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Uptown weekend before Mardi Gras

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We're coming to town on an unexpected business trip that we're extending to stay the weekend. We'll be in town Feb 28 - March 3, and staying Uptown near Audubon Park. I'm not as familiar with that neighborhood as I am of the French Quarter.

What's a good place to eat in that neighborhood, especially for late-night on the evening we fly in? What's great cheap food as well as fine food, and what can we enjoy without too many crowds and drunks?

I'm a repeat visitor to the city, but I've never been to New Orleans during the Mardi Gras season, and I don't know how that affects restaurants, nightlife, or even daytime life. How does carnival affect things, even if there aren't any parades on the nights we're there?

What should we make sure to see or eat to deepen our already profound love of the City?

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  1. Late night cheap classic eats at Camellia Grill at end of streetcar line St. Charles fairly close to Audobon Park. As for fine food - make a reservation at Brigstens. Dante's is a good bet also.

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    Camellia Grill
    626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

    1. If you are near the park, you will be far enough fromthe parade route to not have to deal with the worst of the traffic and parking nightmare that is mardi gras.

      As far as restaurants go, I highly recommend One in that area. The food is always very good and I love that their turtle soup is made from turtle meat. I don't really care for Brigstens. If I am in that area I prefer One or Dante's.

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      1. re: gimes

        Coquette, Lilette, Patois for fine dining. There will be parades every night the weekend prior to Mardi Gras. Fat Tues., many close. Re: Brigtsen's...great for an all app. meal. Lilette as well. Tasting menu at Coquette.

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        Lilette
        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

      2. Uptown really isn't that big and there are many options outside the Riverbend area.

        1. Clancy's is a great restaurant just SE of the park near the river.

          1. Things get tricky around Mardi Gras Uptown. Most fine-dining restaurants are closed on Sunday and some on Monday night, and most close on Fat Tuesday as well.

            1. are you only going to be there the 28th through the 3rd? monday only has a walking parade uptown so there won't be the crowds. nothing on tuesday. one parade on wednesday. and then three on thursday, so that will be the most crowded night uptown. you might need reservations at some restaurants. i'd like to recommend the upperline. the owner, joanne is very friendly and her food has always been good. i also like clancy's. but as said before there are so many choices uptown. check out nomenu.com to see all the restaurants, and go to some of the websites to see what appeals to you.