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Food Itinerary thoughts please

Okay, I've gotta do it. A friend and I are heading to NOLA over Thanksgiving and are planning on eating our way through town. We're semi-budget conscious, but willing to splurge for a good meal or two. Here's our itinerary so far, thoughts please??

Thursday: Dinner at Mr. B's (I probably would have made this more of a "snack" spot but we don't wanna do prix fixe on TG and she's never been to NOLA before, so I thought shrimp and gumbo might be a good way to start the trip)

Friday: a.m. beignets
lunch: August
happy hour at Luke, then snacking around the quarter, maybe chargrilled oysters and another bar snack or two. Suggestions?

Saturday:
light breakfast somewhere?
Lunch: Bayona
Dinner: Cochon

Sunday:
Brunch somewhere, right now I'm thinking Green Goddess or EAT? I think we want somewhere more wallet-friendly than Commander's
Dinner: casual at Coop's

Monday:
Lunch: ??

Then we're headed out of town. Thanks hounds!

We were thinking of trying to fit in muffalettas from Central Grocery somewhere, but I the lunch deals several places sound so good I'd hate to skip them for that. And, they're closed on Monday, correct?

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Go to Domenica Friday for happy hour and half price drinks and pizza from 3/6 PM if you don't plan having dinner that night. Go to Elizabeth's for Sunday brunch. You will need a car or take a cab. Get po boys at Parkway Tavern for lunch on Monday then head out of town. Go to Surrey's in LGD for a light breakfast Saturday. Croissant D'Or might be the lightest breakfast option. It's in the FQ.

    Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.
    http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/
    Elizabeth's @ 601 Gallier St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 944 - 9272.
    http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/...
    Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047.
    http://www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola
    Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar @ 1418 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3828.
    http://www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com/
    Croissant D'Or @ 617 Ursulines Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 4663. ***

    1. French 75 Bar at Arnaud's has some outstanding snacks including oysters en brochette, stuffed shrimp and spring rolls. Go there Friday night for your bar snacks. You can also get a light breakfast Saturday at Cake Cafe and Bakery in Marigny which is not far from FQ.

      French 75 Bar @ 813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 5433.
      http://www.arnauds.com/bar.html
      Cake Cafe and Bakery @ 2440 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 943 - 0010.
      http://www.nolacakes.com/

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      1. re: Littleman

        Cake Cafe sounds really good. Love the web site!

      2. Friday happy hour - Domenica.
        Chargrilled oysters - Acme.
        Saturday breakfast - Stanley.
        Monday lunch - Herbsaint.

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        1. re: FoodChic

          I was thinking about Herbsaint for Monday. It's different enough from Cochon, right?

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: princsoreo

            Yes, it is different. Personally, I prefer Herbsaint to Cochon.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        2. looks like a great itinerary!

          good brunch can be difficult because the few places that are noteworthy get pretty slammed. i personally cant stand waiting an hour for a table for breakfast. the last place we did brunch was Restaurant Atchafalaya, which was fun and good -- most generous crab than ive ever seen!

          i really like Green Goddess, but note that it has practically no seating, and can get pretty expensive.

          commander's has a brunch special 3-course of signature dishes plus a bloody mary for about $39. (think they must have gone up a bit on that one)

          as for wandering the quarter for fri dinner -- perfect idea. charbroiled oysters at Drago's are a must. then there are the backed oyster trio at Bourbon House, as well as the BBQ Oysters at Red Fish Grill, and many other small plates popping up all over town. Slyvain has craft cocktails and small plates, the fried eggplant is good.

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          Red Fish Grill
          115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Green Goddess
          307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Bourbon House
          144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. forgot to attach pics from our recent breakfast (and for some reason you cant add them after the fact?)

             
             
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            1. re: kibbles

              kibbles, I've had both of those dishes at Atchafalaya....very nice. Their Grits & Grillades are as good as any I've had in town, too. Definitely an underrated brunch. I need to try for dinner sometime.

              1. re: BayouTeche

                Glad to know about the grillades...it has been hard to find any good grillades outside private homes or clubs --at least for me--recently. It ain't rocket science.

                1. re: BayouTeche

                  Thanks for the tip. I was looking for a place to take some guests for brunch and the menu at Atchafalaya looks perfect for them (and me). We've had dinner there and had a very good meal and particulalry good service, even though it was a 10 top.

                  I've got reservation for Sunday, a week, after Friday at Cuvee and Saturday at MiLa after this group convinced me to give it a try instead of returning to a tried and true place.

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                  Cuvee Restaurant
                  322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: collardman

                    Just made a reservation at Atchafalaya. Sounds like fun. Am I correct in thinking we can take the streetcar there? We are staying at the Hilton near the convention center.

                    1. re: princsoreo

                      You would have to walk about 6 blocks up Poydras to St. Charles to catch the streetcar. You would get off at Louisiana and then you would have to walk 7 blocks to Cafe Atchafalaya.

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                      Cafe Atchafalaya
                      901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

                      1. re: Littleman

                        So, if we're in good shape and okay with walking it would be okay? We're late 20's and fine with walking a few blocks as long as we plan to wear flats!!