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NY foodie finally realizes lifelong quest to go to NOLA!

Hi All,
Yes, I've been trying to get there since I was 16. Many years later, my dream will come true. I'm booked for thursday through monday. But with so many choices for good food, I find myself paralyzed and unable to actually make the resys. So I turn to you, dear NO chowhounders, to help guide my way. Here's what my vague plan is: I'd like to eat at one of the classics (Galatoire's, Commander's Palace, Antoine's or Arnaud's) on fri or sat. On the other weekend night, I'd like to eat at one of the more contemporary places (Cochon? Coquette? Patois? Bayona? Brigsten"s? etc., etc.) and by contemporary I mean regional with a modern slant. Also, I've read alot of the po' boys at The Parkway, but I'd like to hear what your recommendations are. So lay 'em on me!

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

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. Galatoire's - no doubt about that! If you are a party of one or two you shouldn't have a problem getting seated in a timely manner for lunch on any day. I've always been able to be seated immediately even on a Friday at lunch which is their really busy time.

    Out of the next category, I like Brigsten's but I haven't been in the last two years. When we went, it was amazing! Make a reservation early or they'll be booked up.

    Try the shrimp po-boy at Johnny's. I can't vouch for the others, the oyster wasn't great but the shrimp was wonderful.

    Mr. B's bbq shrimp is a must.

    Have a wonderful trip.

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    Galatoire's Restaurant
    209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. We visit NOLA often and I would recommend Galitoires, although it is very loud, we still had a great dinner and service. I like the Bistro at Maison De Ville in the French Quarter. Coquette was very good,

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      1. re: SFVIS

        Bistro MdV has been great in the past. They had several major changes, but recent reports have been very good, so great call. I need to get back!

        Thanks,

        Hunt

      2. Stick with Parkway for your po-boy, be it shrimp or roast beef.

        1. Glad that you could make it all work.

          My choices:

          Galatoire's
          Brigtsen's

          Then I'd definitely throw in Parkway Bakery for some po-boys (not THAT easy to get to, but worth the effort - remember, NOLA is not NYC with regards to the public transportation.

          Some other considerations:

          Cochon (maybe for a lunch)
          Bayona (very good, but in my second tier)
          Restaurant August (would be an alternate for Brigtsen's, but only if you could not get into Chef Frank's)
          Antoine's was great, but suffered some setbacks. Have not yet made it back, but they hold a very special place in MY heart.
          Arnaud's has been very good, but if you have not yet done Galatoire's, place it down the list.
          Commander's has been excellent, though has let me down in the last few years, so they got moved down on Hunt's "Must-do" list, but others still love it.
          For brunch, I would consider Brennan's, or Ralph's on the Park. There are others, and in some fine hotels in the FQ, but those two have never disappointed me.
          Coquette and Patois get a lot of respect here, but I have yet to fit them in, so cannot comment.
          Like Stella!, but I think you are running out of time, and would chose some others first.
          Another option would be the Grill Room @ the Windsor Court Hotel. Reminds me of a darker, more intimate, but slightly less spectacular, than Restaurant Daniel (Manhattan), and it would be below Galatoire's, Brigtsen's and Restaurant August.

          Now, that is definitely missing many great, somewhat funky NOLA restaurants, all of which should be considered, but with but a few nights and days, should wait until your next trip.

          For some interesting breakfasts, I recommend The Coffee Pot (nee Maxie's Coffee Pot, and the Original Coffee Pot) on St. Peter St., just river-side of Pat O'Brien's, Stanley! (Stella's "brother" restaurant) and Camellia Grill (have not been to the FQ location, but grew up at the Carrollton Ave. location). I also enjoy Cafe du Monde, but only go late, after all of the "tourists" go to bed.

          Most of all, enjoy,

          Hunt

          PS - when you go to Parkway, grab a table, and spend a bit of time, getting the "feel" of the place. Mostly, you will be surrounded by locals, having their po-boy lunch, so read up on the menus on the boards, and wait for a bit of a lull. Talk to the ladies across the counter, and do not hesitate to ask for their recs., plus instructions. They will guide you. Do not miss the Pontchartrain Beach photo gallery. While not Coney Island, it held a big place in the hearts of many in NOLA. Soak up the nostalgia, just as I do, when in NYC.

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          Restaurant August
          301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Camellia Grill
          626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Coffee Pot Restaurant
          714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

          Galatoire's Restaurant
          209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Brigtsen's Restaurant
          723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Windsor Court Hotel
          300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. Galatoire's it is! I think I'll try Cochon, as well, and def parkway for the po' boys. Maybe Commander's palace for the sunday brunch. Maybe Brigsten's one of the other nights. I am not adverse to funk, at all, so feel free to let me know the high/lowlights there. Gotta be prepared for the left turn, since you never know what's around the corner!
            Other than food, it will be about the music...drinking,dancing, etc. will try to see kermit, preservation hall, assorted frenchman joints.
            CANNOT WAIT!
            on the flip side, if anyone needs recs for NY......

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            Galatoire's Restaurant
            209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130