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Near Camp & Gravier with no car - suggestions?

My first visit to the city - and I have next to no picture in my head, yet, of how things are laid out. I'll be at a hotel near Camp & Gravier with no car, and need breakfast, lunch and dinner for three days. (Hopefully my hotel room will have a mini-frig for leftovers or snacks.)

Any places nearby for a basic breakfast? Any places I shouldn't miss? As a female traveling alone - any places I should avoid?



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  1. The Commerce restaurant is right about there and does a solid breakfast.

    There's a ton of places at any price range in easy walking distance. What're you after, exactly?

    1. I guess I'm after the chow spots that are unique to N.O. I live in Los Angeles, so I do have lots of diversity at hand already.

      I'll be attending a conference which'll take up a lot of my time. But if everybody is dashing out of the hotel for lunch, and they're all heading for a national chain, I'd prefer any old hole in the wall joint that'll give me something unique and tasty.

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      1. re: mrs. darcy

        Gotcha. I'm sure there'll be no shortage of suggestions.

        I'd consider Capdeville, both Cochon and Cochon Butcher, Emeril's, Herbsaint, RioMar, Tivoli & Lee, Peche, MiLa -- to name a few spots that are friendly, have better than average food, and are close by.

        For breakfast you can't go too wrong with the Ruby Slipper (though it's not good enough to wait in line for). I think the Warehouse Grill does a pretty mean steak and eggs. If the morning weather's nice, Surry's is a little bit of a walk but worth it.

        You can go really wrong with Mena's, Mother's, and Mulate's -- I'd avoid 'em -- but really, most the non-chain places are not bad at all.

        I'll also mention that cabs (and apparently pedi-cabs) are pretty cheap, making any place along Magazine (Coquette, Lilette) or in the Quarter or Frenchmen St. readily accessible.

        1. re: Big Easy

          Red Gravy is a favorite of ours when we visit New Orleans. Be advised....it is not fast food. Relax and enjoy.

        2. Listen to the posters. You are in a great central location.

          Also, there are many past posts on women traveling/dining alone. in general, most of the good restaurants are very welcoming.

          1. You are in a great neighborhood, that being said, if you are venturing out after dark, a cab is a safe alternative to walking in unfamiliar territory. Second Big Easy's Red Gravy suggestion for breakfast. Lunch and dinner nearby: The Bon Ton (great crawfish dishes) on Magazine, le Foret on Camp for a fancy dinner, Cafe Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar on Canal St.

            1. Thanks so much for the suggestions so far -- my trip is the 2nd week in May, and I"ll update afterwards.

              1. I had the most wonderful crawfish bisque at Luke a couple weeks ago. That is very close to your hotel.

                1. You've been given some excellent choices. For dinner, I recommend walking a couple of blocks into the French Quarter and having a New Orleans quintessential dinner at Galatoire's. No problem dining solo. Just wear a jacket, tie not necessary. Request a table downstairs. They don't accept reservations for downstairs so you will most likely have to stand in a line so try avoiding a Fri or Sat. You can't go wrong with shrimp remoulade and trout meuniere, both a local favorite. But, always ask the waiter what he recommends.

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                  1. re: jdbeck

                    The OP notes that she is a solo female, so the jacket/tie side of the dress code is not really applicable. I agree that Galatoire's remains quintessential.

                    1. re: jdbeck

                      I don't recommend a nighttime stroll on Canal Street and the 100 block of Bourbon for an unescorted woman. Try a pedicab.

                      1. re: Big Easy

                        That's alarmist. It might not be particularly pleasant, but it's not unsafe. Those are probably the best policed areas of town. (I'm a frequently unescorted woman.)

                        1. re: uptownlibrarian

                          Uptown, you are a local and know when not to venture into a situation. For a person unfamiliar with the area, I agree with Big Easy on traveling in a pedi cab or a United cab.

                    2. You are correct Gizmo56. My apology to Mrs Darcy. No jacket required.

                      1. Thanks for the suggestions, strangers. My trip is wrapping up and I've had an absolutely lovely time. I had less freedom to choose my own meals than I would have wanted, alas. Just gives me a reason to come back, I guess.

                        I had a lovely meal at Red Gravy, with equally lovely service. Then came back the next day and was treated so rudely at the door that I thought it was a joke, frankly. When I realized it wasn't I turned around and walked out. I'd rather have a bag of doritos from CVS than be sassed by someone for no reason.

                        Stumbled upon Galatoire's while strolling with a pal. We were ridiculously, absurdly underdressed (tennies, among other sartorial violations) but they let us in, maybe because it was 5pm on the dot. Had a ridiciulously delicious dinner and loved every minute of it, except when I glanced around and saw everyone in their fine duds. I had the shrimp clemenceau which I liked a lot. My pal had the shrimp au vin which was excellent.

                        Went to K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen - not sure if this is too touristically appalling for you all, but I had the drum and was quite pleased with it. And an enormous sidecar.

                        And...the Starbucks on Canal at St. Charles is the village of the damned, but I guess you guys already knew that.

                        Thanks again. I'm dreaming of a return trip that's not work-related so I can reallly dig in.

                        1. Oh, I also had breakfast at the Commerce, which was only so-so but I give it an A+ for the atmosphere. Bonus points for the bus boy (bus man? is that what we say?) who told me a particular customer was James Coburn. (Who has been dead for a long time, but who cares.)

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                          1. re: mrs. darcy

                            There is absolutely nothing wrong with K-Paul’s. It’s time-tested food in a nice atmosphere with competent servers. portions are huge, prices are high, but there’s a reason every chef in New Orleans pays homage to Paul Prudhomme.

                          2. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Big Easy and got to experience Galatoire's. New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in America and certainly holds its own when it comes to food, music and architect. Unfortunately, it has its share of 'crazies' as you experienced at Red Gravy. I would encourage you to write the owner in order for him to protect his business.

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                            1. re: jdbeck

                              The owner is a she and I got the impression that she was the problem.

                              1. re: Big Easy

                                I suspect you are right, Big Easy. I spoke with the owner via email this afternoon and told her of the incident. She wrote me back to thank me for the heads up but said there's no indication as to when it happened. Went on to say that people are extremely disappointed when they cannot be seated immediately. Somehow I don't think that was Mrs. Darcy's complaint. I decided to check out the reviews on Yelp. The comments are pretty revealing that customer service is not her strong suit; albeit, she must be a good chef.

                                1. re: jdbeck

                                  She is all Jersey. If you don’t know anyone from New Jersey, you wouldn’t understand.

                                  1. re: shanefink

                                    The problem wasn't the owner/chef. I didn't see her at either of my visits. It was the waiters. The restaurant was half full, and there was nobody waiting to be seated but me. (Nobody outside, either.) One guy started to seat me, and another waiter came up and loudly said, "Oh, hell no!" right to me -- I got the idea that what he was really saying was, "Don't seat her in my station because I have too many people already," or some such, but there was a weird vehemence to it that was so off-kilter. Plus it was literally directed right at me, not at the other waiter.

                                    (I should say I did spare a moment to think if this was some reaction to me personally. I'd eaten there the day before. But I'd made no special requests, and left a largish tip, so I can't imagine that it was.)

                                    At any rate, then the first waiter basically shrugged said I'd have to go outside to wait. It just didn't make any sense with the palce half empty, but it was really the weird tone, the non-committal "just go outside" message with no indication as to estimate of when a table might be ready. I walked away.