First of all, a big thank you to all of you hounds in the New Orleans area - from restaurants and specific dishes to parking advice and traveling information my trip was a resounding success.....aside from a wicked sunburn from the Zulu Parade and some Cole Haans that'll never be the same after a trip down Bourbon. :-)
From the first Who Dat (out of ~7,000 heard during my 4 days in town) while ordering a King Cake at Haydel's to the breakfast pecan pie with icecream at Camellia Grill before I boarded the plane to Chicago the food was largely excellent and the service usually gracious and solid. Sure there were some lowlights, but diningwise they were touristy joints I was warned against and people-wise it was entirely tourists - the locals were absolutely delightful.
Reviews will be coming (plethoric in number, pictures, and wordiness) in the coming days and I'll add them here along with links to my blog as I write them. Places visited, in a somewhat chronological order, including full meals and bites are:
Café Du Monde
Stay tuned and thanks again!