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7 dinners, how did I do with my choices?

I am heading to NOLA in January for 7 nights, and basically 8 days with my wife and 4 year old daughter(well behaved, and an adventurous eater for her or any age). I made the following reservations with that in mind choosing early dinner reservations for the 6 nights I will be dining with them. One night I will be dining solo @ Commanders Palace (doing the chefs tasting menu).

We are staying a couple blocks from the quarter on Magazine street, and will be depending on street cars, and cabs for transportation. I am not interested in breakfast options(I dont eat breakfast, and the hotel provides a continental breakfast for my wife and daughter). Lunches will be ad-hoc, alot of po-boys, muffaletta's and oysters. I am a big fan of seafood, and raw oysters so they will make up a large portion of the lunch options.

Here are my reservations, let me know what you think.

Saturday: Cochon
Sunday: Domenica
Monday: Commanders Palace - solo
Tuesday: Boucherie - I still need to make this reservation
Wednesday: Luke
Thursday: Open
Friday: Galatoire's

The places I am most excited about in order are: Cochon, Commanders, Galatoire's, Boucherie, & Luke.

Thursday night dinner is open right now, looking for a wild card to put in there.

I think I have about 50 menu's for lunch oyster options(the usual suspects - Acme, Felix, etc.) so we should be covered, K-Paul will be lunch one day, as well as Green Goddess. Other suggestions are appreciated

Thanks for any feedback.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. My 2 cents: Luke is mediocre at best. Their happy hour 50 cent oysters/half price libatons is a good deal. daily 3-6. Domenica has same HH w half price pizzas/ drinks. Cochon is best for an all appetizer lunch. Herbsaint (Link's upscale resto) is a better option. Consider Coquette, Patois or Lilette for dinner. August is excellent for dinner however, M-F lunch is $20 for 3 courses. Best bargain in town. Emeril's has 3 courses $19.50 lunch M-F. Great food and service. Boucherie=creatively plated bbq. Many love it.

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

    Herbsaint
    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Lilette
    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    Domenica
    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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    1. re: JazzyB

      interesting opinion on Luke, opposite of what I have heard. Different strokes I guess.

      Not really interested in Herbsaint, August or any of Emerils spots.

      Patois is on the short list for Thursday along with Stella.

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

      Herbsaint
      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: jimswside

        Wow, I'm surprised at your comment about Herbsaint. That restaurant is off the hook! Easily one of the best restaurants in New Orleans...

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        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. re: JazzyB

        +1 on Luke vibe. i enjoy it for happy hour (the foie gras terrine is excellent), but i cant say i know anyone who really craves it for lunch or dinner. August is by far the better Besh lunch option, at $20 for 3.5 courses. menu varies.

      3. I edited my post to remove Herbsaint, Emeril's and August.

        ou are probably staying at Country Inn and Suites. You can walk to Cochon on Saturday but a cab would be best with your young child. Go to Galatoire's Sunday night and replace your Galatoire's on Friday night with Bon Ton You can walk a block to Bon Ton from your hotel. They are not open on weekends but they serve outstanding classic creole cuisine. After dinner you will be close to your room so you can retire early and get ready for the trip home the next day.

        I second Jazzy. Go to Domenica and Luke for happy hour 3/6 PM. Streetcars are fine but I would confine most of my dining to the CBD and FQ if I was without a car and had a small child. It's more convenient. If I did go to the GD or Uptown I would make it a one time trip and get that over with. Your solo trip to Commander's should be fine. Go early and spend a few hours walking Magazine in that area visiting the fine shops and stores there. Have a drink on the porch of Column's Hotel and watch the traffic on St. Charles before you catch a SC to Napoleon and your dinner at Commander's.

