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Dec 15, 2011 01:00 PM

10th anniversary trip

We are heading to NOLA the week of Valentine's Day, we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary and my husband's 30th birthday that week too, so big week of celebrations. Our major attraction to NOLA is the food but there are so many options I am overwhelmed. I really want our anniversary dinner to be super special, so where would you go for such a big occasion? Here are some of our planned outings:

Breakfast: Cafe Du Monde, possibly Brennan's, Cafe Adelaide. Camellia Grill

Lunch (but could be switched with dinner): Emeril's, Central Grocery, Boucherie, Domenica the day of our flight back

Dinner: August, Antoine's, Galatoires

I really want to avoid using the trolley to get to dinner and we are staying at Hotel Monteleone so that might cut out some of our options.

So what do you guys think? Any more suggestions? Pretty please :)

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  1. Two "special occasion" places you should think of are Commander's and the Grill Room. Antoine's is a great party place but it helps a lot to be known in there. Galatoire's will have the room sing "Happy An-ver-sary to you" if you ask them to. This is likely to be led by Imre "de Hugarian vai-ter" (He sets the beat calling out "A vun, a two")

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      I had never heard of the Grill Room. The menu looked really good. But Galatoire's sounds like a lot of fun. I think I'll just have to visit one each night. Any less expensive options for the other days of the week? Or hole in the wall places I must try?

      1. re: Calyptra4

        The Grill Room is the main dining room at the Windsor Court Hotel, and over the decades, has been a very good venue, especially for special occasions.



    2. IMO, lunch at Commander's in the garden room is a Nola "must do" (M-F). Not a fan of any other Brennan venues.
      August offers s $20.11 prix fixe lunch (M-F).
      Emeril's prix fixe lunch $19.50 (M-F) however, dinner is best.
      Domenica daily Happy Hour 3-6...1/2 price pizza, well drinks, wine.
      Luke (as above) $.50 local oysters , 1/2 price libations.

      Happy Anniversary, bon appetit!

      1. I would add Stanley for breakfast. Brennan's is one of my favorites. I second the Garden Room at Commander's Palace. Consider lunch at Mr. B's and Galatoire's. Bayona is fun also. Have dinner at Emeril's and August. Enjoy your visit.

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        1. re: Littleman

          Though there are some corners here, where Stanley does not get a lot of love, in four visits, we have greatly enjoyed it.

          Going way back, we were not fans of Brennan's for brunch, but have changed our minds, based on another four visits. Either they changed, or we did?


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            After seeing the milkshake on the Stanley's website, I was sold. We are def. doing Emeril's, August, and Domenica. We are considering Galatoire's, Commander's, and the Grill Room for the special days.I don't know how I am going to be able to visit all these awesome restaurants in a week. I'll do my best and probably gain 10 pounds. After our visit I will make sure to review all of them.

            1. re: Calyptra4

              That is definitely an aggressive itinerary, and I wish you the best.

              I have had the pleasure of dining at all, and have had very good, to great, experiences.



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                I would eliminate Central Grocery and add Herbsaint. Eating at both Antoine's and Galatoire's might be duplicative - but that's just my 2 cents. :)

                1. re: pizzajunkie

                  Okay nixed Antoine's for sure. I have heard many good things about Herbsaint. We will probably have to go there for a lunch.

                  1. re: Calyptra4

                    Commander's is better for lunch in the garden room rather than dinner. Herbsaint is best for dinner. I am not a breakfast person and unless I am in NYC, I prefer not to eat sandwiches that I can get anywhere, USA. (pastrami in a "real"deli is a weakness). When traveling, I skip breakfast, have an early fine dining lunch followed much later by a fine dining dinner. I get to try twice as many restaurants.
                    Central Grocery muffalettas keep and travel well. Take one home.

                    I agree re: Coquette.

        2. You really need to make the trip to the Garden District for a meal at Coquette. It's been sometime since I've had a meal as impressive as our dinner at Coquette. It's a beautiful and intimate setting. You will not be sorry.

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