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Mar 3, 2011 02:33 PM

Dining New Orleans - need recommendations

I've been reading lots of other posts and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. While I've been to New Orleans several times before, I haven't been since Katrina and I'm not sure the places I knew before are the same...

We are staying in the French Quarter (Royal Sonesta) thanks to my conference and its great hotel rates! I need to show my fiance the real, delicious New Orleans and I need a suggestion for a good, inexpensive place for breakfast/coffee, a similar inexpensive/authentic place for dinner (with lots of seafood), and the best, place for brunch on Sunday - price is not an issue, but we'd prefer someplace we can go in jeans.

In all cases, we appreciate suggestions in walking distance of the hotel. We are able to walk - so that doesn't have to be next door. Also, we want authenthic local food!

Thanks for any suggestions you can provide!

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  1. Dinner in the FQ: Acme, Felix, K-Paul's and a step outside, Bon Ton. That's should be a decent spread of choices with decent costs. I'm sure others will put up their favorites

    You can get into most of the good brunch places in jeans as long as your tops are a bit dressy, i.e., not t-shirts and other advertisements.

    Bon Ton Cafe
    401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. For the seafood, I recommend G W Fins. That is their specialty.

      I would give my normal breakfast recs., Stanley! and Original Coffee Pot, but many here feel they are both too pricey.

      Now, there are many inexpensive food in NOLA, that i great, but have to admit that I normally head for the fine-dining options, since I left town in 1980. Others will have many great recs. for you.



      Coffee Pot Restaurant
      714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Wow! Was I that deeply into "wine-thirty" with the post above?

        Note to self: don't talk about food, when you have had THAT much wine. The post hardly makes sense to me, and the grammar is atrocious! Sorry for that gals and guys. Besides Spell-check, it seems that I also need a Grammar-Check, and one pass for capitalization.



        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Bill - What would be your brunch recommendation - fine dining is fine for that. I just need to make sure we can wear jeans.

          1. re: hikergirl

            Virtually any of the hotels will do..noe of them gives a damn anymore about apparel.

            1. re: hikergirl

              I do not know if Ralph's on the Park (no in the FQ, so travel will be needed) has a dress code. However, most of the diners on Sunday have slacks and collared shirts, with some jackets scattered about, and the ladies are usually in skirts, pants suits, or dresses. Do not recall jeans, but then I was not paying that close attention.

              I do agree that most hotels in the FQ will have brunches of various levels and descriptions, and as they cater directly to tourists, probably have zero issues with jeans.

              In the recent past, I have only done the Royal Orleans, and it was for a special brunch, so probably does not count.

              Wish that I had some great and specific suggestions, but I have to admit that I always wear my blazers, or suits, and only debate tie, or no tie.



          2. Camellia Grill on Decatur is fun for breakfast. I second Acme, Felix's and also suggest Coop's on Decatur. Original French Market Restaurant on Decatur serves good seafood too. Or take the streetcar to Mandin's on Canal. Daisy Duke's has a reasonable breakfast also.

            Original French Market Restaurant
            1001 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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            1. re: Littleman


              I've not done CG, in either location, since the changes in ownership. How does the Decaur St. location compare to the original Carrollton restaurant?



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Camellia Grill not on Decatur - it's on the corner of Chartres and Toulouse. I've only been once, it was exactly the same as the original.

                For seafood in the Quarter, I'd also recommend Redfish Grill. We had a great meal there last weekend n

                Camellia Grill
                626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                1. re: expatorleanian

                  Thanks for that clarification.

                  I've heard some good recs. for Redfish (isn't that one of the Ralph Brennan restaurants?), but have not dined there.



              2. re: Littleman

                Daisy Duke's is pretty good for breakfast. Would also give the Redfish Grill as a suggestion for dinner.

                Daisy Dukes Restaurant
                121 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

              3. All of you need spellcheck! Kidding, I love you guys. For breakfast you must do Cafe DuMonde, for dinner we like Redfish Grill. Brunch is great at Green Goddess, and it's not expensive.

                Green Goddess
                307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. Down to basics local breakfast is Mother's. Your hotel can tell you where it is. Been there for years and was great when we were there 3 years ago!