We have decided on a rather spur-of-the-minute visit to NO over New Year's. My husband and I will be traveling with our two teenage kids, a 17-year-old foodie, and his slightly less obsessed but interested 15-year-old sister (who is mostly vegetarian but eats fish and says she's willing to try most anything during the trip).
We will have a car (we're driving from Austin) and are staying on St. Charles a few blocks uptown of Lee Circle. My husband and I have visited NO several times but the kids have never been.
We're looking for tips on places to eat that will give them, and us, a sense of the city and its food culture. So not just great food but specifically New Orleans food. We'd love suggestions for po boys, gumbo, great seafood, etc. And we'd love suggestions that won't break the bank since we're paying for four. We're less interested in the extravagant splurge than in more day-to-day local places. The kinds of places we might eat every week if we lived in NO rather than the place we'd go for a celebration.
That said, we will be in the city on NYE and would love thoughts about that, both food-wise (although admittedly it's short notice) and in terms of what else we might do to celebrate with two fairly worldly teenagers.
We will only be in NO for three days so we need to focus our eating efforts (although my son envisions us feasting non-stop!!). Some thoughts so far based on reading the board and talking to friends:
Lil Dizzy's (Esplanade)
Cochon (and maybe Cochon Butcher)
Dante's Kitchen (maybe for NYE?)
Liuzza's by the Track
of course, Central Bakery and Cafe Du Monde
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Lil Dizzy's Cafe
1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130