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FL, AL (Mobile), MS, LA (NO & Lafayette) Roadtrip

Incaficious | Dec 22, 200805:34 PM     1

My first post, after many, many months of mining the golden advice of Chowhound, poses several questions. My father and I are making a roadtrip from Florida to Louisiana. Thank you in advance for your feedback.

Arrive in Mobile, AL, Fri., 12/26 - Wintzell's or the Brick PIt BBQ, one while driving westward, the other the default when driving east and returning home. The Blues Tavern for post-dinner entertainment. I need a place for breakfast on Saturday morning. Southern authenticity is key (think ham steak). Any comments / suggestions for Mobile / surrounding area?

My father and I plan on arriving at Willie Mae's Scotch House by 11:30am on Sat. After this landmark fried chicken, we will walk around the French Quarter, awaiting our St. James Hotel check-in, and sampling various digestible offerings. Please supply me with do-not-miss activities / tours, stores to check out, and eating spots (po-boys, oysters, muff's). We have Sat. and Sun. afternoons to explore.

Cochon's at 7:30pm on Sat. night. After that, off to Tipitina's for some music. I would really appreciate some jazz clubs in the French Quarter, walking distance, or near the St. James Hotel. The Casamento oyster loaf is a given on Sunday.

Commander's Palace for Sunday Brunch. Is this well publicized brunch over-priced and over-hyped? I do not mind the expense. I am seeking a magical New Orleans experience. Thanks.

The Trip from NO to Lafayette:
Hit Middendorf's on I-55 for a catfish lunch. Continue around Lake Maurepas and hit Andre's in Erwinville (hopefully). Get to Lafayette. Hope to have some chitlins at Country Cuisine in afternoon.

Monday night in Lafayette:
I have chosen Randol's for our sit-down dinner in Cajun Country instead of Prejean's. I seek the authentic, and I hope most of you agree with my decision, based upon internet research. Anyone want to convince me to change this plan?

Tuesday in Lafayette:
Dwyer's for breakfast? Open to suggestions. T-Coons for lunch. Drive around Lafayette area to places like Poches, Don's, Robin's, Borque's, etc. Purchase many foods to bring back to FL and share with friends and family. Leave by 3pm for return trip to Mobile. Again, I need breakfast suggestions for Mobile, AL area. I deparately desire a ham steak breakfast.

Any suggestions for things to do while walking off the last po-boy and killing time until the next pig-out? Food feedback is most important to me, but having many options for betwee-meals activities would be great! Thanks!

Mark

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