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Oh the places we will go... But am I missing anything?

Hey everybody! My husband and I are looking forward to a visit to NoLa from July 8-14. I am a HUGE planner and have been looking forward to this for months- we have never been! Please review my itenary and see if I missed anything that would be a sin. Also, is there anything we definately not miss seeing or doing while there? Thanks so much!

L: Johnny's Po Boys
D: Emeril's

L: Mrs B's Bistro
D: Restaurant R'evolution

L: Acme Oyster House
D: GW FINS (possibly)

L: Parkway Bakery
D: suggestions??

L: Domilise's
D: Restaurant August

Brunch: Commander's Palace
Dinner: suggestions???

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  1. We personally enjoy lunch at August - we have found it to be better price wise vs. dinner, even with not ordering the pre-fixe. Would suggest Brigsten's and definitely Galatoire's. Clancy's also gets a lot of recs here - we enjoyed but not as much as the others. I was just thinking from your other post what your dining choices were and then this entry popped up, scary. We will be there July 14-19 (surprised birthday trip for my husband) - it's driving me crazy not being able to discuss with him so I'm relying on the boards. I, too, am a HUGE planner - even have spread sheets. Hope R'evolution blows us all away!

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    1. re: Bldrswife

      I am getting so anxious! I so want to eat at Gal's but getting my husband in a coat is a struggle I will have to keep to a minimum. Trying to convince him it will be worth it... (we already have several "dressy" meals). Hoping for good weather for our trip!

      1. re: honeybrook_99

        I completely understand - I have the same problem regarding the jacket. There is just something about the atmosphere that is so fun. Hope you can do a live trip report so I can read before we leave. I am waivering on the R'evoltion reservation - the menu is not really my husband's thing. Since this is his bday trip, I will leave it up to him. Have a great trip!

        1. re: Bldrswife

          im curious - what is the primary issue for men who dont want to don a jacket for a nice dinner out?

          1. re: kibbles

            Speaking for my husband only - 1) The heat and having to deal with the jacket for the evening if we don't stop back at the hotel, 2) he owns his own business (construction and rentals) and it is something he doesn't deal with on a daily basis, therefore, out of his usual norm, and 3) locally, in most of our restaurants (outside of a very few high dining spots), jackets are not required and are usually in the minority.

            However, when we make our two trips to NO each year, he really doesn't have a problem with the jacket in order to fit in and honor the many long standing traditions. The real grief I get from him is that in so, so many of the restaurants we visit, he is dressed in the establishments desired attire but he is surrounded by those who are not outfitted the same. However, after several years he has come to agree with upholding the standards even though that may not be the case by many.

            And finally, for our summer trip with the heat, he likes to stay casual during the day and will dress for dinner. Our Christmas trip, he is more flexible.

            1. re: Bldrswife

              Speaking for myself and a horde of other regular NOLA restaurant goers, I/we appreciate his willingness to help uphold the traditions. Loud cheers!

              1. re: hazelhurst

                Honestly, just one of the many things we love about NOLA!

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  I could NOT have said it any better and my situation is very similar. And I, too, would never DREAM of attempting to try to "skirt around" a dress code myself and wouldn't let my husband either.... I wouldn't feel comfortable or be able to enjoy the experience! However, I also do not want to, at every meal (and in 100 degree temps at that) have my husband spend the majority of the day in a sport coat if he doesn't want to- even for my birthday trip... It is just not his style. But he does try :)

                  1. re: honeybrook_99

                    I say for your Thursday dinner just tell your hub to get over it and do Galatoire's right. If you want to put him in touch with me I'll be happy to help convince him! ;)

                    Or go to Dante's Kitchen. It's great.

                    1. re: kukubura

                      I think you are right! How can we come and not eat at Galatoire's?! Thanks for the push :)

                    2. re: honeybrook_99

                      Honeybrook - you are down to the wire. Hope you have a great trip and a very happy birthday with many wonderful meals. Look forward to your comments. Enjoy!

                      1. re: Bldrswife

                        I know and you are right behind us! I will try to post some as we go along!

          2. re: Bldrswife

            2nd that emotion for Brigtsen's... make reservations for Thursday dinner

          3. Of your list the one weak spot might be Domilise. You are long on sandwich lunch's so moving August to lunch and filling in another fine dining place might be good.

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            1. re: collardman

              yep, unless youre a poboy aficionado, id skip D's since you already have Johnny's and Parkway.

              id also consider Coquette for a dinner; they do a drink special on Thursdays so that could be perfect. daily fresh menu.

