Hoping for some input for food and drink gaps based on proximity to other itinerary points, and general advice and tastes. We like to graze, we don't really eat breakfast, we like both dives and contemporary modern venues (though we are excited to try Commander's.) We aren't overly worried about or limited in budget, though probably won't opt for dinners that will put us over $140.00 with drinks more than twice, and will try to cap the rest of our meals around the $60-80 range. On foot (or might rent a bike) the whole time. Don't plan to take cabs (except to and from airport), enjoy long walks. 2 women traveling, early 30s, like nice hotels and good service but also loud raucous and unpredictable times.
Friday - April 18
10:30am arrive at airport, cab to French Market Inn to drop bags
11:45pm depart French Market Inn in to walk towards business district, stop along way for quick oysters and a drink - where? Acme? Lukes?
12:45am walk to Loews spa for massage, steam, etc. Appointments at 1:00pm. Is there enough time to get from French Market to Loews with a quick stop somewhere between 11:45 and 1pm? OR is that unlikely. Again we want to walk.
3:30 - Return to hotel to check in
4: happy hour (lukes? Domenica? Drago's?) love pizza, poboys, oysters
6-9 - wander the FQ (suggestions for drinks, and maybe another lite meal on the way to Howling Wolf)
10:00pm - Rebirth Brass Band at Howling Wolf
Brunch at Cafe Amelie
The Presbytere, and then considering a bike tour of the 9th Ward
Happy Hour Suggestion?
Return to hotel to rest
Dinner at Peche
Walk off dinner by heading to Frenchmen Street for music and drinks
Switch to Royal Sonesta hotel
Brunch at Commander's at 1:30
Easter Parades in the afternoon, I think we miss one because of our CP reservations but will be in time for the 4:30 one.
Crawfish Boil and music at Maple Leafs (although given the unusual ingredients, maybe we should try a different crawfish boil since we are keen on this but haven't been to one before?)
Walking the Garden District and Magazine Street
Lunch at Cochon Butcher
Wondering if it will be quiet because it is easter Monday?
Dinner? Something not fancy. Buffa's?
Afternoon stop at Bacchanal Wine
Big meal before we leave - steak? Coops? Doris Metropolitan?
Depart for airport at 4:30pm
Last time we went to the following which we don't plan to make time for: Cafe Du Monde, Mr. B's, Cochon for dinner (delicious but too heavy for two girls to make it through a big sharing dinner), pralines (too sweet).
Also love Vietnamese food and have recently realized we may be in for some treats in New Orleans.