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A week right after Christmas

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My wife and I will be in NO from the Dec. 27 to Jan 4. We are looking for a few suggestions...starting to pick some things up from posts. Not sure if the time of year changes what's open or not. We like to do a little fine dining, check out some new up and coming chef spots, and the best of local fare. We like to avoid the usual suspects unless there is a powerful reason to give them a try.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. I think that "The Usual Suspects" covers the "fine dining." Most newer places are more casual.

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      Good to know. If you were going to go out for special evening where would you go?

      1. re: Tdotfoodguy

        In your shoes I would probably lean towards August.. Commanders Palace does up the grand service well (not that service is as grand as it was long ago and, beside, NOLA has a more relaxed style when it comes to servers. It used to horrify the out-of-town reviews that the Antoine's waiters leaned on the table taking the orders. That's just The Way It is Done in there.

        1. re: hazelhurst

          Thanks...I don't think we're hung up on the formality of service. Friendly and timely works. We're more about the food, really. Don't mind it being a little experimental or adventurous. Also don't mind eating at food truck if the food is interesting and well done. I read something about August somewhere else so that sounds like something to put on the list.

          1. re: Tdotfoodguy

            As flks ;round here know, my favorite is Galatoire's and I rcomend it to people who want to see what a Real Restaurant with a Soul is like. It is classic butter/cream, fried oysters en brochette, maybe poached fish with hollandaise. Anyway, it is one of a dwindling number of Real Places in the restaurant world.

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Well good news for all the french cooking lovers. The Swedes have given the thumbs up to butter, cream and bacon. Hopefully that won't change again before I get down there.

    2. one of the guided tours to the local sights in the Quarter is good.

      Plan on walking a bit from the hotel to the destinations in the Quarter. many of the streets are off-limits to vehicular traffic and what traffic is there is sometimes vicious.

      horse back carriage ride?