Thanks so much for the great advise. Paid attention to Localboy's suggestion of choosing Irene's for our nice meal, were first in line on a Thursday night quizzing the locals about what to choose as they queued behind us. Figured the guy driving in on Thursdays from Baton Rouge just for the osso bucco was onto something so we chose that, and several raves regarding the duck finished us on entree decision making. Split a special crab and broccoli appetizer in a kind of bechamel with cheese. Would eat a whole lot more vegetables if they always came dressed up like that! Expected great French bread and were not disappointed, and loved the bruschetta. Richness to the sauce on the osso bucco scooped up with the risotto, just wonderful! Duck delightful as was rice with it. Charming waiter, just an excellent experience.
Breakfasted on Cafe du Monde beignets and should have split an order of three instead of six between us!
Lunched at Bayonna. As good as I remembered, and truly a bargain at lunch for that level of cuisine. Shrimp with rice and chorizo perfect. Trusted them on fusion, and was thrilled with flounder in green curry sauce. Had forgotten how "rice" oriented this area is, had one or another version with all four nice dishes while in town.
Muffaletta we picked up from Central Grocery traveled well and satisfied us in our motel room half way back to Clearwater.
Nolachick2 gave good advice on Le Richelieu. Happens to be one of the few French Quarter hotels that allows for self parking which was of importance to us, PLUS they let us use their swimming pool to do the kayak demonstration that was the reason for the trip. Kept us out of the muddy Mississippi on a very chilly day!