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Spending the BIG 50 in NOLA -

Booked a 4 day trip for my 50th this August. I know it will hot and humid, but I can deal with that ( cold beer usually helps). I need a few tips:

1. Dress Codes for and places Lunch during the hot and humid weather.
2. Dress Codes and Places for dinner: Casual or blaser. The wife is bringing dresses fit for casual to dressy for dinner. Cost: resonable $$-$$$
3. Sunday Brunch is set for Court of The Two Sisters ( i realize there are better, but it's FREE with the package I booked): Is a Blazer over doing it in Summer?
4. I'm always looking for the best: Po Boys, Gumbo, and all the NOLA eats.
5. My wife is BIG on history and the supernatural: Need tips on tours.

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  1. I forgot to mention that I'm a musician and am looking for good live music in and around the FQ ( Staying at Maison Dupuy).

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    1. re: 50INNOLA

      Lots of music around Frenchmen St. Get a copy of the current Gambit or the Langiape section in Friday's paper, or OffBeat magazine for a better look at who is playing where. Kermit Ruffins, at Vaughn's on Thursday or Bullet's Sports Bar on Tuesday is always fun. A blazer at Court of Two Sister's is overdoing it.

      1. re: CharlieH

        Thanks for the heads up on the Blazer for Brunch. I will take one just in case we go somewhere the requires it for dinner. I'll will get a copy the local periodicals as I'm not familiar with the local talent. I hear the The Funky Pirate has a good band.

        1. re: 50INNOLA

          Big Al Carson, who holds court at the Funky Pirate, is one of the best blues singers anywhere. He does have to play to a Bourbon St audience, but he is definitely worth checking out for a couple of sets.

          One of my favorite restaurants in the world is Adolpho's (it might actually be Adolfo's, but I can never remember) on Frenchman St, about which there is much on the board. Entirely casual but grown-up attire (Dont wear your "I Got Sh*tfaced On Boubon St" t-shirt, and you'll be fine. It is upstairs from The Apple Barrel, a truly funky (in the good kind of way) bar that has great local music.

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          Adolfo's
          611 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          Apple Barrel Bar
          609 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

      2. re: 50INNOLA

        We went to NOLA for my husband's 50th last September. We really enjoyed the food, music & atmosphere at The Three Muses on Frenchmen St. We sat for hours ordering drinks and small plate after small plate, all the while enjoying the live music. It's the first place I'd go back to (ok, maybe second after Galatoire's). Enjoy!

      3. Dress is very casual in NOLA. I would wear slacks and a sport coat to Galatoire's, Emeril's, Mr. B's, Commander's, Bayona, Irene's and similar places. Jackets are not required in most cases but you will feel better as many folks will be dressed up. Johnny's has good po boy's. Parkway Bakery is great also. The WWII DDay Museum is worth the time to visit. Good luck.

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

        1. I have a few years on you but my generation considers things a bit more formal. even among my collegues and some older, though, suits have given way to balzer or even a sportcoat at many "higher end" places. For me, I wear a suit (and necktie) to Antoine's , Galatoire's, Commander's, Bayona... Emeril's? I could get away with less but don't. At Clancy's I am almost always in a suit but a blazer is fine. Commander's has the best commerically available turtle soup going but there are good ones all over.

          If you wife is going "dressy" then I'd have the blazer and tie at the very least. Court of Two Sisters, on a package deal, probably no restrictions of any kind. this thought conjures up Peter Sellers at the grotto in "After the Fox."

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          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

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          1. re: hazelhurst

            Trust me, I won't being shorts and a camera hanging around my neck. Hilarious! You dug deep to get that one....good job! :) Peter sure was THE FOX!

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Great sartorial comments, and very useful.

              I will do the "blazer-thing" at any dinner location, with the possible exception of Cochon, though I wore mine last time...

              For those, that you mention, I will add the tie, but that is just me.

              Hunt

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              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            2. As far as dress-code goes, you will not need the blazer for lunch, unless you do Galitoire's and then it will not be required, but you will be more comfortable in it.

              For dinner, it will get you into any restaurant. I do not believe that a tie is now required anywhere, but Hazelhurst will correct me, should I be wrong.

              As for po-boys, that depends a bit on which po-boys. I am a fan of Parkway Bakery, but if I want shrimp po-boys, will also look to Felix's.

              As for the "supernatural tours," I cannot really help you there. I have a section of my library on "supernatural NOLA," but have to admit that the closest that we have come would be an episode on The Travel Channel.

              Now, if you get up around St. Francisville, The Myrtles would definitely be on my list. Wife will not go back, but it was great fun.

              Enjoy and Happy 50th!

              Hunt

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              1. re: Bill Hunt

                I cannot think of anmywhere that requires a tie but there are many places where it seems to be a defacto rule. But I never notice because I always have a tie and thus have never encountered the regulation being enforced (But thinking on it I know I have seen men without ties in every place mentioned above). I met a friend last night who told me that he was in Galatoire's last week and sat at the far back, left corner. He sheepishly confessed that he had no necktie (he'd come in for a meeting from Lafayette). Said he fell into a conversation with some ladies from BR who were at the six-top next to him and suddenly realized his faux pas. Said he felt naked. Also said he'd never do it again. I have a notion of sending a necktie to his waiter and having it presented on a plate the next time he goes in.

                He said he had the gumbo and it was great. Good news since soup in there has been spotty--never bad, just spotty. Also had sauteed soft shell with crawfish tails whipped together with mushroom and garlic. Said it was terrific. He went light on the butter...only about a pound.

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

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  Thank you. I knew that you could update this old ex-pat. That was my feeling, but, like you, I often have one, depending on the dining choices.

