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Help! Overwhelmed by choices. Help us plan our weekend.

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Help! Overwhelmed by choices. Help us plan our weekend.

cbrand | Jun 3, 2009 02:55 PM

Ok... I'm pretty good at research so usually I can search the different Chowhound forums and come up with an eating itinerary when we travel to different cities. Not so on the NOLA board. There are too many choices and too many differing opinions (Bayona is wonderful... no don't eat there. Commander's Palace is a NOLA institution...... no it is an overrated tourist trap etc. etc. etc.) Plus, having not been to the city, I don't have a good sense of how difficult it is to travel across town.

So here are our specs:

Family of five (three teenagers). Seasoned travelers. Good eaters.
Coming in late Friday afternoon mid June. Leaving early Monday morning. Staying in FQ.
Feeding 5 people becomes expensive so we can only have 2 pricey meals.
We will have a car, but we prefer to walk or take public transportation. We are good walkers.
Husband and sons will only have collared shirts and pants.

We need a dinner spot for an early Friday dinner within walking distance of FQ.

Saturday we are taking a swamp tour and then going to the Bywater Art Market. Lunch?

Need Saturday dinner suggestions. Thoughts? This could be one of our upscale meals though Boucherie looks great and affordable. How hard is it to get from FQ to is it Uptown ( or is that Riversbend?). Can we take a streetcar? Hummmm...... the menu at Patois looks great too.

Sunday we need a place for brunch/lunch after Mass. Dante's Kitchen? I'd like to tour the Garden District on Sunday afternoon so maybe something in that neighborhood.

Finally, we need something quick and cheap Sunday night (since we will no doubt have spent too much money in your fair city) preferably in the FQ.

And...... after reading the thread on NOLA's top 5 dishes, I'd like to also try to eat the following:

turtle soup
muffuletta
Po' Boy (I'd like oyster, son #1 will want roast beef)
BBQ shrimp
red beans & rice
snowballs with condensed milk
bananas foster

Thanks for any help you can toss my way.

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