I read a post yesterday by N.O. Food, regarding the decline of the dress code in local restaurants. He made an important point, and I must stress that whether you are traveling to NOLA, NY, Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Phoenix etc., it is important to wear proper attire for each restaurant you plan to visit, be it business casual or jacket required. In this day and age almost every restaurant has a website and the dress code is usually stated. When in doubt, check with the restaurant directly. Nothing is worse than planning for a special evening out and dressing to the nines, only to encounter people wearing vulgar t's and cut-off shorts in the same restaurant esp. when that particular restaurant has a dress code. If that is the attire you choose, get food to go, or simply choose a sports bar or more casual enviroment. There are numerous bars and restaurants around NOLA where a great many of the patrons are wearing shorts and t-shirts, so if that is what you wear, choose accordingly. SAme goes for any city. It is also the responsibility of the restaurant to enforce a dress code, but in these difficult financial times, it may be hard to turn people away when the restaurant industry is suffering. If they choose to be more "downscale" than perhaps they should consider a change in dress code to attract patrons from all walks of life who desire to dine at their restaurant. I just think it is disrespectful to the restaurant, as well as to the other patrons to choose not to honor a dress code. It mars the dining experience for everyone.