                  I can recall a time, long ago and in a galaxy far away, when gentlemen WERE required to have a tie, but those times are but a footnote in history. Still, I am an "old timer," so still follow along with what once was.

                  As you point out, being "in-style" for the restaurant, is different than adhering to a strict dress-code. If the majority of gentlemen will have ties, then I want to be in their number.

                  Even in Hawai`i, if we are doing La Mer, or Orchid's Sunday Brunch, I will pack a tie. Matter of fact, I always pack a tie, but do not always take it out of the wallet.

                  Some patrons wish to go with the minimum, while others would like to know what everyone else will be wearing.

                  Thanks,

                  Hunt

                  1. re: 50INNOLA

                    I always wear a dress for dinner. My husband would always wear a jacket . I have gotten him gotten him to dress down a bit at many restaurants, wearing linen/washed silk shirt/pants. He has not felt the least bit uncomfortable.

                  2. re: Bill Hunt

                    Myrtles is part of the plan and I've read the buzz about Parkway's Po-Boys...so many choices!

                    1. re: 50INNOLA

                      What is the Myrtles schedule? Driving yourself up and back in a day or taking a tourbus? just wondering out loud about any other things en route...

                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        We plan on renting a car on Saturday and driving. I hear its about a 2 hour drive. They have day tours from 9-5 during the day, and at 6, 7 and 8:00 in the evenings. Any points of interest or eats on the way there?

                        1. re: 50INNOLA

                          that's what I was thinking about. there is a great little place that I tout over in New Roads called "Ma Mama's Kitchen." the turtle soup is spectacular, oysters bienville are very good. Donna, the owner and cook, prides herself on her breads and cakes, too. You'd take teh Audubon Bridge (at least that's the name for the moment) across the river to New Roads. I _think_ they are open for dinner on Saturday (the hours had a shift a year or so ago and I am honestly not sure). Problem there is that you;d get back to New Orleans probably after 10:00. I don't think she does lunch Saturday--she quit the Sunday lunch last year.

                          On the other hand, if you went up in the morning and started back you could work in a coupleof the other houses..Houmas, Oak Alley etc. Baton Rouge doesn;t have anything spectacular in the way of food. In the past, I have run people up to, say, Parlange, and come back to my usual Galatoire haunt at about 4:00.

                          You could stop in BR for the Huey P. Long Fascist Architecture Tour....I made that up but the town does have a treasure trove of Monumentalism.

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

                          1. re: 50INNOLA

                            Now, you ARE planning on staying the night - right?

                            This is especially neat, if anyone in the group is celebrating a birthday.

                            Enjoy, and travel safely.

                            Hunt

                        2. re: 50INNOLA

                          Make sure you have a strong heart the Myrtles is not to be played with. I had my night there never again.

                      2. Got an Iphone, android, or Blackberry that you're taking? If so, download the wwoz 90.7 radio app. Once loaded, if you click on the 'website' on your device, there is a very nice calendar of the bars/clubs and a listing of who's playing.

                        One of my favorite places for music is Mayfields at the Royal Sonesta. If you're there on a Friday, be sure to catch their burlesque show at midnight.

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                        1. re: MariaFeliz

                          Great idea! Thanks. I love this site!

                        2. btw...its really stinkin hot! :)

                          1. I just did the big 5-1 in NOLA with my family. Here are some spots you should have on your list:

                            1. Harbor Seafood in Kenner. This should be your first stop after touchdown at MSY. Cheap, huge portions, great locals' hangout. Huge menu with all the seafood classics.

                            2. Parkway Bakery: The much-hyped po-boys deserve the hype. They are massive and delicious.

                            3. Cochon Butcher. Outstanding sandwiches. Do not miss the pancetta mac and cheese.

                            4. Cafe du Monde. Sure it's a cliche, but it's still a great breakfast.

                            5. Definitely visit the WW2 Museum and check out John Besh's American Sector Restaurant. Huge portions, fun place.

                            6. Since you'll have a car, please go to Rocky and Carlo's in Chalmette. It's just a short, easy drive from the FQ. No other place like it anywhere on earth. Also, you can check out the devastated Lower Ninth Ward on the way, including Fats Domino's house right off St. Claude Ave. Friends took us to the area right where the levee failed. So sad. But you can see the cool new houses Brad Pitt is building as well.

                            There's a place in the FQ that I walked by called Orleans Grapevine that looks really good. Wine bar/restaurant. Seems to be getting some good buzz. I would check it out!

                            Did I mention huge portions? It's hard to avoid them!

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                            Orleans Grapevine
                            718 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

                            Cochon Butcher
                            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            1. re: Bob W

                              Thanks for the tip on Harbor Seafood on the way to the hotel.

                            2. Just be mindful - we celebrated my 5-0 in New Orleans and now we own property there - the city can work its spell on you

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                              1. re: nynola

                                It has been 9 months since I started this post and it is very nice that people are still responding to it. We are thinking going back for my 51st. My wife absolutely fell in love with this town!

                                1. re: 50INNOLA

                                  It definitely has that effect! Glad you loved it so much!

                              2. I would absolutely go to the WW2 museum. Buy the museum & movie package. There is a short film (less than an hour) that really sets the tone for the museum tour and is excellent! Also, Cochon & Cochon butcher is only a couple of blocks away for lunch/dinner.

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                                1. re: nolalawyer

                                  Not sure if you realized the original post and most of the replies are almost a year old.

                                  1. re: nikiniknik

                                    <<It has been 9 months since I started this post and it is very nice that people are still responding to it. We are thinking going back for my 51st. My wife absolutely fell in love with this town!>>

                                    Looks like it still has some traction though.

                                    Hunt