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Lighter fare in New Orleans?

boxcar_sf Jan 19, 2011 03:20 PM

I'll be visiting from SF in Feb for five days, staying in the French Quarter, no car, but totally up to walk/public transit...I'm working on a master list of restaurants to go to (so many to choose from!) for Cajun/creole food, and some local institutions. All of it looks delicious, and, well...heavy.

Any ideas for lighter meals out, places for lunch or even breakfast know for fresh produce, baked goods, or even the best grocery stores (Whole Foods is five miles from our hotel, and equivalent closer to the W? ) where I could get a small snack to balance all the delicious and fried meals I can't wait to consume?

Any suggestions are appreciated.


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    califkatie Jan 22, 2011 09:12 AM

    On my recent trip, we ate appetizers at the bar in the Pelican Club. the quail with grits and the seafood martini were two of the best things i ate all week.

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

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      expatorleanian Jan 22, 2011 04:44 AM

      Or you could just stick to small plates, rather than order an entree.

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        CharlieH Jan 21, 2011 10:56 AM

        Moon Wok for Banh Mi on St. Ann.

        Moon Wok
        800 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. Suzy Wong Jan 21, 2011 10:36 AM

          IMO There are light/lighter choices on most all menu's for a quick bite/snack. Or a full lunch/dinner. Not everything in N.O. swims in grease....HA

          Domenica in The Roosevelt has great salads....

          Croissant D'Or for coffee, french pastry
          Back to the Garden warehouse area, lunch only....
          CC's has yogurt/granola....

          Croissant D'Or Patisserie
          617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

          Back To the Garden
          833 Howard Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

          Cc's Community Coffee House
          228 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

          123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

          1. BayouTeche Jan 19, 2011 05:07 PM

            GW Fins. Fish, fish and more fish. Green Goddess does some very creative and tasty salads. You can get some nice grilled seafood w/ veggies at Maximo's. All in the Quarter.

            Green Goddess
            307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. edible complex Jan 19, 2011 04:51 PM

              head to Rouses at 710 Royal for grocery needs.

              as far as ordering lighter fare, it is possible in just about any restaurant. i wouldn't limit myself because a menu looks heavy. most places are very accommodating to special food requirements. you can usually find a nice grilled fish or ask for a different prep other than fried or rendered in fat. my best advice is drink red wine to counter the cholesterol...cheers!

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