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foodie honeymoon, post-christmas. please advise! (slightly long)

  • mvjd Nov 10, 2010 04:01 PM
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my husband and i are having a late honeymoon -- we got married in june -- in new orleans, the week after christmas (dec. 26-dec. 31). i've been stalking these boards for ideas about where to eat and what to do, and i have a rough outline of our eating adventure through new orleans.

but i must admit i'm a little overwhelmed. (see: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...) and i feel like i'm missing something. and there's some definite holes in our plan. where's the best po boy? the best mufaletta? the best happy hour?

i left out some standbys -- e.g. galatoires, commander's palace -- for various reasons, most likely b/c of dress code or distance, but PLEASE let me know if i'm being foolish and MUST go to this place. cheap but tasty eats get bonus points.

fyi: we're staying at the renaissance arts hotel in the warehouse district, and are planning to get 5-day jazzy passes, so we can have unlimited streetcar/bus rides for most of the time we're there.

so! the plan:

sunday
land at 2:30, get settled about 3:20-ish
snack + early dinner: domenica (half-off pizzas and drinks, + food deals, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

)

monday
breakfast -- daisy duke’s
activity -- walk around magazine st
lunch -- ?
dinner -- coquette

tuesday
activity -- food and beverage museum
breakfast -- cafe du monde
lunch -- feast
dinner -- luke happy hour drinks, food

wednesday
breakfast --?
activity -- audubon insectarium (romantic, i know)
lunch -- express lunch, cuvee
dinner -- patois

thursday
breakfast -- trolley stop cafe
activity -- breathe, exercise, something.
lunch -- moon wok (for banh mi, since dong phuong appears to be too far away)
dinner -- mila? cafe adelaide?

friday
brunch -- po boy/mufaletta to take home?

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  1. Well, I recommend Surrey's for breakfast on Magazine- you can take the #11 bus out that way. Also I recommend some Mid-City exploring (Canal Street streetcar) - best po'boy is at Parkway (shrimp, roast beef, french fry, whatever!), a real decent bahn mi is at Eat Well, and good breakfast is at Huevos (that's gonna be about 4 blocks down from Canal.)

    Lunch on Monday while wandering Magazine: Lillette of you're thinking fancy, or a nice panini and gelato at La Divinia. You can also get sushi at Sake Cafe or some New Orleans cuisine at Joey K's. There's the Rum House too, which can be fun. The Bulldog is a good place to grab a beer. Slim Goodie's has breakfast and lunch. There's also Tracy's for booze and poboys. It's the folks who used to run Parasol's so the roast beef is the famous poboy there. (These are all on Magazine Street)

    Hope that helps with the question marks! And congratulations on your nuptials!

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    Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
    3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    Huevos
    4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

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    1. re: noradeirdre

      ND,
      Where is Eat Well?? Also, how does Surrey's compare to Slim Goodie's (which I found good on a recent visit, but not worth the weekend lines)?

    2. Ditto on the congrats.
      And you seem to have a pretty good line-up here. If you need a lunch, try Cochon Butcher--excellent sandwiches, small plates, everything.
      Agree that Parkway has best po-boys.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. monday
        breakfast -- daisy duke’s (SERIOUSLY? I'D ENDURE MOTHERS BEFORE I'D STEP FOOT IN THIS HOVEL)
        activity -- walk around magazine st
        lunch -- (TRACEY'S FOR RB POBOYS)
        dinner -- coquette

        tuesday
        activity -- food and beverage museum
        breakfast -- cafe du monde
        lunch -- feast
        dinner -- luke happy hour drinks, food

        wednesday
        breakfast -- (CROISSANT D' OR IN THE QUARTER OR BLUE PLATE CAFE IN LOWER GARDEN)
        activity -- audubon insectarium (romantic, i know)
        lunch -- express lunch, cuvee
        dinner -- patois

        thursday
        breakfast -- trolley stop cafe
        activity -- breathe, exercise, something.
        lunch -- moon wok (for banh mi, since dong phuong appears to be too far away)
        dinner -- mila? cafe adelaide? (MILA)

        friday
        brunch -- po boy/mufaletta to take home? (MUFF @ CENTRAL GROCERY)

        1. Totally agree with BayouTeche about Daisy Duke's. It's gross. If you're heading up Magazine St. anyway, Surrey's is a great breakfast option (if they're open on Mondays - we'll have to check on that). Or if you're set on going to the Quarter that morning, Mena's Palace or Fleur de Lis or Clover Grill would be 1000x better than Daisy Duke's.

          +1 on the Magazine St. lunch recs for a plate lunch at Joey K's or a poboy at Tracey's.

          1. Thank you so much for all these recommendations, particularly about Monday eating. We'll definitely take Daisy Duke's off the list.

            I originally had Parkway on the list, but then I worried it was too much of a walk. We will definitely reconsider!

            I also found a Groupon this morning for a cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking, so we'll be adding that to our list, too.

            BayouTeche -- THANKS for mentioning Croissant D'Or -- I'd completely forgotten about that place!

            ... and thanks for the congrats, folks. :)

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            Daisy Dukes Restaurant
            121 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: mvjd

              Parkway is just off the Canal Streetcar Line: take either Canal line, get off at Jefferson Davis Parkway, walk just shy of 3 blocks to Parkway Bakery, past a hospital campus (shuttered); PB will be just across the street from a mechanics shop. Easy and safe.

              1. re: nomadchowwoman

                oh fabulous. thanks!

              2. re: mvjd

                oh wow - that sounds like fun - the cooking school - can you please send me the link for the groupon?

              3. I don't see anything that really says New Orleans on here, like maybe BonTon, or Galatoire's or Mr. B's. Mena's has affordable lunches with specials like red beans and such, maybe try that, they also do breakfast i believe. I am not familiar with Trolley Stop Cafe. Cuvee and Patois are sort of similar to be on the same day, not a serious problem though. I would recommend Cochon gets some play somewhere, its quite different than your other options, Herbsaint would also be worth a thought as its basically in the warehouse district. Don't go to Eat Well, its a convenience store, great for locals looking for something different who happen to be in that area, its not something to seek out. Coquette is on Magazine in case you were not aware of that.

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                Cochon
                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                Galatoire's Restaurant
                209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                Cuvee Restaurant
                322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Herbsaint
                701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Trolley Stop
                1923 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                1. re: CharlieH

                  I hadn't heard anything about BonTon; I'll look into it. I was kind of thrown off by the dress code at Galatoires, which was part of the reason I hadn't listed it.

                  Cochon! I forgot to mention Cochon! Since it is close by our hotel, I figured if we're ravenous, we can possibly stop there on the first day after we drop our things off.

                  ... Can I also mention how my husband is lobbying to go to Popeye's while we're there? I've already said 'I Do' to this man ... ;)

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  Galatoire's Restaurant
                  209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: mvjd

                    I love the BonTon, very old school, great low key scene, as much appreciated by locals as visitors. Lots of butter with everything, great softshells, redfish topped with crab meat. Brick walls, red and white checked tableclothes.

                    1. re: mvjd

                      I don't know, I think Popeye's is pretty good. Just stick to plain old bone-in chicken rather than any of the other novelty items. If he's after really great fried chicken though...that's a whole other thread.