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Best Friend's 40th Birthday celebration -- help us decide!


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Best Friend's 40th Birthday celebration -- help us decide!

bpjacks | | Jan 30, 2011 08:11 AM

2 couples (DC Hounds and New England Hounds), heading down Feb 25-28 for a 40th birthday celebration. Staying at the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel (700 Tchoupitoulas St·). I've been to NO once but the others have not. We'll trickle in on Friday -- everyone will be at the hotel by dinnertime -- and our flights depart at about 12:30 on Monday.

I've combed through the boards -- what great recommendations you all make! -- and have developed a huge list that needs to be culled. E.g., I am not sure which to choose from similar experiences, or if any places are a silly distance from the hotel. We will not have a car but we don't mind walking, street cars, etc.

We definitely want local/regional cuisine. For the birthday dinner I am leaning toward Galatoire's -- I had an absolutely fabulous experience there when I was down for work in June 09. Would also love thoughts on cheap eats/local dives, places for the 40-something crowd to drink and hear some great music, and dessert places. Brunch on Sunday as well -- I guess the typical stuff people ask about :)

I am not sure if I have the fine dining/pricier and more casual/less expensive categories correct in my list -- it's just the impression I picked up from reading through the boards. Please correct as needed.

Lastly - one of the husbands has it in his head that he wants to go to Two Sisters and Hurricanes. Gah! Please offer alternatives to help us dissuade him from the tourist traps!

Here's our (huge) list to choose from so far -- we clearly need a plan. And reservations :) Many thanks!!

"fine dining"/pricier?:

Napolean House
Commanders palace
Bon Ton,
Irene's (Creole-Italian)
Pelican Club

More Moderately Priced/more casual?
Mat and Naddie's,
Ye Olde College Inn,
Dick and Jenny's
Mr. B’s (Royal St)
Palace Cafe

Cafe du Monde (coffee and beignets)

Sunday Jazz Brunch:
Dante’s kitchen

Take Out/Po Boys:
Central Grocery
Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.

Nor Joes


Carousel Bar, at the Monteleone
Sazarac Bar, at the Roosevelt
Snug Harbor on Frenchmen for Jazz
Chart Room
Hermes Bar at Antoine's
French 75 Bar at Arnaud's
Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton (Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 9 PM


Ye Olde College Inn
3000 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

Chart Room
300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Mena's Palace
200 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118