I am finally going to New Orleans and couldnt' be more excited about it. Naturally I want to enjoy the fabulous cuisine of the city. On my list of restaurants so far is Galitoire's and GW Fins, one Emeril Lagasses restaurant - NOLA or Emeril's New Orleans, which one would be the best choice for a first time visitor? I would also like to include one jazz brunch and from what I've read Muriel's or Commander's Palace seems to be the best choices, is any one of them better than the other? I have been looking for a place for great jambalaya as well, but hasn't found this dish on the web menues on the restaurants most mentioned here, where would I go to enjoy a classic jambalaya?
Finally, of course i want to enjoy some nice bars and Herme's, Carousel and French 75 seems to be often mentioned. Are these the best options if I both want a great cocktail and listen to some New Orleans jazz/soul, like Dr John, Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair etc? I am very grateful for any comments on my choices so far as well as more suggestions.