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Monsieur Pamplemousse Dec 12, 2010 12:09 PM

Heading to NOLA for the first time ever!
Any suggestions of "must's" or "must not's" would be greatly appreciated.

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    redfish62 Dec 13, 2010 01:04 PM

    I second Commander's Palace, though you will have to take the trolley to get there. Generally I don't like fancy restaurants but I really enjoyed it, pretty unique imo.

    For breakfast stuff there used to be a bakery in the area of the quarter called Croissant D'or? I think it is still there ... used to buy a ham and cheese croissant and a coffee and carry them to Jackson Square for breakfast ... totally awesome baked goods.

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

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      piglet3000 Dec 13, 2010 01:27 PM

      Still there ! An excellent recommendation. Sometimes it's nice to TRY and start the day off 'light' w/o 4,183 calories !! 617 Ursulines.

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      piglet3000 Dec 13, 2010 12:27 PM

      The first thing that comes to mind is Commander's Palace. During the week they have 25 cent martinis; the weekend jazz brunch is an amazing festive experience. With either of these you can get away with spending less $$$ than at dinner. I've always had great food here and the atmosphere is dressy but playful. Excellent service without being stuffy.

      Do not miss having a drink at the Napoleon House. Beautiful, historic. For beautiful, historic and more raucous, don't miss Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop on the far end of Bourbon Street at the corner of St. Philip.

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

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

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        redfish62 Dec 13, 2010 01:06 PM

        "Excellent service without being stuffy."

        That is it in a nutshell, you have like an entire team of people serving you but it doesn't feel stuffy at all.

      2. bourbonstjoe Dec 12, 2010 10:48 PM

        Not sure what your expectations are there Mr. Grapefruit, if you wanna get my first hand experience of my first time experience in NOLA check out my "A Canucknucklehead in NOLA" reports from this April when I visited for the first time. I hope to make a return visit this coming April as the experiences i had were definitely ones to be remembered and expanded on !! I can tell you were I wanna go on the new visit and comment further on where I've been ;)

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          Littleman Dec 12, 2010 01:49 PM

          Where are you staying? How long will you be in NOLA Will you have a car. If not will you be willing to take the streetcar or a cab. Are you interested in fine dining, casual seafood, country, po boy's or what. What are your interests. You can visit the WWII DDay Museum, the zoo, aquarium, FQ, et al.

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            Monsieur Pamplemousse Dec 12, 2010 02:04 PM

            Only three days .... this time!
            Staying in the French Quarter.
            No car ... streetcar / cab is fine.
            Should we be trying Antoine's, Brennan's, Galatoire's?
            Looking for the definitive NOLA dining experiences.
            Gotta' try a po boy.

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

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              Littleman Dec 12, 2010 03:46 PM

              Go to Galatoire's for lunch, Emeril's for dinner, August for dinner and Stella for dinner. Go to Johnny's for po boys or Acme. Brennan's is one of my favorites but not a favorite of this board.

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

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                Littleman Dec 13, 2010 12:57 PM

                Take the Canal Street streetcar to Jefferson Davis. Get off and walk 3 blocks to the right to Parkway for the best po boys.

                Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047.
                http://www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola

                Galatoire's, Antoine's and Bon Ton would be definitive NOLA dining experiences.

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                Parkway Bakery & Tavern
                538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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