              1. re: collardman

                This will be my birthday and I was wanting a super special meal for that night- why we chose dinner at August.... Otherwise we might consider a swap. I do think we might be heavy on po boys- so we will probably cut one. Thanks!

              2. The two places you are missing that really jump out to me are Herbsaint (lunch or dinner, but I prefer lunch), and Bayona (dinner- must make reservations).. Both very unique to New Orleans, and simply outstanding food and service. Two of my favorite restaurants not just in New Orleans, but anywhere.

                Also check out Sylvain right by Jackson Square for a great, low-key lunch or dinner. Excellent cocktails too.

                We love GW Fins but find it best for apps and drinks at the bar before dinner elsewhere- nothing wrong with their entrees, just not as exciting as their apps- and that way you get to try more places!

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                1. re: Bdav1818

                  These were on my radar too- just so much to choose from- this being our first trip and all! We wanted a mix of inexpensive and finer dining too.... Wish we had more than a week thanks for your input!

                2. That is a very good, and ambitious itinerary.

                  The two omissions, that I see, are Brigtsen's and Galatoire's.

                  However, if you have done them, and however good they are/were, one must sample as much, as is possible.

                  You are already hitting many of my "favs," including Parkway Bakery, August and G W Fins.

                  At the end of the day, sit down, lean back, relax and exhale. Unless one has about 9 mos. of unrestricted dining, something WILL be missed. Do not fret. That is just a reason to return.

                  Some others, that have impressed me are:

                  Brennan's for Sat, or Sun Brunch
                  Ralph's on the Park Sun Brunch
                  Stanley! for breakfast
                  Original Coffee Pot for breakfast
                  Camillia Grill for breakfast

                  See, one cannot do them all, even from MY short list, and three meals a day, in New Orleans could be painful, and not good to fit into the clothes that you brought, but Perlis is just up magazine and can sell you new clothes!

                  We lived in NOLA (wife was a native) for many years, and get back, maybe 2-4x per year, but cannot possibly do, even all of our favorites, and many new "favs," were not even concepts, back then. Just too much, but that is NOT a bad thing. It just keeps us coming back, and back.

                  Enjoy, and do not fret - it is tough to get bad food in NOLA.


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                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    So True! I have comed CH and Hunt, your advice has been so valuable! I am sure going to hit all the high spots but we could never do it all! This IS out first trip together but I certainly hope not the last... I do intend on carrying your "to do" list with me in case we just happen to be in the neighborhood and in need of some great food. Thanks again and I can't wait to report back!

                  2. For Dessert you must go to The Sweet Palate on 519 St. Louis St. (in the French Quarter) and try their AMAZING gelato. While you're at it make sure to try, what I refer to as, the best chocolate in the world from Oriol Balaguer. A GOLD MINE IN NOLA.

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                    1. re: Jspano9

                      Sounds so good! And there is always room for ice cream and chocolate!!!

                    2. A few thoughts:

                      Be sure to have breakfast at least one day at Cafe du Monde.

                      I agree with the Galatoire's suggestion. You really haven't experienced a certain element of New Orleans unless you've been there.

                      Upperline is a great place and would fill one of your open dinner spots nicely.

                      At some point, stop for a drink at Napolean House. The bars at the Hotel Monteleone, Antoine's and Arnaud's are also nice. The one at Arnaud's, in particular, can be a quiet haven when you want one.

                      Most of all, have fun!

                      1. Jacques Imo's and Bayona

                        1. Do not miss GW Fins. The crabcake and sizzling oyster apps are very good. The "scalibut" entree with lobster risotto easily rivals Revolution's scallops.

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                          1. re: JazzyB

                            Scalibut is definitely good. Wish it was on the menu all the time.

                          2. May I suggest the Court of Two Sisters...for lunch ok.for Dinner......magical under all the twinkly lights,,,,and often live Jazz. It has been many years since I have been there but was THE most memorable of all my NO places

                            1. Hi all, got in just In time for dinner last night at Emeril's Service there was wonderful and they seated us well before our reservation time. We ordered the BBQ shrimp and the night's special appetizer of a half of a fried soft shell crab served with a stuffed pasta. The shrimp were good, better than good maybe, but the soft shell crab was wonderful! The bread basket was standard and forgettable- ate one bite of each kind and left the rest. Husband ordered the glazed duck with pickled vegetables/dirty rice cake and I ordered the andouille crusted drum with shoestring potatoes.Both were tasty but my husband's I thought, was better. Chocolate peanut butter pie for desert and it was good too. If i could have had the crab and the pie I would have been a happy girl and maybe a little less disappointed. Other than the crab,nothing mind blown but a good meal with perfect service to start our trip.

