I'll be in town with my wife, 2-year-old daughter, and my parents for the Friday-Monday that begins on Christmas Day. Let's take it meal-by-meal:
Christmas Day early dinner with the whole family of 5:
We arrive in time to have an early dinner on Christmas Day and I've made a 5pm reservation at Luke. Is that a good choice, especially with my little one? I've never tried a Besh restaurant and the menu seems interesting. Any other thoughts? We're staying at the W French Quarter, but will have a car.
Breakfast at Elizabeth's. If it isn't open, should we try Stanley or Eat?
Lunch: I was thinking about heading over to the Mid-City area. Any child-friendly suggestions? I'd like a great Roast Beef Po' Boy and my wife wants oysters. I'm thinking about Parkway Bakery, Ralph's, Liuzza's by the Track, Dooky Chase (for fried chicken and gumbo), or Mandina's. I've never tried any of these classic places, and I'm just not sure what is open or which to choose. Can I get some expert opinions? Remember, child-friendly, please.
Dinner: My wife and I will go out on Saturday night, just the two of us. We have 3 reservations, since we couldn't decide on one place. We reserved at August, Martinique, and the Pelican Club. Since we're going to Luke already, and since August seems like quite a fussy and long meal, we're leaning toward the Pelican Club. I wanted to try Boucherie, but it is closed. I didn't like the menu at Coquette or Iris. What about Bistro Daisy? Any other thoughts? We've already been to Brigsten's, Upperline, Cochon, Galatoire's, and Stella, and want to try something different.
Early Brunch: We're not going to the Saints game, but I'm a lifer and we will want to settle in somewhere for the Noon kickoff. So for the pre-game brunch, I was told that Cafe Amelie in the Quarter was nice. Any other thoughts? I wouldn't mind a jazz brunch, but want to keep it fairly casual.
Bar for the game: While Grandma watches our daughter, we'd like to watch the game somewhere with nice TVs and volume. I don't think Johnny White's is going to cut it. Should we try a hotel bar? Which one? I'd like to stay in the French Quarter, CBD, or the Marigny.
Sunday early dinner: I'm planning on Jacques-Imo's. My wife has never been and I'm in love with the food.
Breakfast: Maybe hit Cafe Du Monde
Take-out lunch: A sandwich at the Cochon Butcher--what sandwich would you get?
That's it! Any help, especially Saturday and Sunday, is appreciated.
PS: I'm also coming to town December 4-8 for a conference at the Convention Center, but I'll be by myself and working long days so will be eating as well as possible under the circumstances.