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Sep 29, 2010 11:28 AM

Some dining recommendations please...

We will be in New Orleans for 5 nights in mid-october. We have a few ideas set in stone and are looking for suggestions for the remaining.

Tues. Dinner Mr. B's - this is a tradition. Land, check-in at hotel, get a cocktail at the carousel bar and on to Mr. B's for BBQ shrimp. The perfect welcome to New Orleans, relax and enjoy yourself intro.

Wed. lunch will either be a muffuletta from central grocery or a poboy from ??? Dinner, I'm thinking Cochon for a sampling of appetizers. We're going to a show at the howlin' wolf later in the evening. Are these two close to each other? If not, any other recommendations local to the club?

Thurs. lunch - ??? Don't want to load up too heavily as dinner is at August. What is a must have dish at August?

Friday and Saturday are wide open. Any suggestions here are much appreciated. Probably more casual/local fare.

Sunday lunch - ??? Sunday dinner at original Emeril's. I haven't been there in about 17 years but reading the boards has made me want to check it out again. My wife has never been and is a fan. What are the Can not miss dishes here.

Thanks in advance to all. We're seriously looking forward to this wonderful get away.

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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  1. Will you have a car. If not are you willing to take a cab Uptown. Several of my favorite restaurants are Coquette, Lilette, Patois and Clancy's all of which are Uptown. Have you been to Galatoire's. Sounds like you are staying at The Monteleone Hotel. If so Galatoire's is open 7 days per week for lunch and dinner just around the corner.

    Wednesday you could take the streetcar to Mid City and walk 5 blocks to Parkway for po boys or go to Johnny's in the FQ. Other suggestions are Mahoney's, Domilese's and Tracey's but they will require a cab or streetcar and walk a ways.

    Have you been to Bon Ton. If not go there on Thursday and have a light lunch. Or go to Bayona and have a light lunch. Another thought is walk to the WWII DDay Museum in CBD and tour the museum. It's outstanding. Then have lunch at American Sector which is run by John Besh.

    Friday and Saturday. You should take a full day to take the streetcar Uptown and walk Magazine checking out all their fine stores. From the 3,000 to 5,000 block of Magazine are a lot of great places to shop, drink and dine. You could get dressed in slacks and a polo for lunch and dinner and spend the day on Magazine. Have drinks at The Columns Hotel on their porch overlooking St. Charles and then have dinner at a great place Uptown such as Coquette, Patois or Clancy's.

    There are some great prix fixe deals for lunch at Luke and Mila. There are others also I am sure. Antoine's has a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $20.10 with 25 cent martini's. Can't beat that.

    Sunday lunch and dinner at Emeril's. You need to eat light. What about brunch at Stanley, Antoine's or Arnauds and then Emeril's. Just be light on lunch.

    Try to work Galatoire's in somewhere and be sure to take the trip Uptown to Coquette, Clancy's or Patois. Good luck.

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    1. re: Littleman

      we will have a car one or two days as I want my wife to see some of the plantations and drive down around the swamps. maybe a tour or two. I know this is a food only board but also was wondering about recommendations on best ideas for plantation homes and/or swamp tours. neither of us are much on bus guided tours, etc.

      cabs are definitely OK. Clancys I keep hearing about so we'll definitely have to work that in. We've done the magazine st. walk (actually all the way from the quarter on a beautiful 75 degree day in October). Will definitely do that again.

      thanks and please keep them coming.

      1. re: helltopay

        These are the plantations near NOLA. Destrehan is the closest. Laura and Oak Alley are about an hour from NOLA. Nottoway and Houmas are about two hours from NOLA. You could easily visit the first three or four in one day. Oak Alley serves lunch. I have not done a swamp tour. I live close to the Mississippi River. I was never interested in the swamp tours but it might be fun to do that someday.

        I enjoyed the duck and also the rabbit entrees at August. I really like the veal and sweetbreads as well as the redfish at Emeril's. The rabbit appetizer is great too.

