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Coming back to town need suggestions

Love New Orleans and have certain spots that I have to make every visit. haven't been in a few years and would like to hear that these places are as good as they used to be and get some tips for some new experiences.

Places we ALWAYS go:

Pascal's Manale, Acme Oyster bar, Johnny's Po-boy's, and Central Grocery for Muffalettas. . Still good? any problems?

Couple of places I plan on going:
Willie Mae's and Domillise's. Did Travel channel / Food network ruin'em yet? and Tujagues for Chicken Bonne Femme.

Heard I need to try: Nola's, Drago's, Dickie Brennan's steaks.

Already will be going: Commander Palace and Brunch at Brennan's.

Also plan on playing a couple rounds of golf. Thinking TPC Lousiana and Bella Terra unless ya'll have better ideas or theses tracks are over-priced for layout/ conditions.

I'm driving in, so transport is not a problem.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

Steve

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  1. I wouldn't recommend Domillises but if you do go, do not get the roast beef poboy. I also think Willie Maes isn't as great as people say and I have given it three tries. The side dish of butter beans is fantastic but I have never been impressed by their chicken.

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    1. re: roro1831

      Thank You.

      I saw Domillises on Adam Riches's sandwich show. They were talking about the shrimp po-boy being one of the best around. true? We usually get our po-boy fix from Johnny's but want to try something different this time.. Willie Mae's chicken looked awsome on TV and kinda wanted just to see another side of town, but I can get the chicken at Tujague's if you think that's a better dish.
      Anywhere else I HAVE to go? Looking for real NO. Thanks again.

      1. re: SteveGuid

        I can't speak to the shrimp poboy as I don't eat fried seafood poboys as I prefer my shrimp boiled and oysters raw. Parkway and R&O's are my two favorite places for roast beef poboys.
        New Orleans to me growing up meant snoballs and the two that stand out are Hansen's and Plum Street. I grew up with Plum Street and drives in weekly with my mom to go there from Metry but Hansen's is better in my opinion and it's a piece of history. Not sure if they will be open when you visit though.

        1. re: roro1831

          Thanks for the help!

          Any golf course recommendations from Anyone?

          PM still good as always?

    2. Your itinerary seems kinda Brennan-heavy. I'd cut loose Brennan's for sure. It's pretty awful. And If you're coming to New Orleans to eat a steak, I'd go to Mr. John's over Dickie's.

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      1. re: BayouTeche

        Thanks alot for the help.

        I'm open for any and all suggestions.

        Where do I really really need to go???

        1. re: BayouTeche

          Yeah, Id definitely cut dickie brennans steakhouse from the list.

          Id probably add Brigstens in its place, I wouldnt come to new orleans to eat a steak even though there are good steaks around town.

          1. re: twyst

            Ok, Dickie B's is gone. My friends have already booked me in for Sunday Brunch at Brennan's so I.m stuck there.

            Thanks!

            ANY golf suggestions from anyone? (I know this is Chowhound but there has to be some golfers on here somewhere!)

            1. re: SteveGuid

              I golf but not so much in the City..occasionally at Audubon Park, which is better than it used to be. I am not fan of TPC because I do not like Pete Dye's trickery. No matter what, it is too goddamn hot right now.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                Too Hot? I'm looking at under 90 in NO next week. That's a cold front in DF-W!

                We have had to play a few rounds in the low to mid 100's here lately..lol

                I'm driving in, so distance is no problem (reasonably). I'm looking at Bella Terra (I know Pete Dye) but open to suggestions. City Park any good? i'm not a golf snob, I play munis all the time. Just looking for good, unique experience.

                thanks!

                {i don't really know Pete Dye, just know he designed Bella Terra, ok?)

                1. re: SteveGuid

                  trent Jones did a good one in Baton Rouge, Santa Maria, that is now public. Watch out for goose mementos everywhere. Copper Mill north of BR is also good.

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    How far of a drive is that? I;m staying in the quarter.

                    thanks again!

                    1. re: SteveGuid

                      Depending on traffic and how fast you drive an hour or a little moreAt least to Santa Maria

                      1. re: roro1831

                        Thanks man. but i think I'll try and stay a litter closer to town. Thinking Bella Terra, maybe City Park North, maybe TPC Lousiana.

                        Thanks again!

        2. When in NOLA, I always make it a point to go to Evelyn's Place. It's on Chartres, right off of Canal (at the edge of the French Quarter where it blends with the CBD), and is a beautiful little hole in the wall. Besides having delicious food, the quiet, earthy ambiance is incredibly relaxing.

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