Hi all. I'm going to be visiting your fine city Memorial Day weekend and I'm trying to get my meals in order, mostly dinner. Here's what I'm thinking, but it's by no means set in stone:
The only one of the four I've been to is Upperline, which I thought was excellent.
Now I also considered Bayona, Brigsten's, Patois, Stella, August and MiLa, along with a few others before settling on the four above. So are my choices good or would others be better? To help you answer, let me tell you a few other things:
I'm not planning on bringing a jacket or tie, so nothing very fancy . . . although I plan to do Commander's for Sunday brunch. I love Cajun/Creole/Southern food and I'd like at least two of my meals to offer that cuisine (thinking primarily Dante's and Upperline here). I love pork (hence Cochon) although my dining companion is more of a seafood eater, so I'm hoping Cochon will work. Cochon is the meal I could see skipping -- will I be sorry? And I've read great things on the board about Lilette, so I thought that would offer a small escape from Southern/Cajun food. Finally, my transportation will be by foot and streetcar (or cab) . . . I will be staying near the French Quarter.
I really liked the menus at Bayona & Brigsten's, but I often lean towards the lesser knowns and less formal and chose Upperline & Dante's over Bayona/Brigsten's. Will I be sorry?
Finally, I will be eating plenty during the day (muffalettas, po' boys, oysters, etc.) so I would not be shocked if we decide to seek out a more casual, lighter fare and inexpensive dinner one night (close to the Quarter). Can you suggest something near the quarter for a light, inexpensive but good dinner? Could be Cajun/Creole/Southern . . . I've heard Port of Call is good for burgers . . . or something you just think is a gem.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.