Just got back from four days of eating in New Orleans.
We would not have visited a couple of the places we did without the help of "chowhounds" (Peristyle and Jacques-Imo's). Peristyle was delicious - yes, it is loud. Great staff who were helpful and friendly but not hovering. The sommilier was wonderful. He recommended a much more inexpensive wine than the ones we asked about and it was excellent(Rowland 97 Pinot Noir). We bought two bottles the next day at Martin's Wine Cellar. Other memorable meals included Camilla Grill(chili-cheese omlette)and Jacques-Imo. Jacques-Imo was rich and very good. Enjoyed the recommended aligator "cheesecake" and the unadventurous but delicious blackened redfish. Phesant was also good. Because of "chowhounds" we arrived the minute they opened and didn't have to wait at all for a table. By the time we left it was packed, with at least 60 people waiting - this was on a Saturday night. Note: if you want to try to consume an appetizer and entree don't let them keep bringing you the buttered corn muffins before you order.
We also visited Acme and Casamentos. We much preferred Acme's raw oysters, nice and cold, and would stick to the oyster loaf at Casamento's.
Finally, Parasol's. Yes, it's true that it's not quite what it once was. The roast beef gravy is different and not quite as tasty. Still, I used to frequent Parasol's when I lived in NOLA and it was fun for nostalgic reasons. Also, the sandwiches are still very good, in fact we took two on the raod with us for the drive home. Next time, I may be able to make myself try Luizza's near the track.
New Orleans looks nicer than it did six years ago. Magazine really seems to be developing. I was sorry to see that the Schwegmanns and the K & B's are gone. Oh well, things change...
Thanks again for the suggestions.