Hey all - this is my first ever chowhound post so do forgive me if this isn't how it's done. Over the last 2 weeks, I have become totally addicted to all the tremendous threads on the New Orleans board, reading them while I'm supposed to be a productive member of the workforce. As Kansas City natives, my wife and I have never made it to NOLA...well, that isn't entirely true. I do have a vague memory taking a riverboat cruise through the locks and having my mother cover my eyes as we strolled down Bourbon St. (at age 8) as my uncle from Baton Rouge tried to expose me to the finer things in life. Ok - here's the situation...My wife and I are total foodies with a definite sense of adventure. We will be coming to the Crescent City Thursday January 28th - Sunday January 31st, 2010. Not knowing whether or not we will be able to visit again anytime in the near future, we want to squeeze as much quintessential GREAT/NEW ORLEANS food as we can into this trip, even if that means a price tag of 15 pounds a piece or a food bill of $1000 for the trip. We are staying at the Marriott - French Quarter and will be without a car - so if possible, we would like to stay in the FQ as much as possible (with the exception being maybe 1 taxi trip). From logging several hours reading we are already considering the following options (in no particular order): Po' Boys at Johnny's, Barbecue Shrimp and Gumbo Ya-Ya at Mr. B's, Jambalaya Supreme at Coops, dinner at August, Crawfish Etouffee and Turtle Soup Au' Sherry at Bon Ton, Beignets and Chickory at Cafe Du' Monde, breakfast at The Coffee Shop and perhaps a meal at an Emeril establishment (?). What are we missing?? Whether it be something that screams New Orleans "Creole/Cajun", a meal or snack of a lifetime, or both, we want it ALL! If that means eating 4-5 meals a day from dusk to dawn so be it! I figured no better place to find out than asking the people of NOLA. Thanks in advance for all your help!