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Apr 13, 2011 09:46 AM

Casual Restaurants/Bars


A group of two couples will be arriving late afternoon Saturday and staying through Wednesday. Most of the recommendations I see on this board would be fine price-wise, but we don't want to get dressed up at all. We are pretty much shorts and tee shirts kind of folks. However, we do love great food and would like to experience a few of NOLA's great restaurants. Can you go to places like August at lunchtime in casual attire or is that complete lunacy?

Any help is appreciated. We need suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner at all price points. Also, if there is something great coming up we shouldn't miss during the dates of 4/6-4/20, please let me know.


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  1. There are around 1,100 restaurants in NOLA and most are casual but you shouild not wear shorts and T Shirts to August, Bayona, NOLA, Emeril's, Mr. B's, Bon Ton, Antoine's, Galatoire's, Irene's, Stella, Commander's Palace, Coquette and the restaurants in that category. Where are you staying. If you are staying in the FQ you can go to Acme, Felix's, Coop's, Johnny's, Daisy Dukes, Napoleon House and restaurants similar in that category with shorts and T Shirts.

    There are fine restaurants you should wear a nice pair of slacks or jeans and a polo but not shorts. You might see some people in shorts and flip flops but don't put yourself in that position. Here's a link to NOLA restaurants. You can tell from the list which ones require business casual dress.

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    1. re: Littleman

      What he said, follow the tourists.

      1. re: CharlieH

        I really was wondering if there are any local gems that aren't so formal. While we will be tourists, I would rather not wait in line at the so-called tourist traps if possible.

        Any neighborhood is fine and I notice I got the dates wrong above - 4/16 - 4/20. Thanks again!

        1. re: AckAck

          Don't know about t-shirts, but you could get away with polo shirts and shorts at Dick & Jenny's Uptown and at Mandina's Midcity.

          Mandina's Restaurant
          3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

          1. re: AckAck

            I tend to like the Old Coffee Pot. Always good food and service

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

      2. Liuzza's in mid city is casual and delicious and reachable by cab or Canal St. streetcar. Very reasonably priced, fantastic Gumbo & Poboys.
        August, Irene's, Coquette, Herbsaint, Commander's etc are not to be missed but you would feel real out of place not dressed up to some degree. It's a visual and dining event of a lifetime !
        You'll be able to spot the tourist traps as the places that have NO line. When I send my first time visiting friends, I always tell them to be patient, wait in line, because if there's no line, it's no good......
        Stanley on Jackson Square is good for breakfast. Coop's on Decatur for lunch, dinner; super divey but gooooood.

        Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
        3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. places i think you could slide by well fed...Jacque imo's, the Butcher (next to Cochon) the Country Club (be gay friendly!-I mean, really in general, but especially here) Crecent pie and sausage company, Liuzzas, maybe MAYBE Boucherie, the Joint, Coops...ahhhh...that should get you started...

          Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
          3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Country Club
          634 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

          8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

          1. I think the answer to your question depends upon your level of comfort with being dressed more casually than the majority of the folks. On our last visit to Coquette, at lunch, I wore a casual summer dress and my DH wore nice jeans and a dress shirt and we were comfortable. We sat next to a couple wearing t-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops at the bar, and they seemed comfortable as well.

            Folks *do* tend to dress a bit more formally in NOLA than in many tourist towns, and my husband wouldn't dream of coming to town without a jacket, but he dresses a bit more casually for lunch than for dinner. That said, I've seen folks in shorts at lunch in August, Lillette, I doubt if you'd be turned away from those establishments dressed in shorts. It's really a question of if you're comfortable. NOLA natives are friendly, but I find they are even friendlier when we dress appropriately--to their standards. If you're dressed more casually, you'll probably not notice any adverse reactions, but you may be dismissed as "just tourists" and not get the extra special attention we've come to love from NOLA restaurants.

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