                              For lunch, we had Mr. B's and I thought the food,really, was heads above last night (and half the price). we started with a cup of gumbo ya-ya and seafood gumbo and an order of fried oysters. All were terrific but the seafood gumbo was the winner of the three.we both had the BBQ shrimp and my word, the were out of this world! The were large and perfectly cooked- not chewy or mushy as some posters have recently said on here. The French bread served with it was warm and crusty on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. We are seriously considering a trip back before we leave. Deserts were decent- forgettable, but then, didn't come for the molten chocolate cake. Service was good- probably not up to last night's standards (waitstaff spilled my grapefruit margarita on the table) but with food like this- wow:)

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                              1. re: honeybrook_99

                                I'm glad the fried soft shell was so enjoyable but I always try to get people to try them sauteed, maybe some garlic included. I often squeeze lemon over the whole thing.

                                The good shrimp at Mr B's is encouraging.

                                1. re: honeybrook_99

                                  If you do go back, my favorite dessert at Mr. B's is the profiteroles. I also love the duck spring rolls appetizer, they're just really tasty.

                                  1. re: honeybrook_99

                                    There are some terrific deals for fine dining lunches. August 3 courses $20.12, Emeril's 3 courses $19.50, (both m-f) Coquette 3 courses around $22, (wed-sat) Mila and Iris offer similar specials.. Commanders has a prix fixe and 25 cent martinis (m-f).

                                      1. re: honeybrook_99

                                        Sounds like you are off to a great start. I agree with your view of Emeril's. We have always liked our meals there but not been in love (except for the banana cream pie) while service has always been very good. You are making me think we may have to squeeze in a lunch at Mr. B's next week - usually just eat at the bar. We always have very good meals at Tommy's if you still have some openings (love the front room). Looking forward to hearing more!

                                      2. Well, can't wait to hear more..........am going in Aug (ugh) but the latest update is great!

                                        1. Ok, sorry for the delay but we hav e been spending A LOT of time exploring and I haven't been on my computer much. We had an absolutely fabulous meal at R'evolution. We were seated in the room with the chef's table and were able to see some of the " action". We knew we were having steak so we did not go for any degustation menu. The amuse was a chilled cucumber soup which was tasty and refreshing. For starters, I had the sweetbreads and my husband had the crab beniets- both were absolutely perfect. I couldn't pick a favorite but my husband, who has never had sweetbreads said they were the best. We had a prime ribeye each and shared asparagus, mushrooms, and creole cream cheese mashed potatoes. The steak was the best I have ever had. (and I have eaten at Peter Luger and Craftsteak in New York- haven't made it to Chicago though) The waiter said they source their steaks from Chicago. It was cooked perfectly medium rare but it had just a slight char on the outside- which I love. The desserts were also fabulous. Hubby had a trio of cheesecakes and I had the white chocolate bread pudding creme brûlée - and my word! I usually cand take a bite or two and leave the rest but ate every single scrap of the dessert. Over ally it was a wonderful meal ( although we were still stuffed the following day). If you are considering giving the restaurant a try- do! P.S. Only saw one man try to enter in shorts and he was seated at the bar despite seeming to know practically knowing the hostesses and several members of management...

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                                          1. re: honeybrook_99

                                            Thank you for the notes on R'evolution. We will be dining there late next week. Hope to have reviews to share.

                                            Travel safely,


                                          2. Had the charbroiled oysters as Acme- mainly because it was super close to our hotel. We found them to be delicious. We did not make it to August... After a repeat visit to Mr. B's for my birthday lunch (*grins sheepishly*) and Cafe du Monde for birthday beniets I was too stuffed! I know, the horror of missing August- but I knew I wouldn't enjoy it as full as I already was. We had the jazz brunch today at CP and the whole experience was lovely (cheesecake was the highlight for me)! I was treated like a queen and the band serenaded me with happy birthday :) lovely! I hate to go home tomorrow! We will have to make a return trip! Having Po boy's Parkway for supper... Thanks for all the comments y'all!

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                                            1. re: honeybrook_99


                                              On visits, one can never "do it all." Return trips are greatly encouraged. Even then, it can be tough. One is torn between a few "old favs." and then all the new places. Though I grew up near-by, married a local, lived in NOLA for years, and travel back often, I rely on the "locals" on this board to help me make decisions on dining.



                                            2. A couple of suggestions.

                                              Coquette is great for lunch or dinner. Sucre is dessert shop that is great, too. I love Dante's kitchen. Very underrated but it is a true farm to table and creative. Cochon is a great place, too, for pork cheeks. I love Bayona and the food never fails(order the sweetbreads). A place I went to recently was Iris, I had a great meal there.