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We are visiting New Orleans for the 4th time since 2009. I'm completely obsessed with the architecture, culture & food of this city. My husband & I will be bringing our 18 yr old son and his 18 yr old girlfriend. These kiddo's are serious jr. foodies willing to try new things. We have a rental car available for the entire 6 nights. We will be resting our heads at the 5 Continents B & B located at 1731 Esplanade. Owner provides us with a delicious & hearty breakfast so we don't need any food recommends until afternoon/evening. Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions. We are eager to hear any ideas re: activities as well.

Thurs. Dec. 30th; Leaving Salt Lake and arriving in New Orleans around 2:30 p.m. Need a late afternoon/early dinner suggestion.

Fri; New Year's Eve - plan on strolling around the fr. quarter. People watch, fireworks, etc. Prefer something fast and easy (yet obviously delicious). Any opinions on Johnny's Po-Boys? Personal favs/preferences? Maybe grab a muff from Central Grocery?

Sat; 11:30 am - brunch reservation at Commander's. Appreciate a dinner suggestion.

Sun; Attending the Saints vs. Tampa Bay football game. Prefer a casual dinner since I doubt we will want to get all "dressed up" after football.

Mon; Segway tour at noon. Afternoon is free for activity advice. lunch/dinner recommendation.

Tues; Wiiide open. Perfect day for a road trip? Our son loves the show "Swamp People". Maybe something "truly" cajun/bayou?

Thanks for your help. We have previously dined at...Commander's, Emeril's Delmonico, Arnaud, MiLa, Pere Antoine, Irene's Cuisine...We have visited Avery Island (Tobasco tour), plantations - Oak Alley, Laura, Houmas. Sorry for such a long note but I wanted to give our specific travel plans. OK - eager to see any/all replies.

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Johnny's Po-Boys
511 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Pere Antoine Restaurant
741 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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  1. I just recommended this on another thread, so I apologize for the repitition, but you and your family may enjoy visiting the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in the Convention Ctr/Casino area (is that Riverwalk??)

    1. If you want something casual Thursday go to Coop's, Napoleon House, Johnny's, Acme or Felix's. Buffa's is near your B&B. Camelia Grill has a place in the FQ now that serves drinks. Felipe's is a good Mexican place in the FQ. If you prefer something more upscale go to Bayona, Irene's, NOLA or Mr. B's. Same for Friday. After you have lunch at Commander's walk 3 blocks to Magazine and stroll the 3,000 to 5,000 block area and visit the fine shops and stores in the area. Have drinks on the porch at The Column's Hotel on St. Charles and watch the traffic go by. Have dinner at one of the above that you choose. Cochon, Domenica or Luke would be nice. Domenica and Luke have 3/6 PM happy hour half price drinks, half price pizza at Domenica and 50 cent oysters at Luke. You could go to the WWII DDay Museum on Monday and eat at American Sector. Bon Ton would be a fine choice for Monday or Tuesday.

      Buffa's Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 949 - 0038.
      http://www.buffaslounge.com/
      Camelia Grill @ 540 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 1800.
      http://www.neworleans.com/index.php?o...
      Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
      http://www.felipesneworleans.com/inde...
      American Sector @ 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 1940.
      http://www.nationalww2museum.org/amer...
      Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.
      http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

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      1. re: Littleman

        I don't think Coop's allows teenagers anymore. After the game, there are several good places in walking distance to the Dome. Very little food in the Dome is worth eating (the jambalaya is decent and the Bloody Mary's are great). I would recommend Herbsaint or Domenica, both would be great for the kids and the foodie in them. Do the swamp tour on Tuesday if the weather is nice. Good time of year to do it. Some of my favorite newer restaruants are Coquette, Dominique's, Meson 923 and Le Foret. I don't think you can go wrong with any of them, although Le Foret would be a little more formal than the others. Enjoy your trip!

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        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Domenica
        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        Le Foret
        129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: Littleman

          Second Camellia Grill, and the Bon Ton. Sorry but we have not sampled the others. American Sector is on the radar screen, but just have not been yet.

          Now, my youngest Bulldog is named Camellia, but that is for # 10 at Augusta National Golf Club. Still, my NOLA family thinks that it for Camellia Grill. I have not corrected them. [Grin]

          Hunt

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          Camellia Grill
          626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Bon Ton Cafe
          401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        2. Nice list of dining so far but I would recommend: Cochon, Dick and Jenny's, and Boucherie. All are also but dinner and lunch.

          Try parkway tavern or Tracey's for poboys

          Might as well check out Kermit Ruffins or Soul Rebels brass band. Try wwoz.org and click on music calendar.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Boucherie
          8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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          1. re: nolawinelover

            http://mothersrestaurant.net/ this is a down and dirty real New Orleans food as in Red Beans and Rice Mondays!

          2. Whatever the Sat dinner suggestion, I would make it late. Brunch at CP can be quite filling, though the teems might not think so.

            Not that far from you, I'd look into Stella!. It has much of the charm of CP, but in a different, and intimate way. The food is great, as is the service. Just give the adults time, to fully enjoy the meal.

            Coming from SLC, not sure if you are into wines, but Stella! has a very interesting wine list, and it compliments the fare very well.

            The "sister restaurant" [Not sure that "sister" works here] Stanley on Jackson Square, has some great breakfasts. Another breakfast location is The Coffee Pot, on St. Peter St., just down from Pat O'Brien's.

            If it has not been mentioned, I'd throw in Bayona for dinner. If the weather is slated to be good (been awfully cold lately), ask for the patio, but inside is very good too.

            Enjoy,

            Hunt

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            Coffee Pot Restaurant
            714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            Bayona
            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112