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Marathon and V-Day Weekend Help Please

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My girlfriend and I are heading to New Orleans next weekend for the marathon and valentine's day. We were hoping to get some advice. We want to try to avoid tourist traps for sure. Money is not an issue. We are looking for some place special on Friday night. Someplace very New Orleans. Doesn't have to be 'fancy'. Saturday brunch we have no idea. We will play that by ear. Saturday dinner will be relaxed since the race is the next morning. Based on a friend's rec we were thinking of a drink at the columns hotel and then dinner at La Crepe Nanou. Sunday post-race brunch we want to eat somewhere greasy and delicious and very very casual (we will still have our running gear on). The race shuttle will drop us off at Payodras and St Charles so someplace near there. Sunday night we are going out with a friend who lives there so we are in her capable hands. Monday lunch/brunch will be our valentine's day celebration so someplace romantic and special.

These are just a few of the restaurants that have caught my eye searching through these boards but we are open to others. To be honest the choices are a bit overwhelming. Everything sounds so good!
Cochon
Herbsaint
Green Goddess
Boucherie
Galatoire's

Oh, my girlfriend does not eat meat but it seems like she will have good choices at most places. Any and all advice is much appreciated!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. Friday night for something special I would suggest Galatoire's. If you get in the GD or Uptown I suggest Coquette, Patois or Clancy's. Boucerie would be nice also.

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

    1. Monday lunch: Commander's in the garden room (always fun, 25 cent martinis) or August (more sedate, romantic). Herbsaint and Galatoire's are by far the best on your list. Galatoire's is quinessential, old school New Orleans. Herbsaint is just plain delicious.

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

      Herbsaint
      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: JazzyB

        how long would the wait at Galatoire's be on a Friday night? Would it be less busy for a late brunch on Saturday?

        Any thoughts on Le Crepe Nanou? Is there someplace else close to the Columns Hotel or Nanou that you prefer?

        I think Herbsaint is a definite on our list at this point.

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        Columns Hotel
        3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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

        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: propjoe

          There shouldn't be a problem Friday Night. Nanou is good. Very popular among the locals. Been there forever. Simple french food. Upperline is very near, more of Louisiana based cuisine, One thing to realize is that Uptown New Orleans is quite small and choosing a restaurant based on the fact that it is few blocks closer to something doesn't make much sense. Unless you are walking I suppose. Other considerations would be, all Uptown or in the Garden District, Coquette, Patois, Martinique, Lillette, Clancys, Le Petite Grocery, and probably some others I have forgotten. All very good. If you have a question about one or the other, just ask.

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          Upperline Restaurant
          1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

          1. re: CharlieH

            We are going to do Herbsaint and August for Friday dinner and Monday lunch. We aren't sure which we'll do for which day. Do you think August might be a better V Day place?

            Will do Nanou or a place nearby on Saturday. Will look at the other places you suggested, thank you.

            Any ideas for something tasty and very casual for post-race relatively close to Payodras and St Charles? Brunch, Po Boys, whatever. We'll still be in our running gear.

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            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: propjoe

              August for lunch (m-f) is THE bargain in town. 3 courses, $20.11 I strongly suggest Commander's lunch in the garden room as well. So much fun!