My wife and I will are a couple of early thirty somethings visiting NOLA for the first time April 7-10. We're looking for a nice blend of old school and new school representations of NOLA cuisine. We're flexible on price and are really just looking for the best food around. We'll be staying in the CBD.
On the new-school, more modern side of things we have reservations at: Coquette (Thursday) and August (Friday). Are these restaurants too similar for back-to-back nights?
On the newer side, we've also considered Peche, Herbsaint, Patois, and Le Petit Grocery. Please let me know if there are any other can't misses, or if you'd suggest substituting any of this latter group for either Coquette or August. (Shaya looks great but we have some solid, similar middle eastern spots here in Boston).
On the old school, more traditional side we have a Saturday night reservation at Brigtsen's (made sure to sp that correctly). I think we'll avoid Commander's but would like to squeeze in a lunch at Galitoire's. We've also read great things about Clancy's. Any suggestions or substitutions here would be much appreciated as well.
On Sunday, I think we plan to grab brunch at Cafe Atchafalaya or Surrey, and then probably just graze at Bacchanal for dinner.
For other lunch spots, I've seen suggestions for Cochon Butcher and Sylvain.
We plan to hit Central Grocery for muffaletta and one of the famous spots for po boys (Domelise's, Parkway), and feel obliged to do Caffe Du Monde.
I know NOLA has a lot to offer and it's impossible to do everything in just 4 nights. We're really looking forward to visiting the Crescent City for the first time. Thanks in advance.