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Only Visiting for 20 Hours, Need Help

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.