Headed back to your fabulous city for the 2nd weekend of Jazz Fest. We've done Emerill's, NOLAs, Commander's Palace, Brennan's, etc., on previous trips. More interested this time around on smaller, less touristy restaurants. Looking for newer places with creative chefs, or tried and true neighbord secrets. Just want great food - nothing stuffy or froo-froo.
Love cajun food and oysters, so both are high on the list. One night will likely be Cochon's, which we've read alot about. But are in need of two other dinner spots (that take reservations). We're staying just off Canal, but enjoy the area along Frenchmen Street for it's neighborhood clubs. So bonus points for recommendations that have great bars and live music nearby that we can wander to after dinner...
P.S. read about Lola's recently. Is it worth one of our 3 dinners? Also, a recent post mentioned Luke, Cafe Minh, Patois, Iris, and Martinique Bistro...do these fit our bill?