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Allencvc Jul 26, 2010 08:12 PM

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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    JazzyB RE: Allencvc Jul 27, 2010 06:38 AM

    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

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      latasche RE: Allencvc Jul 27, 2010 06:42 AM

      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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        roro1831 RE: latasche Jul 27, 2010 06:43 AM

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

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        bronwen RE: Allencvc Jul 27, 2010 07:25 AM

        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. Suzy Wong RE: Allencvc Jul 27, 2010 07:51 AM

          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.

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            Littleman RE: Allencvc Jul 27, 2010 08:21 AM

            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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              latasche RE: Littleman Jul 27, 2010 10:03 AM

              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

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                N.O.Food RE: latasche Jul 27, 2010 10:47 AM

                Yup. Stella = asian fusion

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                  Littleman RE: latasche Jul 27, 2010 02:33 PM

                  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

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                    Allencvc RE: Littleman Jul 28, 2010 02:51 PM

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

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                      latasche RE: Littleman Jul 28, 2010 03:08 PM

                      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.

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                  jimmymack99 RE: Allencvc Jul 29, 2010 04:34 AM

                  I would definitely go to Felix's, but just go to the bar and have Oysters. They The Bon Ton for what I think is some of the best food in NO. It is not far from the quarter on Magazine.
                  I always stop at Mena's Palace (diner) on Chartres and have a bowl of Gumbo. Someone told me once to find it because they thought they have the best in NO, and I think it is pretty darn good.

                  Skip Court of 2 Sisters. Skip Mothers.

                  After or before dinner, Carosel Bar at Monteleone, Hermes Bar at Antoines and on the top of the Royal Orleans in the Quarter is a great bar with a great view. I am not sure how late it is open, so you might want to go before dinner. I hear Bombay Club has a great bar and if you are by Pat O'briens and there isn't too long of a line, go in the piano bar and have a Hurricane.

                  Wander through every street in the Quarter during the day and check out the architecture and courtyards. Some you can walk in and some you are able to peak in. Many of the hotels have nice courtyards. I was married in the Courtyard of the St. Louis Hotel.

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

                  Pat O'brien's Bar
                  718 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                  Mena's Palace
                  200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    harryharry RE: Allencvc Jul 29, 2010 05:23 AM

                    Love Cochon, and Butcher (sandwiches behind cochon), and had a great meal at the bar at Emerils -

                    We were sent to Jacques Imo's which was a lot of fun... a little kitschy, but that's what being a tourist is about and then went next door to the Maple Leaf for the Rebirth Brass band - they were awesome... and we saw Lenny Kravitz (he wasn't playing) - if you go, go for a late dinner so you don't have to wait too long for the music to start next door.... we had a long gap and to stay awake drank red bull and vodka - we were awake but not too with it!!
                    That was a fun night!!

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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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                      monopod RE: Allencvc Jul 29, 2010 01:17 PM

                      Had a fantastic meal at Cafe Atchafalaya last time I was in NO. It's a cute, hip little place that walks the line of using local/traditional ingredients (boudin, redfish, etc.) in creative ways. Highly recommended. A bit of a cab ride from the FQ (I think it's in the Garden District) but worth it.

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                      Cafe Atchafalaya
                      901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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                        txgrl99 RE: Allencvc Jul 29, 2010 01:42 PM

                        Please don't go to Court of 2 Sisters. It's just so.....mediocre. While the ambiance is nice, I don't think it is worth eating the food. Commander's and Emeril's should be enough food to do you in for the day. I would recommend just two meals that day. I've never eaten at Mother's, but I trust the 'hounds. These people know what they're talking about. Coquette really is a lovely place with phenomenal food, but I think you'll be hard-pressed to squeeze it in. Enjoy what looks to be a wonderful trip!

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