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Jul 18, 2011 09:43 AM

Casual lunch near Nottoway Plantation

Hi there,

My family is planning a weekend trip to New Orleans and plan to stop at a few Plantation houses on the way in. Any recommendations for a quick, Cajun (very casual) meal? I'd love something casual but really delicious to get our trip started.

I'd also love any feedback on the rest of our itenary - the kids are 18, 17, 13, and 10.

Friday - Plantation Tour at Nottoway (but was also thinking about Laura - which one?)
A quick peek at Oak Alley and then on to New Orleans.

We are staying at the Le Pavillion in the CBD.
Dinner reservations at NOLA (thought the girls might like this - they love food network)
French Quarter Ghost Tour - any recommendations?

Saturday - Breakfast at Cafe Du Monde
Tour the French Market, Quarter, etc.
Lunch at place across the street from Acme - anyone know the name?
Aquarium, Imax, maybe Insectarium (are my kids too old to enjoy?)
Back to hotel, then oldest son wants to go to WWII museum on his own and girls shop on Magazine
Dinner at Irenes

Sunday am - casual breakfast somewhere
Ideas are:
EAT, Stanleys, Ruby Slipper Cafe, Camilla Grill

Any opinions?

Ruby Slipper Cafe
139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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  1. Although I live in south louisiana, I am not familiar with the area near Nottaway. Try posting your question at: It is a new orleans local food board much like CH.

    1. Visit Laura instead and then stop in Vacherie and eat at Spuddy's -- great crawfish stew. Casual.

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      1. re: dconnor

        I'm not familiar with Supddy's and will check it out next time I am in the area. Down there I usually just go to Hymel's on the other side of teh river, below the Sunshine Bridge.

        Unless people want to do the B&B route I usually tell them to spend the time viewing houses on Houmas and Oak Alley. Bocage is supposed to be nice but I have not been in it since the previous owners died. At Oak Alley you need to look past the Sherwin-Williams "pink" paint job. It used to be a prettier color.

        Hymel's Restaurant
        15805 River Rd, Hahnville, LA 70057

      2. Nottoway is in White Castle, a very small place. IIRC, Nottoway has onsite food. I would drive back down LA 1 to Donaldsonville, where you can go to the Grapevine Cafe, the First & Last Chance Cafe, or Cafe Lafourche.

        1. If it fits your timing I also agree with Hymel's as a casual Cajun type place, and affordable. I also think NOLA would be a great match for your family.

          Across from Acme I can only think of Felix's, at least for any place that I've been.

          The insectarium is good for any long as insects, beautiful insects, interest you.

          WWII museum is great. Plan on at least 4 hours unless you are going to skim through.

          Hymel's Restaurant
          15805 River Rd, Hahnville, LA 70057

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          1. re: collardman

            Thanks for all of the quick replies! They are reluctantly going along with the Plantation tours as I'm a big history buff. Do you have an opinion as to whether the oppulance of Nottoway is more appealing than what I hear is a great tour at Laura?

            I'm thinking that if we go to Hymel's, it needs to be Laura b/c they'll be starving if we stop at Nottoway first. We're driving in from Houston and it will be about lunchtime when we get in the area.

            Hymel's Restaurant
            15805 River Rd, Hahnville, LA 70057

            1. re: kimhar

              The tour and the documentation are the things Laura is known for. Nottaway is not one of the architectural treasures on the order of Shadows-on-the-Teche, Parlange, Houmas etc. Although fairly big it was actually No 2 in size to nearby Belle Grove (long gone). Its just a guess but if you enjoy the history I'd bet Laura would be a better choice. On the other hand, if you adore that ginger-bread-leaning style of Nottaway, well, there's your answer.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                Agreed. Nottoway is a standard, decorative-arts focused tour, while Laura's tour is social history. Nothing wrong w/either one, just different flavors.

          2. Agree about Laura for the history. Houmas House is amazing and well worth while but I believe they are on different sides of the river (forgive me, geographically challenged). If you are coming in August, Latil's Landing at Houmas House will be doing a COOLinary lunch special, menu not yet posted. Just google COOLinary and you'll find the site.

            Dinner and ghost tour are a little difficult to coordinate. You don't want to feel rushed through what sounds like a destination dinner for the girls to rush to a tour on what may be a very warm night. If you're going to do this, may I suggest a 6PM ghost tour (Haunted History Tours has one) followed by dinner at 8 o'clock.

            The place across the street from Acme is Felix's. Stick to the oysters and you'll be fine. Raw are good there and they do a credible chargrilled.

            Your Saturday afternoon sound pretty crammed.

            I'm much older than your kids and I enjoy the Aquarium. And if it's a hot day, it's one of my favorite places to beat the heat.

            Have your son get to the WWII museum as early as he can -- it's huge plus there's a "4D" movie he shouldn't miss.

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            1. re: rouxdauphine

              The only peopIe know who have eaten at Houmas House are people attending receptions there and generally nice comments were made. I don't know about the quality of the sit-down food but cannot imagine it would be less that decent to very good. It would have gotten a bad reputation by now and I've not heard anything lethal ...unless you are that Mayhew boy, of course. (See "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte")