Hi everybody - my family is coming to visit me for a couple of days in a about a week and I wanted to get some advice on where I should take them for some good NOLA dining. I have some dinner plans but have a couple of questions that hopefully you guys can help me with. One important note is that 2 of our party of 4 do not eat seafood due to allergies - so just be aware of that when suggesting good joints - thanks.
1. Need a breakfast place in the CBD near Poydras and St. Charles - nothing fancy, but definitely something passable and cheap - within walking distance.
2. Thursday night - quick and easy dinner in the Riverbend. They will have just gotten off a looong flight and easy comfort food is what I'm looking for. I was thinking about Camelia Grill but am a little worried about the line and seating 4. Alternatives?
3. How is Willie Mae's Scoth House doing? I've been meaning to go for a while and was thinking about it for lunch. Is this the place to be or should I be looking elsewhere, Dookie Chase, etc.?
4. How does Crescent City Steakhouse stack up. We are all carnivores so a nod to Crescent City or alternative recommendation (not looking to break the bank).
5. We're on a bit of a budget but are looking to do one nicer dinner. The upper echelons of NOLA dining are probably still out of the picture - looking for casual but upscale (so not interested in the Stella!'s August's or Bayona's - sorry not my choice). However I was thinking either Jacques Imo's - which has the advantage of being close to my house, or trying one of the reveillon menus at a NOLA classic like Antoine's or Galatoire's. I would prefer to do a reveillon menu but an worried about the need for non-seafood options. Any rec's - let me know.
6. Last but not least - lunch spots and other meals - here is my tentative list - are there any glaring errors??
-Ciro's Cot Sud
Thanks in advance for any help. Its the first time my families been out here (and the first time grad school is letting me out of the library) - so I really want to get a good taste of what my adopted city has to offer.