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Coming back in April. How to duplicate the previous experience

Ziggy41 Jan 22, 2014 11:17 AM

Without doing the exact same thing. Hi everybody! I'm not Troy Mclure! You may remember me from late 2012 when you helped me generate an itinerary that worked like magic. This time I'm bringing different reinforcements and new drinking buddies.. our teen daughters for yet another food fest. 4 days again

Let's recap what we did...
Dinners - Herbsaint, Boucherie, GW Fins, SoBou
Lunches - cocquette, Drago's, Mr B's, Commanders Palace, Poboy festival

What's next...
Leaning toward coming back to Herbsaint for more pasta w/egg, lamb neck please. Mr B's shrimp again is none negotiable. She will divorce me. We went twice last time actually. My gastroenterologist said I have room for one more.
One possible must looks like Peche. Ive done almost no homework btw. Bayona I remember was a possibility last time so I may give it a shot, although I remember not being entirely sold on it for sme reason.
Leaning toward Cochon Butcher for lunch as well. I did pick up a muffuletta last time which was good.

So any other ideas? We are from NYC as some of you know. Staying at GW Marriott if it matters. Kids (girls 12,13) eat anything and everything. Should I perhaps do one of the "Grande Dames" for the experience this time. I don't have a nice hat

  1. Ziggy41 Jan 25, 2014 09:23 AM

    Karendor, JazzyB, appreciate the tips, many thanks. My eating schedule is filling up much faster this time.

    Re Domenica - I was wondering about the exact same thing (is there anything else good besides pizza) and the menu I must say looks great. But we are just too obsessed with Italian (we frequent Italy, and fine Italian in NYC) to find it appealing. If I would live in NOLA, Domenica could quickly become a favorite. The Stracci and Tagliatelle sound like something I could fall in love with. Only two secondis looks odd but not a deal breaker

    Any opinions on Bevi? Taking a cab somewhere remote for experiences such as this is not new to us.

    Last time we missed the crawfish season so this time I need to make sure I take advantage of this. Is there a boil one can attend perhaps (I'm not exactly Anthony Bourdain but do write about food on EatingWithZiggy.com ;))

    Love the Confederacy of Cruisers idea. We did the regular tour last time and really enjoyed it. I dont think my kids can handle long distance bike tours (the little one) but I would love some sort of a private food tour perhaps with a vehicle if possible.

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    1. re: Ziggy41
      karendor Jan 25, 2014 09:52 AM

      I think the Creole bike tour is no more than 3 miles total and very mellow, easygoing. Mostly Bywater/Marigny.

      Confederacy also does a food tour, which I would love to do one day. April should be perfect, and you avoid traffic/parking hang-ups.

      http://confederacyofcruisers.com/new-orleans-culinary-bike-tour

      http://www.southernliving.com/travel/...

      Have your girls done the streetcar to Riverbend? I first fell in love with NOLA on the green streetcar line -- and hopefully it will be fully fixed and going to Carrollton by April. Check with your concierge.

      Riverbend with my daughter: I have keen memories at Dante's for dazzling brunch and Camellia Grill for greasy mid-afternoon snack/milkshakes. Magical.

      1. re: karendor
        Ziggy41 Jan 25, 2014 10:44 AM

        Ok, I just looked at my notes from the previous trip. We took the creole tour with Cassidy. It's the food tour I was referring to which is too much mileage and not for the novice according to Cassidy. I still talk about that bloody Mary we had at Marie's.
        My kids actually never been to NOLA so this will be their first streetcar experience.

        1. re: Ziggy41
          karendor Jan 25, 2014 11:02 AM

          Got it.

          This is another cool tour, walking, very informative:

          http://www.frenchquarterphantoms.com/...

          and the starting/ending spot on Rampart puts you near more cool eat/drink places: Meauxbar, EAT Nola, Marti's.

          Have fun.. your girls are lucky to have a cool dad!

    2. Ziggy41 Jan 24, 2014 11:45 AM

      August menu at the moment looks really good to me, especially the apps. Last time I considered the special lunch but thought it was too limited, and will probably be more so for us 4 now

      Any other ideas? Sylvain perhaps?

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      1. re: Ziggy41
        karendor Jan 24, 2014 12:08 PM

        Hi Z41,

        +1 on Sylvain. Small, subdued but very welcoming and warm. Great value for the quality of fare.

        +1 on Peche. I visualize you and your group enjoying sitting at a round table, ordering/sharing a whole fish (and the tuna dip & oysters!) and have a blast. It is a fun place and made for a lively group, IMO.

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        I am confused by this: "This time I'm bringing different reinforcements and new drinking buddies.. our teen daughters for yet another food fest."

        Are your teen daughters your drinking buddies?

        I mean New Orleans is pretty open minded, but not sure that's gonna work out for you. Giggling here!

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        I would say that Friday lunch at Galatoire's is an experience everyone should have at least once, but it depends on your crowd. Not sure I would go there with teens.

        Also, think about Maurepas in the Bywater. Great vibe and very very reasonable for the quality.

        http://maurepasfoods.com/

        I heartily recommend the Confederacy of Cruisers Creole bike tour, or their standard tour. Great way to spend family time and get to know the Creole fabric (including food history) of the city.

        I am going in May and I can't wait; Gautreau's, Marti's and Bacchanal, perhaps Oxalis, are on my list, as I have posted elsewhere.

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          j
          JazzyB Jan 25, 2014 04:16 AM

          Explore Domenica's menu. They do so much more than pizza and it's all delicious. Go during HH. Order an array for the table to share...small plates, apps, HH special bites, entrees, pizzas (clam and 4 cheese with added basil).

        2. j
          JazzyB Jan 22, 2014 12:25 PM

          August (lunch, Fri only) or dinner daily. They are very accommodating re: substitutions. We have made our own tasting menu with numerous apps and splitting an entree.

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