        If you do go to the GD or Uptown I would consider Coquette, Patois or Clancy's over Boucherie. On Wednesday and Thursday I would consider Feast, Bayona, Mr. B's, Irene's and Tommy's. Tommy's is in the block next to Emeril's and serves outstanding creole Italian in a beautiful space. You can walk there from your hotel. Lucy's is a great joint for drinks bar in that block also. Go to the WWII DDay museum in the CBD and have lunch at American Sector. Cuvee is another good choice a block from your hotel. It's in the St. James Hotel. You may be staying there instead of CS.

        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/
        Cuvee @ 322 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 587 - 9001.

        I would skip GG for lunch. I like Felix's and Acme. I like Napoleon House also. Johnny's has outstanding po boys. Get a couple and have lunch on a bench in Jackson Square.

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        1. re: Littleman

          The OP mentioned "Not really interested in Herbsaint, August or any of Emerils spots."

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

          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: Littleman

            good tips,

            our flight home to Chicago is @ 6:00 p.m., so no worries there. I want to see Galatoire's on a Friday night.

            August looks interesting/good, but looks expensive and non kid friendly.

            Domenica is a nice cheap option to offset some of the more expensive meals. Same goes for Boucheire(we were going to do K-Paul for dinner, but will do that for a cheaper lunch probably Thursday).

            Boucherie and Cochon are at the top of my list as I am a big fan of rooter to tooter(snout to tail) pig preperations.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

            Boucherie
            8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

            Domenica
            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

            1. re: jimswside

              You mean Friday for lunch. If you go Friday night you will miss your flight. Go around 11 AM to see if there's a line. I hope it won't be as they do no take reservations downstairs and that's where you want to sit. You will be there for several hours but it's worth it. Get the oysters brochette and fish of the day with crab meat on top. Ask for Richard to wait on you.

              I like the pig preparations also but I don't like to do that in NOLA. I get enough at home. You should buy a mess to take home in a cooler. Get it frozen and put it in a small cooler and check it with your luggage.

              1. re: Littleman

                Nope, Friday dinner @ Galatoire's... we arrive saturday, and leave the following Saturday, 7 nights, almost 8 days.

                I dont need to take any pig home as I roast whole pigs and smoke meat often(Berkshire & Duroc mostly). I am really interested in the chartucerie and cured meats which I dont do, those I might look into shipping home.

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

                1. re: jimswside

                  For the charcuterie you have already got Cuchon and Luke (of the two I much prefer Luke) but also think about New Orleans Sausage & Pie Company on Banks street for a lunch if you get out of the FQ/Warehouse District.

                  1. re: collardman

                    cant get enough cured meats. :-)

                    I have a menu for New Orleans Sausage & Pie company, looks interesting.

                    I canceled our Domenica reservation(sunday night, looking @ menus/reviews for Olivers Creole on Decatur)

                    1. re: jimswside

                      canceling Domenica for Oliver's? oh my. dunno what the consensus is, but my experience at Oliver's has been very weak. Domencia's chartucerie and meats (in addition to their n. italian fare) sound more up your alley.

                      1. re: kibbles

                        just tossing options out there,

                        Only a few spots are set in stone(Cochon, Commanders, Boucherie, Luke, K-paul, Galtoire's) Looking for Thursday, and now Sunday.

                        Im doing enough cured meats elsewhere. Plus coming from Chicago I can get great Italian, etc. Looking for things i cant get here(seafood, creole, cajun).

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                        Boucherie
                        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                        1. re: jimswside

                          That sounds very reasonable. I don't know why people are recommending Dominica to visitors when it doesn't really represent anything about New Orleans.

                          1. re: lenwood

                            not sure what I was thinking when I had Domenica on my original list. menu looked interesting I guess, but similar to numerous restaurants here in Chicago.

                            Gotta remind myself to focus my eating. :-)

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                            Domenica
                            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                            1. re: lenwood

                              @lenwood - because he said hes "really interested in the chartucerie and cured meats"

                2. re: jimswside

                  It sounds as though you want to see the Galatoire Friday 'show"in which case you really want lunch...and this is a multi-hour affair [which does not particularly distinguish it in there]. If you have reservations for dinner then you will be seated upstairs. Food will be fine but you won't get the spirit of the place. When you have gone many times, upstairs would be OK..but not if you want to see what it is all about.

