My wife and I will be returning to New Orleans this weekend. On our last trip I made the mistake of honoring a dinner reservation at Bayona after a gluttonous Friday lunch/martini fest at Galatoires (I distinctly remember being stunned that it was still daylight when we stumbled out at 3pm). Through no fault of the restaurant, the subtleties of that evening's meal were lost upon me - although I still remember that delicious garlic soup, which cut right through any palate fatigue.
We arrive this Friday and have a 1pm reservation at August. I suspect the atmosphere is much less debauched than Galatoires, and I promise I shall behave in a more civilized manner. After that we were thinking of taking a break in the hotel room, and then roaring out for a late afternoon/early evening tour of some of the classic bars in the FQ (eg, the Sazerac, French 75, Old Absinthe, Carousel). What would you suggest as a proper meal (or snacks) to accompany fairly sated bellies and a head full of amber fluids?
On a similar note, Saturday's lunch will be at Parkway Tavern and then the Saints kickoff at 3:30. What bar/tavern would you recommend for a couple of adults who'd like to GET A SEAT and watch the game. We would prefer not to be swallowed up by a sea of frat boys. A relatively civilized oasis, some jewel of a place that they could mix up a decent cocktail and serve a memorable snack during the game - but not as as dead as a mortuary. Does such a paradise exist in your fair city?
fwiw Dinner that night is at Cochon, and Sunday breakfast will be at Stanley's.