Hello all - I'll be in town from Sat 13 at noon until Wed 17 at noon. Galatoire's and Mila are closed while other places have somewhat limited hours, but here is what I actually have reservations for so far. I will have a car the whole time I'm there.
2/13 - Lunch at NOLA, Dinner at Brigtsen's
2/14 - Jazz Brunch at Arnaud's, Dinner at Commanders Palace
2/15 - Early Breakfast at Brennan's, Dinner at Clancy's
2/16 - Lunch at Emeril's, Dinner at August
Regarding 2/13 - I fully admit that even though I am hesitant about superstar chefs I've been to all 3 Emeril spots in Vegas and 2 in Orlando and have always been pleased - but perhaps that is because I was in areas that didn't do TRUE Creole/Cajun and my standards weren't super high. Brigtsen's is closed for Mardi Gras for the rest of the time I am there and it is a must, from everything I've read.
Taking into account that 2/14 is Valentine's Day AND a Sunday, reservations were tough - but I really wanted to have the full menu at Commander's available to me as it seems intriguing and while lunch is cheaper and perhaps a better "scene" it doesn't have as many options.
With regard to the Brunch, I liked Arnaud's menu a lot but if Antoine's or Dantes is "better" then I'd consider that as well.
2/15 - I know Brennan's is pricey, but most say it is something you should do once - worst case scenario I get the Banana's Foster and a Bread Pudding. :-) Lunch, I figure I'll get whilst wandering the Quarter - perhaps Mr. B's (open to recs here.) Clancy's gets rave reviews and seems to be a not-so-touristy Galatoire's. It is hard to find recs, but if Lunch is the same as dinner at Clancy's I'd consider doing Clancy's on 2/13 instead of NOLA.
2/16 - Emeril's Flagship is open on Mardi Gras Day, most other places are not - plus the menu looks excellent. August is a must for me and I figure a great way to end the trip.
I have three breakfasts open in this case and was thinking Stanley, Camellia Gril, and perhaps Johnny's (I don't mind a PoBoy for breakfast at all) but am certainly open to suggestions.
Other places that interest me for breakfast are Mother's (though many say to steer clear,) Elizabeth's, and Praline Connection. Other places interesting for dinner are Bon Ton and Imo's. While Stella looks interesting I really don't like all the focus on non-native ingredients (maine lobster and such) - I can eat Continental Cuisine in any US City - I want to have things in New Orleans that you just don't find in Ohio, New York, Chicago, LA, etc.
I certainly plan on stopping by Croissant d'or, Central Grocery, and Cafe du Monde during the stay as well.
Thanks in advance.