NOLA Locals: A frequent visitor looking for some itinerary feedback for an upcoming visit, sans family/work.
Hello, fellow Chowhounders. I'm a regular visitor and will be coming down in June and it is the first time I've visited NOLA by myself when it wasn't for work so I'm really excited to plan this trip. I love sitting at the bar for dinners so I'll be doing that every night. I'd love some feedback on nice dinner choices, as well as a mix of casual and nicer lunch ideas (full disclosure: I have a RB poorboy fetish). Money is not a factor for this trip. Here is my current dining itinerary:
Lunches: I arrive Thursday morning and want to get a roast beef poorboy on the way into the City from the airport. I have already been to Crabby Jack's, so am thinking of trying R&O. Good choice? For my other 4 lunches, I need some help narrowing down my list. I'm thinking of these places for sure:
1. Cafe Reconcile (I know one of the chefs and want to support a good cause)
2. Buffa's for Sunday jazz brunch.
Lunches 3-4 thoughts include: Dat Dog on Freret, Boucherie, Coquette, Lilette, La Petite Grocery, Rene Bistrot, Serendipity, Toup's Meatery, and/or Crescent City Pie and Sausage Co. (I will also head to Butcher on my way out of town for a Muffeletta for the plane.)
I'm staying at the Hotel Modern, so will go to Barocq for a drink first. Other cocktail bars I would like to visit include
Dinner at the bar ideas are heavily weighted toward new(ish) places I'd like to try:
(Hopefully there will be more information on the really new places before my trip).
Other ideas include:
Something Besh (Domenica, Luke, August, Borgne)
Something Bywater: Maurepas, Mariza, Booty's
Have I missed anything that has opened in the last 2 years that I must try at some point (lunch or dinner)?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and reactions.
Regarding Buffa's -- The place is right down the street and I kind of like their casual food -- they do a great burger -- especially when it's raining; however, their brunch is horribly inconsistent -- on consecutive weeks I had one of the best egg benedicts ever and then the worst. Also, since the ownership change, the prices have been creeping up. It's not long till it's not worth the cost for the food -- drinking in the front room is still just fine).
Further, note that the back room is a mob scene on Sundays, even for solos sitting at the bar. If you're keen on seeing the band (the band is worth seeing), be sure to get there early, 10ish.
If you're a cocktail fan and enjoy eating at the bar, know that Peristroika @ Pravda has been doing a pretty good Sunday brunch. I don't know how long that'll last before their rum bar concept kicks in.
The other couple of places that are newish that I've been frequenting are St. Lawrence (specifically for the fried chicken) and Killer Po-Boys. I'm not sure I'd knock anything off your list for either of those but if you're looking for a midnight snack they're both pretty good.
Thanks for the feedback. I got married across the street from Buffa's and have been there for a drink--nice vibe in the front room. Last time I was down in January, I took a cemetery tour conducted by one of the band members in Some Like it Hot. They play the Sunday brunch. So I'll try to go. And I'll take your advice about arriving early. I'm not sure if Peristroika @ Pravda will still be open when I'm there so the spot may be in the renovation stage during my visit. A good rum bar sounds like a nice idea, especially with this ownership group. I'll do some research on Killer Po-Boys and St Lawrence. Thanks again!
I wouldn't be too concerned with Criollo if I were you. I've had two lunches there, and both times there was a (admittedly fairly minor) problem with the food: a panzanella salad with the bread missing, and a roasted vegetable sandwich with the cheese missing. Food was fine but certainly not exciting or interesting. Just not great. Definitely feels like hotel food.
I would take Sobu off that list, to many other great places to eat. I have been there twice and it was not impressive either time.
Dining in R'evolution's bar is a totally differnt experience than the dining room. I'd skip the bar, Buffa's and Sobu.
August is Besh's best, followed by the more casual Domenica. Can't go wrong with either.