I've been lurking on the board for a bit now (sorry I haven't posted!) and have put together a culinary "itinerary" for while I'm in New Orleans. I'd love input on what we're going, as well as suggestions if we should change things.
I'd also love thoughts on truly great cocktail bars. Is Kingfish any good? We had been to Bar UnCommon while Chris McMillan was there, and it was fantastic, does Kingfish have the same appeal? Or has he stepped away? Is Arnaud's French 75 still excellent? Where else is new and delicious?
A couple of things before I get to the itinerary:
1. I'm a chef, but that doesn't (at all) mean I only want fine dining. I do love well executed fine dining, but I also enjoy amazing more "rustic" cuisines.
2. My wife and I have been to New Orleans several times. We went on her 21st birthday, we've been for Christmas, we spent our Honeymoon there, and we're back for her 30th. It's a city we're pretty familiar with, and clearly can't get enough of.
3. In general (though not always) I would prefer someplace that can also make a decent cocktail. Sure, we'll head to Arnaud's or Cure or wherever afterwards for a cocktail, but if we can get a nice one to start the nice, that's a great bonus.
On to the itinerary.
Sunday 11/24 - Restaurant R'evolution
Monday 11/25 - Stella!
Tuesday 11/26 - (Lunch) La Petite Grocery
Tuesday 11/26 - (Dinner) Sylvain
Wednesday 11/27 - Coquette
Thursday 11/28 - Restaurant August (Thanksgiving)
Friday 11/29 - Restaurant Patois
Saturday 11/30 - Bayona
We're still looking for some great lunch spots, and almost all of this is subject to change if you all have great insights. What are we missing?!