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I'm a NOLA fan from way back and my family and I have rented a house near Coliseum Square park for the week following Christmas, and staying through January 3rd. Doing the usual restaurants, Commanders for lunch, Brigtsen's, Patois, Coquette (since I can walk there... duh), and I'm dying to try Reconcile which is in the neighborhood. Thing is... what am I missing since we've never spent Xmas vacation in NOLA. Insights for the season would be much appreciated, as well as good restaurants near that area that I might miss. Have a car, know the area transit system, and willing to travel to something special. Oh... another thing... fishing. If you have any recommendations on getting me out of the house for a few hours with either a fly rod or a spinner rig I would deliver the fish to your door. Because polite vacation house renters never cook fish. Thanks in advance!

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Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. For one I would walk 3 blocks to Emeril's Delmonico's on St. Charles for dinner for sure. Go on the weekend so you can hear Bob the piano man. Surrey's Cafe is a block from the park and serves an oustanding breakfast. Go to Mahoney's on Magazine for lunch for good po boys. Be sure and go to WWII DDay Museum and have lunch at American Sector by John Besh. It's 5 blocks from the park to the museum in CBD.

    Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar @ 1418 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3828.
    www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com/
    Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar @ 1300 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 -525 - 4937.
    http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/3/E...
    Mahoney's Po Boy Shop @ 3454 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 3374.
    http://www.mahonyspoboys.com/
    American Sector @ 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 1940.
    http://www.nationalww2museum.org/amer...

    I second Brigtsen's, Patois and Coquette. Don't forget about Clancy's. I like it best. Also Dick and Jenny's is Uptown and serves lunch now. They only take reservations for 5 or more. Food is good though.

    Clancy's Restaurant @ 6100 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 1111.
    Lunch Served Thursday/Friday @ 11:30/2:00 PM.
    Dick & Jenny's @ 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 894 - 9880.
    http://dickandjennys.com/

    Walk Magazine Street for lunch one day between 3,000 and 5,000 block area shopping. You could spend the afternoon on Magazine shopping and have drinks at Columns Hotel then go to dinner that night at Clancy's. Sit on the porch at Columns and watch the traffic on St. Charles with a cold drink. It might be too cold.

    The Columns Hotel @ 3811 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 899 - 9308.
    http://www.thecolumns.com/

    1. Sounds like you have things pretty well covered. Try Stein's Deli for lunch, its pretty close. I didn't see Cochon or Cochon Butcher on your list. Brand new in town is FEAST, for head to tail dining. Try La Boca for a change of pace from Bistro fare. City Park is always nice during Christmas, and the Roosevelt should sparkle. Just around the corner isn't it.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      La Boca Restaurant
      857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Cochon Butcher
      930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: CharlieH

        Thanks for the replies. I haven't been to Cochon but I do have it on the short list of things to do (eat). I was wondering about Upperline too, as it's in the neighborhood and I haven't been there either. Oh... and the Green Goddess... it's new to me too. Thanks guys, I appreciate the rec's.

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Upperline Restaurant
        1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

        Green Goddess
        307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: wmkwhite

          Upperline is great. Very Unique setting, all great art collection on the walls, used to be cutting edge, nouvelle creole cuisine type stuff, but now its kinda old school, that's time for you, new chef in the house recently, JoAnn Clevenger, the proprietor is one of the Grand Dames of dinning at this point. Try and chat her up, she has led a most interesting life, was hanging in the Quarter back when the Beats roamed. Green Goddess is interesting, not for everyone though, try and snag the table upstairs.

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          Upperline Restaurant
          1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

          Green Goddess
          307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. One thing to keep in mind- don't try to reserve at Brigsten's for New Year's eve. They keep their tables reserved that night for regulars, which is understandable. However- they never called me back to let me know if there were any spots left!

        I'm going to recommend Feast, which just opened. I went there 2 weeks ago, and it was fantastic- both food and service. My friend who went with me is British, and she said that the bubble and squeak was very authentic and just like her grandmother's. Their fried pork rinds were phenomenal, and the fish soup was the best I've ever had.

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        1. re: mgarland

          Been reading about the Reveillon menus... are they available during the week between Xmas and New Years? Thanks guys, your recommendations have been excellent and I'm looking forwards to Xmas vacation for a change. Usually at work.

          1. re: wmkwhite

            Reveillon takes place the entire month of December. I hope you have a nice trip. Good luck.

            http://www.neworleansonline.com/chris...