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Lunch for 7 first friday of Jazz fest

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Hi NOLA hounds,

This will be the first meal of my third visit in two years to your fair city. This time around I am with a group of 7 people, between the ages of 25 and 60, celebrating my dad's 60th birthday from this Fri-Mon. We're going to one day of Jazzfest (it'll be the first time in N.O. for a few us, including the birthday boy, so they'll want to see as much as possible in their limited time, besides...I'm sticking around for the following week and another day the festival--so my personal music and food needs are not in any danger) and going to spend the rest of the time eating and drinking and walking about. I've already got Cochon reservations for Friday night (been twice before, have had varied service but great food) and figure we will try for a mid-afternoon lunch at Galatoire's on whatever day we are not at the festival.

It seems very important to me--as the effective guide to these folks--that our first meal in town should be more than merely utilitarian place holding for the feast at cochon later that night. Our flight lands at 11am, assuming 2.5 hours for getting downtown and checking in to the Monteleone; I figure people will have their minds set on hunger around 1.30-2pm. First meals in food centric cities are a difficult proposition--you don't want to go all out right away--and at the same time it can really start things off on the wrong or right foot if chosen well (or poorly). My impression is that for this first meal people will want to follow my lead (as the quasi-expert in the group) but they are also going to want something fast and casual (and maybe not too far from the quarter or Garden district--given that having sated their hunger they will want to get down to looking at some famous and beautiful stuff.) I was thinking Johnny's for Po-boys (I've never been--always ate my po-boys further afield) but wonder if anyone can think of something with a little more punch--given our timing, numbers and the aforementioned importance of the first culinary impression.

Hopping into a cab is not out of the question, nor is a sit-down meal, but I don't think reservations are wise when you are at the mercy of airlines and acts of God.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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  1. The airport is approx 15 miles give or take from downtown. An hour should cover you time wise. Reserve the garden room at Commander's for lunch. You can take the streetcar, get off at Washington Ave. Then walk a couple blocks toward the river. Can't miss the huge turquoise mansion. You will be in the garden district , just a short walk to Magazine as well. A great start for your visit.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      I'd go for that but I wouldn't think of it as "fast and casual"..otherwise I'd have sent them to Galatoire's right away. Plus, Cochon after any Big Meal is going to be a helluva job, don't you think?

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

    2. Within walking distance of the hotel Mr. B's, Pelican Club, Iris, NOLA. Bayona. Check for hours as some of the lunches are 11-3.

      Some maybe's but can be more iffy: Felix's, Murial's, Red Fish Grill. However, I'd put Felix's with Johnny's po-boys for a preferred casual sit down.

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      Bayona
      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

      Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
      312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Red Fish Grill
      115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: collardman

          I'd be very tempted to go to Mr. B's. The proximity is ideal, and depending on where the folks are flying in from, plus what they might/might not have been fed, should fit the bill. I'd definitely call ahead, for wherever.

          I keep hearing good things about Red Fish Grill, but have never dined there. Again, close.

          For the travel time, provided that the airline does not loose anyone's luggage, the trip to the FQ should be no more than 1 hour, and especially at that time of day. Even if one drove River Road to St. Charles, and then into the FQ, should not be too long.

          Most of all, enjoy,

          Hunt

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          Red Fish Grill
          115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130