        Destrehan Plantation @ 13034 River Road, Destrehan, LA 985 - 764 - 8785.
        San Francisco Plantation @ 2646 Highway 44, Garyville, LA 985 - 535 - 2341.
        Laura Plantation @ 2247 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 225 - 265 - 7690.
        Oak Alley Plantation @ 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, LA 225 - 265 - 2151.
        Houmas House Plantation @ 40136 Hwy 942, Darrow, LA 225 - 473 - 9380.
        Nottoway Plantation @ 31025 Louisiana Highway 1, White Castle, LA 225 - 545 - 2992. BLD.

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

      2. You say you will be NOLA for 5 nights but Tuesday through Sunday is 6 nights unless you plan to fly out late Sunday night after dinner. On Friday and Saturday I would spend one whole day Uptown walking Magazine and dining for lunch and dinner. The other day I would hang around the FQ. You could take a trip out to Mid City to Mandina's for lunch or Drago's in Metairie. Go visit Martin's Wine Cellar in Metairie and have lunch at their great deli. You could visit City Park and West End Park on Lake Pontchartrain. There are some great restaurants near there.

        Susan Spicer who owns Bayona has a new restaurant named Mondo's near City Park on Harrison. They just opened for dinner only but they should be serving lunch by now. If they are open for lunch that would be a nice visit one day and then ride or walk around West End and City Park. Go by Martin's before you return to the FQ for a great wine shop. Deanie's Seafood is another good place for lunch right near Lake Pontchartain at West End. Acme Oyster House has a location in Metairie also which would be great for lunch.

        Mondo's @ 900 Harrison Avenue New Orleans, LA 504 - 224 - 2633.
        Deanie's Seafood @ 1713 Lake Ave., Metairie, LA 504 - 831 - 4141.
        Acme Oysterhouse @ 300 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 504 - 309 - 4056.

        Martin's Wine Cellar @ 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, LA 504 - 896 - 7300.
        Drago's @ 3232 North Arnoult Rd., Metairie, LA. 504 - 888 - 9254.
        Liuzza's Restaurant and Bar @ 3636 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 482 - 9120.
        Mandina's Restaurant @ 3800 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 482 - 9179.

        Yet another suggestion is a day trip across Lake Pontchartrain to Covington, Mandeville and Abita Springs. I have friends that live in Abita Springs. It's a neat town and they make Abita Beer there. There are some great restaurants in Covington, Mandeville and Abita Springs.

        Abita Brew Pub @ 72011 Holly St., Abita Springs, LA. 985 - 892 - 5837.

        Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
        3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Mandina's Restaurant
        3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

        1. Correction, it IS 6 nights. Apparently me and counting are not on friendly terms.

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          1. re: helltopay

            Have you completed your plans. Do you need additional ideas. Let us know. Good luck.

          2. To answer a couple of your specific questions-

            Yes, Howling Wolf is right around the corner from Cochon. It's a good combination of events, geographically.

            August signature dishes include the blue crab-truffle gnocchi and the trout. Emeril's- well, in my experience it's hard to go wrong, but the fresh angelhair pasta with smoked mushrooms and tasso cream sauce app was recommended to me here, and I'm glad. I also loved the peanut butter pie.

            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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            1. re: noradeirdre

              Emeril's banana cream pie is pretty awesome, signature dish.

            2. Emeril's "originals" (designated as such) have been on the menu forever, with good reason. The andouille crusted redfish and pork chop are outstanding. Abita bacon salad is terrific. Smoked exotic mushrooms on angel hair is a delicious app. Banana cream pie for dessert. Portions are generous. Patois for Fri. lunch. Coquette and Lilette are open for lunch Fri/Sat. All are open for dinner. Perhaps 3 Muses in the Marigny. A review is available at: down to Sept. 28th.

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

              3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115