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Jan 9, 2011 07:50 AM

Quick 3 Day Trip; Thoughts?

My wife and I will be visiting over the MLK Holiday weekend. Though both originally from Louisiana, we now live in the other LA, where it is nigh unto impossible to get good creole food, unless it comes from our kitchen.

Until this time last year it had been ages since we had visited, and as we are not from the NoLA area originally we are using these (hopefully to become) annual visits to reacquaint ourselves with your beautiful city.

Last year we stayed only a couple of nights, but had the great pleasure of lunch at Cochon, dinner at Brigtsens, Jazz Brunch at Commander's, and dinner at August ... along with some treats from Sucre and an early morning breakfast from Cafe du Monde (one of the few NoLA food experiences I remember from my youth).

This year we will drive in around lunchtime on Saturday, stay just off the quarter in the CBD, and leave early Tuesday morning for a leisurely drive back to LA. Our focus is on what we cannot get in Los Angeles, or at other stops along our route back. This eliminates most ethnic cuisines, BBQ (stopping in TX Hill Country), Tex-Mex, New-Mex, and pizza (stopping at Pizzeria Bianca in PHX). Also we will be trying the new Luke in San Antonio, so no need to recommend the one in NoLA. Here is what I'm thinking in terms of food ...

Lunch: Central Grocery Muffie
Dinner: Galatoires


Breakfast: Brennan's (depending on how late we are out the night before)
Lunch: Parkway Po-boy
Dinner: Stella

Lunch: Mr. B's
Dinner: Emeril's

We also want to try both Haydel's and Randazzos (Manny's in Metarie from two displaced local friends) King Cakes, swing by Sucre again, try Croissant d'Or and perhaps Camelia Grill or Brennans if the appetite strikes us.

Nothing is set in stone ... other places we are considering are Herbsaint, Boucherie, Green Goddess, Clancy's, NoLA, Willie May's, and I am sure there are more I am forgetting.

One thought I am considering is moving Galatoires from dinner Saturday night to lunch Sunday, eliminate Brennans and move Herbsaint to dinner Saturday night. We would probably grab a quick bite Sunday morning at Croissant d'Or.

Thoughts, suggestions, alternatives? Everyone's welcome to chime in, and thank you so much!

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  1. We tried Croissant d'Or the last trip and it was very good. It will be a regular for us now. Parking there is difficult so he dropped me off and I got a bag of assorted croissants to go.

    If you're going out Metairie way, don't miss Drago's chargrilled oysters. So delicious.

    1. My wife and I just made the same trip, LA to NOLA and back, last month. We stayed 4 nights and had great dinners at Coquette, Brigstens, Patois and Dick and Jennys. Both D&J's and Coquette are open on Monday. For lunch, we had the charbroiled oysters at Drago's in Metairie, oysters at Casamento's, and oysters and BBQ shrimp at Pascales Manale. All were excellent meals. We also had happy hour oysters and dinner at Luke in San Antonio as well. Have a safe trip!!!

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

      1. Your plan looks good to me. I usually have lunch at Galatoire's rather than dinner. I really like Emeril's on Tchoupitoulas for dinner too. I prefer po boys over the muffaletta. Go to Parkway Bakery for good po boy's. Lil Dizzy's in the CBD has great creole food.

        On your way W to LA stop in Henderson, LA just E of Lafayette and go to Pat's or Robin's for good seafood.

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

        1. Central Grocery's muffs travel well. Pick one up for the road before leaving town. Parkway for lunch Sat. Herbsaint for dinner. Coquette or Galatoire's for Sun. brunch. You won't be able to eat again till dinner. Should you choose Galatoire's for Sun., go to Emeril's for Mon. lunch (3 courses, $19.50). Smoked exotic mushrooms on angel hair w/ tasso cream sauce, Abita rootbeer glaszed bacon salad, andouille crusted drum, chicken /waffles/crystal syrup, banana cream pie, all outstanding., Coquette for dinner (tasting menu). Another lunch option: Dooky Chase's lunch buffet M-F. $18 pp. Seems to be a "must" for visiting politicians .Good renditions of soul/southern cuisine.

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

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

          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

          1. First bite = muffaletta = not trying hard enough.

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            1. re: CharlieH

              Ok. I'm not sure exactly what that means, but what would you recommend instead?