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Five Days of Food in NO

Lexma | Feb 3, 200511:23 AM

Please help me make some delightful choices. We'll be in NO (staying in the French Quarter), in May, with our two kids. We're chowhounds, and are “training” the kids to be the same. I'm trying to craft the just-right combination of dining experiences (but always with creole, cajun or southern food), in a variety of locations, styles and formality, and have been combing the posts, but would love your help - too many choices and decisions!

The places I have in mind so far for dinner are Galatoire’s, Emerils, Gabrielle, Upperline and Dick & Jenny’s. (Hmmm. Most of those are NOT in the FQ.)

Of our five dinners (Wednesday through Sunday), one will be on an evening with a big brunch (Commander's Palace). Two of the dinners will be without kids (Emeril's and Gabrielle?); the other three will include them. The kids are adventurous and well-behaved; my son's wants a restaurant that serves rabbit!

Sticking with Creole or cajun or Louisiana food eliminates Peristyle, Bayona, Stella, Marisol, etc., right? I would like at least one new (to us, at least) place, and something more cutting-edge (like Marisol?), but I don't know if there's any place that's cutting-edge but still creole or "contemporary creole."

On the lunch front, most days hubby will be in meetings and it'll be me and the kids. I'm looking more for places in the Quarter where we can get a “light” meal. We usually hit Felix's and the Gumbo Shop, and will probably get muffaletta's at Central Grocery. Can anyone tell me if I can get muffaletta's earlier in the day, so we can take them with us to the zoo? I'd love to visit Two Sisters for lunch. And the Praline Connection is another possibility for soul food, for lunch or dinner. And what about a place called Bennachin, that supposedly has African food (for a different kind of lunch)?

Thanks in advance!

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