THANK YOU to everyone who replied to me when I posted in December just before our (first) visit to New Orleans in early January 2012. Taking your advice (& reading lots more), I avoided some, tried others and didn't have time to get to some. We didn't get to any 'high end' places : ( but had a fantastic time. I own a coffee shop/cafe so my holiday photos usually consist of food rather than anything else. Our customers were interested in where we were going so I posted a huge blog post with over 50 photos of our week in New Orleans - lots of restaurant 'reviews' - only our humble opinion!, music venues and loads of actual food photos.
Excuse any typos or grammar mistakes - most of it was written really late at night. Thanks again Chowhound!