatoire's rather than Felix's for outstanding creole cuisine. Order the Crab Maison and broiled fish special of the day with crab meat. Commander's and Emeril's are both good choices. Court of Two Sisters has a nice courtyard but order coffee and a light breakfast. You have two big meals ahead of you. Go to The Ritz to hear Jeremy Davenport also. He's outstanding. Good luck.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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            1. re: Littleman

              Stella is not traditional creole. The cuisine and restaurant is on the opposite end of the spectrum compared to Cochon. I would not recommend the OP go to Stella if Cochon is something that interests them.

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. re: latasche

                  You are correct Latasche. I have not been to Stella in quite some time. I don't know what made me recommend Stella over Cochon but I don't like Cochon's menu. I love the restaurant and some things but they serve too much food that I get back at home in Mississippi. I come to NOLA for the creole cuisine with fresh seafood, oysters, shrimp and crab. If you were to suggest another restaurant in the FQ what's your choice. Thanks.

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: Littleman

                    so many restaurants and not enough days or stomachs! great advise and will be revising my itinerary....any other "can't miss" spots?

                    1. re: Littleman

                      I'm not a huge Cochon fan. I do love Stella, but it's just not creole, as I pointed out. For creole in the quarter, I would probably say Galatoire's. I don't know whether it's technically creole, but it at least is more "typical new orleans" than Stella. Mr. B's probably also qualifies, but their food is somewhat underwhelming. The BBQ shrimp and gumbo are good. I usually go for business lunches, but wouldn't spend my own money there for dinner.