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Sep 20, 2010 05:34 PM

Help me figure out the best eating strategy for our 3 day / 2 night trip

Hello all,
I was hoping you could help me figure out how best to plan it and if I'm going completely off base:
We arrive @ 9 AM on Wednesday morning and have an early evening flight out of Friday.
So only 2 dinners: I was recommended Jacques-imo's by a friend but this board appears not to be too impressed any other suggestions?
I was thinking the second night for Acme's for dinner and perhaps some fancy cocktails and snacks on a bit of our own bar crawl.
For lunch I have one day reserved for August's 3 course lunch, a day for po' boys and a day for...?
Also recommended was Elizabeth's restaurant, is that a better place for lunch or dinner?
Breakfasts besides Cafe du Monde?
We are budget but don't mind a splurge every so often as long as it deserves it but especially appreciate great happy hours or deals like August's.
Also I try to veer away from Italian focused as my boyfriend is from Italy and so I like to show him the flip side.
Basically anything you guys want to share would be appreciated!
Thank you so much for all your help

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  1. Here is my "plan:"

    Do not try to eat every possible great meal in NOLA, even if you are staying for a month. You cannot do it.

    How do you eat at home? By that, I mean, do you normally do a large breakfast, a lighter lunch, and then a big dinner? Do not stray too far from what you normally do. Now, NOLA is not quite the same "breakfast city," as some others, so you might need to work a bit there, if that's a big meal for you.

    Next, relax. Meals in NOLA take longer, than what you are possibly used to. Do not fight that. Sit back, and enjoy each bite, and every word that your server has for you. You might well be listening to history!

    Before grand meals, leave a bit of time from the one before. Do not be ashamed, if you need to take a nap for a few hours. That happens.

    Choose you targets well. Do you want a "grand tour" of NOLA restaurants, a tour of the newer folk on the block, or do you want some other aspect, such as a "funky ride" down an unnamed highway. That will dictate where you go, and in which order. Be true to your heart, and your stomach, and go with what you REALLY want to do. Ignore the rest, as you WILL be back, and can do those then. That's how I play it.



    1. Where are you staying in NOLA. If you are staying in the FQ then dine there and walk to the restaurant. You don't have a long time to visit. Jacque IMO's is a long cab ride from the FQ and Elizabeth's is a cab ride too. There are some fine places to dine in the FQ. Let us know where you are staying.

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      1. re: Littleman

        We're staying on St Charles between Canal and Poydras.
        I thought one night taking a streetcar down and maybe a taxi back wouldn't be a bad idea but I'm open!
        We live in NYC so we're used to walking tons and being exposed to all elements sans car.
        That said I want to avoid the supreme touristy "they take you for a ride" type of place but i understand that it might have to happen for at least a couple meals.

        1. re: danie3633

          I second Mikey. Have lunch Wednesday at August. You can walk there from your hotel. My favorite restaurant in the FQ is Galatoire's. Mr. B's gets a lot of recommendations also. They are famous for BBQ shrimp but I think most suggestions say go for lunch. Cochon is also a favotite. If you want to go to Acme it's in FQ not far from your hotel.

          Take the streetcar Uptown Thursday. You will find a great breakfast at Surrey's in Lower Garden District not too far from your hotel. You could take the street car there for breakfast and walk around the area. You could have your po boy for lunch at Mahoney's and walk Magazine after you eat to visit the fine shops in the area. End your walking tour of Magazine at Coquette for an early drink and dinner. You could make a day out of touring and dining at Garden District and Uptown.

          I like Clancy's and Patois which are both Uptown also.

          Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar @ 1418 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3828.

          Mahoney's Po Boy Shop @ 3454 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 3374.

          Coquette Bistro & Wine Bar @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421.

          Clancy's @ 6100 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 1111.

          Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 9441.

          If you have time go to the WWII DDay Museum. John Besh has American Sector in the museum which is great for lunch. Bon Ton has not been mentioned. It's very near your hotel. You could have dinner there Wednesday night or lunch there Friday.

          American Sector @ 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 1940.

          Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.

          I would probably go to Mr. B's for lunch Friday and get the BBQ shrimp. Or you could go to Luke's which is recommended by Mikey. My favorite in CBD is Emeri's. They are open for lunch also and serve a 3 course $19.50 prix fixe lunch.

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

      2. Well this is good. I think you have narrowed down your requests really well. First of all, you can DEFINITELY avoid tourist traps. Don't even think about wasting a good meal at one of those places in the French Quarter with men standing outside the door trying to lure you in. I have not done the 3 course lunch at August but the food is very good and you will enjoy it. Now, Jacques-Imo's. Hmm. People seem to rave but I have never been a big fan. The food is perfectly good but it's jam packed and annoyingly so. Very causal as well. If you do go, check out the new bar "Oak" which is right down the street. A beautiful place with great cocktails. It will be a nice respite from all the noise at Jacque-Imo's. I would suggest taking the streetcar or a taxi and getting out of downtown for one dinner and going uptown. Either Wednesday or Thursday night, try Lillete, Coquette, Vizard's, or Upperline. All have outstanding food and great atmosphere. Nothing touristy about them. Jacques-Imo's will take you about 20 minutes from your hotel as it is in the Carrollton area. Definitely avoid Italian, Chinese, or Mexican. In the downtown area, you cannot go wrong with Herbsaint on St. Charles Ave. Excellent food. Also, for lunch, in the downtown area, try either Cochon or Butcher right next door. This will give you a great sampling of Louisiana "country" food. I say this to distinguish from the fancier creole food. I know the choices are overwhelming but people on this board can narrow decisions down for you. Now, Cafe du Monde is touristy sure but those beignets are good. It is always a treat for locals as well as tourists. Since you are there during the business week and are staying downtown, Luke on St. Charles Ave has a wonderful breakfast right near where you are staying. Although it is in Hilton, don't let that scare you as it is John Best restaurant. There are also some dives offering great, cheap breakfasts not too far from where you are. I would also have to recommend Magazine St. If you are near Louisiana and 7th streets, get some gelato at La Divina or some chocolates/coffee at Sucre.

        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Jacques-Imo's Cafe
        8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Upperline Restaurant
        1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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        1. re: mikey

          The food at Oak is quite good. Patois chef did their menu. EAT on Dauphine is great for anything, but I particularly like their brunch and It is BYOL. MILA is in the CBD, as is Rambla at the International House on Gravier and La Foret is just down the block. Have heard great things about Meaux Bar on Rampart (take a cab there and back, can be a dicey neighborhood).

          217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

          942 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        2. I recommend you do go tto Jacque-Imo's. It is crowded and a bit nosiy, but the food is excellent, and it has a look and ambiance that you'll remember long after you leave New Orleans. Dante's Kitichen is another good place to eat. Try the Chicken Under a Brick. It's terrific. Tender, delicious, and unique because of the slight maple syrup flavor. it 's a taste bud treat. Galatoire's is a New Orleans classic for a good reason. The food is wonderfull, and the service is oitstanding. It's pricey, but it's another "New Orleans experience" you'll long remember.

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