Was lurking on the boards before our trip last week, so, first thanks for all the great recommendations and previous trip reports which helped narrow down choices for restaurants.
We stayed in the warehouse district, so our eating was focused there. First night had dinner at Restaurant August, fabulous. I had the cheese angoletti w/corn and DH has the salad with beets, quail eggs, walnuts, both fabulous. For an entree, I had the duck with peach and fois gras, DH had the appetizer portion of the gnocchi. Duck was excellent (especially the fois gras) gnocchi were a bit gummy. Had the peach cobbler w/blueberry ice cream for dessert, really yummy. When maitre d' asked about our dinners and DH mentioned the gumminess of the gnocchi and was not that happy with them (very nicely), was offered another entree, which he declined. check came, no charge for gnocchi or dessert, real class act place, which are far and few these days!
We also had two dinners at Couchon, place is fabulous. We like the more casual, small plate setting. First time we had a res and sat at a table. Liked it so much, we decided to go back Sat. night without a res (knew we wouldn't get a table), and were lucky enough to get two seats at the bar (we like to eat there a lot). First night we had the chacuterie platter and artichoke/crab plate, then corn cake w/roasted tomatoes and the pork cheeks w/beets, sides of mac /cheese and lima beans, all was excellent. Loved those pork cheeks! Next time we had a salad and a special of red snapper w/potatoe/shortrib hash and side of lima beans. DH had the rabbit and dumpling. Another four star meal. Highly recommend. Love the fun, hip atmosphere too!
While my DH was working, a friend and I went to Commanders Palace for lunch. Tough day. Again, another wonderful meal. The prix fixe at $29 is a bargain, loved all the "ladies who lunch" atmosphere. We were seated in the garden room. Friend had the short ribs, which were wonderful, I had the shrimp special and we shared the bread pudding souffle, which we both fell in love with! Bread pudding lite!
We also took a trip over to Algiers and ate at the Dry Dock Cafe. Great neighborhood place, their bar-b-que shrimp were excellent (and reasonable), shared an oyster po-boy, also great.
Also had my dozen oysters at Acme one afternoon, tradition, along with coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde, also tradition.
All in all, a great eating trip to NO.