need some help with my itinerary for a weekend trip to new orleans. i'll be going with 4-5 friends (early 30s), during the first weekend of jazz fest for a bachelor party. we're staying at the hilton riverside in the cbd, and we're actually not going to the festival. i realize its a bit strange, but that just happened to be the weekend that worked best for the group, and while we're interested in live music, we're not interested in the setting of a huge festival. i think it'll be most of the group's first time in NO, so our plan is to eat some great meals, explore the city during the day, and hit the town at night to see some music in the clubs.
we're from NY, so not interested in food we can get here (italian/steak), but instead looking for typical NO fare (creole, cajun, seafood, etc.). as far as price, looking to spend $10-20 on lunch mains, in the $20s for dinner mains. we'll be relying on our feet, streetcars and cabs to get around. here's what i was thinking, but would welcome any and all suggestions on the below:
friday day: for lunch, either muffaletta from cochon butcher or po boy from johnny's. afterwards, wander the quarter.
friday dinner: drinks at the swizzle stick bar, 9pm reservation at cafe adelaide (eating close to the hotel since people will be getting in at various times)
friday after dinner: drinks in the quarter including bourbon street, but likely to spend more time at one or more of the cocktail bars in the area (carousel bar, napoleon house, sazerac bar, etc.). any of these you would skip or others to suggest as must not miss?
saturday day: journey uptown to walk around the garden district. any good casual lunch suggestions off the st charles streetcar (again, po boy/muffaletta suggestions would be great)?
saturday dinner/night out: we're planning to hit up frenchmen st after dinner, so we were thinking of grabbing dinner closer to that area beforehand. i was thinking elizabeth's, but wanted to get the group's thoughts as it sounds like brunch is their forte. is this a good choice for dinner on saturday? do they take reservations? any good places to stop in for a drink on the walk from elizabeth's to frenchmen?
thanks very much for your help!