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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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  1. 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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    1. re: midcity

      Thanks very much! I really appreciate the help.

    2. 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!

      1. 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. 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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          1. re: PotatoHouse

            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

          2. 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.

            1. 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

              1. 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

                1. 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

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