Will be traveling down to NOLA the weekend before though Ash Wednesday of Mardi Gras 2010 - already picked up flight, car, and a nice hotel outside the quarter. To be honest I'm not a big party guy and although traveling single I'm more interested in just experiencing the atmosphere, parades, architecture, and culture that New Orleans has to offer during the season. Of course, being a fan of local/ethnic and even moreso "fine" dining based on local cultures I'm also interested in the food. Previous trips can be found in my blog but include many of the best in the US from Napa/SanFran to Los Angeles/Las Vegas as well as Chicago and NYC.
All told I have 5 full days of eating and I figure I'll reserve 4 lunches and 4 dinners while leaving the rest to casual dining - Po Boys, Muffaletta, Shrimp, Cooked Oysters, and as much good pastry and bread pudding as I can fit. Lunches will be early and dinners late with lots of wandering in between.
Lunches at: NOLA, Emeril's, Galatoire's
Brunch at: Arnaud's
Dinners at: Stella, Restaurant August, Commander's Palace, Mila
I know many will recommend CP for brunch/lunch but the Foie Gras du Monde is only on the dinner menu and I've heard from 2 respected gormand's that it can't be missed.
All that noted (sorry for being long winded) - thoughts? Suggestions??