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

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    Plan is for me to go early, and spend a few hours @ the bar, and have my wife and daughter meet me for our dinner reservation. Upstairs is fine with us.

                    1. re: jimswside

                      Well, at least you should have a look at the downstairs..that is the real restaurant. I think you are missing out, especially if it is your first trip.

                        1. re: hazelhurst

                          if I am hanging out at the bar wont I be downstairs?

                          1. re: jimswside

                            I ate in the downstairs dining room with all the hoopla and I never saw the bar. I think it might be upstairs. To be anywhere else other than the downstairs dining room at Galatoire's is to miss what it's all about.

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

                            1. re: texasredtop

                              im not going to wait in line to eat, especially with a 4 y.o. in tow). As long as the menu is the same we will survive. its all good.

                              Ill get enough NOLA flavor the rest of the week.

                            2. re: jimswside

                              The bar is upstairs...and the bar is new as, indeed, the upstairs dining rooms are. Used to be the linen closet and the room where the ladies stiched the Galatoire name into the tablecloths and napkins (but we don;t have that anymore). You need not wait in line especially since you have declared you will be there in advance of wife and child. Just go at 4:30 or so...let them know your intentions. You can very likely go upstairs and have drinks and someone will tellyou if the "real" dining room is filling up and that you should go downstairs. Myself, I'd just start off downstairs and have drinks at the table, read a book...it is quite convivial. This is, emphatically, not an ordinary place. People who expect it to be an image of Michelin Excellence miss out on what makes it truly excellent. Just go and relax...you will be rewarded. I think you will "get enough NOLA flavor the rest of the week" in some other places, but not such as you will find in there.

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

                        2. re: hazelhurst

                          "When you have gone many times, upstairs would be OK..but not if you want to see what it is all about."

                          Somehow, I get the feeling that you threw that one in, just for me... [Grin]

                          I strongly agree, that if one has not indulged in the "experience," it's well worth the "price of admission." Do it - do it. I am not sure that the kids will really enjoy things, but much depends on the kids, themselves. Some would, but too many would not.

                          Going back to my childhood, I still appreciate my moments at Galatoire's, Antoine's, Arnaud's, Broussard's and the like. I have some of the fondest memories, but then "dressing up, and playing adult," was a real positive for me. While I might have "acted out," at Light's Barn on a Friday night on the Coast, when we went to NOLA, I knew that I had better toe the line - in my suit, or blazer. Back then, even a 6 year old "gentleman" wore a tie. One of the worst moments of my life was a few years later. I went to NOLA with a friend's family, and did not know we were going to Antoine's. I wore a jacket, but had no tie. The FOH grabbed one from their stash, but it was paper, and clashed. Imagine a 13 year old, with a beet red face, walking through a full lower dining room, with a paper tie! It's all about the kid.

                          Hunt

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

                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            I remember the paper ties....my father controlled matters to such a degree that we always had spare "everything" so I was never forced to that extreme. By the time I was 8 or 9 I had spares myself. Still travel with a boxed starched shirt and spare ties "just in case."

                            1. re: hazelhurst

                              Well, you learned your "lessons," better than I did. I had inquired about where we'd be dining, but missed something. I paid the price, and was forever scarred. Some day, I might get over it - or maybe not. Can just see my wife either cremating, or burying me, with a paper tie, as a big joke!

                              Even going to Hawai`i, where I am unlikely to wear a tie, even at La Mer, I carry four, plus a half-dozen pocket squares. Some lesson weigh heavily on a callow youth.

                              Hunt

                          2. re: hazelhurst

                            so so so excited - can't wait - did I share that I am excited?? We had cancelled our reservations at you had suggested and will wait with the roar of the crowd for a downstairs spot. two weeks - and counting!

