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Planning 10 nights in NOLA - first trip!


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Planning 10 nights in NOLA - first trip!

OliverB | | Apr 20, 2014 07:38 PM

I'm planning a trip with my wife to New Orleans this coming winter, staying 10 nights at the Soniat House.

We're mostly interested in "Old New Orleans" dining; historic buildings and settings with old world ambiance. That said, good food is also a priority and we're interested in eating only local fare - cajun, creole, french, soul food, etc!

Here's a model itinerary which I'd greatly appreciate feedback on. Hopefully it doesn't read too touristy. I'd appreciate any advice or suggestions on whether a certain restaurant should be swapped out for something else, or shifted around to a different meal time (ie. lunch instead of dinner) - tips of that sort!

I've also included a few too many lunch options than we'll have time to fit in, though I do plan to try to squeeze a few places in on single days, like an afternoon oyster or po-boy crawl.

We're also hoping to schedule a latenight tour of Manchac Swamp, so I'm not sure how that will eat into our evening dining plans. The website mentions the following: "Drift through the darkness of the torchlit bayou as the creatures of the night sing their bewitching songs...Dine on Cajun home cooking under ancient cypress trees and gothic southern skies...Hear chilling tales of restless spirits, swamp witches and voodoo curses, while the red eyes of alligators float above the dark waters, following you into the murky depths of Manchac."

I'm not sure if that means we'll be sacrificing one of our dinners, as it does indicate that we'll be served Cajun home cooking. I was under the impression that it was a midnight tour however, so I'll have to do a bit more research.

We also plan to tour some of the historic Southern Plantations, like the Sab Francisco. Hopefully that won't effect our dining plans too much. Otherwise, we'll just be wandering through the city, eating, drinking, sightseeing, etc.

Here's what I've got lined up from a bit of research - these are places that seemed of interest to me for one reason or another:

Dinner Restaurants

• Commander's Palace Restaurant

• Arnaud's Restaurant

• Galatoire's Restaurant

• Antoine's Restaurant

• Broussard's

• Upperline Restaurant

• Restaurant August

• Pascal's Manale

• Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar

Lunch Restaurants

• Tujague’s Restaurant - ??? - {Cocktails Only}

• Gumbo Shop

• Casamento’s Restaurant

• Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar

• Acme Oyster House

• Crabby Jack's

• Parkway Bakery & Tavern

• Johnny's Po-Boys

• Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar

• Willie Mae's Scotch House Restaurant

• Liuzza's By The Track

• Parasol's Bar

• Central Grocery Co.

• Port of Call - ???

Breakfast Restaurants

• Café du Monde

• Croissant D'or Patisserie

• The Camelia Grill

• The Grill

• Mother's Restaurant - ??? - {Tourist Trap}


• Hansen's Sno-Bliz Sweet Shop

• Angelo Brocato Ice Cream & Confectionery

• Southern Candymakers

Alt. Options

* Coquette - [Dinner]

* Boucherie - [Dinner]

* Brigtsen’s Restaurant - [Dinner]

* Dick & Jenny's - [Dinner]

* Iris - [Dinner]

* Bon Ton Café - [Lunch]

* Mr. B's Bistro - [Lunch]

* Bayona, Courtyard - [Lunch]

* The Joint - [Lunch]

* Coop's Place - ??? - {Tourist Trap}

* Fiorella's Cafe - ??? - {Tourist Trap}


• Carrousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone

• French 75 Bar at Arnaud's Restaurant

• Hermes Bar at Antoine's Restaurant

• The Bar at Tujague’s Restaurant

• Le Gallery in Le Pavillon Hotel

• Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt

• Polo Club Lounge at Windsor Court Hotel

• Library Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton

• Napolean House Bar & Café

• Old Absinthe House

• Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar

• Iris

• Swizzle Stick Bar

• Bar Tonique

What do you think of the above selections?

Would I be right to forgo a meal at Tujague’s and instead enjoy a few cocktails at the bar, freeing up space to eat elsewhere?

Should I somehow find a way to squeeze Mr. B's Bistro into our itinerary or do you feel we're pretty well sorted? Of the lunch restaurants, I don't think we'll even consider Port of Call but I included it as an option, just in case.

Are many of the old French restaurants in the Galatoire's mold very similar in terms of food? Would dining at Arnaud's, Antoine's, The Commander's Palace, etc. begin to feel redundant night after night, or is it worthwhile for the ambiance alone? I'm fairly determined to visit each of these places as we both really enjoy dining in unique historic settings, but I'm curious if we should expect any diveristy or variation in the type of meals served at these old institutions?

Is there any place that jumps out from the above list that should absolutely be avoided... or a "one of these things is not like the other" sort of alert?

Also, I'd like to quickly divert off-topic and ask whether the haunted ghost tours of the Old French Quarter & St. Louis Cemetery are especially touristy or fun and worthwhile?

Thanks so much!!!