Hello - a friend and I are coming to New Orleans this Thursday-Sunday from Northern California to celebrate her birthday. We will be staying in the FQ and I want to give her a great sampling of NOLA cuisine. She loves spicy, interesting food but has a husband with digestive problems and a first grader so her daily food life is pretty bland.
I have been to NOLA once, a couple of years ago, and had an amazing food trip, including lunches at Drago's, Coop's, and Galatoire's; and dinners at Commanders, Cochon and K-Paul. Plus some interesting "fourthmeals" or whatever it's called when you eat more than 3 meals a day in New Orleans... So these are my dilemmas:
Initially I wanted to take her to Galatoire's Friday Lunch, since that is her actual birthday, but I am worried that it will be too much of a scene, or that we won't even be able to get a table since we aren't regulars/locals. I have read on CH about some of the other places offering Friday lunch, but can't seem to find specific info on the restaurant websites so would love to hear from locals what the up & coming favorites are. I have seen Commander's Palace, Bayona, and Restaurant August mentioned, and am intrigued by the 25 cent martini option at Commanders if they still do it. Basically, we just want a festive lively atmosphere and great food. So suggestions on that would be very appreciated.
If we end up doing Commanders Friday lunch instead of Galatoire's, then I need alternative suggestions for Sunday brunch. We won't have a car but are willing to cab/streetcar it. I see mixed reviews about Brennan's, like it is a must-experience or that it is terrible.
Best of New Orleans:
Any suggestions on "must haves" in New Orleans...money is not an issue, but I do like to go to both fancy places and holes in the wall to get a full range of flavor.
When we aren't eating or exploring, we will be drinking. Where should we go and what should we avoid?
Thanks in advance!
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130