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First NOLA trip in 10 years and I need help - pretty please :)

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My friend and I are coming to New Orleans for a bachelor's long weekend at the very beginning of October. My friend is a well respected chef and I go long distances to eat the best food I can whenever I can. We chose NOLA not necessarily because of the party (though that's nice) but because of the food scene. We are staying in the FQ and don't mind streetcars or cabs to get around if necessary. I am looking for some one to fill out the rest of our itinerary with restaurants and great places to drink (doesn't need to be the same place.)

We get in on Thursday evening and leave Monday.

Thursday Dinner - Cochon. I have been reading the boards and it seems like the small plates are the way to go.

Friday Lunch - Mr. B's for BBQ Shrimp

Friday Dinner - ?

Saturday Lunch - ?

Saturday Dinner - August

Sunday Brunch - Commander's Palace

Sunday Dinner - ?

Stella! sounds great, but we have similar world class restaurants where we are from. I am looking for places that build in some southern flair with their food. I have heard good things about Rampart, Johnnies, (sp?) and Parkway for Po Boys. I am also trying to decide whether we should go to ACME or Felix's for oysters. Laslty, I have been to Galatoires the last time I was in town, and do not need to go back, however I am curious about Gautreaus, Antoines, and even Emeril's.

Thanks!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

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

Gautreau's Restaurant
1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. Oh boy, you are going to get LOADS of responses to this query and everyone will have his or her opinion. I will let the oyster/seafood/poboy crowd answer all those. To be honest, I actually like the food more at Emeril's than August. For some reason August has never blown me away. I will be interested to see how you compare it to other places. If I had two or three places to recommend for good food right now, I would put Patois right up at the top. Each time I eat there, I am more and more overwhelmed by the quailty of the food plus a lot of local produce and seafood enter the picture. If someone were taking me out to dinner and asked me to pick three of my favorite places for FOOD, rather than just the whole experience, I would pick Patois, Lillete, and Coquette. I think all three are putting out magnificent food. Now, if someone were to say, I want to take you to your favorite place, I would probably say Clancy's. The food is fantasitc, the atmosphere is warm and friendly, the place is constantly packed and buzzing with people and the scene is wonderful as the food. It is LOUD and bawdy so it is hard to recommmend when someone wants a quiet, elegant dinner. Recently, Commanders Palace has been outstanding so I am glad you are going there. Also, Gautrau's sits way high on my list as well. Food is wonderful and the place is refined and beautiful so it is definitely a worthy date night. I have not been to Mr. B's in ages so I cannot comment. For some reason, it never even crosses my mind. If you want to sample true creole food, Upperline is still a gem. And, much to gasps and horrors from locals, I always find the Emeril's flagship restaurant a big treat. Go at lunch. They serve fabulous three course specials including the big assorted bread basket.

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

    Upperline Restaurant
    1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

    1. Friday dinner - Patois
      Saturday lunch - Parkway Bakery for poboys
      Sunday dinner - Emeril's
      'nuf said - the rest of your itenerary looks great - fill these in, and it will be a perfect trip

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

      1. The only thing that I might throw into the mix is a more casual place, because otherwise I would get a case of Fine Dining Fatigue. You might try a place like Snug Harbor (Great burger plus there is live music piped in from their concert space behind the restaurant, though you will wait for a table). For a po-boy, I am old fashioned and would recommend Domilise's all the way, but that is a personal choice.

        1. For Saturday lunch go to Coop's on Decatur. Delicious, divey and a great bargain. Every visit we always end up here at least two or three times. Fantastic Gumbo, pasta dishes, fried chicken. Tons of tourists, but also many, many drunk locals and local color. I've seen many an interesting drunk marital spat at the bar !

          For drinking of course, Napoleon House, The Carousel Bar at the Monteleone. Tujaque's is also nice for a drink.

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          Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
          500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. Emeril's flagship is his best. The "emeril's originals" are items that have been on the menu forever, with good reason. Patois, Coquette (!/2 price specialty cocktail Thurs.), Lillete, Mat and Naddie's are all very good. Cochon, or perhaps Cochon Butcher for lunch. I am in the minority that doesn't like Gautreau's. To be fair, I've only been once. The food was bland beyond belief with pairings that didn't work. There was nothing that makes me want to go back. Luke has 50cent oysters, 1/2 price libations daily, 3-6.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

            Gautreau's Restaurant
            1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

            Cochon Butcher
            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130