Please Critique My Dining Itinerary!
My fiance and I are taking my mother to Nola in early November. Any tips or recommendations would be great. Here's what I got:
Pre-Lunch stop at Felix's for some raw and char-grilled oysters!
Lunch at Mr's B's for some BBQ shrimp
Pre-Dinner Cocktails and Apps at French 75
Dinner Restaurant R'Evolution
Breakfast: Grabbing some beignets to go from either Cafe Du Monde or Cafe Beignet. Enjoying them on our balcony with some coffee and Mimosas. I've only had CDM beignets in the past.
Lunch at Galatoire's (Contemplating back-up if we cannot get the first seating)
Pre-dinner Cocktails at Carousel Bar or Hermes Bar
Dinner at Nola (this was toss up between Nola and Emeril's)
Breakfast: Thinking of grabbing something from Croissant D'Or and bringing it back to the room again. Are there any other bakeries that might be better or is this place legit?
Lunch at Muriel's
Bloody mary's at Bar Tonique before we head to the airport :-(
That is a good list with a nice wide selection of venues. You may get some comments on Muriel's, but if you're after nice experiences as much as good food, Muriel's fits.
The biggest flap will be between NOLA and Emerils. I like them both but I give NOLA the edge as I've had more consistancy there, the last few times the specials have been amazingly good, and, while both are noisy, NOLA is more casual and a little cheaper. But most here will say Emeril's over NOLA.
Fri, skip breakfast and opt for a first seating lunch in the garden room at Commander's. Like sitting in the tree tops, fun, 25 cent martinis, prix fixe. A more sedate, refined lunch at August, 3 courses, $20.12.
I'd choose Emeril's and stick to his standards. Portions are generous. It is a lively space. You may be too full for dessert, order a slice of banana cream pie for the table anyway.
Beignets " to go" cool down quickly (not a good thing). Closing the bag may soften them.
Cafe Beignet.- hands down the best beignets I've ever had. And so much faster than CDM. They make them after you order them so they are fresh. It takes a few minutes but no long lines like there are at CDM most of the time.
If you just must do Galatoire's on Friday then leave as is. But if it were me, I'd attempt Galatoire's on Thursday and back up with Mr. B's if you can't get seated. If you don't get seated Thursday you can try again Friday with a different backup.
Re: Friday lunch, you really don't want the so-called first seating. Let the first mob begin to dwindle..maybe 1:30 or so, probably later. Then go.
NOLA dining does not lend itself to 3 squares a day. There is so much that is so good that 3 is tough. We have never been breakfast people so enjoying an early great lunch with a late great dinner has always been our MO. Check out the posts on Felix's economic problems before committing. Based on our last trip, Mr. B's shrimp is all that is cracked up to be and R'evolution delivers. I would highly recommend some research on R'evolution as the room they sit you in may impact your experience. Commander's as a back up on Friday is a pretty good alternative. I am a big fan of Muriel's but have always done dinner. Can't comment on lunch but it's a great room with a great location and the food and service has always been spot on.