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Quick 3 Day Trip; Thoughts?

  • a213b Jan 9, 2011 07:50 AM

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 ...

Sat:
Lunch: Central Grocery Muffie
Dinner: Galatoires

Sun:

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

Mon:
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!!!

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      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.

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        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.

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

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

          Herbsaint
          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?

            2. We've altered plans, slightly, and have now arranged the meals as follows ...

              Sat:

              Lunch: Central Grocery and Parkway Bakery
              Dinner: Herbsaint

              Sun:

              Lunch: Galatoires
              Dinner: Stella

              Mon:

              Lunch: Mr. B's
              Dinner: Emerils

              Still planning on chucking in a few king cakes, some oysters, and various other snacks as we see fit (read: if we're not bursting at the seams!)

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              1. re: a213b

                Wanted to quickly ask a couple of questions.

                First, attire. Coming from Los Angeles we tried to anticipate what we would need, but we also had to pack somewhat judiciously. I've got a proper suit for Galatoires and Stella, and am thinking dress pants and a corresponding shirt for dinner at Herbsaint. Is Emeril's a place I should plan on wearing something similar to either of those, or does jeans and a nice button-up shirt do nicely?

                Secondly, specific dish recommendations; i.e. what are the "must gets"? I've read Hazelhurst's prose on Galatoires (and the thoughts of many others, as well), and obviously Mr. B's is Ya-ya and BBQ Shrimp.

                What about Stella, Emerils, and Herbsaint?

                Thanks!

                1. re: a213b

                  My Stella faves: Chili Prawns and I wanted to list more but the menu has changed. I will say this. Four of us went and we tasted everything on the table. It was the most wonderful and special birthday dinner I ever had. They even sent out some homemade candies and a little box for me to open with a sort of fortune cookie in it that wished me happy birthday Chef Boswell came to the table and gave us detail on some of the dishes. We had a blast. We also had a lot of wine. That may have helped! :) Oh we did all have dessert and the sorbets were killer.

                  1. re: mrsfury

                    Thanks so much! I am really anticipating such a wonderful meal there, and cannot wait ...

                  2. re: a213b

                    Too late to help now, but the clothing that you have described, will fit into the restaurants on the list.

                    Thank you for even considering the attire - too few actually do. I feel that the diner will appreciate those choices, as will those around them.

                    Good choices, and please report, when you get back to "the OTHER LA."

                    Enjoy,

                    Hunt

                  3. re: a213b

                    Just want to mention that it would be virtually impossible to do both Central Grocery and Parkway for the same meal. CG is in the quarter, and Parkway is up in the Bayou St. John neighborhood, which is very nice to see. I would vote Parkway, and then take Jazzy B's advice and pick up Muffaletta's for the road (the dining in-house is definitely an experience, but it's all narrow counters in the back of an old store, often packed, so not always conducive for a leisurely lunch. It is a great place to go to though, an institution, and definitely worth tasting)

                    Otherwise, your plan sounds great; get ready to bust some seams!

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                    Muffaletta's
                    69305 Highway 21, Covington, LA 70433

                    1. re: swampsue

                      Thanks Sue!

                      We have a car and are driving in, so my thinking was stop at Parkway and eat while heading to Central, and then either eat there or pick up and eat elsewhere. I would normally grab CG for the road, but when we leave we are specifically heading to TX Hill Country for some 'cue, and I don't want to eat anything that will keep me from enjoying the unbelievable offerings there ... and then we have a dinner planned in SA, so we're not left with any time (nor stomach space) to eat one.

                      And trust me, I am already anticipating needing a seamstress/tailor when I get home due to our week long pig out fest! Thank goodness amazing produce abounds in SoCal so I can "detox" once home.