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Taking Mom to NOLA for her first visit!!

NJlovesNOLA Jan 16, 2012 09:48 AM

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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    Plano Rose Jan 16, 2012 12:03 PM

    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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      Uncle Bob Jan 17, 2012 02:31 PM

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

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      Littleman Jan 16, 2012 11:11 AM

      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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        NJlovesNOLA Jan 16, 2012 11:56 AM

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

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        GDPhalp Jan 16, 2012 11:10 AM

        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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          NJlovesNOLA Jan 16, 2012 11:55 AM

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

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          bronwen Jan 16, 2012 10:28 AM

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

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            NJlovesNOLA Jan 16, 2012 11:54 AM

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

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              texasredtop Jan 16, 2012 01:20 PM

              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.

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                NJlovesNOLA Jan 16, 2012 06:02 PM

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

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                  NJlovesNOLA Jan 16, 2012 06:05 PM

                  Where is Pascal's?

                  1. re: NJlovesNOLA
                    texasredtop Jan 16, 2012 08:09 PM

                    Napoleon and Dryades. North of St. Charles.

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                      NJlovesNOLA Jan 17, 2012 04:53 AM

                      Thanks! We will definitely try it.

              2. texasredtop Jan 16, 2012 09:58 AM

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

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                1. re: texasredtop
                  NJlovesNOLA Jan 16, 2012 11:54 AM

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

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