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Itinerary for a Single Diner - suggestions?

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After much thought (based on this board, and geographical considerations), this is my planned itinerary. I will be dining alone for all of these meals. Any thoughts on places where it is best to sit at the bar, as opposed to at a table (or any other thoughts)? Staying at Hilton Garden Convention Center. Also wondered about safety of walk up Andrew Higgins to/from St. Charles streetcar (@ Lee Circle) (realize that's slightly off-post - please forgive). Any suggestions for pre-dinner drinks? Thanks!

Thur Dinner: Dante's Kitchen
Fri Breakfast: Surreys
Fri Lunch: Mr. B's
Fri Dinner: Tommy's
Sat Lunch: Cochon Butcher or NOLA Grocery
Sat Dinner: Atchafalaya
Sun Brunch: Elizabeth's or Country Club
Sun Dinner: Pelican Club

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

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

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Country Club
634 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

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  1. I think that is a decent list. The one exception might be Atchafalaya. I like the place a lot but it is out of the way for where you are staying and, to my mind, not the best for a single. Not that you couldn't or they wouldn't.

    I just think places with a food bar Like Mr. B's, Emeril's , NOLA, etc are more fun for a single.

    If you want Atchafalaya I'd do the Sunday Brunch there before Elizabeth's

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

    1. Luke and Domenica are great places to dine at the bar. Go to the corner of Lafayette and S Peters to Ernst Cafe which is over 100 years old for good happy hour. They have outdoor tables. Ernst's has 2 # crawfish plates for $5.00 on Friday's. When you leave Ernst's go W a block to Girod and go N 2 blocks to Lucy's Bar on Tchoupitoulas for a good 4 to 7 happy hour and $2.50 beer. Grand Isle is a fine seafood restaurant and raw bar a block S of Ernst's on Fulton.

      Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.

      http://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/ne...

      Ernst Cafe @ 600 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 8544.

      http://www.nomenu.com/reviews/ErnstCa...

      Grand Isle @ 575 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 504 - 520 - 8530.

      http://www.grandislerestaurant.com/ho...

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      Grand Isle Restaurant
      575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Domenica
      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. I dine alone at lunch often, and I think the most fun, enjoyable experience I had was last year at Emeril's setting at the kitchen bar.

        I don't think you'll have a problem on Andrew Higgins, assuming you don't mean at 3 in the morning.

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

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        1. re: rouxdauphine

          Do you need a reservation to sit at the kitchen bar at Emerils for a single diner on a weekday in April?