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Nov 8, 2010 02:05 PM

Would love some critique on my trip to New Orleans...12/30-1/3

Heading to new orleans for new years. Coming in from San Diego with my girlfriend; both food obsessed, although me more so than her. This will be my second time in New Orleans...I was there once for a weekend during college and spent my time eating at Popeye's and Bubba Gump (I'm ashamed, I really am). Anyhow, want to do it right this time around.

So far, what we have in mind is the following:

Snacks - many
-Mr. B's Bistro -for the BBQ Shrimp
-Jacque Imo's for dinner
-Cafe Du Monde
-Casamentos for oysters
-Central Grocery for muffalatta

Lunches - 4
-Cajun Seafood for some poboys and steamed seafood
-August prix fixe lunch

need a couple more suggestions...any realllly good hole in the walls? Would like to stay under 40ish dollars for two people.

Dinners - 4
-Jacque Imo's
-Two of the following Commanders/August/Emeril's/Antoine's/Stella

Open to other suggestions.

Would love to hear about some hole in the wall places that do _______ especially well. We're both huge seafood lovers and can't get enough of it. Anything else we should be aware of while we're down in nola? Also, what should we do for new years eve dinner....aside from make reservations ASAP.

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  1. For lunch, go to Coop's on Decatur. A lot of people don't like it, or find the staff can be rude, and it is pretty divey, but SO delicious. Every time we go, we swear that we are going to eat there only once and we always end up there 2 or 3 times. They have great Fried Chicken, (which I don't care for, but my friend ordered it twice in 2 days) Their jambalaya is great, the Gumbo with extra seafood is amazing, and I also love their pasta dishes. SO good!

    You can have a lovely dinner at Irene's on St. Philip; Italian inspired. Make a reservation, or go early, or prepare to wait a looooong time. But hey, if there's no wait, the food ain't that good.......
    I love their Cioppino and the pasta w/ soft shell crab. Never had a bad meal there.

    I love Commander's for lunch or brunch, but have heard bad things about dinner.....I'd be afraid to chance it, but at lunch they have 25 cent martinis and you may not even KNOW if it is great or not, but I always enjoy meals here.

    Casamentos is also great; but looooong lines at lunch so be prepared to wait. But it's totally worth it.

    I also love Liuzza's in mid city on Bienville. Great gumbo, pastas, red beans & rice, everything I've had there is amazing. Very casual, neighborhoody place.

    For New Year's Day, make a reservation at Luke if they are open; it seems like pretty much everything is closed.
    Have a great time !!!!!!

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

    Casamento's Restaurant
    4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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    1. re: piglet3000

      +1 on Liuzza's, Luke, and Commanders for lunch. Parkway for po'boys, too.

      Cochon would be good for snacking, they are open in the afternoon between lunch and dinner and have great apps, cocktails, and there's the Butcher next door for more snacks.

      Dinner- Boucherie, Coquette, Brigtsen's. Boucherie and Coquette also serve lunch.

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

      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    2. Snacks - many
      -Mr. B's Bistro -for the BBQ Shrimp -- definitely, a Mr B's classic.
      -Jacque Imo's for dinner - Never been.
      -Cafe Du Monde - Get there early.
      -Casamentos for oysters - yes, yes, yes.
      -Central Grocery for muffalatta- I like Napoleon House muffs better.

      Lunches - 4
      -Cajun Seafood for some poboys and steamed seafood - Domilise's, Parkway, Bourbon House, GW Fins
      -August prix fixe lunch - Yes, yes, make reservation early.

      Dinners - 4
      -Jacque Imo's - Never been, probably will never go.
      -Couchon - Good, look at Herbsaint, too- same owner.
      -Two of the following Commanders/August/Emeril's/Antoine's/Stella - All good except Antoine's.
      Also look at Stanley, Luke, Domenica, Brigtsen's and Dante's.

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

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

      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Bourbon House
      144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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      1. re: FoodChic

        Thanks for the replies so far....

        For the nicer dinners, think I'm leaning towards Emeril's and Commanders...unless the August lunch just completely blows me away, in which case Ill book a dinner there as well.

        Any thoughts on what I should do for NYE? Will all these places just have prix fixe menus? Anywhere in particular I should go for NYE? Also, whats the after dinner party scene like? Fireworks by the river...then bourbon street?

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

        1. re: yanks26dmb

          I'd suggest getting your reservations together in the next day or two. I'll be in town the week before Christmas and cannot get into August for evenings unless I want to eat at 6 or 9.

          1. re: yanks26dmb

            August's food is in a different league from Emeril's (corporate) and Commanders (dear, but not the finest food; that said, it's a special place and pretty at lunch, then afterwards stroll the garden district) Parkway Bakery would fill your need for a good hole-in-the wall lunch spot http://www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola... (suggest the surf 'n turf po-boy.) Stella is creative and potentially sublime for dinner, though at the highest prices in town. If you've never been to Brigtsen's (dinner only), I would definitely put it on your list -- it never fails to please. Do Jacques Imo's only if you're in a fun and kitchsy kind of mood and not that concerned about top quality this and that.

        2. I assume you will not have a car. Are you staying in the FQ. If you go to the GD or Uptown you will need a cab or take the streetcar. It's about 15 minutes from the FQ to Uptown. Not quite so far to Commander's. I would have lunch at Commander's on Friday the 31st. They have a lunch special on Friday's. Go to Emeril's and Stella for your two fine dinners. Stella is very upscale. Emeril's Delmonico will have a NYE dining special with all the NYE horns and hats. You can sing Old Lang Syne at midnight at Delmonico's. Remember Jacque Imo's is way out Uptown and does not take reservations. Casamento's is Uptown. You can get very good oysters at Luke in the CBD and save some travel time if you are in the FQ. Go to August, Commander's, Galatoire's and Cochon for your 4 lunches. Another suggestion is Cafe Atchafalaya in the GD for lunch or dinner. They serve a Saturday/Sunday brunch too. Elizabeth in the By Water is a suggestion for breakfast or lunch too.

          Go to the Ritz Carlton on Friday/Saturday and listen to Jeremy's Davenport's jazz. Bon Appetit.

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          1. re: Littleman

            Thanks for the detailed info littleman. Any info on where to party? The gf and myself are in our mid 20's, definitely looking to party it up someplace...

            1. re: yanks26dmb

              This is New Orleans ... you'll have little trouble finding a place to party it up. If you head to the Maple Leaf it's tempting to go to Jacques-Imo's first; I'd skip that and go to Dante instead. Vaughn's on Thursday's is a popular choice and within walking distance of Elizabeth's or the Joint. The Candlelight Lounge on Wednesdays has the Treme Brass Band. Food options are limited to damn good rice & beans and BBQ, free ... but tip well. Dick and Jenny's is across the street from Tipitina's. They (D&J's) don't take reservations, but will serve you fried oysters and a bot while you wait. I think it's a little overrated, but certainly not on the "avoid" list. Frenchmen St. has a bunch of options, both for food (although not *great* food) and something of a scene. I'm partial to the bizarre ambiance at Yuki's and the fabulous service at Desparado's, but I'm not in my mid 20s.

              Where ever you end up, stay safe. NOLA isn't particularly dangerous, but if you look like you're toasted and lost, you'll get mugged. (I have to pay for internet connectivity somehow.)

              Jacques-Imo's Cafe
              8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

              501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

            2. re: Littleman

              Definitely Commanders for lunch. The way the daylight streams in is very special. And make sure to dress up!

            3. Boucherie for the wonderful boudin balls, pomme frites, bbq ribs.

              Creole Creamery for an ice cream snack.

              8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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              1. re: texasredtop

                Bear's don't eat boudin balls. They will eat that ice cream though.

                1. re: Littleman

                  My bear is in the freezer so I hope he's not eating all of my ice cream. I'd skin his hide but I guess it's too late for that :-)

                  Seriously littleman, Mr. B's bbq shrimp is my favorite dish in NO and Boucherie boudin balls are my second favorite. People rave about the boudin balls at Billie's Mini Mart in Krotz Springs and I have them at least once a year when I'm heading to Batchelor but Boucherie's are so much better.

                  I'm over here on the NO board scoping out what is going on as we will be heading there next month after we finish hunting in the hill country.

                  8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                  1. re: texasredtop

                    Are you going to the Hill Country to shoot one of those tame bucks. They keep em inside fences I always heard. Just kidding. There's a new grocery store in the WHD that keeps boudin and andouille. Check em out. Have fun in the HC.

                    Nola Grocery @ 351 Andrew Higgins, New Orleans, LA 504 - 302 - 9928.

                    Have you been to Cajun Corner Cafe in Krotz Springs, LA. They have some good fried chicken and boudin also.

                    Cajun Corner Cafe @ 24386 Highway 190 East, Krotz Springs, LA 337 - 566 - 8003.

                    1. re: Littleman

                      Haven't been to Cajun Corner. Will keep that in mind.

                      Cajun Corner
                      839 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116