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pbk2755 Oct 23, 2012 05:06 AM

Going to New Orleans during the above dates and have a tentative line up that i wonder might be tweeked. So far reservations at Galatoire's for friday lunch, Brunch at Cafe Atchafalya saturday and Brunch at Muriel's on sunday. I am avoiding large breakfast and focusing on lunch and dinner this trip. The other meals i am looking at are: Thursday night Jacques-Imo's, Friday night Clancy's, Saturday night Mr. B's Bistro, Sunday night Coquette, Monday lunch Commander's Palace, monday dinner Bon Ton Cafe and tuesday lunch Domilicie's or Parkway. Too agressive? Cut back a dinner for drinks and appetizers at Hermes Bar at Arnauds? Of course ,other than the first 3 and the last, the rest of the plan is dependent upon available reservations.

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    collardman Oct 23, 2012 11:06 AM

    Great selection. You may want to coast one day in the middle.

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      shanefink Oct 23, 2012 05:14 PM

      Galatoire’s upstairs for lunch is like sitting at Fenway Park behind one of those columns so you can’t see the batter. I think they call those seats obstructed view.
      The rest of your lineup looks good. Nice variety of casual and upscale. I’d be interested to see your trip report. Don’t forget the shrimp and aligator cheesecake at Jacques Imos.

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        pbk2755 Oct 23, 2012 07:21 PM

        Shanefink, thanks so much for the input. Have spent many days and nights at Fenway. Seats are bad enough without obstruction. Is advice to cancel appt and take chances with seat downstairs? Are reservations always upstairs.? What do you think of drinks and apps at Hermes Bar some night instead do dinner as a "break" in the lineup.

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          shanefink Oct 24, 2012 01:28 PM

          You can use the reservation as a backup. Reservations on Friday lunch are always upstairs. Go early and wait for a table. If none appears, use the reservation or cancel the reservation and have a backup plan like the Bourbon House. Hermes Bar is pretty cool, but I wouldn’t waste a meal on their apps. There’s just tooo many other great restaurants. Just go to Hermes for the cocktails.

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            karendor Oct 24, 2012 03:17 PM

            I think you have a great plan...

            I was not real impressed with Hermes Bar (waiter was rude to my husband), and agree with shanefink that the apps are not worth it given all the other choices in FQ. I agree keep your rezzies and just go with small plates i.e. Coquette will have some lovely small plates and sides. At Mr. B's you can get the BBQ Shrimp & bread, drinks & optional dessert for a lovely meal. I like sitting at the bar.

            Here is my photo of Parkway to help tempt you. Love the feel of that place, and everyone is so nice. Great Po-boys and killer sweet potato fries. Allthough I have not been to Domilese's my kid likes it just as well. See the experts' previous post from this year: "Best Po'boy" to help make your determination.

            Sounds so fun - I arrive on the 7th!

             
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              pbk2755 Oct 25, 2012 05:41 AM

              Great Idea. reservations at 12:30 would 11:30 be good time to get there with hopes of table down stairs? Will put Hermes Bar on the back burner.

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                hazelhurst Oct 25, 2012 07:49 AM

                They open at 11:30 so I suggest you be about 45 minutes before that. Of course, depending on weather, eents et you might walk right in..you never know. BEfore five o'clock you do ot need to "dress up" (which today seems to mean something other than thong swinstrunks) but you'll fit in better if you do

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                  pbk2755 Oct 25, 2012 07:11 PM

                  Having lived in NOLA for eight year, though in the 60's and 70's ,I appreciate the importance of dressing to the occasion. it is what has made, in my mind, New Orleans what it is, and and continues to be, before and after Katrina. The Old Guard of NOLA keep a manner and sofistication, rough though it might be at times ,that allows the spirit, joy of life and devil may care attitude that permeates this great and unique city to prevail. I look forward to breathing it in and tasting it at Galatoire's.

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              Bill Hunt Oct 25, 2012 07:28 PM

              The question would be - have you ever done Friday lunch at Galatoire's? If so, then reservations, and upstairs are OK, as you get the same food and service, though maybe not with your favorite waiter. If you have not, then downstairs IS worth the wait in line (actually, can be part of the fun), as the tableau in the dining room is great - usually.

              Enjoy,

              Hunt

          2. Bill Hunt Oct 25, 2012 07:26 PM

            I would pack expandable-waist clothing, and hope that you can do most of it.

            We usually skip lunch, and concentrate on breakfast and dinner, or a very early brunch and later dinner, but I am out of "training," and can no longer dine, as I once could, even in NOLA.

            Enjoy, and travel safely,

            Hunt

            PS - I would go to Parkway, but that is just me.

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              pbk2755 Oct 26, 2012 05:30 AM

              BH i appreciate the insight. Long time reader of the threads and always look forward to your comments. I have never been to Galtoire's and as such will line up friday am in attempts of being seated downstairs. in the pst i saw comments of putting the food selection in the hands of the waiter. Is this the thing to do or go by recommendations on the thread of particular dishes? Are there still "line-holders" as in days of old? Sounds like there is possibly as experience in being in line.

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                Bill Hunt Oct 26, 2012 09:28 PM

                If one has never dined downstairs, then I highly recommend standing in line, to do so. It is a different experience, and worth the effort, IMHO.

                However, if one HAS dined downstairs, then reservations, and upstairs dining, are not a bad way to go, as the food and the service (mostly), are the same.

                As for turning the ordering of the dishes over to the servers, I am in agreement (mostly, again), with that. Tell them what you like/dislike, and then trust them to make the proper recommendations. They know what is fresh, what is coming out of the kitchen at the highest level and what suits your tastes best. They wish to serve you the very best possible.

                Just my observations,

                Hunt

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                pbk2755 Oct 26, 2012 06:02 AM

                with the thought that expandible waistlines only go so far, which of my line up might be most expendible?

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