My wife and I are coming to New Orleans for a conference in mid-October. Last in NOLA in 2011. Will be staying at the Ritz-Carlton on Canal St. Will not have rental car, but willing to take street car or taxi. Will have time for two dinners out, a Saturday lunch, and a Sunday brunch. We both love seafood, oysters, shrimp, usual New Orleans cuisine. In the past, we have gone to and liked Brigsten's, a place on Magazine near Washington (the name of which escapes me!), and other Chowhound recommended places. Want to avoid tourist places. Thanks for any of your thoughts!
Have you also dined at Galatoire's? If not, it is "just in the neighborhood," and not to be missed.
Near-by is G W Fins, which does some nice seafood offerings.
Again, if you have not done any of the Emeril's restaurants, I would add NOLA, or Emeril's (or Delmonico via streetcar), to the mix.
In NOLA (the city, and not the restaurant), a John Besh restaurant is almost a "must." I like Restaurant August, and it is but a short walk to the CBD.
In the FQ, there are quite a few really worthy restaurants, and when you include the CBD, and Warehose District, you more than double that number.
Good luck, and enjoy,
I just got a good report from a visitor whom I sent to Antoine's Hermes bar for oysters rock and oysters Foch, thence over to Mr B for BBQ Shrimp, then around the corner to Galatoire's to finish it up. Took several hours, of course, but he and his wife had a fabulous time and good a good cross section of stuff.