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beck123 Dec 26, 2010 07:10 PM

Hi all,
We are back to New Orleans for the second time- Here is our list of planned restaurants:

Thursday- We get in just in time for dinner-
Acme Oyster House for oysters, then Port of Call for burgers (is POC worth it??)
Then Vaughn's for drinks and music!

Friday-
Light breakfast at Croissant D'or (probably the plan for most of the trip)
Then Friday lunch at Galatoire's. We plan to go early and have a looooooooooong Friday lunch!
Must get dishes?
Dinner- ? We want to go to Frenchmen street- any suggestions for bars with good bar food? What restaurants in NOLA have really awesome happy hours?

Saturday-

Lunch at Casamento's
Dinner at American Sector (menu looks awesome- worth it?)

Sunday- Brunch at Mr. B's bistro
Dinner- Coop's? Suggestions?

Monday-

Lunch at Commander's Palace
Dinner- ??

Tuesday- Breakfast at Stanley, because I love it!

Thanks for any advice!

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

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

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

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    yanks26dmb Dec 26, 2010 07:35 PM

    first thing that jumps out is casamentos...check their hours, but i believe they dont open until 530pm on Saturday..

    1. erikschwarz Dec 26, 2010 10:13 PM

      One thing you might want to miss is the line at Acme. Locals tend to favor Felix's, which is just across the street. As for a bar with good food on Frenchman Street, the current favorite is Three Muses (photo below).

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      Felix's Restaurant & Oyster
      739 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

       
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        noradeirdre Dec 27, 2010 03:20 AM

        I'd back up the Felix's and Three Muses recs.

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          hazelhurst Dec 27, 2010 06:58 AM

          Those are both good suggestions....and Felix has the present advantage of not being "corporate" as Acme has become (the Covington Acme gave me a headache each of the few times I was in it. The Baton Rouge Acme is a joke.)

          At Galatoire's the must-not-misses are shrimp remoulade, oysters en brochette (which were dead-on last week), crabmeat maison, crabmeat Yvonne. Canape Lorenzo....only thing they've not had lately are crawfish--too small--and soft shell crab.

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

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            beck123 Dec 27, 2010 07:20 PM

            Three Muses menu looks amazing! And reasonably priced. Sounds good to me.

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            Littleman Dec 27, 2010 07:49 AM

            Where are you staying. Do you have a car.

            Apple Barrel Bar on Frenchmen is a good bar and Adolpho's is a good creole Italian restaurant upstairs at AB.

            Adolpho's @ 611 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 948 - 3800.
            Apple Barrel Bar @ 609 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 949- 9399.

            Order the oyster brochette and fish special with crabmeat. Skip Casamento's. Have lunch at American Sector and tour the WWII DDay Museum. Have dinner at Cochon, Emeril's, Bayona or Irene's. After lunch at Commander's walk 3 blocks to Magazine and stroll the 3,000 to 5,000 block of Magazine and visit the fine shops and stores there. Have drinks at The Columns Hotel on their porch on St. Charles and watch the traffic go by. Have dinner near your hotel so you can walk. If you are in the FQ go to Bayona, Irene's, Acme, Felix's, Coop's, Napoleon House or a place you like. Have a nice trip.

            American Sector @ 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 1940.
            http://www.nationalww2museum.org/amer...

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              erikschwarz Dec 27, 2010 08:18 AM

              Lots of good tips above from Littleman. One caveat: many locals still enjoy Casamento's - I am one such - though others are not enthused. I think they know how to fry fish and shuck oysters, and their gumbo is rather good too.

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

               
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                Littleman Dec 27, 2010 08:24 AM

                I should have been more clear on Casamento's. It's a great restaruant and I think it's one of the best seafood places in town. I was thinking more about transportation than dining. I always stay in the FQ and assume most other people do too. It's much easier to dine in the FQ or CBD and walk than get your car out or use cabs and streetcars. I wish more people would post where they are staying and if they have a car but they don't.

