We will be leaving NY for our first trip to NO in about a week. We will be staying at Hotel Monteleon, no car. We'll be doing lots of sight seeing and walking. In addition to the FQ, we plan to be in the Garden District, Faubourg Marigny (how is that pronounced?), Warehouse/Arts District, Riverfront, Esplanade and the University area. I've scoured the CH posts and studied guide books and travel sites. The choices are overwhelming: there are so many great places for food & drink, we will run out of time and money long before we can get to most of them. We've decided not to plan anything too rigid food wise, but will try to be more spontaneous and eat when and where we happen to find ourselves as we tour the city (except Sunday brunch at Cafe Atchafalaya), and will probably do more late lunches and appetizers or small plates for dinner. With our food plans looser, I'm wondering now what places we should stay away from -- we will be in lots of "tourist" areas and would like to avoid the spots that look busy and popular but just don't measure up in the end. Any advice?