NOLA Hounds, a Phoenix Hound will be first-time visiting next week (Thu-Mon). Staying in CBD at Wyndham Whitney.
Are reservations generally required/recommended for places or no? The only place I've reserved thus far is Commander's Palace brunch on Sunday.
The two of us don't plan any $$$$ dining, just good, casual Southern/NOLA recs I've culled from all your advice on here (fellow PHX Hound BillH too!).
I don't have a problem doing reservations if that's preferred for NOLA dining. We are easy going otherwise; I enjoy a drink at the bar while waiting for a table for two.
Let me know your thoughts. It is very much appreciated.
Likely places on my list:
Acme Oyster House
Cafe du Monde
Cochon or Cochon Butcher - lunch or dinner
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
Of the ones you mentioned, Acme, Cafe du Monde, Casamentos and Cochon Butcher do not take reservations. All the other places, reservations are highly recommended. Coquette and Mr. B’s do have large bars that you can dine at if you prefer to wing it. Your choices are very well conceived.
I would make reservations at those noted by Scaheld. Galatoire's does not take reservations downstairs. Go around 11 AM and see if there's a line and have lunch there. You will enjoy it. Enjoy your visit.
I would make as many reservations as you are allowed to. This year we did not make them for our usual lunch at Mr. B's and were seated in the back and I think we were the last ones without reservations allowed to be seated at 11:45. They open at 11:30 so we figured we were safe but I won't chance it again.
I don't think you'll regret it. NO is the only place we pack dressy clothes for. I hate having to pack dressy clothes but it's worth it for Galatoire's and CP. There are some other places that require coats for dinner and let in sloppy warm up suits and tennis shoes but not those two.
I always do reservations, as a convention might be in town (NOLA), and fill tables.
Now, not sure how many times we really NEEDED to do those, but I do. If I have to change plans, I also call to cancel.