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Weekend Itinerary - opinions and a few questions

Hello fellow Chowhounders. My husband planned a trip to NOLA this upcoming weekend as part of my 40th birthday present. Part of the present includes tickets to the Saints game on Sunday, because even though I am from Central New York, I am a HUGE Saints fan (crappy season this year, sigh). We are staying close to the French Quarter at the Hilton on St. Charleston.

I've made a preliminary lunch and dinner itinerary and I'd love to hear your comments on it. I mostly chose pricier places for lunch and slightly less expensive for dinner. Part of that reason is that I am concerned about dinner dress code at places like Galatoire's. We're only in town for a three day weekend and I don't want my poor hubby to have to pack dress pants and a jacket. If you could let me know if any of these dinner places require a dress code I would be most grateful.

Also, could you please let me know if any of these places require reservations? If so, I'll get right on it! Thanks in advance.

Friday dinner – Green Goddess.

Saturday lunch – Commander’s Palace, tour the garden district/graveyards.

Saturday happy hour - Domenica

Saturday dinner – stick around at Domenica or head to Boucherie?

Sunday pre-game food – Champion Square? Anyone have any reviews?

Sunday dinner – Café Adelaide or SoBou?

Monday - we leave on Monday afternoon so I figured I'd leave Monday lunch open to whatever suits our fancy.

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  1. - Boucherie's excellent but you'll want reservations.

    - I'm not sure what's available for food in Champion Square. Anytime I've been there the teeming masses had already overrun the place. If it were me, I'd eat elsewhere before the game.

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    1. re: montuori

      Thanks for the quick reply. I'll get on the horn with Boucherie's.

      That's kind of a bummer about Champion Square, but I'll look around for other options by the Super Dome.

    2. Commanders has the no-t shirt/no sandals rule, supposedly no shorts although I keep hearing of people who have seen shorts. "Jacket preferred" at dinner but that is a strict as they get. Everywhere else you have listed is going to be casual. Folks have been saying good things about Cafe Adelaide and I think I'd be swayed in their favor of those two choice but I admit to being biased against the cutesey name of SouBou. I think the advice re: Champion Square is good.

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      1. re: hazelhurst

        Thank you for the dress code information. He'll probably be wearing pants and a golf shirt, so shorts isn't a worry. I just didn't want him to have to drag something fancier.

        I totally agree with you on the cutesey nature of the name SouBou. And I'll take both of your advice and stay clear of Champion Square.

        1. re: ludmilasdaughter

          The Roosevelt (i.e.Domenica) isn't that far from the Dome and MiLa might work. Guess it depends on the time of the game.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Yeah, that's the kicker (no pun intended). Worst comes to worst we can have breakfast or brunch at our hotel restaurant, which seems pretty good but a bit expensive. It's called Luke's and is a John Besh restaurant.

              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                I like Luke and if I were in your place I think I'd wait for brunch and see if I could get thru by 11;30..you can make Da Dome in the half-hour or cab it for comfort.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  I like Luke too, but if it's a true noon start it's going to take longer to get in the Dome and to your seats than 30 minutes. Security line and bag check plus navigating a stadium I assume you're unfamiliar with - I'd give it at least an hour if you want to be in your seats by kickoff.

                  I suggest grabbing a late, light-ish breakfast of bagels or pastries or something you can grab easily, and waiting until after the game to eat. Luke is good for post-game too though.

                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                    You're right..that makes more sense. I was forgetting about security stuff.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      Thanks both of you for your excellent advice. We'll just grab something light before the game and make sure that we give ourselves at least an hour to get to the Dome.

                      1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                        I just talked to a kid who is a season ticket holder and he said while he's gotten thru security in under 30 minutes it is best to allow an hour. I think it took me about 45 minutes last year at teh one game I went to. He also thought that eating afterward is a better idea although he is a young guy and probably gets most of his caloric fill from beer and margaritas.

                        1. re: hazelhurst

                          Haha. Oh, I plan on getting plenty of alcohol calories as well.

                          Thanks again for the info. We'll make sure to have at least an hour.

        2. We always pregame at Borgne in the Hyatt, but more for drinks than food. If you do eat there, small plates are good. Get the duck poppers, empanadas, crab claws, raw oysters, tuna salad, and whatever else looks good. Problem is it's pretty early for lunch and too late for breakfast. A lot of times we'll eat regular breakfast, stop in Borgne for a bloody or two, eat a snack in the dome, then get a table at Borgne for a late lunch while traffic thins out.

          Food in the dome sucks and it's expensive, but they've got a captive audience. If your seats are in the club, the Copeland's stands in the club lounges are your best bet.

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          1. re: N.O.Food

            You're not wrong about the food at the dome; however, it *is* possible to get a very good (albeit expensive ... $14!) bloody mary there. Chat the ladies up a little and they'll take very good care of you. (My seats have never been in the club, alas.)

            1. re: montuori

              For $14 it damned well better be a good bloody!

            2. re: N.O.Food

              We'll try to check out Borgne after the game. Thanks. Most stadium food is sadly lacking.

              1. re: ludmilasdaughter

                Well, how'd you make out food-wise? The game was pretty entertaining, especially for a lame-duck contest.