I was emailing a friend with this info and thought it might be useful to people in or going to New Orleans.
Peristyle: Anne Kearney's menu. We had the veal ribeye - not all that remarkable - the chop, but the sweetbreads and artichokes were great. The Dijon and thyme lamb was absolutely fab! I thought it odd with Chardonnay demi-glace reduction ( the white wine and demi odd ) but it was wonderful. I find her wording on her menu to be fun in the descriptions.
- I asked our waiter how she was feeling and the waiter said go back to the kitchen and ask Anne. So I did on the way out and she signed a copy of her menu for me. A very small kitchen with at least three cooks on the line and she was expediting. That was pretty cool.
Susan Spicer has a restaurant in the warehouse district called Herb Saint. She has another in the Quarter, but I didn't make it there. I went for lunch and it was by far the very best lunch I'd ever had! Rabbit Lasagne w/ Spinach and Marscapone and a side of Arugala with shaved Grana Padano cheese ($12), but the Puppy Drum fish over rice w/ vidalia onion tips, flash fried swiss chard and jalapeno and orange zest was even better($14) and Lavendar and orange zest creme brulee ($6). Emeril's is in the warehouse district too, but I really didn't want to go there...all hype
The best shrimp is BBQ whole shrimp at Deaney's (the one in the Quarter only) as an app. ($9) for 6 huge shrimp and french bread to dip.
Central Grocery in the Quarter is known for creating their "Muffletta" sandwich, but almost anywhere else makes a better one.
The Praline Connection and Gospel Blues Hall is a must - music is so-so but a great southern brunch, bypass House of Blues Gospel brunch...
Crescent City Brewery - don't bother.
The French Quarter is fun to see - Bourbon street reeks of booze constantly so best to take a picture and leave!
Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro is a neat little escape while being in the Quarter.
There is a place that is off of the Quarter to the north that is called the Faubourg Marigny. This is where the locals go for the best clubs and Jazz.
Snug Harbor with Charmaine Neville is a must see. Preservation Hall in the Quarter is a must too.
A great place to take a date for ambience is the Marigny Brasserie for a prix fixe early bird dinner.
Other great clubs for music are: Tipitina's - "Cajun Fais Do Do", Funky butt, Twi Ro Pa, Maple Leaf Bar - a must to go see "Rebirth Brass Band" and Rock n Bowl to see local Zydeco music. All listed above are regulars at those clubs. Fun bands to seek out are: Bag 'o' Donuts and The Chee Whiz which are both hilarious cover bands. Most music starts around 10-11pm and I felt like I was getting a bit old when I was having to take a nap before going out!
Laura Plantation is a great tour and full of rich local Creole history just outside of New Orleans. Oak Alley is pretty famous, but dull compared to Laura's.
Have fun there, I did!