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Jul 29, 2010 07:42 PM

Need Weekend Trip Recs

I'll be heading to NOLA for an LSU game weekend this fall with a group of 7-8 and I need some fairly specific recommendations for each meal, as follows:

Fri Lunch - Nothing too fancy or huge since we'll probably be eating a pretty big dinner at a nicer place that evening. Bayona or August maybe? Or what about Cochon Butcher, if we go with a little more casual/quicker option?

Fri Dinner - Emerils, Delmonico, August, Stella, Herbsaint have all been mentioned by the folks in our group. Other suggestions?

Sat Dinner - Need something in the FQ/CBD area, probably a little more on the casual side since we'll be getting back from Baton Rouge that evening. Bonus points for anything with a good bar and some TVs to satisfy the guys in our group who want to keep an eye on the late games or head to the bar after dinner.

Sunday - Other than Commanders Palace or Brennan's, any good brunch suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. I'm confused, all the LSU home games are currently listed as 7pm kickoffs, so not sure how you can swing Sat night dinner in NOLA. Did one of the games get moved up for TV and I missed it?
    And even if it is moved up, stay in BR and hang out with the tailgaters, you'll get treated great and even better food.

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    1. re: roro1831

      I agree with your Saturday recommendation..I assist at a tailgate (even tho I went to Tulane) in BR and the food and fun "out there" is grand. Even if the OP game is daytime--which, by rights, its should be (at least in cool weather) I'd stay in the World Capital of Baton Rouge that night just to avoid driving home. If this is a Football Mob, I'd argue for path of least resistance in the choice of New Orleans restaurants. Emeril is probably going to satisfy is geared for that. For Friday lunch I'd press Bon Ton...simple and an "exotic" alternative.

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

      1. re: hazelhurst

        See, you are showing your Green color there hazelhurst, lol. There is nothing, and I mean nothing like a night game in Tiger Stadium. I hated when the games were moved to the daytime for TV. Now that I live too far away it benefits me as I can then watch it on tv, instead of on the net.
        Depending on what time the game has been moved to, I'm guessing 1ish?, get there as early as possible, like 9 if not earlier. That will leave plenty of time to walk around and chat with as many tailgates as possible. Sure some may be a little rude, but if you can take the "tiger bait" jeer with dignity and have fun with it, the payoff will be some of the best food around, and probably some beers on top of it.

    2. I'd skip Brennan's for brunch...

      if you're in town Saturday night, Luke might be what you're seeking....

      Luke Restaurant
      333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130