Hi, Thought it easier to set up a new thread...the original one was getting crowded and impossible to read. I have taken all the advice and set up what I consider a good compromise between what I was looking for and the wonderful suggestions of many. I do have, as you will see, one lunch question and an interesting addition that I would like help with....here goes:
Wed: Arrive late afternoon and have casual dinner at Desire at the hotel (Royal Sonesta)
Thur: Lunch at Domenica or Mike's on the Avenue.....I am leaning to Mike's for location, uniqueness of menu and the fact that the dinner menu at Domenica looks better than lunch and I would not go there for dinner. MIke's allows me to explore Magazine St/Garden District in the afternoon. Dinner on Thursday would be at Herbsaint.
Fri: Lunch at Sylvain and explore Jackson Square, perhaps French Marketplace...then drinks later at Napoleon House. For dinner, August....there....one "John Besh meal!!"
Sat: Starting with the Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace then perhaps a little more Garden District. Dinner at Brigtsen's.
Sun: "Traveling Lunch": First, the bar at Mr B's around noon, then a table at Galatoire's around 2pm for more.. Later, doing Happy Hour at Arnaud's French 75 bar then dinner at R'Evolution.
Mon: This one was a unique addition: Brunch at Brennan's.....omelette suggestions welcomed!! For dinner, doing The Pelican Club.
Tue: St Charles Streetcar to Boucherie for brisket at lunch; then, later, Happy Hour at Antoine's Hermes Bar and last dinner at GW Fins.
Wed: Pick up muffalettas at Central Grocery....then off to the airport.
We're, still, 6 months away.....I do like to plan early (even know exactly what room I am getting at the Royal Sonesta); so there could be a change or two (like the chef leaving Le Meritage and new ownership); but this itinerary gives me a lot of flexibility each day and combines the old with the new.
I would be happy to also receive anyone's suggestions as to what "signature meals" they would have if they ate at any of these choices. Once again, I thank everyone who has contributed to, what I firmly believe, will be my best vacation ever (and will be my first of many trips to NOLA). VG