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I'm heading down to New Orleans next Thursday-Sunday morning with a group of buddies. We are all in our late 20's. We're looking for good food, good music, and just trying to get the overall New Orleans experience. I'd like to eat as much New Orleans/Creole cuisine as possible. We're trying to get the "locals" experience.

Here's a rough idea of our plan. Looking for everyone's input!

Thursday- Touristy day. Likely hit up Acme Oyster for lunch, then Pat O's for a Hurricane. We are thinking of doing Jacques Imos for dinner. I heard it's a fun spot. Will plan to do Frenchman after

Friday- Planning on doing Domenica's and then seeing Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz. I was leaning against doing Domenica's since you can get good Italian in NYC, but I've heard great things. Any other recs?

Saturday- We have a reservation at Bayona, but I'm torn between going here at Brigsten's. Any input?

Also planning on trying to do Mother's and Cochon Butcher for lunches.

Thanks in advance everyone!

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  1. On Thursday, going from Jaques-Imo's for dinner to Frenchmen Street afterwards is a serious hike. If you want to do the Frenchmen Street thing I'd have dinner there or in the Quarter nearby. Alternatively, I hear the Maple Leaf bar next to Jacques-Imo's is fun.

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    1. re: ndukka562

      Where would you recommend for dinner around Frenchman Street or the FQ?

      1. re: jstarr

        On Frenchmen: Three Muses, Marigny Brasserie, Praline Connection

        Eats in the FQ: there are tons of options and almost as many posts on this board about where to eat

    2. Brigsten's has more fans here but either is a good choice. Brigsten's has the edge on service.

      I think all will suggest that you skip Mothers. Bon Ton is a good lunch choice in the same area but they are closed on weekends.

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      1. re: collardman

        I changed to a reservation at Herbsaint on Thursday. For Friday, would you skip Domenica and go to either Mr. B's or Galatoires?

        1. re: jstarr

          Those are three wildly different places. Mr B's is going to be more casual and a mix of tourists and Quater-ites. Galatoire's will be almost completely local for lunch, dressed up, and loud. You could go at 3:00 and miss _some_ of the hoopla but it will still be locals on their own turf, and a smattering of wanna-be's.

          1. re: hazelhurst

            What would you recommend for dinner?

            1. re: jstarr

              On Friday, of those there, I'd always opt for Galatoire's but it is my favorite. But in casual togs, I'd flip a coin but lean toward Domenica just because it is a change of pace. The BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's usually get the highest praise and if you aren't from here they probably taste even better. (I grew up with Pascal Manale's version).

              1. re: jstarr

                Re-reading this I wonder if you were asking specific items for dinner..and I assume you are asking about Galatoire's. Lunch/Dinner makes no difference. I like lamb chops as a change of pace, also sweetbreads. the Grand Goutee is a good starter or you can have shrimp remoulade (the best in town) Canape Lorenzo if someone will make it, trout meuniere is good...and yes, it is swimming in butter becuase we like butter and use the bread to sop it up. Crabmeat Yvonne is a winner, too. Suateed soft shells are the best there are. Just ask teh waiter, though, and give him some hints about what you like.

        2. Couple of notes. First of all avoid Mothers which is a pretty disgusting tourist trap. Also, the last time I went to the Marigny Brasserie (suggested above) was close to two years ago but back then it was serving Cisco's greatest hits and not at all worth going to. Herbsaint, where you have a reservation, is, however, great.

          For music: Thursday: Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue are playing at the Circle Bar (easy walk from Herbsaint). Not very New Orleansy but so good that even if you usually wouldn't listen to honky tonk you'll probably really like them. Also, the Circle Bar is very small and untouristy. Friday: if you can make Kermit Ruffins set at Blue Nile of Frenchman (early - starts seven), you should - he is the quintessential New Orleans trumpet player and singer - a musical descendent of Louis Armstrong.

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          1. re: CampStreet

            Thanks for the advice guys. It looks like I've been able to narrow down my plans a little. It looks like we are set for dinners at Herbsaint, Domenica's and Brigsten's.

            As a fan of Treme, I do really want to see Kermit Ruffins but don't see how it's going to be feasible with his sets starting at 7, and most of our dinners starting at 9.

            1. re: jstarr

              The day you are going to Brigsten's, take the St. Charles street car, depending on where yall are from it will be a change-of-pace transportation option and the route is picturesque. First stop: The Columns Hotel for drinks, then back on the streetcar to the St. Charles/Carrollton intersection. After dinner, get back on the street car and head to Oak Street. Great bar, OAK, in the first block, usually has music; then further down the block is the Maple Leaf. Take a cab home.

          2. Just got back, Acme was on our always stop at list, not any more- long lines poor service, and mediocre food. Don't miss Domenica our new favorite!!! Loved Dantes kitchen and GW fins. Great drinks at the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt, Jim Was an outstanding bar person.

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            1. re: rkaene

              Sounds good. Sorry about Acme, but then, it does receive a ton of love on this board, so maybe they have been reading their own reviews?

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