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Dec 27, 2010 10:21 AM

Where should two older, handicapped, hard of hearing pescatarians go to eat? ;)

DH and I are coming to NO for the first time in many years, so get ready, folks! We have adventurous, sophisticated palates and love good food, but not a noisy atmosphere. We are mostly vegetarians, but eat fish and seafood too.

We want good typical (if there is such a thing) New Orleans food, not food that we can get at home where we have an abundance of wonderful general restaurants and good ethnic restaurants of many stripes.

We usually go to two meals a day when on vacation, so we're looking for breakfast and dinner recommendations. Do we need to make reservations at most places? Do we have to worry about dress codes (we're very casual types)? Where should we have our Saturday evening farewell dinner? We'll be in NOLA from Mon. Jan 3 - Sat. Jan 9.

We'll be staying in the French Quarter and will have a car. I'm in a wheelchair, so we can get around the FQ pretty well, and I can actually get into most restaurants without the chair, but need it for distances or for waiting in line. Going out of the FQ is a definite option for a worthy destination; but is it too much of a hassle?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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  1. I always recommend Galatoire's which is on Bourbon and you could dine in your wheelchair easily. Galatoire's food resembles NOLA creole cuisine better than most restaurants and it's one of my favorites. There are other's as well like Bon Ton which is in the CBD and might be a stretch for you. I suggest you consider Mr. B's, Bayona, NOLA and Irene's for upscale dining. Napoleon House, Johnny's, Coop's, Mena's and Felipe's offer reasonable casual dining. Acme and Felix's are good for fresh seafood in the FQ.

    Stanley's would be my recommendation for breakfast. Mena's serves a good breakfast also. Going out of the FQ for dining if you are handicapped would not be my suggestion. There are too many fine places to eat near your hotel that sould take good care of you considering your handicapped needs.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      But Galatoire's can be _awfully_ loud...3:00 in the afternoon ought to be OK but when there is a loud party or one of those 40-year-olds-acting-like Frat-Boys things going on, well, it can be too damn over-the-top loud.

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

      1. re: hazelhurst

        You are correct Hazelhurst. I forgot about that stipulation by the OP. I have found it to be much quieter late in the evening and for dinner. Lunch is always very loud and busy.

      2. re: Littleman

        And do all these places have plenty of fish and seafood choices, or just one or two?

        1. re: Rowdy

          It's actually rather difficult in New Orleans to find a place without seafood. I have friends who call me sometimes to go out with them becuase they are tired of fish and want meat and they know I will go along with them so we can have a different wine than they usually have.

          If you go to Galatoire's in the mid-afternoon, it won;t be loud and you will have an experience that is the True New Orleans. It is "dressy" .

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

          1. re: Rowdy

            Galatoire's will have multiple fish dishes. Mr. B's, Emeril's, Bayona, NOLA and Irene's will have a choice of two fish specials most likely. Bon Ton will have more. It's more classic creole cuisine than many. Acme and Felix's are on or near Bourbon and have multiple fish entrees. Seafood is readily available at most all NOLA restaurants including those mentioned here. Coop's is a NOLA joint famous for good seafood and atmosphere. I think it's a fun joint.

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

        2. A quiet N.O. restaurant is almost an oxymoron! It better fits the pricy places like August, Stella, Rib Room, Grill Room at Windsor Court, Emeril's Delmonico. Couvee was generally quiet (if they're still open), MiLa can be quiet. Arnauds or Antoines might sit you in a quiter room if requested. There aren't too many places where you can get quiet AND excellant food. There will usually be a little bit of trade off in one or the other.

          The chair should be no problem and neither should dress.

          As someone with a hearing problem even some of the noisiest places, like NOLA, is passable for me unless it is jammed and it often is. Even there you can try one of the upper rooms, maybe the 3rd floor, which I think is much quieter, and there is an elevator to get you there.

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

          1. The Roosevelt Hotel is universally accessible and I would recommend a drink at the Sazerac Bar--the Ramos Gin Fizz was invented there, and the room is as beautiful as the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis in NYC.

              1. Get in the car go across st. charles to uptown and go to Brigtsen's. There are four steps leading into the house-resturant. The ladies will love you to death with their kindness and chef frank will cook you an amazing old-NOLA meal. and there is a chance that the fish on the plate was caught by frank in the morning.

                Brigtsen's Restaurant
                723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118