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On our way to New Orleans first time--overwhelmed!!

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Leaving tomorrow for a trip to NO--first time. There for a conference, so the first few days are pretty much filled with that and several cocktail parties at great places, including August, Cafe Adelaide, Arnauds, Court of Two Sisters, etc. Have a lunch reservation for Commander's Palance on Thursday.

At this point, I just don't know how to narrow it down--there seem to be so many great options to eat!! We were thinking go for the "big" meal at lunch most days and in the evenings go somewhere for music and small plates. Do need a place for dinner Tuesday, We are two couples, semi-adventurous with food, all love seafood. HELP!!

From Tuesday evening to Saturday we are on our own and we need some direction chowhounds--what is not to be missed? I am sure we will hit Cafe Au Monde and Mother's along the way, but I am just so overwhelmed with all the choices for our few days on our own!!

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  1. It's not too easy to go wrong. Reading CH back for a week you will see the same names coming up again and again. As I've said, with probably 30 especially good restaurants to choose from go with what you want. They will fill your Tuesday-Saturday.

    However, I think the concensus is you can skip Mothers in favor of a number of better lunch places in the same area. Emeril's, Rio Mar, Grand Isle, Cochon Butcher, and later, Bon Ton

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    Rio Mar Restaurant
    800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

    Bon Ton Cafe
    401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Cochon Butcher
    930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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    1. re: collardman

      thank you--will review what I can --and pray our flight gets out with a N'oreaster bering down on NY!!

    2. Skip Mother's. Go to Red Gravy, Old Coffee Pot or Camellia Grill for breakfast. Don't leave NOLA without dining at Galatoire's. Go to Mr. B's for weekday lunch special. Get the BBQ shrimp and Gumbo Ya Ya. Bayona is fun for dinner and Emeri's also. Emeril's has a lunch special also. Domenica, Luke and American Sector have good happy hour specials from 3/6 PM. See if you can get your CP reservation in the Garden Room overlooking the courtyard. Good luck.

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      1. re: Littleman

        Hands down best so far! Requested the Garden Room and everything from the way we were greeted when we arrived (early only because it was raining) to helpful menu recommendations to a more than polite farewell was perfection! Thank you littleman! Restaurant August--the food was amazing but our waiter was a little pretentious. His assistant mire than made up for him! We are going to Bon Ton tonight!

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        Commander's Palace Restaurant
        1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Bon Ton Cafe
        401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: breezymom

          I second Littleman's rec for Red Gravy for breakfast or lunch. It's less formal than many others mentioned (order at the counter), but this cute cafe at 125 Camp St. serves some delicious food. We ate there twice last week on a three-day visit to New Orleans.

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          Red Gravy
          125 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA

      2. Call me crazy but I LOVE to sit and eat in the counter area of MOTHERS

        at least once every trip

        Love the din (and the Ferdi ain't bad either).