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Need suggestions for New Orleans Restaurants for Surprise Birthday Weekend

siam | Jan 9, 2007 02:43 AM

I'm planning a surprise weekend trip to New Orleans for my husband's birthday in 6 weeks. I usually to do alot of research but am finding it difficult to plan this on the sly. So PLEASE help.

We'll be arriving on a Friday night in time for dinner and will be leaving Monday night before dinner. So I need dinners for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What do you suggest? We'll be staying in the French Quarter without a car and while we're willing to take taxis to restaurants, I'm not real keen on spending tons of money for taxi fare. I'd rather spend the money on the meal itself. I figure a $20 fare each way is the absolute max and less (or none at all) is preferable.

We've been to New Orleans before and I remember having dinner at Commanders Palace which we loved and brunch at Brennan's which we thought was highly overrated. We also loved the oysters and crawfish at ACME and muffalettas at Central Market. While we liked Commander's Palace, we would prefer eating somewhere new. However, we will definitely need to return to ACME for the crawfish and Central Market. He also needs to go to Mothers-probably for lunch (I've been there but he wasn't able to.)

So where should we go for our three nights? Price isn't an issue but as you can see we like things from all price ranges. We live in Los Angeles so we have good restaurants at home. What we really want is something we can't get at home. Any other special places similar to ACME, Central Market and Mothers that we should try? Who makes the best oyster po' boys?

Thanks so much. And shhhhh..... Please keep it a secret as it's a surprise!

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