I'm arriving in NOLA on a Friday morning and leaving on the following Monday morning and hope to experience some fantastic meals while there. My focus will be on classic creole food, but if I'm truly missing out of an essential part of the city's food scene by not including a more modern take on the cuisine I'm open for suggestions. This is the agenda I have so far:
Friday lunch at Coquette.
Friday dinner at Galatoire's.
Saturday jazz brunch at Commander's Palace.
Saturday dinner at NOLA.
Sunday jazz brunch at Mr B's Bistro (for bbq shrimp and gumbo yaya)
Sunday dinner at Emeril's New Orleans.
Would this list give me a good introduction to the food of New Orleans or should I make some adjustements?
Is it too much with two of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants on this short trip, are the food very similiar in his restaurants?
Final question is what would you say are the signature dishes I shouldn't miss on the different places?
I'm very excited about this trip and look forward to hear what you have to say in order to get the most out of my dining experience there.
I never go to Commander's without having the turtle soup which is the best publically available version in town. Emeril has a representative gumbo: I'd sound out the waiter as to what is looking good that night.. The only times I go there is with one of his wine vendors so I am never in charge of the table. The shrimp remoulade at Galatoire's is the gold standard and the oysters en brochette, crabmeat Yvonne and poached redfish hollandaise are classics.
I would personallly recommend against doing both NOLA and Emeril's. In a city with so many great restaurants it just seems its better to branch out a bit more. August, Brigstens, or Herbsaint are a few of the options I would explore. If budget was really not a consideration I'd probably go with August, and by most cities' standards August isnt even really that unreasonable for that level of food.