5 Days of Food & Drink!
OK, First time in New Orleans. Staying in FQ. No Car but love to walk a lot.
Don't really do breakfast (other than coffee) but these are our plans so far:
Bacchanal Wine (how should we get here?)
already set on these-have reservations anyhow
Other ideas for dinner are:
btw, Boucherie will be closed when we visit
Happy Hour Ideas:
Felix's or Acme
Late Night Ideas:
Hi Ho Lounge
Maybe for one night, instead of dinner, we should just do a happy hour/late night crawl?
Thanks for any help/ideas/suggestions
The Yuki is an excellent idea; they have the complete lineup of Hitachino Nest beers and honestly, watching the sots wander in off Frenchmen and wonder WFT? is good wholesome entertainment.
If you get down towards the Hi-Ho (I haven't eaten there since it changed hands, so you're on your own on that one), you might want to check out Kajun's across the street too -- the pop up inside, Borracho, makes some mean sausages. (Plus, of course, you can enjoy the very finest karaoke the city has to offer. I'm only kidding a little.)
You have a great plan, and I heartily concur that -- if you have the time -- a happy hour FQ crawl is a great idea for one of your dinners.
Two summers ago I did the crawl, with my hubby, for his first visit to NOLA. We did: Dickie Brennan's, Pelican Club -- seafood cocktail, Hermes Bar for Oysters.
Since then, there are so many new/other places -- many of which are on your list.
If I were to structure a HH crawl, I would add Kingfish (Chris McMillan = star bartender), Erin Rose Bar (Killer Po Boys in the back of the bar - check the nights/hours of operation. You gotta have a Po Boy early in your visit!), SoBou for the chocolate coma dessert, and French 75 for the nightcap. Classy place, see photo, below.
Also,I have not been, yet, but from the boards/reviews Cane and Table on Decatur sounds like a great addition for patio dining and/or HH crawl. On my list for a November trip!
Three on your list that I would skip, due to my past experiences, are Bar Tonique, GW Fins and Root. The boards have plenty of debate about these three, for sure.
Have a blast and please do a trip report!
whats wrong w/ Bar Tonique? great craft cocktails at $7-9 prices.. im only curious since im a fan, but if people stay away i dont mind that either -- less crowded :)
i probably would not do Restaurant R'evolution as a lunch spot since there are better lunch specials around. in fact id probably do August as a lunch for their 3 courses + amuse at $20, and do RR for dinner instead, tho probably not the same day.
id also consider getting a poboy at Johnny's for lunch one day. Killer Poboys in Erin Roses are OK, but IMO theyre higher priced for less sandwich and a rotating menu, not all of which i care for....not like classic poboys, which are a lotta sandwich and classic flavors such as fried shrimp, roast beef, oyster, etc.. im also a fan of NOLA Po-boys on 908 Bourbon -- it's the shop that used to be next to Cochon in the CBD (NOLA Grocery), he moved to bourbon for more business. his spicy fried shrimp is really good.
Kibbles. Re: Bar Tonique. Sounds like you are more of a regular so I am sure you are treated fairly well. I went with a gaggle of (Local!) teachers and we were all treated with near-disdain by the uber-cool staffers. Could have just been a bad night, but it is just not on my list for a return visit. Too many others to try as a frequent visitor.
Agree with you on better places than KBPs for a heartier, more traditional Po-boy. I added it more because of the HH/grazing/pubcrawl concept, as a good way to pick up some "real food."
My very first Nola Po-boy was at Johnny's and I think it is a good place to start -- although it is not the best ambiance IF it is mad-crowded as it can be. NOLA Po-boys sounds like a good choice. Parkway is my favorite, but not walkable for the OP.
OP, kibbles makes a very good recommendation for August and the $20 lunch. Very white tablecloth, romantic and kind of quiet, but a great meal!
Axachef, I do not think you made a mistake to skip CP, but I may be in the minority. Scour this board - in a fairly recent CP lunch post someone (kukabura?) seems to have it wired. You need to go early, drink at the bar, ask for a certain waiter and then it will be all good. The ambiance is great but (for the money) I did not think it was worth the $.
axachef, I am going to respectfully dissent from karendor about Commander's Palace. I think it is an essential stop.
It need not be an expensive meal. Go at lunch, get seated in the Garden Room, and consider their very affordable two and three course specials, accompanied by 75 cent martinis. Focus on the starters, like the excellent Shrimp & Tasso Hennican, Oyster Absinthe Dome, and Turtle Soup.
The beautiful space and the textbook service, along with those great signature dishes make the dining experience at CP a really good value at lunch.