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Jan 27, 2011 09:13 AM

Visiting in April

I'll be in town from 4/27 until 5/2 at a conference. I write about food. It's been decades since I was in NO. Any and all suggestions please, high and low, new and old. I figure I'll eat about 15 meals in the time I'm there. By points of reference: I'm looking for anything real, don't care about type of cuisine. I'm Boston-based, but often eat in NYC, Italy, & Japan.

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  1. I'd see about arranging a crawfish boil through the conference...then you could play with left-over tails..if any..and make the usual etoufee or---if you want some real work---a crawfish bisque. Other than that, The Usual Suspects that are commonly discussed on here will certainly fit the bill.

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      That's a cool idea.

      I just booked MiLA. Kind of intrigued by Stella!, despite its goofy name. I like the chef's resume: Japan, I mean.

    2. Even with 15 meals you'll just be scratching the surface of what's going on. So here's an idea, why not try to hit as many different neighborhoods around the City as possible. Here's my suggestion for the Bywater, Jack Dempsey's. Take a peak at in the dining section, the annual guide is good, and the dinning news is very current. Let us know if you have any questions about places in particular. I lunch at Coquette on Saturday, it was very good, and reasonably priced.

      Jack Dempsey's Restaurant
      738 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

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      1. re: CharlieH

        You're right about the 15 meals. I'm figuring it's a taste, a start.

        My M.O. is to walk for hours and eat at every place that looks interesting. It helps to run three miles every day using this method.

        Will check out Coquette.

        1. re: scotty27

          Coquette and Lilette are near each other in GD. Patois and Clancy's are fine dining near each other Uptown. Brigtsen's and Boucherie are fine dining Uptown. Galatoire's and Mr. B's are fine dining in the FQ. Emeril's is my favorite. Don't miss Galatoire's. Bayona is also fine dining in FQ.

          Get some po boy's from Johnny's or Parkway Bakery. Go to Central Grocery in FQ for muffaletta. Acme and Felix's have good casual seafood.

          1. re: Littleman

            Eggzellent, thanks. I'm so old, I remember when there was one Acme, just the one. I'm sorry to admit but the last time I was in NO was in 1975!


            1. re: scotty27

              i like to walk ,too. new orleans is conveniently divided into neighborhoods. all of them offer great restaurants, from little cafes to big expensive places. bars with good snacks to po-boy joints. i read up on places at tom fitzmorris' site, check out and the twice yearly restaurant issues at weekly's site.). a recent walk in mid-town took us to lunch at liuzza's at the track, rendon inn, parkway po-boys, finn mccools pub and dinner at mandinas's.

          2. Try to block out some time to attend Jazz Fest. You will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of great food from New Orleans area restaurants