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Our Itinerary for 1st weekend of JazzFest

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I, like many others currently reading/posting on these forums, will be visiting NOLA for the first time to attend JazzFest and being a food blogger and such I've devoted a lot of time and effort into researching our itinerary. Here's what I have so far, you're more than welcome to comment/criticize. Actually, I would encourage it. Thank you!

Thursday (flight arrives midday, staying in CBD)

7pm Dinner at August

Friday

11:30 Lunch at Mr B's
12:30 Plantation Tour
8pm Dinner at either Emeril's or Brigtsen's (I'm honestly not sure if we'll feel like travelling all the way out to Brigtsen's after a 4 hour plantation tour)

Saturday

Attending JazzFest and will most certainly gorge oursevles on all of the Fest eats. No meals planned. Geeking out about seeing Bon Jovi.

Sunday

Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace
(Not really sure how to spend the non-food portion of this day, it being our last full day in NOLA. Might check out some bars...)
Dinner will probably be po boys at Parkway (is it worth the taxi ride all the way out there or is there an easier way to get out there late on a Sunday?)
Dessert at Brocato Angelo if we have the stomach space for it.

Monday

Early breakfast at Stanley (might skip this depending on how hungry we are)
Lunch at Emeril's (if we went to Brigtsen's Friday) or Cochon/Cochon Butcher.
Flight departure late afternoon.

Soo... what do you think?

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

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

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. Highly, highly recommend Brigtsen's over Emeril's.

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    1. re: Blumie

      The funny thing is, the dish I was most looking forward to trying at Emeril's was the Abita braised bacon "salad" and that appears to no longer be on the menu. Can anyone confirm/deny this?

      That banana creme pie, though... It stole my heart when I first laid my eyes upon it.

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

      1. re: Blumie

        2nd that emotion! Cannot imagine a trip to NO without a visit to Brigtsen's.

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        Brigtsen's Restaurant
        723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

      2. Brigtsen's is not "all the way out there". About 10 min. ride from FQ. You will need to make resv. soon, where ever you plan to dine. Normally you could take the Canal streetcar, get off at Orleans, then walk a few blocks to Parkway. This might be a problem (depending on the time) since many take the streetcar (getting off at City Park) then walk to JF. Skip Stanley and make it an early lunch at Emeril's. There will be traffic getting to MSY late afternoon.

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

        Brigtsen's Restaurant
        723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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        1. re: JazzyB

          Thanks for the tips/suggestions. All of these reservations have already been made.

          1. re: JazzyB

            Jazzy...........Do you get off Canal steetcar at Orleans to get to Parkway. I thought you got off at Jefferson Parkway and walked 4 blocks to PB. Orleans is on the E side of PB.

          2. No dinner Saturday, Sunday dinner is Parkway? No Sunday dinner. Are you fasting? One day at the fest? Why are you coming.

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            1. re: CharlieH

              Yea, you right, lol. Still, I'd hate to be a visitor doing a whole day at JF, then needing to clean up and fit in a fine dining meal. About all we manage is a walk across the street to Lolas. One day at JF, still lol.

              1. re: JazzyB

                We make 9pm dinner reservations on JazzFest nights. Gives us time to get home, clean up, rest for five minues, then head back out!

                1. re: Blumie

                  I can dine out here anytime. After a day in the blazing sun, with too much to eat and too many cocktails, I do the close and easy thing...walk over to Lola's or grab a pizza at Venezia, then head home and do it all over again the next day.

                  1. re: JazzyB

                    What are you doing at night? Sleeping? The best part of Fest is going to the clubs at night!

              2. re: CharlieH

                No dinner Saturday should be obvious. Have you been to JF? I'm going there to eat, the music is just bonus.

                How is a gargantuan po boy and ice cream not considered dinner on Sunday?

                I'm only going to JF one day because I've never been to the city and want to spend the other days exploring what NOLA has to offer. I'd actually prefer to visit the city on a non-jazz fest weekend, but the trip is with a big group my mother is organizing.

                1. re: sixteenbiticon

                  I say go to dick and Jenny's one night since it's quirky and casual. I'm a huge fan of the tasso savory cheese cake. It's one of my favorite dishes in new orleans. I too would go to brightsens.

                  1. re: starfruit

                    It's been trying to find a decent place to go Sunday. I wanted to check out Dick & Jenny's as well, but it won't be open.

