My family and I will be traveling to New Orleans in a couple of weeks. We have babysitting one night and would like to spend an evening listening to music and eating great local food. We live in San Francisco and don't want a "high-end" dining experience that we can find here. We're looking for quintessential New Orleans food, as well as some recommendations for where to hang out afterward. Any suggestions?
And, as long as I'm posting, I'd also love recommendations for places where we can eat with our kids (both six years old). Our children are pretty well-behaved, so nicer restaurants would be fine. But, again, we're looking to dine at restaurants with great local food: anything from a great hole-in-the-wall to a finer dining experience would be greatly appreciated. We'd love to get a spectrum of the New Orleans experience. We've never been there, but will be in town for six days and we're hoping to eat the entire time.