My wife and I are coming to town for our anniversary, and we'll be in late Wednesday night through early Sunday morning. We've done some rough planning and I wanted to pass the choices we've made to see if we're making any glaring mistakes or missing something that can't be missed. Our focus is to definitely sample quality fare, but we're not 100% against something touristy as long as the food is good. We're trying to only go out for one "nice" or "fine" place, on Friday, and everything else seems like it should be low to moderate.
We are getting in at 8:30 PM or so, and our hotel is on Conti St. near Bourbon. We're assuming that we'll probably have a snack/meal on our layover on the way over, but figure after we get settled in (10? 11?) we may want to wander around for a drink and a tiny snack. Any recommendations on a very close bar/late restaurant to fit this goal?
We are going to hit up Cafe du Monde for some beignets and coffee (touristy I realize -- but is it worth it anyway?) and then we'll be over at Mardi Gras World. After this we were thinking we'd aim randomly in that vicinity for lunch. Any specific recommendations around here? Should we just head back towards the French Quarter? Does the central grocery do anything well besides the muff? I will be getting that but my wife is not an olive person at all. We're not looking to spend much at all. For dinner that night we were thinking we would browse around our hotel area for a decent (not terribly expensive, but not low-end) dinner. Maybe the green goddess? Something better?
After an undecided breakfast we will probably hit up the faulkner bookstore and browse around that area a bit. Lunch for that day seems like it will be the parkway bakery, and dinner (already reserved) will be at Emeril's NOLA -- Based on a review of places around, this seems like the spot for us because we do want a bit of what would be regarded as "classic" new orleans fare, and I feel that it will be high quality and consistent, even if it's a "brand" restaurant.
This seems like the most unplanned day. I think we want to shop around Magazine st at some point, and maybe check out the armstrong park, and just wander some more. Wouldn't mind some low-$$ suggestions for this day.
We leave. No time for breakfast I'm afraid, 8:45am flight. Anything worth mentioning in the airport that's remotely acceptable?