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Nov 13, 2013 12:46 PM

First Cut at 5 Days in N.O.

Any suggestions on changes or affirmations on what we have? I haven't been in over a decade. Two of us in New Orleans from January 2 to 7. We get in late on the 2nd (7:45 p.m. arrival at airport) and are staying in the Quarter at the Prince Conti. I made a 9:30 reservation at Cochon for that Thursday night.

Friday night I booked at Bayona, which is one of my old favorites. I really just want a bowl of the garlic soup.

Saturday, lunch at Commander's Palace and dinner at Emerils.

Sunday, Dinner at GW Fins.

Monday -- Dinner at Iris.

I've never been to GW Fins, Cochon or Iris and I'm not wedded to any of these places. We're not breakfast people, but we do have a few lunches to fill in too.

We won't have a car. Also, any know if St. Charles streetcar construction will be a problem in January?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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  1. Since I asked for help on another post, and I've been to New Orleans several times, I figure I owe to to karma to weigh in here.

    Since I figure most of your need for opinion rests with the ones you haven't visited before, I'll say I've been to Cochon and Iris. I enjoyed Cochon quite a bit, and though I've only been there for lunch I think it's a great spot. This is especially true if you're interested in, or willing to try, unusual cuts or parts of the animal (probably a pig). I think that's where they set themselves apart.

    Iris for me was a somewhat different situation, I thought the food was good, but not great. Frankly I think you can do better. I'd even do Sylvain before I went back to Iris. There are quite a few great places that I'd suggest before Iris. Of course not to say the food is bad (it's not), just that it could be better (for me).

    1. We'll be in NOLa mid December and I spoke with their transit authority about the construction.

      They said the St Charles streetcar only goes about halfway to, say, Brigtsen's, but the busses that substitue run pretty regularly, so it shouldn't be a problem.