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Jan 8, 2011 05:25 PM

Seven days in NOLA for meeting

We will be in NOLA for 7 days for a meeting at the convention center. We will have a dinner at K-Paul's (I know that it is Cajun, not Creole).

I would a like couple recommendations for excellent Creole, lunch spots reasonably close to the convention center, a couple great muffaletta's, a poorboy or two, a Sunday brunch suggestion and some good "local" kinds of places. A suggestion regarding one of Emeril's places would be fine.

We won't be driving so we will depend on taxi's and "rapid transit" such as it might be. Cost is not a big issue but I always enjoy a bargain.

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

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  1. Lil Dizzy's is in CBD and Bon Ton too. Both would be good choices. I would go to Emeril's on Tchoupitoulas. Tommy's is in the next block. It's creole Italian. The best Sunday brunch is Commander's Palace. Take the St. Charles streetcar. Mr. B's has a good Sunday brunch. You should try to go to Galatoire's in the FQ. Johnny's has good po boy's.

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    1. re: Littleman

      Another request (not answered above): a good muff near the convention center. Can it be had?

    2. one thing i do when i get ready for my trip, is to print out the restaurant lists from the restaurants are separated by area. so in your case printing out the cbd and warehouse sections will tell all the places to go near the convention center. then you could also print the list for the french quarter for dinner, though i tend to go to most of my dinners in the cbd, with the exception of galatoires. a must every trip for me. the website also lists food by type, classic creole,contemporary creole, etc. as for me, i love cochon, cafe adelaide, mandina's( a short ride up the canal streetcar line.)

      1. My choices when we're in the convention center is Rio Mar and Grand Isle for light lunch. Of course Emeril's, Couchon and Couchon Butcher are also convenient.

        I'm one of the very small minority that it not a big Couchon fan. Yes, the quality is good but my personal "return on investment" ratio is low.

        The usual list of good restaurants will serve you well for dinner. One good one close to the convention center is Bon Ton

        Rio Mar Restaurant
        800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

        Grand Isle Restaurant
        575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: collardman

          My take on Cochon is that it is fine for the natives who don't get out of town much and it certainly gives a tourist a better idea of the possibilites of pig. Same sort of thing for Bon Ton where I usually end up for lunch if I don't have several hours.

          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

        2. Ruby Slipper Cafe now has a location at 200 Magazine St.

          Ruby Slipper Cafe
          139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

          1. What we have done so far: dinner at the Pelican Club, Emeril's and Herbsaint. K-Paul's tonight and Tommy's tomorrow evening (whew). A muff at Cochon Butcher. Looking for lunch and dinner suggestions for Monday. Thanks for all your help so far.

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

            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
            312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Cochon Butcher
            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: Tom Hall

              Mr. B's for lunch and Bayona for dinner. Good luck.

              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

              1. re: Tom Hall

                Commander's for lunch (in the garden room). Prixe fixe and 25 cent martinis. August for dinner. August is a steal for lunch (3 courses, $20)
                Dooky Chase has a good southern lunch buffet ($18pp). FWIW, they've hosted a few presidents.

                Dooky Chase Restaurant
                2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

                1. re: JazzyB

                  August was great for lunch at $20.11 IIRC.

                2. re: Tom Hall

                  Tommy's was my favorite of the trip. Old school but great service and great ingredients cooked and served properly. A reasonable wine list at reasonable prices. I must say again, great service.

                  K-Paul's was very good but larger groups eat upstairs where we were A very crazy NOLA group was up there and they were WAY over the top needing attention and making noise. This is no criticism of locals overall who are the friendliest and most fun people I have ever met (perhaps Tuscans excluded).

                  My message is: try Tommy's. I will eat there every time I visit.