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Can We Find a Crawfish Boil in late Feb/early Mar?

rlh | Feb 17, 200804:41 PM

We can't wait to return to New Orleans at the end of the month to celebrate our 3rd wedding annivesary following elopement there in early 2005 -- we are excited about dinners at August and Emeril's, cooking class at New Orleans Cooking Experience, and brunch at Commander's Palace.

Any opinions based on recent experience at these spots welcome as well as other recommendations ( we LOVED Brigsten's, Upperline, and Herbsaint on our wedding weekend if that helps future define our preferences more completely). Our alternate list currently includes Stella, Cuvee, Galatoire's downstairs (with coat and tie...), and Bayona.

To balance the rich meals planned, we want a casual, low key dinner one night and are hoping it's the right time for a crawfish boil -- are they in season? If so, where should we go? We are staying in the Garden District (Magnolia Mansion) but willing to be pretty mobile throughout the city (taxi, streetcar, walking).

Finally, for one night out for music, should we be headed to Preservation Hall, Donna's, Maple Leaf, Snug Harbor, or elsewhere for traditional New Orleans music?

Thanks for thoughts, recommendations, and insights! Happy to help out when you're visiting Boston!

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