I'd like to give my niece a gift certificate to a good restaurant in New Orleans as a graduation present, but don't know what restaurants would be best and which ones offer gift certificates. I've checked the websites of several places mentioned in this board and haven't seen any offering gift certificates online. I haven't tried phoning yet to see what's available.
My niece is moving to New Orleans to work as a teacher in a school in a poor part of town. She has fairly sophisticated and diverse food tastes. She doesn't go for big slabs of meat. She likes Asian cuisine but has had lots of opportunities to get great Asian food near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area and will have many future chances when visiting her parents there, so unless there's some uniquely Louisianan Asian food that's probably not the best choice. She has been known to order gumbo.
I plan on giving her a gift certificate for about $100 with the idea that she could go with a friend and they would pay any costs over $50 per person. It shouldn't be a place that costs too much more than that since she won't be making much money. I would go higher (say $120) but don't want to give her more than she would likely spend. (Unless restaurants give change on gift certificates, which I doubt).
I would rather not send her to a dive or a risky part of town, but she'd probably like a place with some local color.