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Hi guys,

I've been reading the boards over the past few weeks and taking lots of notes. I'll be in NOLA for the first time next Wednesday night - Sunday afternoon. My birthday also falls that Friday. I'd like to get my reservations in today, but I'm having a hell of a time narrowing down my list. I was hoping to get a little guidance!

I have all of the oyster stops (Felix's, Acme, Casamento's), the po-boy stops (Parkway, Domilise), and the breakfast/brunch stops (Croissant d'Or, Stanley's Camellia, Coquette), the lunch stops (Mr.B's, Emeril's, Cochon Butcher), and the drink stops (Bouligny, 3 Muses, Hermes, Carousel, Sazerac, French 75, Willie Mae's, d.b.a, Cure, Domenica) but dinner I'm struggling with. I only have 4 nights!!!

1st Choices:
Cochon
Herbsaint
Stella
Galatoire's
Lilette
Gautreau's
Brigsten's

2nd Choices:
Patois
Green Goddess
MiLa
Sylvain
Clancy's
Commander's Palace
Dominique
Meson 923
a Mano
Dante's

Where should I go? Where could I skip? What could I do for lunch instead?
Also - my big question... Do I need to dress up for dinner (I'm female)?

And, not sure if this helps - but I'm staying in the garden district and was planning to mostly bike/walk/street car.

Thanks in advance!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Lilette
3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Gautreau's Restaurant
1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. You are leaving out my favorite restaurant in NOLA which is Emeril's. I would go to Galatoire's for lunch on my birthday. There will be an all afternoon party so take your time and enjoy. I would plan an early lunch when they open at 11:30 and then dinner at Clancy's on that Friday night of your birthday. You can take the St. Charles streetcar to the FQ to dine at Galatoire's.

    Wednesday night I would go Gautreau's and Thursday I would go to Lilette. Consider Coquette also. You may like it best but Lilette's and Gautreau's are both outstanding. I would go to Patois Saturday night.

    I would go to Commander's for lunch for sure. Clancy's and Patois will require some walking from St. Charles and you may not be willing to do that. If you don't mind taking a cab you will be fine. You could walk there early before dark but call a cab after dark on your way back. You may want to substitute Dante's or Brightsen's for Saturday night as they are closer to SC streetcar. Happy BD.

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

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    1. re: Littleman

      Thanks! I'm getting overwhelmed by all of the amazing food options.

      1. re: jessdale

        You should dress nicely at night. Nothing formal but above casual. A nice pant suit and comfortable shoes would be fine. My wife likes to dress nicely in NOLA. I always wear a sport jacket at night. Good luck.

    2. You've done your homework. Enjoy, and save something for next time.

      1. So, four dinners, right? First time in NOLA? Sticking with your choices -

        For more casual cajun/creole: Cochon (cajun) or Brigtsen's (creole)
        Traditional New Orleans: Galatoire's or Clancy's
        Modern Southern bistro: Lilette or Patois
        Brunch: Commanders

        With the exception of Brigtsen's, all of the above serve lunch on some days.

        Of all the places on your list, I'd "dress up" for Stella, Commanders and Galatoire's. Everywhere else, business casual.

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

        Lilette
        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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        1. re: BayouTeche

          Funny, I'm headed to NOLA this weekend to celebrate my birthday on Friday! Have reservations at Commander's, Patois, Restaurant August, and Emeril's. I appreciate the info re: dressing up. Good memory jog for me. Best wishes, happy birthday, and bon appetit!

          1. re: mallomarmom

            And happy birthday to you as well!

          2. re: BayouTeche

            Thanks for the info!

          3. Overall, very good choices. Galatoire's, Commander's Palace, Stella! Domenica is not N.O. cuisine but it's quite good.

            I'd skip Domilise's and Mr B's....

            If you're interested in classic cajun cuisine in an old school atmosphere, I'd give Bon Ton a go lunch or dinner M-F:

            http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

            typical casual New Orleans neighborhood palce (N.O. Italian, po-boys seafood etc) Mandina's on canal St and you'd be right near Brocato's for dessert.

            http://www.mandinasrestaurant.com/

            For cocktails, Bar Uncommon in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel:
            http://www.baruncommon.com/

            (obviously these are my personal opinions) Be safe and have a fantastic time!

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            Mandina's Restaurant
            3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

            Brocato Angelo Ice Cream & Confectionery
            214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

            1. have a drink at bar uncommon with bartender chris msmillian. a world class bartender with lots of fun knowledge. my best two meals last trip were at pelican club and restaurant august. both those meals were apps. in the bar. both bartenders were attentive and fun to boot.

              1. I cannot imagine a trip to NO without a visit to Brigsten's. Arguably the finest Modern Louisiana cuisine to be found anywhere.

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                1. re: GroovinGourmet

                  Brigtsen's is a can't-miss. I love its charm and Frank Brigtsen is one of the most hospitable chefs/hosts anywhere. I love the place.

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