First, I want to say how much I have enjoyed reading all your postings. This is my first post. While I am overwhelmed with information from you all, I decided to start a new thread because I now have too much information!
My wife and I will be visting New Orleans to celebrate our 9th anniversary in late October. That's only three weeks from now. We will be there three nights and four days. We want to invest heavily in food.
But we are not so typical. First, I will eat meat but can't stand the thought of those poor geese who are made to suffer for fois gras (although it is admittedly delicious). But other than that I will eat about anything.
My wife not so much. She loves fish and seafood but no red meat. However, she wants me to enjoy it so we are looking for places that do both well.
Also, she and I differ slightly on themes. She wants old school regional cooking, yet, she says she "has had enough of Prudhomme." Not quite sure how to interpret that. For her, fusion is not a key criterion.
I want to try the new places. Stella! sounds like one of them. But, how can you go to a place like New Orleans and not go to one of the classics, like Emeril's or Galatoires or all the other white tablecloth places that I've read on this board.
Finally, it's late! What places are likely to find room for us this late, and which places are too filled up at this point?
Well there's one more: $$$. I would like to keep the dinner bills under $300 for two. Now that seems like a lot to me, but where I come from $300 barely gets you past the appetizer at some places.
I'm thinking one traditional, famous place, one modern place and then a wildcard pick.