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Friday lunch with toddler in NO

mlin1 Jan 15, 2012 05:45 PM

Im visiting NO for the first time from Texas, en route to a family reunion. I have one Friday lunch and Friday dinner. I will be with my husband, inlaws and three year old daughter. I am thinking of commanders palace, August, brigsten, but open to suggestions. I know commanders is very formal
And not sure if they would welcome my toddler. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  1. texasredtop RE: mlin1 Jan 15, 2012 07:11 PM

    Brigsten's is very tight space, I would not recommend a toddler there. The other two would be iffy depending on your toddler. Do not "wing it" on a Friday in New Orleans, make your reservations.

    1. N.O.Food RE: mlin1 Jan 15, 2012 07:46 PM

      August is much more formal than Commander's, so no toddlers there. Commander's might actually work (although personally I wouldn't bring a toddler there), or you could go somewhere more casual, like Cochon or Mandina's.

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        expatorleanian RE: mlin1 Jan 15, 2012 09:01 PM

        I don't know how long your toddler can sit still, but I wouldn't recommend any of those. And i also would suggest reservations. When you call your choices, you can ask whether they have high chairs or booster seats. If they don't, children probably aren't a good idea. We took our children out to eat many times in New Orleans at that age, but not to fine dining establishments. Mandina's is a good suggestion. Other similar places are Katie's, Liuzza's, Ye Olde College Inn. Also possibilities for lunch are poboy places such as Parkway Bakery. There are many choices in these categories. Perhaps a little bit more information would be helpful.

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          JazzyB RE: mlin1 Jan 16, 2012 06:14 AM

          Emeril's for Fri. lunch will work with a toddler. 3 course special $19.50. Coquette and Patois should be ok for lunch as well.

          1. texasredtop RE: mlin1 Jan 16, 2012 10:00 AM

            Also, Brigsten's is only open for dinner.

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            1. re: texasredtop
              bronwen RE: texasredtop Jan 16, 2012 10:26 AM

              Of all the Brennan restaurants possibly Palace Cafe is more toddler friendly. Don't go to Commanders or August they're not a good fit for a toddler. Be advised that Friday lunch is a very hard-drinking time in New Orleans!

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              BewilderedLineCook RE: mlin1 Jan 20, 2012 10:57 AM

              I have an 18-month old that is very active. We like to take her to St. James Cheese Company for lunch. She loves the "Mini Moo", essentially a gourmet kids grilled cheese on nice multi-grain served with kettle chips and grapes. Their adult stuff is casual (all sandwiches/salads, but consistently well-executed, cheesy and delicious). They have a good amount of outdoor seating which can help too. Nola has worked well for dinner -- it is big and loud enough that your daughter probably wouldn't bother anyone on the off chance that she feels like being loud. My daughter also liked running around Jackson Square to burn off some energy before we went there to eat. They have a kids' menu but most of the adult food is pretty accessible to a child's palette.

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