                    Thank you to everyone who've given their support in recommending Brigtsen's. We're definitely going there on Friday night. Aside from the tasting menu at August, it's probably the meal I am most looking forward to!

                    As for what we plan on doing after JF, I just didn't want to set anything in stone since I have no idea how we'll be feeling after spending all day at the Fest. If we're still in the mood to go out I think I'd like to hit up Bar Uncommon since it's walking distance from our hotel, and I've read nothing but great things about Chris McMillian.

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                    Brigtsen's Restaurant
                    723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                    Dick & Jenny's
                    4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                    1. re: sixteenbiticon

                      re: Brigsten's, rkmla posted a review (3/5/11) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761591

                      I prefer Emeril's. They consistently deliver excellent food and service. Each entree is a well composed plate, accompanied by sides chosen to complement. Brigsten's tends to use the same mashed potatoes/sauteed veggies on most plates. Should you choose Emeril's, first timers should not miss the "Emeril's Originals." They are dishes that are simply to good to take off the menu.

                      FWIW, Emeril's is lively and fun. I find Brigsten's somewhat depressing.

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

                      1. re: JazzyB

                        Chances are we'll be doing Emeril's for lunch Monday before we leave. I must have that Banana Creme Pie... http://www.flickr.com/photos/sazerac/...

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

                        1. re: sixteenbiticon

                          Portions at Emeril's are huge. There have been times when we had to order the banana cream pie "to go" b/c we were too full for dessert. Darian's chicken and waffles are one of my favorites on the lunch menu.

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

                        2. re: JazzyB

                          I so prefer Brigtsen's over Emeril's. In addition to much preferring the food at Brigtsen's, I find Emeril's to be a too large, too polished, too un-New Orleans kinda place, while Brigtsen's is, IMHO, as local as one can get; I love the atmosphere there.

                          Mind you, I won't turn down a meal at Emeril's -- I like it just fine -- but given the choice I'd go to Brigtsen's every time.

                          Of course there is no right answer here. The differences between JazzyB and me are, I believe, a function of how very different these two restaurants are, and we clearly have different desires in what we're looking for in a restaurant. If the OP can go to both, that would be great!

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

                          Brigtsen's Restaurant
                          723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                2. Your itinerary sounds an awful lot like mine, also for the 1st week at Jazz Fest, down to the 7 pm reservations on Thursday at August.

                  I went to Brightsen's last time I was in town so will be doing Emeril's this time. I'm not sure which I would recommend over the other. My overall best meal was at Brightsen's, but sometimes I think the kitchen gets a little overwhelmed which can be reflected in the food. Emeril's has always been very consistent. But of course at Brightsen's, you can always walk over to Maple Leaf after.

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

                  1. is this your first time to new orleans? or your first time to jazz fest? i am a little confused. i wonder because why are you using one of only three days to go on a plantation tour? is it something everyone has always wanted to do?

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                    1. re: califkatie

                      I said in my original post that it was my first time visiting New Orleans. The plantation tour seemed like an interesting thing to do, I don't really have any specific reason other than wanting to experience some of the New Orlean culture...

                      1. re: sixteenbiticon

                        You'll experience considerably more culture at JF, a night on Frenchmen ,or an afternoon on Magazine St. IMO, plantation tours are for when you have too much time on your hands. Nothing to do, go to City Park http://neworleanscitypark.com/. I'm betting you'll go back for another day of JF. Be sure to bring a chair, sunscreen, comfortable shoes/flip flops and a hat.

                        Be sure to ride the streetcar up St. Charles.

                        A private carriage ride through the quarter (bring your favorite libation, driver will stop for refills) is also enjoyable.

                        1. re: JazzyB

                          based on my last jazz fest experience, also bring an umbrella, rain hat, poncho, and shoes you could wear "river rafting".

                          1. re: JazzyB

                            Plantation tours can be interesting and I know out-of-towners that take a plantaion tour and do Frenchmen Street. Jazz Fest time is also a good time to take a swamp tour. So many things are in bloom, the critters are coming out, and you don't get baked and bolied like an August tour.

                            Other than watching people, the sculpture garden ans City Park is the best free show in town, and there are some good restaurants in the area. You can catch the sculpture garden, lunch on Esplanade, and hit JF all withing a few blocks.

