One dinner, one lunch in NOLA
My family is staying one night in NOLA at the end of July. My husband and I have visited NOLA several times years back and I am aware of most of the current top restaurants. I want my daughters -- ages 15, 13, and 11 and all pretty adventurous eaters -- to experience top-notch meals in NOLA while there. By this, I don't necessarily mean the fanciest restaurants, just the best expression of NOLA local cuisine. One daughter is gluten-free and loves seafood. We are staying in the Warehouse District and have a car. Suggestions please! Tried and true, or something new?
I will go in another direction. For the "ultimate expression of NOLA cuisine, and dining," I would opt for Galatoire's. As there is not difference, beyond the ambiance of downstairs, and the line, I would probably get reservations for upstairs. The young ladies will enjoy the "pomp," and being able to dress up a bit.
I think that I was about 6, when I first got to experience Galatoire's, and enjoyed it greatly. We also often did Antoine's, but have not dined there, post-K, though I now hear great things. At one time, Galatoire's and Antoine's were rather "neck-in-neck," but then, Antoine's rather slipped. Still, I have have fond memories of both, and that is after about 60 years! Until I get the opportunity to do the "new, and revitalized Antoine's," I cannot recommend them - yet.
CP's can be very good, but they managed to let me down, and big-time. They are a lovely venue, and the food is still pretty good, but much of their earlier "spirit" has been missing on our last several visits. Maybe you can hit them on a "good night?"
I think if you are looking for a good interpretation of New Orleans food in a fun atmosphere that kids your age would enjoy, you should try Jacques Imos for dinner. But, they close for a few weeks in the summer, so call and make sure they are open. If you want the no-frills version of similar food, try their lunch spot Crabby Jack’s.