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The "perfect" sampling of New Orleans restaurants


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The "perfect" sampling of New Orleans restaurants

Mark Alberts | | Sep 16, 2009 04:39 PM

A recent post got me thinking about eating itineraries in New Orleans and the notion of the "perfect" variety of cuisines, neighborhoods, settings.

For example, a visitor might want to go to Galatoire's or Arnaud's, but you probably wouldn't send them to both if they wanted a cross-section of styles.

Obviously it depends how long the visit would be, but how would you divide places up for a perfect itinerary? Let's say five days and five nights.

how about

- at least one visit to Cafe du Monde

po'boys in or near FQ - Mother's or Johnny's
po'boys farther afield - Domilise's, Parkway, Parasol
muffulettas - Central Grocery, Napoleon House
other local specialties - charbroiled oysters at Drago's or Acme; what else?
bar food? hamburgers?

dinner -
old-school Creole - Galatoire's, Arnaud's, Clancy's, Commander's?
contemporary La. - Emeril's, NOLA, Herbsaint, Brigtsen's, Mr. B's
Cajun - Cochon, Bon Ton
fine dining (non-La. specific) - Stella!, August
uptown bistros - Patois, Lilette, what else?

This is just food for thought. Have I categorized improperly? What might other categories be? What about chefs with multiple restaurants? Keep in mind that visitors (like me!) often want to Isample a diversity of cuisines in a variety of settings - from a cottage Uptown to a fancy restaurant in the CBD.

Hope you find this interesting!