Florida hound needs advice about dress code...
We will be in New Orleans next weekend and have reservations at Brigsten's, R'evolution and Emeril's for dinner and Commander's Palace for Sunday brunch. Can anyone please advise me about dress codes? Here, in south Florida, everything is very casual, but I have surmised that may not be the case in NOLA. Does my husband need a jacket for brunch at Commander's? Advice would be most appreciated!
I live in South Florida but I'm in Nola at least once a month, and have eaten at all those places, and in some of them several times. Commander's would be the only place where you might wear a jacket. Even there it's really optional for brunch. At dinner I think most men wear jackets there but it is not required any more. When I ate at R'evolution last month there were a minority of tables where men had jackets. Brightsen's and Emeril's are pretty casual, like Dockers-and-polo-shirts casual. My husband carts a jacket along if we're going to Commander's or Galatoire's. Otherwise he sticks to slacks and a collared shirt, but he can be pretty old-fashioned. Even then he has looked overdressed at times. Still, I prefer to be a bit overdressed than underdressed, personally. I get by at all of the above with women's business slacks, a nice sweater and pumps, if female attire is of interest. BTW, great list of restaurants! You will have a great time!
On the basis of a Commander's lunch this summer, don't sweat it..or, maybe, DO sweat it. I saw people eating who should have been across the street gravedigging. That's the way of it everywhere nowadays.