I've had a great time reading this message board, and appreciate the advice already given to me regarding my upcoming trip to N.O. from Dec. 27 to 30th. After absorbing many hundreds of posts, I'm putting together a plan for my trip, and would love to get feedback from anyone who cares to offer it.
This will be my first visit to N.O., and I would like to have as full and delightful an experience of the town as possible. I may not get there again for a long time.
I'll be staying at the Monteleone, on Royal St. in the FQ. I plan to try the beignets at Cafe du Monde. I plan to visit the French Market. I'd like to try to lunch at Uglesich's. (How is it pronounced, by the way?) I may try to lunch at NOLA, since a friend did so and had a great experience. I'd like to try dinner at Bayona. But how expensive is it? I don't have an unlimited budget. And how far in advance would I be likely to need to make a reservation? Unfortunately, the conference I'm going to is scheduled so that I'll be there thurs, fri, and sat. (so maybe it'll be harder to get into restaurants.)
I hope to hop on the streetcar and ride down st charles ave, perhaps stopping for meal at the Camellia Grill.
I'd also like to try to have drinks at the Napoleon House.
I might try Irene's or Brigsten's for dinner.
Would love to get out of the quarter as much as possible, however without a car, and with needing to check out the conference proceedings at least ONCE in a while, it's not clear how far I'll get to roam.
I hope to do some browsing in antique stores, particularly one I read about called Lucullus, with French culinary-related items. (?) Since I'm a Francophile and love food and cooking, this sounded like a good bet.
I would like to walk along the river, and perhaps take a ferry ride as well.
So does anyone have reactions to these plans? Advice on restaurant reservations in general, and getting around?