Dear fellow chowhounders,
I am going to New Orleans on a conference in may. My princess Louise, who is 35 will accompany me, but not on the conference. We will arrive on may 12th 6PM and leave in the morning on may 20. We stay at Le Pavillon and have no car. We will have time to explore the city on may 13, go on a plantation tour on may 14 and do a swamp tour on may 15. The conference starts in earnest on may 16. We are both interested in the "genuine food" scene. I would really appreciate to know if breakfast is good at Le Pavillon, and, if not, a really good place nearby for break-o ( not brunch).
I have planned the following food trip:
12 may: late dinner at Cochon, drinks and peanut sandwiches at the hotel.
13 may: Voodoo museum, FQ, Cathedral, lunch at Coop´s place, tomb of Marie Laveau. Streetcar to garden district. Dinner at Casamento´s. Drinks suggestions nearby or near the hotel would be appreciated.
14 may: Plantation tour. Dinner at Brigtsen´s. Streetcar to FQ. Drinks at Laffitte´s blacksmith shop and Pat O´Briens.
15 may: Swamp tour. Dinner at August. Drinks at Napoleon house.
16 may: Brunch at Commander´s, Dinner at Broadview seafood.
17 may: Lunch at Luke´s. Dinner at Lillette. Drinks suggestions in the neighbourhood?
18 may: Lunch at August, Dinner at Luke´s.
19 may: Lunch at Emeril´s, Dinner at Galatoire´s as a grand finale.
How does this look to experienced natives? Can it be improved? Is there any reason to exchange an evening for a steamboat jazz meal? Can You name any non-touristy jazz spots with good ambience and drinks? Any suggestions for activities and sights not to be missed before dinner may 16-19? We generally have time off from 4 PM. I understand Luke´s has a very good happy hour w oysters and half price drinks...
Tks a lot for Your help and understanding. I promise to write a full review when home...