Please offer suggestions on my 5 day Easter weekend list with 23 yr. old boys...
Headed to visit NOLA 23 yr. old son and friends.
So far we're committed to:
Commander's Palace Easter brunch
Red Gravy Sat. brunch
Cochon Butcher Fri. lunch
Of the following what should we add?
The boys of course love meat and potatoes, but they're also from Seattle and know good food.
I could also use a great pizza idea. They miss what we have up here, it's fantastic..lots of neopolitan style pizza places in Seattle.
Thanks in advance.
There's nothing particularly wrong with it I suppose, it's just a little cafe with nothing really special or interesting to offer. It's more like a place you'd run into and grab an egg sandwich or order a meatball sub from if you worked nearby, rather than a destination to take guests for a Saturday brunch while on vacation.
A couple suggestions in different neighborhoods: Dante's Kitchen (Riverbend), Atchafalaya (Uptown), Cafe Degas (Bayou St. John), Green Goddess (French Quarter) and Luke (CBD, in Hilton) do great brunches on Saturday at a level a bit more upscale (but not Commander's). Check out their menus.
For more casual options, I already mentioned Surrey's, which is a diner atmosphere but a notch or two up from your basic omelets and pancakes in quality. Also look into Cake Cafe and Elizabeth's (Bywater), the Lil Dizzy's on Esplanade (rather than the Poydras location), and Irish House for some good mid-range options. Maybe even St. James Cheese Company, if they guys have never been.
Cheap, delicious, and at least somewhat atmospheric or interesting: Stein's Deli, Tartine (one million thumbs up to their eggs baked in brioche), Il Posto, Slim Goodies, and either location of Camellia Grill.
Domenica for pizza. Daily happy hour 3-6. 1/2 price pizza, wine, beer, well drinks. Clam pizza is wonderful.
Great prix fixe lunch deals, around $20pp, 3 courses, m-f: August, Emeril's. Coquette w-sat.
Patois offers Fri. lunch.
Brigtsen's: Go with an all appetizer meal. That's where he shines. (skip the bisque, a cup of cream so thick, the spoon can stand upright).
La Boca for the skirt steak only.
Jacques-Imos has a funky local vibe with mediocre food.
I have never been thrilled with Delmonico. Emeril's flagship is much better. The ribeye with marrow butter is incredibly flavorful. The pork chop and andouille crusted redfish/drum are standouts.
Of your second list, if meat and potatoes are the standard, then I'd go with La Boca. I'm not terribly excited by Delmonico's...I liked it in its previous incarnation...but it is a lot better eating that many other cities can boast. Emeril's is Emerils. Brigsten's is an old favorite and you will be touted onto the duck which is very good although with access to a freezer full of wild duck I don't usually bother with it.
Commander's and Galatoire's are the Old Guard on your list and should be coat-and-tie places. That said, they are far from stuffy.
I will second that rec.. Delmonico, in the present iteration, is OK, but we were both underwhelmed, in general. We still remember (wife, more clearly, than I), the old Delmonico.
Though we have not yet dined at La Boca, many of the family praise it highly, as do many on this board. I defer to them.
I also agree about the coat, and possibly the tie, at the restaurants cited. I always do so, but have noticed some, without jackets, and open collars, so cannot comment on what will be "allowed."
For pizza, I would check out Dominica's (John Besh at the Roosevelt), for a possibility.