I need some help. I'm heading to New Orleans and meeting up with some friends (from diff. parts of the country, 6 all together) to celebrate my 40th birthday.
Two years ago, we did the same thing for another friend and had some great meals at
Ralph's on the Park
Burgers at Port of Call
Beignets/coffee Cafe du Monde ( of course! )
So this time around I'm trying to figure out where to have a celebratory dinner on a Saturday night, in March. On my actual birthday on a Sunday, we're having brunch at Commander's. I was thinking of Jaques Imo because we had a great time there and it would be a fun, lively dinner. Maybe after heading to Maple Leaf if there is some music happening. But part of me is thinking something a bit more up-scale but not stuffy. We're a lively bunch and want to have a good time! I see that Emeril's gets some good reviews on here and was thinking that would be fun to try. On the website, I see 3 restos listed, I'm assuming it is just Emeril's New Orleans that is the original? I guess I shy away from it because it seems so touristy, which isn't probably an accurate assumption on my part.
I would like to check out a new place this time around and of course, I want fantastic food but something very New Orleans/regional as well. I'm here in Boston and I eat at fantastic places here and in NYC so I do lean towards a regional experience. Any suggestions? I really appreciate it.