Originally from Lafayette, La, now in Toronto area, will be down in New Orleans first weekend in May. Would like to celebrate father's retirement with surprise dinner on the Saturday evening. There will be 7 family members present. He is also very picky, often prefers awesome food at neighborhood restaurants over hyped, trendier places:) Thought about reserving a private booth at Melange at The Ritz Carlton. Liked this idea for 3 reasons:
*More of a private, special dining experience
*Jeremy Davenport plays there at 9pm, so some entertainment included
*The Ritz food can't be too off!
Anyway, this is a starting point...would LOVE other or better suggestions please...