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myself, my bride-to-be and about 20 other hungry canadians will be in NO for 5 nights for our wedding. some of us are frequent visitors, others have never been. there are tried and true favorites we're going to, but we haven't been to NO for a few years so i could use some help(we will have a car). the rough itinerary looks like so
wed lunch(plane lands just before 2): either crabby jacks, boucherie or cochon
dinner(about 8 of us): either brigtsens or galatoires(been to NO 8x and have
never gone!)
thurs lunch: redfish grill(its in our hotel)
dinner: either bozo's or dinner in our suite for everyone with domenica's pizza
mchardy's chicken, parkway po-boy's and tee-eva's sweet potato pie
(and lots of beer before we go see kermit@vaughn's)
fri breakfast: stanley or elizabeth's
early rehearsal dinner(aaron neville concert@7): either casual @bozos
(if we haven't already gone) or galatoires(6 newbies on fri aft -
will we enjoy it?)
sat lunch: bayona for groomsmen
wedding dinner: august
sun brunch: mr b's(love the bbq shrimp)
dinner: commanders
mon lunch: dickie brennan's steakhouse (extra banana fosters bread pudding for
honeymoon plane ride)
basically the big question is about galatoires. we would really like to try bozos, but for our rehearsal dinner should we choose galatoires? also, we will be coming back for 3 nights after the honeymoon, landing on xmas day. coquette, restaurant atchafalaya and mila look good (we have res for sun night @stella). feedback?
thanks ryan

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  1. Are you staying in the FQ. Looks like you might want to go to Boucherie and Brigtsen's the first day. That's two trips Uptown if you are staying in the FQ. That's a 15 minute drive. You can plan your dining near your hotel say if you are in the FQ then dine in the FQ so you can walk and not take a car. If you want to dine Uptown do in and come back the same day not twice in one day. If you are interested in Galatoire's it's my favorite restaurant in NOLA. By all means go and enjoy yourself. You won't be sorry. Good luck.

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

    1. I'm a little confused. Are you talking about Bozo's in Metairie? I am thinking you aren't, because I can't imagine anyone being torn between Bozo's and Galalatoire's. Anyway, Galatoire's is a great idea for your rehearsal dinner. Celebrations are their core business. You won't have to worry about being too loud or bothering any of the other patrons, if you do, its their problem, not yours. Really, just about anything goes at Galatoire's. Otherwise, sounds like a plan. Frankly, I think you should be the one giving out the advice.

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

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      1. re: CharlieH

        For twenty I strongly advise going upstairs...I've hosted tables of twelve and fifteen but I keep them as under-wraps as possible. Wedding festivities are another show entirely.

      2. This thread may help you:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7480...

        In short, you're going to have trouble with 20 people without getting a private room. Gal's does have private rooms, so that might be your best bet.

        1. G W Fins has a private room, and IIRC, it will accommodate up to 24. They offer great local seafood, and are great on the service end. Just did Fins in Oct., and they were hitting on all cylinders, though swamped to overflowing.

          However, and as much as I like G W Fins, given the choice between it, and Galatoire's, it would be no contest, so long as Galatoire's can accommodate you.

          Enjoy,

          Hunt

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

          1. Hm-m, Fins did not show up in the CH Links (think that I liked the old way better). Let's try GW Fins, and here is their URL: http://www.gwfins.com/nola/

            Sorry about that,

            Hunt

            PS - Congratulations!!!! And thank you for coming to NOLA for this special occasion!

            1. sorry i've been unable to respond til now...it's been nuts. the rehearsal dinner is only going to be for 6 people, 2 of whom weren't blown away by galatoires, the other 2 who are abstainers and non-foodies, and ourselves. i'm pretty sure they would enjoy bozo's quite a bit, while my fiancee and i could visit galatoires and take it all in just the two of us...it will probably be a last minute decision based on how everyone feels. just a couple of additional questions...how good are the steaks at la boca and is verti marte open yet? (gotta get an all that jazz, it wouldn't be a trip to NO without one!)

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              1. re: yosh1

                The steaks at La Boca are awesome.

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

              2. Galatoire's is an excellent choice. For your large party, I would suggest upstairs and make reservations. Ask for Preston as your waiter, he is excellent and will make sure you have a great New Orleans welcome!

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