Whew! We made it out of town just in time. My clothes still fit and the Bayou Classic was rolling into the French Quarter as we left late this morning.
Bayona's - Rabbit, Three-Tail Fish, Lamb Tenderloin all got rave reviews at our table. My friend who ordered rabbit was in heaven! The bread was the best I found on our trip. The Pear Penne Cotta dessert was declaired by our "dessert hound" as the best dessert he has ever had. The waiters were outstanding and very understated. It was truely refreshing to be left alone without questions while everything was taken care of without flaw.
Galitoires - Taking advise from chowhound's, I asked our waiter to order for me and will thank you forever for the advise! I love well prepared fish and found nirvana with the Grilled Pompano. Our waiter suggested the appetizer sampler plate, the best of which were the Shrimp Remoulade and the Oyster en Brochette. The next time I return to New Orleans this will be at the top of my must re-do list.
Lulu's on Exchange -Love this place for a late morning brunch! They have five outdoor tables and four brunch entrees written on a chalk board. Devine!
Marisol's - We started our trip and ended our trip here based on chowhounds suggestions. We made reservations month's ago for Thanksgiving Dinner and went here for our first night in town for Tapas. The best Mussels, Stuffed Dates, Crabmeat Thai Soup in the land. Returning to the courtyard for an evening of tapas is top of our must-do's for our next trip to New Orleans.
Huey's 24/7 - What a find! It was two steps from our hotel. and became our local AM haunt. Not wanting a full (eggs, potato, meat, bread) breakfast they took side orders not on the normal menu. Two eggs and a side of ham or hubby and I splitting a breakfeast burrito became our standards. Good basic food and good people.
Riverview at the Marriott - This was never on my list, but joined some friends after a seminar on the same floor as this restuarant. Several appetizers were ordered, one or two not available. The best was the fried oysters. The deal of deals the wonderful 10oz filet which was outstanding!. Who can EAT A 10 OZ FILET? The filet was under $20.00. I feel this is the deal of deals if you split a filet, order two salads a few veggies and an order of oysters. Service was good hotel, view was the best, food was really outstanding.
Other meals included:
Mr. B's lets you know why it is called a bistro. It is loud. My husband is still raving about the Fried Oysters in the Half Shell. My entree of trout was drowned and died a slow death in butter.
Arnaud's for lunch. Stopped by for lunch. Great entertaining waitstaff. Nice Blue Crab Salad, but overpriced.
Renee Bistrot - Reported to be a great spot. The waitress with mega attitude ruined it for me. The soup and salad were great. Would not return.
The next time I visit my plans will be:
Jacques-Imos (for first time)
Peristyle (for first time)
Upperline(had to cancel this trip)
Galitoires (must do again)
Marisol (must do again)
Thank you New Orleans Chowhounds for all your help!