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tennisboy Sep 13, 2010 09:46 AM

Just a quick note to see what all you hounds think of this food itinerary:

Friday breakfast at Brennan’s

Friday dinner at Mr. B’s bistro for bbq shrimp

Saturday – (can't do breakfast out that day)

Lunch: Johnny’s Po Boys* and then Cafe du Monde for coffee/beignets

Dinner at Emeril’s New Orleans (8:15pm)

Sunday: Brunch at Commander’s Palace – take trolley there, walk around that area and walk back before early evening flight

* Is there seating at Johnny's? What is a good Plan B for lunch on Saturday that isn't too expensive and won't killer our appetite for dinner?

Thanks1

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

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    humpty99 Sep 14, 2010 06:52 PM

    If you can make it to Luke for breakfast, they have the best fried potatoes I have ever had. Super smokey Benton's bacon and carmelized onions mixed in with the potatoes. The crab and asparagus omelet wasn't too bad either.

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      JazzyB Sep 13, 2010 04:04 PM

      Fri. skip Brennan's and have an early lunch at Commander's in the garden room. Sunday brunch at Coquette. (corner of Magazine/Washingotn).

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        tennisboy Sep 13, 2010 01:58 PM

        Thanks. We may just go with your plan. Galatoire's, in my quick search here, does not get uniform rave reviews (but what does?) but does seem like a classic New Orleans experience. Thanks!

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

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          sanglier Sep 13, 2010 02:35 PM

          Oh yeah, Galatoire's is one of those places that either has its die-hards who think it's the best restaurant in town, or those who like it but take points off for its various quirks. I'll say this: for wine dinners, it cannot be beaten!

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

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          tennisboy Sep 13, 2010 01:27 PM

          Thanks. Now considering Galatoire's...

          Is the bbq shrimp at the bar at Mr. B's the same price and portion as in the main dining room?

          I can eat a lot but my main worry is that by Saturday I am going to be completely stuffed from all of the sit down dining and thus my experiences will be less enjoyable..

          As for Brennan's, I was there in 2001 and loved it for breakfast, and this will be my wife's first time in NOLA so I sort of figure that that this is required...

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

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            Suzy Wong Sep 13, 2010 01:38 PM

            It's the same price re the bbq shrimp, I just meant if you didn't want to have a full blown lunch you could sit at the bar and split one or 2 things and you won't be so full but still have a taste etc.

            Galatoire's for lunch or dinner is the quintessential New Olreans experience. Classic in cuisine, service and atmosphere (in my opinion)...
            http://www.galatoires.com/

            If you do go somewhere casual for a po boy, you can split that as well and have more room for other meals. Plus I'm sure you'll be walking around a lot as well...Sounds like you have a plan! Enjoy your return visit.

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

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            Littleman Sep 13, 2010 10:46 AM

            I love Brennan's and Mr. B's but your schedule does not allow much wiggle room. I would go to Mr. B's for lunch Friday and Galatoire's for dinner Friday night. Johnny's and Emeril's are two good choices. I have never been on the street car. I think I called them cable cars once and was quickly told they are street cars. I looked it up. A trolley and street car are both the same. The cable car does not have overhead wires. Oh well. We both know what they accomplish.

            When you leave Commander's walk S a few blocks to Magazine and then walk W and check out the shops there. Good luck.

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

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

            1. Suzy Wong Sep 13, 2010 10:35 AM

              I'd suggest dinner at Galatoire's Friday night, and if you're set on the bbq shrimp have them for a light lunch at Mr B's on Saturday, maybe even at the bar.

              Have you seen the Brennan's breakfast menu? High price for what it is. (There are love it or leave it camps in my opinion. personally not a fan)....But if you're set on it, enjoy.

              Whatever you decide I'm sure you'll have a great time.

              1. bourbonstjoe Sep 13, 2010 10:06 AM

                From my limited experience tennisboy (I was in NOLA for 8 days in April) I would try and hit Mr. B's for lunch instead of dinner, but YES you must have the BBQ shrimp!! Johnny's has seating in the front (Almost always full) and there's seating in the back too (Hall on the left past the service counter and the ATM), Maybe choose a different dinner for Friday and hit Mr. B's on Saturday though i would definitely get to Johnny's if at all possible. Cafe du Monde is 24/7 so you could get there anytime. :)

                Have a good one!

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                  ackisner Sep 13, 2010 11:36 AM

                  Just out of curiousity..
                  why Mr. B's for lunch in stead of dinner?

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                    bourbonstjoe Sep 14, 2010 10:30 AM

                    BBQ shrimp at lunch is $18.00 and the daily special Monday-Saturday is $1.50 martini/bloody mary's, BBQ shrimp at dinner is $24.50. It was more of a price thing for me ackisner, maybe the dinner entree is bigger than the lunch entree but they are 8-12 count prawns (shrimp) and i was gorged after finishing the bowl.

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                      ackisner Sep 14, 2010 11:42 AM

                      Thanks for the info about the daily specials. Lunch sounds like a much better deal.

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                        kibbles Sep 14, 2010 02:05 PM

                        sort of.. for the drinks, yes. but a $6.50 savings on the entree isnt that big of a deal when you consider your trip as a whole (a mixed drink (stoli) on frenchmen cost me more than that last weekend). do whatever gives you the best coverage over all.

                        i just took a friend for dinner there and had the bbq skimps; huge. but they are *very* filling, as theyre served in a bowl of rich seasoned sauce comprised of sticks of butter, which you will lovingly sop up w/ bread. we ate at the bar since we didnt want a fuss, and also had the gumbos, and bread pudding for dessert. he loved all of it.

                        tho if you want an extravagant version of bread pudding, head to Redfish Grill for their double-chocolate version (white and dark)...its non-stop.

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