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Looking for CAN'T MISS places in NOLA. please help!!!

Ok so this is my first chowhound post ever! I am going to be in New Orleans in couple weeks and will be staying thursday-sunday. I am looking for the CANNOT MISS places. Also, keep in mind I'm trying to diversify the style of restaurants a little. So far this is what I have:

Thursday Dinner: Tommy's Cuisine - Should I stick with this or change it? I haven't seen as much great stuff written about this restaurant as I have some others so I was thinking about 86ing this one. Was thinking about switching it to Brigtsen's or Galatoire's. What do you guys think?

Friday Lunch: Commander's Palace

Friday Dinner: Clancy's

Saturday Lunch: Cochon Butcher

Saturday Dinner: Peche

Sunday Brunch: Dantes? Haven't done much brunch research. Please help!

Sunday late lunch: Luke

Also, I haven't done much research about breakfast so please suggest! Maybe a bakery for some pastries for a day or two? or a sit down breakfast? I have been to Cafe du Monde and have heard of Camellia grill but thats about it. Please help!!!

What do you all think about my food itinerary thus far? Please suggest any changes you think I should make! Any and all help is appreciated!
Other places I was thinking about:
Brigtsens, Galatoires, Antoines, Emeril's.

Also wanted to get a po'boy as a snack. Where is the absolute best Po'boy? Parkside bakery?

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  1. If you're not going to Herbsaint that would be a crime. Best restaurant I ate at in the US in 2013.

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    1. re: oregonjim

      Which do you think herbsaint should replace? Have you been to most the ones I had listed?

    2. Po'boy is not a snack - it is a meal, unless you are sharing.
      I would forget about Camellia grill, not what it once was. One of the best breakfast restaurants in the FQ the Old Coffee Pot www.theoldcoffeepot.com/‎. If you have a car, I have always had really good breakfast in Metairie at The Peppermill, its been around for years and has consistnently been good. http://www.riccobonos.com/peppermill....

      1. Between Tommy's and Clancy's you have older school NO pretty we'll covered. Wouldn't matter to me. I would choose Herbsaint anyway but in order to spread out things stylistically that is what I would go for.

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        1. re: oregonjim

          I don't think of Tommy's as Old School but it does have lots of Old School favorites..or at least in that style. Clancy's is more in the Ol School but it has its own drummer, mostly.

          I agree that Brigsten's should be on anyone short list.

          Herbsaint represents a style that mostly annoys me but the food is quite good.

        2. If you live in a city in the northeast or that has great Italian food, then I would skip Tommy’s, and there are probably better options than Luke, but overall your list is stellar. Dante’s would be a good choices for brunch. I would go to either Brigsten’s or Herbsaint for that Thursday night dinner. Maybe Mr. B’s for some BBQ shrimp on Sunday afternoon.

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          1. re: shanefink

            Don't miss Brigtsen's.
            For a standard but very good breakfast try Betsy's Pancakes on Canal. Blue Dot Donuts is very popular.

            1. re: professor shorthair

              So of all the meals, which should I replace Brigtsen's with? I currently have a reservation for Thursday dinner at Herbsaint (I canceled Tommy's)

              1. re: eeisen88

                Eeisen88 you should try this place called Announciation very similar to Clancys

          2. the brunch at dante's is excellent....and they have a beautiful courtyard for al fresco dining. kinda close to the tracks, but is otherwise really pleasant on a nice day.

            waiters seem to all be jaded hipsters. service was not good IME.