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Jul 27, 2012 11:19 AM

2 Nights in NO. What MUST we do/try/tase??

Hello all. Coming into town August 10th-12th. Just a quick visit prior to a business meeting in Biloxi. I will have my wife with me and we would LOVE some local suggestions. We are staying at The Dauphine in the FQ. I have made Friday night reservations at Cochon as I have always wanted to eat there. Thought Saturday brunch at Commanders might be great also. LMK your thoughts. Also please tell me the BEST place nearby to eat my weight in crawfish (nice and spicy!). A great classic cocktail joint would also be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!!!

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  1. You're not going to find any boiled crawfish in August. The season runs from about February to July. Shelled crawfish meat is frozen and available year-round in dishes like etouffee.

    1. Arnaud's French 75 Bar is a good one. Chris Hannah is the barman and one of the best in the city.
      French 75 Bar @ 813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 5433.
      Bar Tonique is at the N side of the French Quarter. Ed Diaz is the owner and he's serious about the cocktail program.
      Bar Tonique @ 820 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 324 - 6045.
      Bar Uncommon @ Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel
      817 Common Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 1111.
      Chris McMillan is the bartender at Bar Uncommon and he’s one of the best.
      Bombay Club is a good one. Cheryl Charming is the manager and works behind the bar on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
      Bombay Club @ 830 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 586 - 0972.
      The Chart Room is a fine place to get a cold drink and rest.
      The Chart Room @ 300 Chartres Street New Orleans, LA 504 – 522 – 1708.
      Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.
      Carousel Bar is a classic hotel bar. Marvin Allen is the manager and main bartender. He's solid and a great personality. It's a good for stop for classics.
      Carousel Bar @ Hotel Monteleone| @ 214 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 3341.
      Green Goddess has great drinks and good food.
      Green Goddess @ 307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 301 - 3347.
      Roosevelt Hotel Bar is a cool spot with great upscale bar food. Long drinks are well made and tasty. I would not stray too far beyond the list. It has no connection to the Roosevelt Hotel next door.
      Roosevelt Hotel Bar @ 116 University Place, New Orleans, LA 504 - 566 - 9444.
      Sazerac is an amazing restored art deco bar inside the Roosevelt Hotel. The Sazerac is done well. there are some serious bartenders here.
      Sazerac Bar @ 123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 529 - 4733.
      Swizzle Stick Bar at Loew's Hotel in the CBD takes classic cocktails seriously. The drinks are always reliable and it's a great hotel bar for the atmosphere.
      Swizzle Stick Bar @ Cafe Adelaide @ 300 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 595 - 3305.

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      1. re: Littleman

        What an awesome post. Thanks so much. Im still broken-hearted about the crawfish season, but with this many cocktails Ill just forget about it!! Please if anyone knows where I can get "Pork Backbone Stew" without driving to Breaux Bridge it would be MUCH appreciated. I leave in the morning!!!!!!!

      2. Okay, I can't resist. Rather than add to the comprehensive list you've received, let me just say, there is so much good food and wonderful meals to be enjoyed in New Orleans, that you should do and try as much as you comfortably can, and feel free to "tase" anything not up to snuff. ;-)