I wanted to thank everyone on this board. I used the recs on this board for both my recent trip and my trip 6 months ago. I've synopsized both trips:
Cochon: Ate her on both trips. I understand it's Link's interpretation of Cajun, not Creole. Whatever it is, it's really really good. I dream of the head cheese. The pork with cracklings is awesome. The oyster sandwich may be one of the best things I've eaten held together by two pieces of bread.
Herbsaint: After our first trip, blown away by Cochon, we ate at Link's other place. Great service, lovely wine list (reasonable too), and good stemware. Food above all was great: Deeply flavored gumbo, great duck with dirty rice. Nice desserts, incl brown butter tart.
MiLA: Strangely empty at night. Sweet-tea brined duck lacked acidity or counter note to all the sweetness and tasted, strangely, of bad Chinese food. Average aps: gulf shrimp, veloute. Deconstructed Abita float was an absolutely brilliant dessert. Too bad the rest of the meal wasn't up to snuff, nor was the service or wine list.
Dick and Jenny's: This is such an endearing place: handmade food served without pretension in simple surroundings. Awesome barbeque shrimp. A long, long cab ride for those staying in the Quarter or CBD, though.
Acme Oyster House: I know it's overrun by tourists, I know I shouldn't have gone as a Chowhounder,. But you know, it is what it is, and not bad at it. True, the crawfish boil seasoning was weak. But the grilled oysters are good (and I'm someone who feels guilty combining cheese and seafood), the shucked oysters are good too, the beer's cold, and it was actually fun. But stay away from the gumbo--bleh.
Luke's: A bit generic, overall. But the plat de mer was lovely (except for the dried-out Pacific lobster tail on top). I'd come for oysters and good Sancerre rather than dinner.
Domenica: Ate here for work function. Very well executed. Charcuterie is lovely. Not that New Orleans-ish (though I know the city's long history of Italians from Besh's cook book) but very good.
Johnny's is a pretty decent po boy. Central Grocery really is that good. Mahony's has great po boys and mean peacemaker (oysters and bacon) but has the most inane ordering system, most brain-dead staff, and may be one of the most frustrating eating experiences of my life. Coffee isn't the reason to go to Cafe du Monde--it's the beigets and darn they're good. I love watcing the eponymous drink being made at the Sazerac Bar.
Thanks again, NOLA Chowhounds. Can't wait to plan my next trip.
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112