I will be in NOLA in mid-April (between French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest) with my sister & brother-in-law. For all intents and purposes, they have not been before. I have had probably a dozen times (only once post hurricane). We all are left coast folks, me in Seattle, them in California.
We all enjoy good food (who doesn't really) and will want to mix higher end with budget eating. I would like to go to Casamento's and Commander's Palace since I haven't made it to either of them previously. Other than that, I'm just going for a broad range of southern/NOLA eats and mostly places I haven't tried. I am also trying to only plan for two meals a day so we have a little sense of spontaneity.
We are staying in Faubourg Marigny, won't have a car, but are comfortable walking a lot and using public transport.
Here's the tentative plan:
Arrive Tuesday afternoon, so thinking an early dinner at Irene's. My trip to two years ago I had a fish dish at Irene's that was so good it brought tears to my eyes. Perhaps in sympathy for my hardening arteries since a lot of butter was involved. We will be joined by another couple this evening only.
lunch - Casamento's
dinner - Frankie & Johnny's?
early lunch - Commander's Palace
dinner - Three Muses for small plates & music
breakfast - The Old Coffee Pot? Cake Cake Cafe?
dinner - happy hour at Luke
brunch - cooking class at Crescent City Cooks?
dinner - Herbsaint? Brigtsen's?
brunch - Elizabeth's (had my first addictive Corpse Reviver here 2 years ago)
dinner - Green Goddess
Monday - fly out in the early afternoon
breakfast - Stanley?
food for plane from Cochon?
Thanks so much for any input. I've spent hours reading this and other boards and really enjoy the opinions and information.