I am traveling to NO with my husband, inlaws, and 3yo daughter in mid July. We arrive on a Thursday mid afternoon and will stay at the Hilton near the convention center. I needs suggestions for Thursday night early dinner ( 530pm) preferably in the French quarter. We are planning to drive from the hotel to dinner, and walk to cafe du monde for dessert beignets. Budget is not an issue, but my husband will not have a dinner jacket.
Although we will have a toddler in tow I think she does well in most restaurants. We don't want anything that requires a dinner jacket, and would like some place that will take a reservation or have no wait. I have been looking at coquette, cochon, and those types of restaurants look promising. Would prefer to try local specialties, especially seafood, and trying to avoid spaghetti, burgers, diners (we are en route to a family reunion where we will get plenty of that).
We have Friday lunch reservations at commanders, then friday dinner at August (just me and hubby). Then we leave Sunday morning. Any help would be appreciated!