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Business trip: If you only had 2 ultimate meals in city—where would you go?

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I am going to be in New Orleans for business and have work and meetings lined up. I have 1 dinner and 1 lunch to myself and want to get the best meals possible. If you only had 2 meals in the city—where would you go? I am open to all areas and would just as happy being at a high-end restaurant than at a dively local place. I just want some great food that I can’t get where I am from. I have been reading about K-Paul, Emeril’s, Commander’s Palace and Domilise Po Boy.

Also, as a second question, I am staying at the W on Poydras Street and wanted to know if there is anything right around there that I can’t miss if I have a minute to run out.

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

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  1. If you want po boy's go to Johnny's in the FQ. It's much closer. I would go to Galatoire's and Clancy's if I had two meals in NOLA. I love Emeril's but Clancy's and Galatoire's have outstanding NOLA cuisine. Lil Dizzy's is near your hotel for lunch. The fried chicken and gumbo is outstanding. Go to Lucy's Bar for their 4/7 PM happy hour.

    Lil Dizzy's @ 610 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 212 - 5656.
    http://www.southerngumbotrail.com/baq...
    Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.
    http://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/ne...

    Bon Ton is close to your hotel also.

    Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.
    http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

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    1. re: Littleman

      Assuming "run out" means you'll hop a quick cab, I'd go to the Warehouse District for robust British fare at Feast, Spanish/seafood at RioMar, or a little further away but do-able, Mahony's on Magazine for a creative and well-crafted po boy.

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      Mahony's
      3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

    2. Bon Ton is not far away and would give you a shot of cajun-style stuff. L'il Dizzy's would be a ggod choice, too. Commander's is always popular although it does not have the "only in New Orleans" feel (for me) that Galatoire's has or even Clancy's

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

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

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      1. re: hazelhurst

        Agreed, Galatoire's is a very New Orleans experience. I think you'd enjoy K-Paul's, too.
        While it's a very different experience than Galatoire's it is definiately worth a try.

        Depending what day you are in town, keep in mind Galatoire's is closed Monday and only does lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and K-Pauls serves a "deli style" lunch only Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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

        1. re: FoodChic

          Just as a clarification, "lunch" at Galatoire's is a moveable term (or feast if you want to play that game). Open all day every day except Monday and Sunday opening is only half-hour later so lunch is do-able any ole time. Same menu, same prices.

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

          1. re: hazelhurst

            You are correct, hazelhurst. "Lunch" at Galatoire's is a very relative term.

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

      2. If I only had 2 meals, I definitely would not waste one on Domilise's. Commander's is much better for lunch than dinner. Galatoire's will give you a quintessential NOLA experience. You may find the food disappointing as some visitors just don't "get it". Emeril's is consistently good. Try the andouille crusted redfish. K-Paul's will also provide a taste of local flavor.

        Make a meal of appetizers at Brigtsen's. You'll sample much more this way. http://brigtsens.com/menu.html

        Patois' bistro fare has a local influence: http://patoisnola.com/dinner/ as does
        Herbsaint http://herbsaint.com/index.php?option...

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        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

        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130