I am going to be in New Orleans for the first time for the Sugar Bowl. I realize that the town will be totally nuts for the New Years/Bowl Game. I am looking for recommendations for two dinners (one new years night) and any lunch/brunch recs. I won't be there for Sunday jazz brunches (which disappoints me), but any other Lunch/Brunch recs would be greatly appreciated.
As far as dinners go, I was looking at Stella, Restaurant August, Lilette and Mila as maybe my top choices for at least one really nice diner. Any thoughts on those choices? Anything I missed that's a can't miss? Off the beaten path jems are also greatly appreciated.
I realize that I haven't given a whole lot of specifics here, but this is my first trip and I want to do it right. Help me out Chowhounders! Thanks so much in advance for any advice.