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Jan 16, 2012 09:48 AM

Taking Mom to NOLA for her first visit!!

My H & I are taking my mom to NOLA for her first visit ever & we are so excited! My mom is an active, fit 67 year old who passes for my sister at times! She loves to have fun & is a foodie like us. My question is this: do I take her to places I have tried & love, or do we venture out & go to places that I want to try? I have been to: Felix's (chargrilled oysters), Acme (when I visited NOLA for the first time 9 years ago), Gumbo Shop (bloody mary), Coops (gumbo), Fiorella's (fried chicken & pickles), Cooter Brown's (cheese fries), Camilla Grille (breakfast), Deanie's (soft shelled crabs), Mr. B's (BBq shrimp), and Mother's (Po Boy). We do want to take her somewhere wonderful for dinner one night so I need suggestions. Mom loves seafood & I want her first trip to NOLA to be filled with good seafood. We will arrive Friday 1/27 afternoon & depart on 1/30, so we don't have alot of time. Thanks!!

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  1. You might like to look at Atchafalaya Cafe. We tried it recently and it was very good.

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    1. re: texasredtop

      That's actually on my list of "must try's", so thank you for reminding me!!

    2. Well you can't go wrong with Mr. B's.

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      1. re: bronwen

        I know. It should be illegal how good the BBQ shrimp are!

        1. re: bronwen

          I would agree with that but last month my shrimp were a bit overdone. I've heard several others say the same. I may skip Mr. B's on my summer trip and go back and try Pascal's which is where I fell in love with dish.

          1. re: texasredtop

            Thanks for the tip about Pascal's. Where is it located?

              1. re: NJlovesNOLA

                Napoleon and Dryades. North of St. Charles.

          2. For huge seafood fans, GW Fins is an excellent choice. Menu changes daily & is always filled with the freshest fish in New Orleans.

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            1. re: GDPhalp

              That's a good idea. I have heard postive things about their menu & staff.

            2. I would take her to Galatoire's or Muriel's for dinner. Go early and have drinks on the balcony at Muriel's overlooking Jackson Square. Mr. B's and NOLA wouild be a great choice also.

              Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021.
              Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.
              Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.
              Nola Restaurant @ 534 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 6652. *

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              1. re: Littleman

                My H & I went to NOLA back in October-loved everything about it!! I have added Muriel's to my list!

              2. I would definitely take her to Commander's for lunch Most people say to request the garden room. I think the main dining room is lovely. You can't go wrong.

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                1. re: Plano Rose

                  I give a million bucks to take my mother to Commanders Palace for Sunday brunch again....It was always an awesome experience to her!!