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I am going with a friend to New Orleans May 25 (arriving 10:00 am) – May 30 (leaving 4:00 pm) and could really use some insider advice/guidance on my food itinerary. My friend will be attending a conference so for some lunches and breakfasts I will be alone. We really want to pack as much as we can into our short time in the city. Ideally, I would like to do three meals a day so that we can try as many restaurants as possible, and I love to walk. So, hopefully, we will work up an appetite. Our hotel is on Canal and Magazine. The following is the itinerary that I have so far:

Wed:
Breakfast/Lunch – Don’t know yet
Dinner – Brigsten’s (thought this would be a good NO intro)
Activities – French Quarter and Lafayette Park Concert Series (afternoon/early evening),
Preservation Hall and Carousel Bar (night)

Thurs –
Breakfast – Stanley’s
Lunch - August (followed the reviews saying lunch is a great value and experience)
Dinner - Emeril’s (my friend really wants to try this place)
Activities – Lafayette Cemetery and Garden District (morning)
City Park/Bayou/Esplanade (afternoon)
Vaughan’s (night)

Fri –
Breakfast - Café du Monde or some other quick bite
Lunch – Galatoire’s (downstairs – I really want to experience this, if we get there by 11:15 should we be able to get seated?)
Dinner – Can’t decide
Activities – St. Louis Cemetery (morning), French Quarter (afternoon), Snug Harbor and Frenchman Street (night)

Saturday:
Breakfast – Elizabeth’s
Lunch – Casamento’s or a po-boy somewhere
Dinner – Again, can’t decide
Activities – Whatever we feel like (morning and afternoon), Not sure about night (maybe Tipitina’s)

Sunday:
Brunch – Commander’s Palace
Snack - ???
Dinner – A lot is closed, I am trying to decide between Upperline, Stella, Luke, and Dante’s Kitchen
Activities – Magazine Street and Garden District (afternoon), Maple Leaf (night)

Monday:
Breakfast: Camelia Grill
Lunch: Mr. B’s

For Saturday and Sunday, I’m thinking about these restaurants (they all sound so good I can’t decide), but I would welcome any other suggestions:

Patois
Herbsaint
La Petite Grocery
Cochon
Bayona
Clancy’s
Jacque Imo’s
Upperline

I'm a little worried that we have focused on too many big name places and are losing out on some of the hidden gems/local favorites. Any thoughts???

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Tipitina's
501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

Preservation Hall
726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Friday, since you're staying in/very near the Quarter all day and are lunching at Galatoire's, you might want something lighter for supper in the course of your Frenchmen St. activities. Three Muses and Yuki Izakaya, both right on Frenchmen, have good food and music. There's also Adolpho's above the Apple Barrel. In the Quarter, Sylvain has good small plates and things to share.

    If you do decide to do Tipitina's on Saturday night, you could do a late-ish lunch at Casamento's (they close at 2:00), then wander Magazine St. in the afternoon and stay in that area for dinner. La Petite Grocery and Patois are very near Tipitina's; Upperline is about a mile so short cab or medium walk.

    Sunday, if you're going to the Maple Leaf, definitely go to Dante's Kitchen. It's very good and right nearby.

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    1. re: uptownlibrarian

      I have read that Three Muses is good. That's definitely a great idea for Friday. Between La Petite Grocery, Patois, and Upperline, which would you choose?

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      Upperline Restaurant
      1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

      La Petite Grocery
      4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Three Muses
      536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. re: jeannkate

          Would you choose Patois before Lilette and Herbsaint? What are your thoughts on Cochon?

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Lilette
          3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

      1. You will not get seated if you're at Galatoire's by 11:15, as it will be filling up for the first seating. I suggest getting there early...last time we tried we got there at 10:00 to get first seating and were S.O.L. Get a cup of coffee and get out there by 8:30 or 9:00 and then go rest up for lunch.

        Scratch La Petit Grocery from your maybe lis andt add Lilette for dinner Fri or Sat and Clancy 's for the other night.

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

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        1. re: FoodChic

          Would you do Lilette instead of Patois or Herbsaint? Also, what are your thoughts on Upperline or Dante's Kitchen for Sunday?

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          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Dante's Kitchen
          736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Lilette
          3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

          Upperline Restaurant
          1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

          1. re: jeannkate

            Upperline has a fairly new chef, and I've not read much about it since he started (maybe someone that has been there recently can chime in), but you won't go wrong with Dante's.

            Patois and Lilette are neck and neck IMO...You won't be unhappy with either.

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            Lilette
            3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

            Upperline Restaurant
            1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

        2. No specific recommendations, you've got a very good list. I agree about Galatoire's good food, but heavy. I've been to NOLA 4 times and have barely made a dent into the list I have similiar to yours. Very easy to get sidetracked...distracted by all the great music, noise, sazerac's, hurricane's etc. I hope you report back and let us know how many of these you got to and your thoughts. These aren't my pix in the link below (Galatoire's & few other places), but a link I saved from someone on TA and like to look at once in a while to remind myself of all the food & fun I'm going to have in November....

          http://www.roadfood.com/Digest/163/gu...

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