I am planning a trip to the Crescent City in early June. I would love feedback from all you knowledgeable folks on the following itinerary (tentatively scheduled for 5 nights) as well as any specific menu recommendations. I have only been to your amazing city once before and will note what items on my plan are repeats with an *. I'm breaking it down into breakfast, lunch and dinner options plus places I wanted to grab a drink (or 4).
Other specs: I'll be a solo dinner almost exclusively, I'd rather not spend more than $20 for any one lunch and no more than $45 for any one dinner (with the exception of my lunch at Commander's Palace and a dinner at Galatoire's/Antoine's), and dinner places that take reservations are preferred (I am not a patient man when hungry).
Breakfast Choices (probably won't be daily since I won't always be up that early)
- *Cafe du Monde: for a Vieux Carre commencement to my trip and charge of cafe au lait/beignets
- Surrey's: it's near where I plan on staying, is it worth a stop?
- Refuel Cafe or Camelia Grill: which one would be better before a stroll through Audubon Park?
- Stanley: for a possible brunch
- *Ruby Slipper Cafe: don't remember it being so great, any contrary opinions?
- *Commander's Palace: I'm a sucker for two-bits martinis...and amazing food
- Muffaleta: went to *Central Grocery last time, but it seems many on this board prefer Frank's, or even Napoleon House for a non-traditional warm version
- Po Boys: leaning towards either Parkway (don't they close some random weekday like Wednesday?) or Domilise's (or both!), unless someone persuades me otherwise
- Dunbar's Creole Cooking: they are only open during school hours correct?
- Cafe Reconcile: love the purpose and the prices
- Willie Mae's: the sine qua non of fried chicken, right?
- *Mr. B's: Does any other place compete for BBQ Shrimp?
- Galatoire's: Is this a must for a classic NOLA Friday night? or would I be better off at...
- Antoine's: for even more history?
- *Brigtsen's: Loved the duck last time, but some people seem to prefer...
- Upperline: even more. Thoughts?
- Cocquette or Herbsaint?: for more modern-influenced fare
- Jacques-Imo's or Atchafalya: for one more casual dinner
-Tujagues: supposedly the best Sazerac around
- Bar Tonique: quality cocktails
- Bar unCommon: same
- Carousel Bar: unique atmosphere
- French 75: is the bartender really the star?
- Mid-City Yacht Club: worth the trek?
- One night pounding shots/beers at Spotted Cat or Snug Harbor
Lastly, is there anything you find missing from my above lists that is a "cant-miss" in your opinion?
Much thanks in advance for all your input.