                          3. re: jimswside

                            August was awesome and treated me very well.
                            The price for the tasting was very reasonable( of course I din't have wine)
                            I highly recomend it
                            dessert was kind of a lowpoint though

                            1. re: jimswside

                              August would only be correct for the right children. It is a bit more formal, and, while not "stuffy," is not what I would typify as a "family restaurant."

                              Though a few have had less than stellar experiences very lately, we were greatly impressed, and will definitely return.

                              There is a "kid friendly" thread on the Hawai`i board, and as I mentioned there, it is all about the particular children. Some love to dress up, play adult, and do fine-dining, while some just flat do not. Restaurant August would be fine for the former, but horrible for the latter.

                              Enjoy,

                              Hunt

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                              Restaurant August
                              301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                          4. thanks for all the options for the open night, looks like I have some menus to research.

                            Domenica is the (1) current reservation that may get changed.

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                            Domenica
                            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: jimswside

                              Good luck and have a great trip. Have a drink for me at Galatoire's while you await your family. It's one of my favorite restaurants in America.

                              1. re: Littleman

                                should be a blast,

                                Ive been researching the trip for a few months, booked it at the start of November.

                                I write a small food blog mostly about bbq and Chicagoland eats so it will be fun to explore a new city.

                            2. If you miss Mr. B's bbq shrimp, you've really missed the best dish in NO. I was also looking forward to Cochon but I was disappointed, it was good but maybe my expectations were too high. Drago's chargrilled oysters far surpassed my expectations. I know you probably don't want to venture to Metairie but it's worth considering. Boucherie has been a favorite of mine since they opened their doors but this year they dropped down one slot. It's very reasonably priced and their fries are wonderful. The boudin balls are still my favorite there but they've taken to using brisket in place of some of the liver and I love the liver in them. They're still very good. Galatoire's is excellent.

                              I hope you will post your reviews here.

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                              Cochon
                              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                              Boucherie
                              8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                              1. re: texasredtop

                                thanks for the feedback, Mr B's might be a lunch.

                                Everyone I know has enjoyed Cochon, so i will give it a shot with an open mind.

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                                Cochon
                                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                1. re: jimswside

                                  The oyster bacon sandwich was good, but nothing outstanding. I like Casamento's oyster loaf better. Maybe it was what we ordered so let us hear your thoughts after you eat there. The best thing I liked there was my husband's shrimp remoulade and fried green tomatoes. The rolls were really good.

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

                                  1. re: texasredtop

                                    Casamento's is on the lunch/snack list.

                                    The items @ Cochon I am interested in are the cochon and its crispy skin, and the rabbit and dumplings. Also their house cured meats.

                                    I am hoping crawfish are around when we visit in a couple weeks.

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                                    Cochon
                                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                                    1. re: jimswside

                                      In the Warehouse District Ernst Cafe does boiled crawfish on Fridays, starting at 4PM (along with an Abita beer special), but I'd call first to see if they are available when you are here. Same deal with Lucy's. There will be crawfish when you are here but finding them boiled in a restaurant instead of live might be a little more difficult or expensive. Then again they could be everywhere depending on the season.

                                      Regarding Cochon, I like it as a lunch spot but it didn't live up to all the hype to make it a dinner destination for me. I like it for the small plates.

                                      I would love to go to Galatoire's for the Crabmeat Sardou. Unfortunately I can't take a two hour lunch at work. One day....

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                                      Cochon
                                      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                                2. re: texasredtop

                                  yep the bbq skimps at Mr. B's is one of the city's best dishes.

                                  the chargrilled oysters are excellent but you can get near-identical at their CBD location. atmosphere is bigger, but the original's isnt that awesome to begin with.

                                3. For my solo dinner @ Commander's I am doing the Chefs Playground menu, online version looks excellent. I am guessing this menu changes, has anyone done this menu recently & what were the courses?

                                  thanks.