                            1. re: collardman

                              You are quite right although as Jazzy suggests it is a question of profitability of time spent. Your swamp tour idea is an excellent suggestion and, speaking (foodwise) as one who has been the subject of many an insect banquet, I remark that one should be sure to (as Jazzy recommends) bring SUNSCREEN, preferably the kind with bug repellent in it. I was at the Lao New Year show last week and while the bugs were not bad, it was getting pretty damn hot out there so I had my SPF 100 and felt might righteous about defeating Ol' Sol while chowing on grilled pork and other Lao goodies.

                      2. Emeri's and Brigtsen's are two opposite restaurants. You would really enjoy Emeril's. It's in a great location with a lot of atmosphere. Brigtsen's is a great restaurant but it's a long ways from the FQ and does not compare in quality IMO. Good luck.

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                        1. re: Littleman

                          Some of us think that Brigtsen's doesn't compare in quality with Emeril's because Brigtsen's quality is so much higher!!!

                          1. re: Blumie

                            I disagree. While you may prefer the preparations at Brigtsen's there is no question that both use high quality, fresh ingredients.

                            IMO, Brigtsen's is stale. Same old, same old. Plating most entrees with mashed potatoes/veggies is far from creative. It is backslidingly lazy. It's likely none of this will matter to a first time diner.

                            Apples/oranges. You will get a good meal at either.

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

                            Brigtsen's Restaurant
                            723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                            1. re: JazzyB

                              Welp I've made a few changes to my itinerary. Considering that my mother really wanted to go to an Emeril's institution and I'm liking the dinner menu better than the lunch, it looks like we'll be going to Emeril's Friday night.

                              I'm planning on heading over to Parkway after JF on Saturday to sample their fine po boys (Surf n Turf for sure).

                              That frees up Sunday night and since I'll already have a jacket with me (for August) I've decided to check out Galatoire's for dinner Sunday. I'm pretty excited I just hope we're not too inhebriated after bar hopping in the afternoon.

                              Also, after much resistance I've decided to concede my last meal in town (Monday lunch) to Cochon. As I don't really see too much on that menu that capture my eye (and my belly) I can't ignore all of the great reviews of the joint and look forward to dining semi-outside of my comfort zone.

                              Thoughts? Sometimes you just have to take a shot and hope for the best. Thanks for all the words whether encouraging or discouraging. :)

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                              Cochon
                              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

                              1. re: sixteenbiticon

                                Might want to reconsider that surf n' turf. Fried shrimp become mush in the rb gravy.

                                1. re: JazzyB

                                  An alternate option would be that my wife and I order a fried shrimp and roast beef, respectively, and split them. That may be the better option. Thank you for the heads up.

                                  1. re: sixteenbiticon

                                    Two whole poboys is a lot of food. I always order a 1/2. Unlike most , I never get my poboys dressed (iceberg, tomato, usually flavorless unless creoles are in season, pickles, mayo). I find hot gravy (or fried seafood)with shredded lettuce unappealing sog. I get fried seafood with butter/pickles then add Crystal.

                                2. re: sixteenbiticon

                                  i'm liking your itinerary better. since you are out there already it makes sense to just head over to parkway, though it might be real crowded. i definitely agree with galatoires on sunday night. cochon is one of my favorites. went there three times one trip. and i do like emerils. these are all different places, so that's good, you are not repeating yourself.

                                  1. re: sixteenbiticon

                                    I sigh at my own indecisiveness. I put a lot of weight in the opinions/reports of the posters here on CH as they've lead to some very memorable meals for my wife and I.

                                    This is it folks. The reason I avoided doing this earlier is Sunday is going to be pure gluttony to the extreme. But this was the best way to fit in everything I wanted to do. After researching Galatoire's a little more I realized it just wasn't the kind of place for us, especially since we'd most likely be plastered after spending the afternoon bar hopping. So here is the last final itinerary and I swear not to make another change or reservation!!

                                    Thursday Dinner: August
                                    Friday Lunch: Mr. B's / Dinner: Brigtsen's
                                    Saturday: JF eats / Dinner: Parkway.
                                    Sunday: Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace / Bar-hopping afternoon / Dinner: Emeril's
                                    Monday: Lunch: Cochon / Snack: Cafe du Monde

                                    That's it. Thanks for your help. I think I lost more than a few hairs coming up with this schedule. Lets hope my work and your suggestions pay off!

