My husband and I will be in NOLA Tuesday June 8 through Saturday June 12. I haven't been to the city since 2000, when I was a poor, struggling grad student. We'll be staying in the Quarter but our approach to NOLA will differ greatly from my last visit, when my priority was carousing. This time, I'm interested in eating the best food representative of the city and region that's within our budget (approx. $200 per day). I also want to get out of the Quarter in order to better explore the city. We won't have a car but we're good walkers and are interested in using the streetcar. My husband's never been to NOLA. I love softshell crab more than anything else; my husband is a very open-minded diner and will eat anything (e.g, offal, etc.).
I've been obsessively crawling the board for ideas and I've narrowed my list considerably. Here's my tentative itinerary (with the exception of Commander's, as I've already made reservations):
Tuesday Dinner: We'll get in around 5:00 or so, and after settling in to our hotel I thought we'd do a bar crawl in the Quarter (and possibly Marigny?) to acquaint my husband and grab some food along the way. Ideas for bars include French 75, Carousel Bar, Napoleon House (for food?), and Pat O's (sorry--I can't resist--it'll bring back memories).
Wednesday B'Fast: Cafe Du Monde. Wednesday Lunch: Mr. B's for BBQ shrimp, gumbo ya ya, and $1.50 Bloodies. Wednesday Dinner: Galatoire's (what time would you recommend arriving if we want to eat around 8:00?).
Thursday B'Fast: coffee somewhere since we'll be saving ourselves for lunch. Thursday Lunch: Commander's (I requested the Garden Room but the reservations lady said they Commander's can't guarantee we'll be seated there). Thursday Dinner: Boucherie? Cochon? Looking for great food, more modern than Galatoire's and Commander's, with a lower pricepoint.
Friday B'Fast: Crossaint D'Or. Friday Lunch: Parkway Bakery & Tavern for roastbeef po'boys. Friday Dinner: Brigtsen's. Or Clancy's? It seems Brigtsen's the board's choice over Clancy's.
Saturday B'Fast: Old Coffee Pot. Saturday Lunch: Johnny's or the Central Market before flying back to Seattle.
Thanks for your suggestions!
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118