Herbsaint, Clancy's, or Upperline? Oyster Po Boys. Lafayette suggestions.
We are from San Francisco and will be visiting NO in Feb. just after Mardi Gras. Actually will be doing Mardi Gras ball and parade in Lafayette then coming to NO for 3 nights. Have been to NO 3 times before. So far I have Borgne and Galatoires for dinners. The last night I am trying to decide between the above choices. I still want an only in NO type of meal, cajun/creole not too modernized or international. I can get other types of food in SF. Herbsaint seems to be getting a lot of love lately, just wondering if the menu there has enough of NO/LA in it. Also any suggestions for Lafayette are appreciated. Oyster Po Boy suggestions too for both places.
of the 3 restaurants in your subject line. I would choose Clancy's. I always have their oysters w/brie, veal chop and smoked soft shell crab. for dessert, I'll get a frozen brandy alexander. also for consideration since you're willing to head uptown. look at Brigtsen's. love Frank's sweetbreads, rabbit tenderloin, and seafood platter.
for oyster po boys, if you have a car, I'd head to RiverPond Seafood on Airline Hwy., Crabby Jack's on Jefferson Hwy or Mandina's on Canal St (also accessible by Canal St. Streetcar).
People rave about Prejean's in Lafayette, but its not my favorite. TJ Ribs right off the I-10 in Baton Rouge is pretty good, and they have some really good plate lunches that are "home style/Louisiana food". If you like Italian, there is a great rest. BR Gino's also near the I -10.
You can't miss with any of the three. I'd pick Clancy's first, but also go with proximity to bed. Take a look at nomenu.com for terrific reviews and lists by cuisine and neighborhood. check out Jacque Imo's but get a reservation for real N.O.
For "poorboys" as they are now being called try Parkway in N.O. Olde Tyme grocery in Lafayette.
Baton Rouge has its share of unique places for good grub, too. In a four block area down Perkins Rd.--just off the interstate---we have DiGuilio's (reasonably priced, very good Italian), George's (good bar food, ala BR), a branch of Acme Oyster House, Parrain's ( very good La. Seafood and more) and Juban's (more fancy Creole) and 6-8 others I have enjoyed.
You should have no shortage of crawfish available when you come, but I'd strongly recommend getting them around Lafayette rather than N.O. or B.R. if it fits your schedule.
Not a fan of Herbsait at all which is wierd because I LOVE Bayona which is a sister restaurant but with a much better Owner/Chef but if you are looking for a more essential Louisiana food, I would recommend you check out the following:
for something less causal
R'evolution, just opened and I have heard great things about it. Chef John Folse is involved so its sure to be good
Crawfish aren't in season yet, so Dwight's in Lafayette most likely won't be serving boiled crawfish.
For a poboy in the Lafayette area, I recommend Villager's Cafe in Maurice, a few miles south. Don't know about their oyster poboy, never tried it, but the pot roast poboy is great!
In Lafayette I would go with Poor Boy's Riverside Inn on the Broussard side of town. Try any gumbo!