                I like to explore Magazine after lunch in the GD and Uptown. That would be a good day to go to Casamento's for lunch and browse the shops on Magazine. I would not go to American Sector for dinner though. Lunch yes while touring the Museum but dinner would be best somewhere near the OP's hotel is my choice.

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                  erikschwarz Dec 27, 2010 09:12 AM

                  Agreed that Casamento's, like other Uptown restaurants, is a bit of a bother to reach without a car, though you can take the St Charles streetcar to Napoleon Ave and walk the several blocks riverwards to Magazine St. Also agreed about lunch rather than dinner at American Sector.

                   
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                    beck123 Dec 27, 2010 07:19 PM

                    oops, Should have posted- we are staying at Hotel Villa Convento in the FQ, no car. We were just planning on taking streetcar/taxi. It would make more sense to do lunch at the American Sector, but I really want to try Casamento's! A friend from NOLA says it is great. I figured we could take the streetcar, and walk to it. Really, I am interested in where to get the BEST oysters in town.
                    We tried Felix's last time, and it wasn't as good as Acme- maybe just a bad night? The oysters had been shucked ahead of time, and the texture was off as they had dried out a bit or something. Acme had a long line, but was much fresher.
                    Should we try Felix's again? If they are usually good, then it would be nice to miss the line!

                    Bayona sounds very good as well, and that's in the FQ.

                    The frenchmen bars look good! I need to sort all this stuff out...we don't have enough time! :)

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

                    Bayona
                    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                      erikschwarz Dec 27, 2010 09:39 PM

                      Sorry to say that oysterbeds in the Gulf of Mexico will be a while in rebounding from this summer's oil spill. You can still get good Gulf oysters, but not in the profusion available prior to the spill. Very surprised to hear that your batch at Felix's was not shucked fresh. If that happens again, you should decline to accept them. As far as the restaurant with the best oysters in town: there is no consensus. Casamento's is fine, and people like the "oyster happy hour" at Luke, which is easily walkable from the Quarter.

                       
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                        GDPhalp Dec 28, 2010 05:29 AM

                        If you are a tourist staying in the quarter, Casamentos is very easy to get to - and cheap! Just hop on the Magazine St. bus - which leaves from Canal St every 20 minutes.

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

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                          Littleman Dec 28, 2010 07:45 AM

                          Go to Casamento's on Sunday for lunch and have dinner at Mr. B's. After lunch Monday at Commander's walk down Magazine and visit the shops and stores there. Have a drink at Column's Hotel on St. Charles and catch the street car back to FQ. Have dinner at Coop's and walk from your hotel.

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

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                            beck123 Dec 28, 2010 06:37 PM

                            I know the oil spill has affected things, but...there ARE still some oysters, right?? god, i hope so! :) I really, really want to do casamento's, it sounds awesome. i wanted to do mr. b's for brunch because a friend recommended it....now i'm torn! I do love commander's, we ate there last time.
                            When is oyster happy hour at Luke? Is that within walking distance, or cab ride distance?

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                              hazelhurst Dec 29, 2010 04:52 AM

                              Last I heard Area 4 (Plaquemines Parish, down at the mouth of the river) was closed as was part of Area 12. I had some from farther West last week and they were perfectly fine. You should be OK.

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                                erikschwarz Dec 29, 2010 06:34 AM

                                Luke is at 333 St Charles Ave, in the CBD 3 blocks uptown from Canal St and the Quarter. Happy hour, is I believe, 3 to 6 pm and includes 1/2 price drinks and 25 cent oysters. I have not been there for some time, so you might want to check with them and confirm hours and prices. Btw, I am not a big fan of Luke in general - though I think the happy hour is great - so I would suggest dinner elsewhere. And, yes, there are still oysters in the Gulf, just not in pre-spill quantities as I wrote above. Come and enjoy them.

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                                Luke Restaurant
                                333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                 
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