I didn't post a question on this board before going to NOLA last week, but did obsessively glean 10 pages worth of your recommendations. So I want to thank you all for the great tips. As per your recommendations,this is some of where and what we ate:
Acme Oyster Bar - oysters, crawfish, catfish po'boy, pecan pie, bread pudding. It was all so good, we went back 3 times!
Brennan's - only for famous Bananas Foster - made us happy in this gorgeous setting. We had a good view of the garden from where we sat.
Jaques Imo - Our favorite - imaginative, well-cooked dishes. Loved the fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp and a special of seafood cooked in a baked butternut squash. Chaotic, friendly service added to the fun, and it was all topped by a strolling mini-brass band that came in off the street.
Peristyle - I enjoyed an appetizer of sweetbreads and a main course of drum. My friend started with scallops and also had the drum. The food was fresh and well- executed. For me it was the least memorable meal because it seemed like the kind of high-end restaurant I could find in any city.
Brocato's - Heavenly gelato - wish I could have gone again. You can tell a place cares about it's food when they offer a cannoli kit in which shells and filling are separate so that the shells don't get soggy.
Mother's - Etouffee and their special po'boy stuffed w/roast beef, ham and debris. Loved the etouffee, but the debris made the bread on the po'boy soggy. I'm sure that's the way it's supposed to be, but I personally dislike soggy bread. Very generous portions.
Cafe du Monde - Delicious cafe au lait which went so well with the beignets. i found the beignets a little heavy and wish I could have tried them at other places to compare.
At almost all of the places we ate, service was friendly and ingredients were fresh.
Thanks again for your help and especially your love for food!