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First time in New Orleans-Feb 19

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Going to New Orleans for the first time, staying in the french quarter. Would we need reservations made in advance for possibly the Red Fish Grill or Acme Oyster House?

By the way we are staying on Royal

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Acme doesn't do reservations- which is why there's often a line down the block to get seated.

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    1. re: noradeirdre

      Any casual restaurants in the french quarter that you could reccommend? I don't mind making reservations, were just looking for somewhere not super dressed up

      1. re: charlie2011

        Really, a collarded shirt will do just about anywhere. The Rib Room, Bayonna, GW Fins,Mr. B's, the Pelican Club are all nice restaurants that are in the quarter.

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

        1. re: CharlieH

          I think were looking for food more on the cheaper side but still a good casual restaurant. Pelican club looked good it was just a bit pricier than I hoped. Were going on a cruise the rest of the week and I'm trying to save some money for that.

          1. re: charlie2011

            Red Fish Grill would be fine then, its a little less expensive. Mr. B.'s is pretty affordable also, and Iris is close. You could try Sylvain, there is an article in today's paper about them, its a gastropub [a bar with good food]. And Meauxbar, I always forget about them. Its quite relaxed there. Don't know how long you are staying, but its hard to differentiate most restaurants in the City by price, They all tend to be in the low teens for apps and mid twenty's for mains.

            Red Fish Grill
            115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: charlie2011

              Pelican Club has insane early bird specials (according to the sandwich board out front) so that might be something to look into, assuming they do it year round. A wonderful, underrated restaurant.

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

      2. I am just a tourist and have to use CH to get restaurant recommendations also (actually, I am letting the hounds help me with an upcoming Mardi Gras trip, as we speak), but everytime I visit NO Port Of Call is a must for casual dining. Hands down the best burger and baked potato I have ever eaten!

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        1. re: ackisner

          on my last trip, we met a friend for drinks and music on frenchmen st.. while we were drinking at snug harbor, in the bar area, he ordered the hamburger with baked potato. he said it was just as good as port o' call and $2 cheaper. i didn't try it but i just thought that was interesting.

          1. re: califkatie

            They are owned by the same people, and use the same meat / recipe. Your friend must have very discerning taste buds!

        2. Fun night to be in the FQ: Krewe Du Vieux will be parading down Royal Street beginning at 6:30 PM.
          A place that should go easy on your wallet is Roux on Orleans in the Bourbon Orleans Hotel half a block off of Royal Street. Good food and moderate prices. Check out the web site and if it appeals to you, make a reservation. FQ will be packed that night. http://www.bourbonorleans.com/restaur...

          1. Try Original French Market Restaurant. Napoleon House is nice also.

            Original French Market Restaurant @ 1001 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 7879.
            Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.

            Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
            500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130