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Jazz Fest Weekend: Need Places Open Late, Lunch Spots, and Other Dinners not Requiring Reservations. Please help!

docdekay | Apr 5, 200611:32 PM


I know a million JF questions invariably get asked around this time of year but I just need you to help fill in some blanks.

I plan on eating at:

August (reservation made)
Galatoires (no res made yet)
Upperline (no res made yet - must be two weeks out)

I basically have two nice (read: reservations required) nights to eat out. I also have two odd nights where I wont have the time to really spend hours eating.

The nice nights will be Wednesday and Friday (reservations). I may have a tough time getting something on Friday so I'm looking for suggestions.

Do you have any opposition to the choices above? Any others for a nice meal? Price is really not an issue. I just need as many options as possible since everything will be booked.

I have already been to dinners at:
Jacques Imo's
Marisol (I know they are closed)

For Lunches I was thinking:
-Casamentos - been there and will be back 100%
-Mandich (are they open? I loved this spot last time I was there - oysters bordelaise. hello!)

In summary, what I need to know is
1) if my two dinner nights should consist of a combo of Upperline, Galatoires, and August. Any other reccos without going back to where I've been before where it wont be nightmare to get in on the first friday of JF?
2) Some other lunch places besides Casamentos and Mandich (assuming they are open). Muffaletta at Central Grocery or Napolean house? Been to both and thought they were average.
3) I need a GOOD place open LATE so I can grab a bite the day(s) I come back from JF. I like to shower and relax for a bit before going out to eat later at night.
3) Good bars that make quality cocktails - sazeracs and the like.

We'll be staying at the St James but are willing to travel anywhere.

Thank you so much.

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