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Need recommendations for a 2-night stay

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My wife and I will be visiting 10/26-10/28 for the Saints game (WHO DAT!) We’ll be in town Saturday about 5:00pm and probably won’t be in the mood to dress up for Galatoire’s. We’re staying at the Sheraton and are looking for a spot within walking distance or a short cab ride (don’t want to spend more than $10-$15 one way). I’m adventurous when it comes to food and will eat about anything, but my wife is more simple, she sticks to steak , grilled fish, or soft shell crab wherever we go. We’ve never tried Irene’s, but is it more Italian than Creole? When in New Orleans, I’m looking for food with a Creole flair.

We’re dining out Sat night, Sun breakfast (early enough to get to the Superdome about 10AM), and Sun night. For dinners, our budget is about $180 including a few drinks. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

A few I’m considering:
Irene’s
Cochon
GW Fins

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  1. *UPDATE...
    After more research and menu reviews, this is what I've narrowed it down to for Saturday night. Can I get some votes please?

    Olivier’s, Irene’s, Luke, GW Fins, Emeril's

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    1. re: Stuartg56

      My vote for a sort stay in New Orleans among that group is Emeril's.

      1. re: Gizmo56

        Go to Emeril's after the game. They open early (3:30) post home games. Celebrate (hopefully) with the Who Dats. Either Fins (arguably the best seafood rest in nola) or Irene's (more Italian than Creole)for Sat.

        1. re: JazzyB

          Thanks for the suggestions!!

          I've made reservations at Emeril's but I’m still trying to decide on Saturday night. I had a friend who recently visited NO recommend the Pelican Club. Is it worth trying? Is it better than Irene’s or Fins?

    2. That will no doubt be an extremely busy weekend (Halloween festivities along with the game). I have a breakfast/brunch suggestion: Red Gravy at 125 Camp St. It's very close to The Sheraton, and I believe it opens an hour early on game days, However, I recommend that you make reservations on Open Table (if you choose Red Gravy) to assure getting seated and served in a timely fashion. It's a small café but the food is great. We plan to dine there again on our trip next week.

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      1. re: lillidalla

        Indeed…we try to visit NO at least one weekend a year and we always pack in as much as possible. I didn’t even think about Halloween festivities starting up that weekend, thanks for the heads up.

        I checked out Red Gravy and it looks great. We usually eat at Surrey’s Café on Magazine (my favorite brunch spot), but this trip we’re going to stay around the hotel and try something new. It looks like Red Gravy is the one.

        Thanks!