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First Five Days in New Orleans

davneet | Oct 17, 201101:21 PM

My fiancee and I will be visiting New Orleans for the first time this November, for five days the week before Thanksgiving. Our trip is purely recreational -- we hope to learn much about the city's past and present, to meet interesting people, to sip Sazeracs while listening to jazz, to walk hand-in-hand along the Mississippi as the sun sets. But most of all, we hope to eat lots of amazing food.

We like all food and we want to try everything New Orleans has to offer. Cajun or Creole, modern or traditional, casual or formal -- none of that matters. Our only requirement is variety; with so many potential meals, we don't want one to blend into another. And so, after poring over these forums, after reading every article on New Orleans in every newspaper and magazine, I've come up with a tentative eating schedule, a list of places on which I need your input. Here it is:

Dinner: Cochon

Breakfast: Cafe du Monde
Lunch: Parkway Bakery
Dinner: August

Breakfast: The Old Coffee Pot
Lunch: Willie Mae's
Dinner: Coquette

Breakfast: Stanley
Lunch: Drago's (Hilton)
Dinner: Dominique's

Brunch: Commander's Palace
Dinner: Hush Supper Club

Breakfast: Cafe du Monde
Lunch: Mr. B's

What do you think? Which establishments should we skip? What should I add? Am I being too much of a tourist? Please, tell me. There are so many other places that sound amazing: Galatoire's, Upperline, Brigtsen's, Casamento's, Patois. I need you to decide for us. If you had only five more days in New Orleans, where would you eat?

This will be our first time in the city, the first time in the South for me (Disney World doesn't count), and years may pass before we return. I'd like to leave feeling as if I know New Orleans -- if such a thing is possible. If it is, it's probably not possible over five days in November. But I must try. And I must admit I feel a little mischievous sticking Pete Vazquez's pop-up in there, as if I'm planning to infiltrate some secret society for gluttony and decadence. How can I resist?

Other pertinent information: We'll be staying downtown on St. Charles, midway between the Quarter and the Garden District. We won't have a car, but we'll be happy to walk or take a streetcar to wherever you direct us. We plan on walking as much as possible.

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