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                                    Cochon
                                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

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

                                    Brigtsen's Restaurant
                                    723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                  2. re: JazzyB

                                    Although I love Brightsen's, I must agree with the same mashed potato/veggie combination that comes with every dish...

                              2. As I'm prone to do I've ping-ponged all over my itinerary. But since we leave tomorrow (YAY!) there's really no time left to be indecisive. As I'm sure these next 24 hours will be the longest of my life, I've decided to once again present you with my final (this time for real) itinerary to kill some time on a very slow work day.

                                Flight arrives just before 5pm Thursday. Taking the nifty $2 bus from the airport to a few blocks from our hotel. I think we'll have the perfect amount of time to check in and freshen up for our dinner at August at 7pm.

                                Friday: We canned the plantation tour idea in favor of bar-hopping. Breakfast will be coffee/juice at Surrey's since it's a short walk from our hotel. Lunch is still 11:30 at Mr. B's. Hit a few bars (Carousel Bar, Bar Uncommon, French 75 Bar) at this point before hailing a cab out to the 2pm free tour of NOLA Brewery. Take a cab back and hit Cochon Butcher for a snack (or more). Hit a few more bars (Tropical Isle, Lafitte's, maybe a few others...) and meet up with my mother and her friends. A late 9:30 res at Patois caps off the evening nicely.

                                Saturday: Jazz Fest. I have a map/food list all highlighted and ready to go. Right out of the gate I'm heading straight for Prejean's Gumbo and a Cochon de Lait Po'boy. After that our options are seemingly endless... I definitely forsee a Crawfish Strudel somewhere in there. A post-fest dinner will be at Parkway, no matter how busy they are.

                                Sunday: Commander's Palace jazz brunch at 11am. Walking tour of the garden district followed by shopping along magazine. Maybe a bar or two if we have the time/need. Dinner with my mother at Emeril's at 7:30.

                                Monday: Full on breakfast at Surrey's if we liked the place on Friday. If not we might check out Camellia FQ. A noon-time lunch at Herbsaint. Pick up a muffaletta from Cochon Butcher on our way back to the airport. Also hope we can stop by Creole Creamery for a quick dessert before we head back home.

                                Damn, that's a lot of eating/drinking. I'll be doing full detailed reviews on my blog, which can be found in my profile. Wish me luck!

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                                Cochon
                                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

                                Herbsaint
                                701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                Cochon Butcher
                                930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                Creole Creamery
                                4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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                                1. re: sixteenbiticon

                                  This all sounds great, except for two things that stand out to me: the muffaletta at Cochon Butcher isn't the best, in my opinion. Their olive salad has a sweetness to it that is off putting to me and not in line with a traditional olive salad flavor. It's almost like a sweet relish.

                                  And second, if the $2 airport bus that you're talking about is the public transportation one that I'm thinking of, you might be cutting it close with only 2 hours between your arrival and your dinner reservation. I say this as a daily rider of city buses - they run slow a lot of the time, especially at rush hour, and that's a pretty long bus ride. If there's any way you can either push back your reservation or take a cab/shuttle instead, you should do so just to have a better buffer.

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                                  Cochon Butcher
                                  930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                    My original plan was to get one from Central Grocery but they're closed on Mondays. Any suggestions for a better one? Napoleon House?

                                    And thank you very much for some insider info on what to expect of the bus system. I'll keep a keen eye on my watch and make the decision after we get our luggage. I'll also have August on my speed dial so if I need to push back our res, hopefully I can.

                                    Thanks again!

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

                                    1. re: sixteenbiticon

                                      Frank's, which is just a door or two down from Central Grocery, has a muffaletta that to me tastes exactly like CG and costs the same ($14). I harbor a conspiracy theory that the two restaurants actually share a muffaletta commissary somewhere between them. However the restaurant itself is weird, so just get your sandwich to go and try to ignore the 30 year old plastic tablecloths and bickering waitstaff. Frank's is open on Monday but call to check just in case.

                                      I love Cochon Butcher though and I hate to discourage you from going there. You might think the olive salad is great, maybe I just got a bad batch or two. Their meats are excellent.

