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Oct 23, 2010 12:16 PM

3 Days & 2 nights in NOLA...too many choices too little time

We are having a weekend away from kids in NOLA and are staying at the Sheraton FQ. We currently have reservations at Cuvee, Stella, and August. Yes, I know we are double-booked, but looking for some help in deciding. Definintely doing Mothers for lunch or breakfast one day. Looking at Cochon and Bayona too for possible lunches. Looking at Stanley, Mother's, and EAT for breakfast. Needing help with dinner decisions (fine dining for 2 nights), lunch decisions (casual/moderate/fine 3 days), and breakfast decisions (2 days). HELP! Too many choices too little time.

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  1. Sounds like you will be without a car and want to stay around the Quarter. Correct? Try to get Uptown at least for one of your lunches. Maybe hit Coquette for lunch and enjoy a stroll on Magazine. I'd probably go with Stella and August for your two dinners. And I don't think Mother's is gonna impress you that much. Substitute Cochon Butcher for that. Eat does a nice breakfast/brunch or use a breakfast on Surrey's or Coulis and hit Uptown that way.

    Cochon Butcher
    930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: shanefink

      Thanks so much! We will have a car, as we are driving down from Memphis. If you could pick any two restaurants to eat at in NOLA what would they be? Would you pick Stella and August or different ones? We aren't stuck on those two.

      1. re: chefbaltz

        Having spent the better part of a month in NOLA over the past year, my two fine-dining dinner recommendations would be August and Commanders Palace. For lunches, try to include Herbsaint, and don't bother with Mothers.

        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: msr3017

          Totally agree - don't bother with Mothers.

    2. Breakfast, lunch and dinner in NOLA is too much unless you eat light. I enjoy NOLA food so much I don't eat light. If you are determined to have breakfast I would go to Elizabeth's and Stanley. Skip Mother's. Include Galatoire's for lunch or dinner. I would have dinner at Galatoire's and August. I would go to Bayona for lunch also. I second Commander's for lunch also. Good luck.

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      1. re: Littleman

        We will eat light at breakfast or have brunch, then really late dinners (after 8pm).
        We've eaten at Commander's and Galatoire's so we are looking for something different this time 'round.

        Here's where I'm at:

        friday late lunch/snack- Cochon Butcher

        friday late dinner- August

        saturday breakfast/lunch- Stanley's/Surrey/poboy place

        saturday dinner- Cuvee/Stella

        sunday breakfast- Surrey's/Stanley's/other

        we have reservations at Cuvee, but I'm not seeing where many people are thrilled with it. is Stanley's/Surrey a good place for a poboy? Stanley's for lunch or Stella for Dinner and skip Cuvee?

        1. re: chefbaltz

          Surrey's is outstanding. Stanley's is also. If you don't mind a short drive go to Surrey's. Their breakfast is very good. They have a few po boys along with other sandwiches but breakfast is what you go for. Between the two you would really enjoy Surrey's. If you want a Po Boy you should go to Parkway IMO but they are not open on Sunday. Go on Saturday.

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

          Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047.

          Parkway Bakery & Tavern
          538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

          1. re: Littleman

            Parkway is open on Sunday. Only closed on Tuesday.

            1. re: Littleman

              so here it is:

              friday- late lunch/snack at cochon butcher then late dinner at august

              saturday- early lunch at parkway bakery and tavern for poboys then late dinner at stella

              sunday- surrey's for breakfast

              what does anyone think of stella's or cuvee?

              1. re: chefbaltz

                My husband and I went to Cuvee for our anniversary dinner a couple weeks ago and had a really nice meal- great atmosphere, good drinks, really nice menu and well executed. I haven't been to Stella though.

                Cuvee Restaurant
                322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. re: chefbaltz

                  Stella is definitely the "go to" for upscale fine dining. Very formal, very quiet, a little stuffy. Food is good and innovative (ex, i love their savory "Grilled Cheese Sandwich" dessert item).

                  however we really enjoyed Cuvee. went one for dinner on the prior chef, did a tasting menu and it was excellent. have been twice for lunch since the new chef and enjoyed it very much. the space is dark, romantic, subdued but not stuffy.

                  1. re: kibbles

                    I have never been to Cuvee, but always hit up Stella's when we are in time. Stella's is our favorite restaurant in Nola!

                    Cuvee Restaurant
                    322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  2. re: chefbaltz

                    I noticed that the Maison Dupuy is now doing a basic breakfast in the La. Meritage space. If you don't feel like motoring, that could be handy.