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askias May 17, 2011 07:35 AM

We're coming into NO on Thursday night and staying in the French Quarter. My original thought was to get dinner at Mandina's, but now I think that would be better on Friday night. So I'm looking for a place in the Quarter we could preferably walk to, we're staying at Iberville and Dauphine. We have a 4 year old and my mother in law with us, so I feel like fancy places like Galatoire's are out, but I need a place that adults will be happy as well. I thought briefly about Luke's, but we'd have to get back in the car to get over there and I'm trying to avoid that.

Appreciate any suggestions, thanks!

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

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

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    askias May 24, 2011 08:47 AM

    We just got back from New Orleans and I thought I would update the post with some useful data points. We did go to Luke's on Thursday night and it was great. They were more than willing to go "off menu" for our daughter, and make up a kid's plate of fried shrimp and fries. They also offered up chicken tenders. I had the burger which was quite tasty along with the gumbo which had a nice dark and flavorful roux. Wife had stuffed shrimp I think. It's really loud in there, but I actually think that's a good thing with a kid because they can be loud too and no one hears a thing or is disturbed by it. Highly reccomended both with and without kids.

    We did Cochon for lunch the next day which wasn't as easy. Although there were kids there, you really need to scrutinize the menu before you go, or be willing to order a variety of things and hope your child likes some of them. As my wife said while looking at the menu, "we may eat well, but our kid is going to end up with a lucky dog." Fortunately, my wife ordered the fish which was outstanding, and after watching her take a few bites, my daughter decided to join in as well. So it worked out. I had the brisket which was good, but I would definitely order the fish if I went back. Ok with the kid, but probably better without.

    We got lunch at Domilise's the next day which was solid. Not much to say here, they are a good, casual po-boy shop, so no kid issues. We were supposed to go to Mandina's for dinner, but there was a 45 minute wait as the combo of the Rotary convention, the microbiologists and general New Orleanians eating out led to some massive wait times around town. We called Jacque-Imo's as well and it was like 90 minutes.

    So we ended up getting po-boys again for dinner at Mahony's the po-boy shop on Magazine. My fried shrimp po-boy was quite good and the wife had the roast beef which she enjoyed. A very kid friendly place as well with a kid's menu, although I think she was tiring of fried food at that point (except beignets, of course).

    The next two nights were kid friendly, but the food wasn't any good unfortunately. We had gotten tired of driving to places and ate in the Quarter at Bourbon House and Deanie's seafood which were walkable from our hotel. They were not good. I found Deanie's to be inedible, I took two sips of their gelatinous gumbo and put the rest aside. I ended up picking at my daughter's fried shrimp plate, but there was something off with the oil they had fried the shrimp in, and we ended up throwing that away as well after having a few fries. Bourbon House was better, I had the shrimp creole, which had a good flavor to it, my main complaint was that there were only like 6 small shrimp in there! Really, if you're going to charge $14 for an entree, you can do better than that.

    Some final odds and ends: we had breakfast at Oceana Grill in the Quarter, it was solid, lots of choices and big portions. We had snoballs at both Pandora's and Hansen's, they were great as always. And of course, we did Cafe du Monde twice. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions, it definitely helped me shape the schedule. Looking forward to another trip and getting to Mandina's and maybe Herbsaint.

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

    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Herbsaint
    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Mahony's
    3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

    Bourbon House
    144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Oceana Grill
    739 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Deanie's Restaurant
    7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

    1. Bill Hunt May 18, 2011 07:55 PM

      Though too late to help, I was about 5-6, when we first went to Antoine's. I behaved well, and we were back at Antoine's and Galatoire's almost once per year.

      Enjoy,

      Hunt

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

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        rtbotts May 18, 2011 08:08 PM

        Luke is great and no complaints about your choice. Have fun. I did want to add for future readers that I have done both Antoine's and Galatoire's four or five times in the at least as many years (brunch and dinner) and have consistently been more impressed with the staff's tolerance of my toddler twins at Galatoire's. Yes, the twins are restaurant veterans but I appreciate an unflappable staff in addition to good food when we are all together.

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

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          Bill Hunt May 19, 2011 08:48 PM

          Interesting, and probably very useful info for families with youngsters. Thanks for that info.

          My "toddler" experiences were so very long ago, as to not be relevant now. At each, I was treated as an adult, and I appreciated that - from both restaurants.

          Not having children, this is one area, where I must take a full backseat. What a restaurant did in 1952 is of no use now.

          Greatly appreciated,

          Hunt

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        askias May 18, 2011 11:55 AM

        Thanks everyone for the wonderful suggestions. There are so many great places in NO to eat, but viewing it through the eyes of a preschooler makes lunch easy but dinner hard. Anyway the will of the group is to bundle ourselves over to Luke's. The ladies have heard all about John Besh on TV and want to give his restaurant a try. Thanks all!

        1. Suzy Wong May 18, 2011 09:16 AM

          How late? If you wanted to go to Galatoire's, I'd say go. it's not an adult only crowd by any means from my observation...Unless you wanted something more casual?

          Napoleon House isn't too far:
          www.napoleonhouse.com

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          Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
          500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            rtbotts May 18, 2011 08:16 AM

            Bourbon House. It is right there at Iberville and Bourbon and having been there with cranky toddlers on three occasions the staff was accomodating, the menu flexible and the food good. Might be there Friday myself.

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            Bourbon House
            144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              Fydeaux May 17, 2011 05:21 PM

              Remoulade is a good bet with children. It is pretty 'touristy', but items fro Arnaud's menu are often available, so the food is markedly better than an average FQ family restaurant.

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              Remoulade
              309 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA

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                collardman May 17, 2011 12:44 PM

                GW Fins and Dominica may be good and at a reasonable walking distance. Down a tier would be Deanie's, Felix's and Acme.

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                Deanie's Restaurant
                7350 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126

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                  califkatie May 17, 2011 10:39 AM

                  check out the menu at the Red Fish Grill. i have been a few times and enjoy the food.

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

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