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5 Day Whirlwind Tour of Your Fine City

Hello all..new to this board, thought I'd begin by asking for a little advice/critique of my 5 day tour to New Orleans. Any suggestions about restaurants missed, or ones I should avoid that I am planning on would be appreciated. Also, if you could comment on if you think my choices are a good selection in terms of places that will give me a good overall reflection of New Orleans food. I'll be coming here December 29th with my wife.

Day 1

Dinner: Emeril's

Day 2

Lunch: Restaurant August
Dinner: Dante's Kitchen

Day 3: NYE

Lunch: Commander's Palace
Dinner: Galatoire's

Day 4:

Lunch: Mr. B's
Dinner: Cajun Seafood

Day 5: Sunday, Jan 2nd

Lunch: Undecided - could use a recommendation
Dinner: Cafe Atchafalaya

Snacks include: Cafe du Monde, Creole Creamery, Medltown Popsicles, Casamento's, Brennans for Banana Foster, Central Grocery, Parkway Bakery, Domenica happy hour...anything else?

Thanks so much!

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Cafe Atchafalaya
901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. Interesting, for someone who is new to this board your schedule looks a lot like this person:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7490...

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    1. re: uptownlibrarian

      haha, I think that's my brother. He and I are going to NO with our significant others. I guess I can just refer to his previous post!

      1. re: surfrider2150

        Looks like you are in for a great time! Let us know how it goes - I'm especially curious to hear how your NYE Commander's/Galatoire's throwdown turns out.

    2. Where are you staying? I would have dinner the last night near my hotel. If you are staying in the FQ I would swap Atchafalaya and have dinner at Galatoire's the last night. If you are staying Uptown then leave it like it is. I like to dine the last night near my hotel so I can walk and not have to get a cab or the car out of the garage. I would include Coquette, Patois, Clancy's or Brigtsen's in your plans. I would swap Cajun Seafood with one of the above. Coquette has an outstanding Sunday brunch.

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      1. re: Littleman

        Were staying in the FQ our final night in the city. If we swap galatoires out on NYE, where woudl you suggest is a place to have a good NYE dinner? Atchafalaya?

        1. re: surfrider2150

          I like Atchafalaya. I would just put it in a different spot. I had a great NYE at Emeril's last year. Go to Atchafalaya the first night and Emeril's on NYE. Or you could move it to Day 2. I'm not a big Dante's Kitchen fan. I would also suggest you stroll Magazine after lunch for a few hours one day visiting all the neat shops in the 3,000 to 5,000 block area. You could have lunch at Atchafalaya and browse Magazine after your lunch there.

      2. Cajun Seafood looks out of place in your plans. I may be thinking about another joint. What's the address of the one you plan to go to. I thought CS was a casual joint on Claiborne. If that's it then it looks out of place in your plans to me.

        Go to Bayona or Stella the 1st night. Stay in the FQ and rest up. Go to Atchafalaya for lunch on the 2nd day, stroll Magazine and have dinner at August that night. Go to CP for lunch the 3rd day and Emeril's for dinner. Go to Mr. B's for lunch the 4th day and Clancy's or Patois that night. Go to Coquette for lunch the 5th day and Galatoire's for dinner that night.

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        1. re: Littleman

          Yup, Cajun Seafood is the one on Claiborne. My bro had seen good things on yelp and we were all looking for a casual boiled seafood by the pound type place one of these nights. Were coming from southern california, and surprisingly, seafood isn't as abundent in great quality as one would think. Do you know of a better place than CS for that type of fare?

          1. re: surfrider2150

            You are staying in the FQ go to Acme or Felix's. Walk. Don't walk to CS on Claiborne. That's not a very good area to be walking around at night. Another option if you don't mind a short hop to Metairie is Bozo's.

            Acme Oyster House @ 724 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 5973.
            http://www.acmeoyster.com/
            Felix's Oyster Bar @ 739 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 4440.
            http://www.felixs.com/

            Bozo's Restaurant @ 3117 21st St., Metairie, LA 504 - 831 - 8666.
            http://www.bozosrestaurant.com/Bozos/...

            1. re: Littleman

              were definitely hitting felixes..although, i didnt think they did boiled shrimp,c rab, crawfish by the pound like cajun seafood does..

              1. re: surfrider2150

                Not by the pound but you can order boiled shrimp.

                1. re: surfrider2150

                  Felix's for oysters 1/2 shell at the bar w/ an Amber draught. Anything else, go elsewhere. FWIW, this is not crawfish season (peak is around Jazz Fest). They may be available but they will be small and not worth the bother. I picked some up at Schaeffer/Rucich last weekend to satisfy a craving. Should have passed.