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accidental Jazz Fest tourist seeks advice

Roy | Apr 28, 200409:37 PM

My fiance called me a few weeks ago and said she had to go to New Orleans for work in late April and needed to buy the tickets immediately; should we stay over for the weekend? I said sure- I'll come spend the weekend in New Orleans! We only recently discovered that our visit falls during Jazz Fest (so much for our quiet weekend getaway!).

Now that we've taken care of a room courtesy of priceline (Sheraton- $100), I'm scrambling for eating ideas- looking for Creole/Cajun/Seafood places with local flavor that I can still get into. We don't mind arriving early to wait in line, either, or traveling outside of touristed areas- in fact we'd prefer that. I went to K-Pauls 14 years ago as a young Tulane applicant and Nola as a drunken 27 year old Mardi Gras attendee, so I think it's time to get beyond celebrity-chefdom. Brigtsen's is booked up and Uglesich will be closed. As a San Francisco chowhound-user I turned to the board last night and found the following ideas:

Dinner: Mandich's, Mandina's, Irene's, Christian's (not much detail on this one but I got a table for Friday, any comments?)

Lunch: Casamento's, Guy's, Domilese's, Felix's, Acme (waterfront location?)

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. Not too interested in the white tablecloth experience this time around. Cheaper is better but money not really an issue- it's all about the food, really. Who's with me?



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