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Feb 1, 2011 10:40 AM

Any thoughts on my plan? Anything else?

Hello great wise minds of the New Orleans Chowhound board. (yes I am buttering you up -- but you do know far more than I do about New Orleans -- and I do appreciate the help.)

I am coming to your fair city for a conference in a little over a week (Yippee!) and my dinners are set. I am going to Upperline, Bayona, Mr. B's, and Cochon for dinner. I am doing Sunday brunch at Commander's Palace.

I really want to get a fried oyster po boy for lunch one day. The last time I was in New Orleans (16+ years ago) I went to the Acme Oyster Bar. I know some folks here say it is a tourist trap. Should I go there or is there another place to go instead? I won't have a car and I am staying at at the Hilton Riverside.

My coworker and I would like to hear some jazz and get a drink (or two). Are there places without cover charges that you could recommend? My coworker and I are on limited budgets. Our work per diem is $56 a day.

I am hoping to have time to wander the French Quarter, visit the French Market area and have fun.

Thanks for all your help!

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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  1. No quarrels with your dinner choices, other than to mention that Upperline's longtime chef left about 6 months ago, been replaced with a younger guy. Not saying good or bad, just pointing it out. Haven't been since the transition, but over the years Upperline has been a bedrock of Creole cooking, with a fun, art-filled dining room to boot. Jazz without a cover: Maison on Frenchmen has no cover for early sets, check to see what genre of music might be playing on the night you want to go. Further up Frenchmen Street, dba is a fun bar that has jazz playing often, at very cheap covers (under $10, close to 5-7 bucks). Or if you time it right, the Ogden Museum has music from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays, varying styles of music. For a guest fee you can view great art, catch some tunes and get drinks that are dirt cheap. Just a thought. Have fun!

    Upperline Restaurant
    1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

    3 Replies
    1. re: sanglier

      Try Casamentos (uptown) for an oyster loaf instead of Acme. Streetcar to Napoleon. Walk toward the river till you hit Magazine.Turn L, about 2 doors down. Miss Mae's on the corner for very cheap drinks. Best lunch values are fine dining restaurants. Emeril's: m-f $19.50/3 courses. August: m-f around $20/3 courses. Since you will be at the Hilton, try Dragos charbroiled oysters.

      Casamento's Restaurant
      4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

      Emeril's Restaurant
      800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: JazzyB

        You know JazzyB, I think it's high time we had lunch...

        1. re: JazzyB

          we went to ms. mae's last trip. we love it. we were shocked to see the prices had doubled! drinks are now $2 instead of $1. ha-ha. best part stoly rocks only $3.

      2. Dinners sound great. Since you're at the Hilton, Grand Isle isn't far from there for an oyster poboy, and if you are going to the Convention Center, nolagrocery is very convenient too, and has great poboys. On most if not all menus these days, oyster is the most expensive poboy, but worth it in my opinion.

        Grand Isle Restaurant
        575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130