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EagleEyeDG Sep 10, 2011 03:00 PM

I'm flying down to New Orleans for a job interview at the federal courthouse at 600 Camp Street. I'll be traveling by myself, staying at the Whitney Windham Hotel. I am looking for some good places to grab dinner on Thursday night and lunch on Friday before my interview. Takeout is fine, or maybe even preferable since I am by myself. I've never been to New Orleans before so I want to try some good local places, but I'd rather not travel too far from where I'll be staying.

Thanks for the help!

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    midcity RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 10, 2011 03:54 PM

    Don't get takeout! There are some great places to eat near your hotel, and it would be a shame not to experience some of the local food scene, especially if you're thinking of moving here. I have to admit that I haven't gone out alone since I've moved here, but solo diners are a fairly frequent occurrence because of all the conferences that happen in the city.

    The following threads are a good place to start:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/751503
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802979

    You could run into the Quarter on Friday morning and get a packed-to-fly muffuletta from Central Grocery to take home with you if you'd like. If you have the time, the lunch special at August is amazing. Enjoy your visit!

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      EagleEyeDG RE: midcity Sep 10, 2011 04:40 PM

      Thanks very much! I really appreciate the help.

    2. texasredtop RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 10, 2011 05:53 PM

      You'll be about 10 blocks from Mr. B's. If I could only have one meal in NO, it would be Mr. B's bbq shrimp. Johnny's Poboys had a great shrimp poboy when we were there a few weeks ago. We'll be going back next visit. Good luck on your interview!

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        Littleman RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 11, 2011 02:52 PM

        Lil Dizzy's is a great creole restaurant in your hotel. The fried chicken is outstanding.

        Lil Dizzy's @ 610 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 212 - 5656.
        http://www.southerngumbotrail.com/baq...

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        Lil Dizzy's Cafe
        1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. PotatoHouse RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 11, 2011 02:54 PM

          You MUST do a breakfast of Bignets and Cafe au Lait at Cafe Du Monde!!!!!!!!! It is located at the end of the French Market. Hot steaming french donuts buried under a mound of powdered sugar! There is nothing like it!

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            JazzyB RE: PotatoHouse Sep 12, 2011 04:03 AM

            Actually, there is...zeppolis.

            Try Herbsaint for dinner. They have some small tables in the bar.

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            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            Big Easy RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 11, 2011 03:10 PM

            If I were going on an important job interview early afternoon, I'd skip the trencherman's platter at lunch and eat something simple like a chef's salad. Chow down after the interview.

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              shanefink RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 12, 2011 05:47 PM

              For dinner on Thursday, you have tons of choices. If you want a New Orleans experience close to your hotel, head over to Emeril’s. For lunch on Friday, grab a quick bite at Cochon Butcher. They have great sandwiches and brussel sprouts.

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

              Cochon Butcher
              930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                rouxdauphine RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 12, 2011 06:01 PM

                Lots of great ideas here for dinner. For lunch, depending on the time of your interview, try Luke (crab salad is a light and fabulous possibility), Domenica, MiLa, August -- so many great possibilities if you go early enough to digest before your interview -- and don't forget to tell the person interviewing you where you ate -- this is New Orleans, and you'll get bonus points for having made a good restaurant selection, trust me on this. Report back after your interview and I will share with you a classic "only in New Orleans" story. Good luck with the interview, it sounds like you will enjoy being here.

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                Domenica
                123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                  travelbuff RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 14, 2011 08:20 PM

                  For dinner within a couple blocks of your hotel there is Herbsaint and St. Marie. Do not be deterred by dining or walking alone--it's perfectly fine. For lunch Capdeville is right there behind the hotel. It's a casual new bar type place with burgers and fancy gourmet french fries. I agree that Lil Dizzy's is great. Love their gumbo. There is a Community Coffee shop right next to your hotel if you want to get a latte. Good luck and if you are a foodie, this is a great place to live.

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                  Lil Dizzy's Cafe
                  1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

                  Herbsaint
                  701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    EagleEyeDG RE: EagleEyeDG Sep 15, 2011 05:55 AM

                    Thanks very much, everyone! I'll let you know how it goes.

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