                                      1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                        Thanks, I'll out Frank's. Bummer thing is I just checked our flight and it's been delayed 40 minutes due to this storm running up the east coast. I'm going to call August when they open and see if they can push back my res an hour. Being that they're a very fine restaurant, I hope they can accommodate me. I PRAY they can, otherwise we'll be getting jambalaya at Coop's haha.

                                        1. re: sixteenbiticon

                                          I think you will find that New Orleans "rolls with the punch" better than anywhere else. You should be fine.

                                  2. re: sixteenbiticon

                                    If you can squeeze some music in among your eating at JazzFest, I highly (highly) recommend that you focus more on the local acts than on the big national acts. Among my recommendations for Saturday at the Fest: Shannon McNally, the Dixie Cups, the Hot 8 Brass Band, the Pine Leaf Boys, John Boutte, and (an absolute must, imho) Terrance Simien.

                                    1. re: Blumie

                                      Thanks for the recommendations! I highlighted them all on our schedule. My plan was to just mosey around and listen to whatever sounded good or looked entertaining, but it'll be nice to have something to go off of. Thanks again.

                                    2. re: sixteenbiticon

                                      As a non-resident who has had a long term love affair with this great city, I say don't over analyze too much. You have picked some great places and are going at a great time of year. I have eaten at most of the places you have on your list or have considered and they are all excellent. Sure some are better than others (in some peoples view anyway), but the fact is you will likely find something to love about all of them. You didn't say how far you were coming, but Jazz Fest is an annual event, don't worry if you can't fit eveything in this year, come back and try the other places. I come from VA every year and try not to repeat restaurants if possible because there are just so many that I haven't been to yet.

                                    3. Whatever you decide, PLEASE be sure and cancel any reservations you do not intend to use. Every restaurant will have a waiting list of people begging for a spot and no seat should go empty. Thanks.

                                      FWIW - The vegetables and mashed potatoes at Brigtsen's are delicious.

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                                      Brigtsen's Restaurant
                                      723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                                      1. re: whatisagrit

                                        The only reservations I have are the ones I plan on acting upon. If we're having too much of a good time (read:too drunk) to make it out to Patois I'll be sure to make the decision with ample time for them to make use of our seats.

                                      2. Awesome trip. I'm extremely jealous that NOLA locals have all of that great food readily available to them!

                                        Favorite restaurant and overall dish was at Mr. B's. That barbecue shrimp was so good we went twice. The bread they serve with that dish is some of the fluffiest bread I've ever tasted.

                                        A close runner up to favorite restaurant was Commander's Palace. A truly decadent and one-of-a-kind experience at Jazz Brunch. Their barbecue sauce is amazing, but their turtle soup was trumped by a variation we had at a cooking demo at Jazz Fest.

                                        August was great. The foie gras appetizer featured a preparation that was the best iteration I've ever had and the brioche that is served with it is a bread of the gods. The gnocchi was a little underwhelming (where's the truffle?) and my lamb entree was good. The desserts were what really blew us away. And finally, the praline in the petit fours was simply magical. No other praline we tried even came close.

                                        For drinks my favorites were a Blue Train and a Mint Julep made by Chris McMillian at Bar UnCommon and a Pisco Sour by Marvin at Carousel Bar. It'll be tough to order cocktails anywhere else after experiencing these amazing concoctions.

                                        Our favorite dishes at JazzFest were the Crawfish Monica and the White Chocolate Bread Pudding. It is very, very crucial to add the provided hot sauce packets to the Monica. It really made the dish. 3 packets for the large portion added the perfect spike of saltiness and heat. The crab stuffed artichoke we watched Susan Spicer prepare was also fantastic. The tomato vinaigrette she made for it was one of the best things I tasted all weekend.

                                        Po'boys at Parkway were good, not great. Thankfully I peeled the paper off of my roast beef with gravy like a banana or else it would've completely disintegrated. It had a strong beefy flavor and the shreds of meat were thick and succulent. Zapps chips are seriously overrated.

                                        Out of the 4 iterations of bread pudding our favorite was the White Chocolate Buttermilk Biscuit Bread Pudding we had at the Swizzle Stick Bar. The White Chocolate Breading Pudding at Jazz Fest was a very very close second.

                                        Even though I went in with an open mind, we both felt that Emeril's was the only restaurant that was slightly disappointing. While the water service was great, the servers were all joyless and curt. All of the flavors tasted muted, but that may have been due to the fact that everything else we ate was so great. The Sazerac I was served was an insult to mixologists everywhere. That bartender should be ashamed of himself.

                                        The flavors at Creole Creamery were great. My favorites were the Peanut Butter Fudge Pie, Steen's Molasses Oatmeal Cookie, and Smoky Salty Chocolate Almond.

                                        And finally, the free tour of NOLA Brewery turned out to be one of the most fun activities of the trip. The crew there are all very cool and easy to talk to and they encourage you to fill your pint glass as much as you want. We walked away with a pretty serious buzz and two pint glasses and two t-shirts. They half-tempted me to drop everything and move to NOLA after they said I could have a job there!

                                        A full detailed report with pictures will be available on my blog in the coming weeks.

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

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

                                        Creole Creamery
                                        4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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                                        1. re: sixteenbiticon

                                          wow, i think thats the first time ive seen somebody enjoy August's desserts over the rest. i usually find them on the weak side of the meal.

                                          1. re: kibbles

                                            I was very surprised too. The crunchy layers of nougatine in the napoleon were a texture I'd never quite experienced in a dessert. Our other dessert was from the tasting menu: a strawberry streusel cake with meyer lemon curd, rhubarb, and buttermilk ice cream. I think what really did it for us was the combinations of flavors from both desserts. We kept passing the dishes back and forth between us.

                                            My lamb was good, but the saddle itself was the gamiest piece of meat I've ever eaten. By far. And I usually love gaminess, but this was just a touch over the line. I wish my piece of lamb belly (the item that caused me to order the dish over the duckling) was crispy fried, and I would've much preferred it without the breading. Honestly my favorite thing on the plate was the baby turnips, they were truly wonderful.

                                            My overall favorite bites of the meal were my foie gras and the little praline. But the desserts were definitely no slouch either.

                                        2. Thanks for your original post and follow up. I am heading down there tomorrow and thanks to a friend who has been before have a few reservations but looking for a spot to hit up for lunch on Thursday.

                                          So excited for my first trip but a little worried about the heat...

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                                          1. re: ylsf

                                            Mr. B's for BBQ Shrimp and Duck Springrolls (not to mention the $1.50 Bloody Marys, make sure to ask for a bottle of Crystal to spice them up!) and then head across the street to the Carousel Bar for a Pisco Sour. Trust me, it was an amazing way to spend lunch.

                                            1. re: sixteenbiticon

                                              Thanks. I am actually going to Mr. Bs for dinner another night. So, I am going to think of a spot for lunch still. I am getting in around noon local time but since I am not in a hurry and wouldn't mind seeing the scenes pass by on the bus, I am going to take the E2 bus down to the Superdome and then switch buses there or walk to the Intercontinental. Any spots worthy of a lunch stop on the way to the Intercontinental? I have been advised by a few people to "be safe/careful" etc and I am starting to wonder if this is about getting drunk/rowdy or about walking the streets because I saw in another thread about Willie Maes and it recommended for people to take cabs to it/etc. I am used to travelling in places and exploring the various local neighbourhoods but since I haven't researched as much this time around I am wondering if I should just stick to the main areas....

                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                There's not really anything noteworthy to eat between the Superdome and the Intercontinental, but it's an easy walk. It's a straight shot 8 or 10 blocks down Poydras between the two and it's perfectly safe. By the time you get there and check in, you'll be poised to take advantage of some of the happy hour specials in the neighborhood. I recommend Luke in the Hilton for cheap oysters and cocktails, or Domenica in the Roosevelt for 1/2 price pizzas and cocktails.

                                                Are you actually planning to go to Willie Mae's, or are you using it as an example of a place in a possibly bad neighborhood?

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                                                Domenica
                                                123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                  that stretch is in the midst of the Central Business District (CBD). ive never thought twice about walking anywhere in it, day or evening. there are a few restaurants on Poydras and more on the way. newly arrived is Ste Marie, a trendy place with nice apps (have not tried mains). It's 930 Poydras, ground floor.

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                                                  Ste. Marie
                                                  930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70113

                                              2. re: ylsf

                                                Oddly enough, the weather right now is spectacular. We had humid/hot (ish) a few days ago and now it is clear and pleasant. You will be fine.