Hello NO hounds!
I have been researching for weeks and am really looking forward to visiting in December! I was delighted to find so many great threads to help me. Thanks to all of you who offered advice for me about breakfasts in my earlier post.
I am looking for advice on my choices (including sightseeing, as I find that I always get great advice from the hounds and sometimes an idea that I wouldn’t find in a travel guide).
We had a little taste of New Orleans in San Francisco in March when we visited Brenda’s and had beignets, fried oyster omelette, and shrimp and grits. We LOVED it and are so excited to visit the town where it all originated!
Here is a little information about us:
My husband and I are in our mid-thirties and live a few minutes North of Toronto. We like almost everything, but are not fans of raw oysters; and for breakfasts my husband does not eat any egg items. My husband loves po’ boys so this is a must! We are not late night people but if there was a bar with live music near one of our dinner restaurants we’d be happy to stop in before going back to our hotel.
We are looking to eat lots of traditional NO food, hit the “not to be missed” restaurants, and to sample the best restaurants in the city. We are hoping to eat 3 meals a day, starting with an early breakfast. Don’t worry – I have seen the warnings about eating too much at one meal and not being hungry for the next. I will try to ensure that we control ourselves!
Budget: Mainly we are looking for moderately priced meals (10-25 dollar mains) but are willing to splurge for a few meals if we think it is worth it.
Accommodations: We are staying at the Marriott at 555 Canal Street, and are visiting from December 24th to 28th.
I am not sure if we should be renting a car and taking a day trip somewhere. I thought about Pensacola, Mississippi Gulf Coast and Jackson, Mississippi. I read that December is not a good time for a swamp tour; perhaps someone could comment on that.
I welcome, and look forward to, all your advice and comments.
I have included my itinerary as well as the list of restaurants that interested me in my research (the list is at the end of the post). I still have a hole or two to fill, and am willing to completely change the other plans depending on your advice!
Here is draft 1:
Day 1 – Monday December 24th, 2012
Arrive at 6:45 pm. Taxi to Hotel (Marriott on Canal Street)
Dinner – Reservations at GW Fins, August, R’Evolution and Coquette (9 pm) (I will wait to see what the menus are, as I assume they are serving Reveillon menus, and then decide which one)
11 pm – Go to St Louis Cathedral for Midnight Mass
Day 2 – Tuesday December 25th, 2012
Breakfast – Reservations at Sazerac (7:45 am) and Café Adelaide (8 am) – both are about a 6 minute walk from hotel
Sightseeing – Jackson Square/ Presbytère/Cabildo / St Patrick's Cathedral/Lafayette Cemetery
Lunch – Reservations at *Galvez (1 pm) and Domenica (1 pm)
Sightseeing - Try to catch the end of the French Market Holiday Marching Bands
Dinner – Reservations at Café Adelaide (8 pm) and Domenica (8 pm)
Day 3 – Wednesday December 26th, 2012
Breakfast – Elizabeth’s or Brennan’s
Sightseeing - ?
Lunch – Reservations at R’Evolution (1 pm) and Cochon (1 pm)
Sightseeing – City Park (Celebration in the oaks) and Gelato at Angelo Brocato
Dinner – Reservations at Red Fish Grill (8 pm) and Herbsaint (8 pm)
Day 4 – Thursday December 27th, 2012
Breakfast – Stanley or Old Coffee Pot
Sightseeing – Garden District
Lunch – reservations at Emiril’s (1 pm) and The American Sector at the National WWII museum (1 pm)
Sightseeing – WWII Museum (and film)
Dinner - ?
Day 5 – Friday December 28th, 2012
Breakfast – Surrey’s
Sightseeing – Pick up muffaletta at Central Grocery and beignets at CDM or Café Beignet (anything else I should pick up?)
Lunch – reservations at Iris (1 pm)
Leave for airport at 3:00.
Galatoires, R’Evolution, Mr. B's, Bayona, Emeril's, Stella, Clancy's, Coquette, August, Lilette, Brigtsen's, Cafe Giovanni, GW Fins, Mr. John's, Commander's, Willie Mae's, Pascal's, Felix's, Brocato's, Emeril's, Herbsaint, K Jean, Domenica, Irene's, Patois, Bozo's, Central Grocery, Café du monde, GW Fins, Drago’s, Bayona, Cochon, Coquette, Herbsaint