My partner and I have booked a last minute trip to New Orleans and will be in town for a week starting this Wednesday. We are staying in the Garden District for much of the time, and moving to Treme/Seventh Ward for the last few days. We're excited for live jazz, good food, and dancing!
For food, I've been looking at the boards and am overwhelmed by the choices. I am hoping to choose at least one classic old-school place, and a couple mid-range dinners. Otherwise, I am hoping to mainly have ideas for more affordable (mains <$25) and casual places that we can drop into without reservations.
Some places that appeal so far:
Commander's Palace - they are fully booked for jazz brunch, but I might call Friday to see if there are cancellations... otherwise may try for a weekday lunch reservation
Arnaud's - have made a reservation for their Sunday jazz brunch but maybe I should pass if we are already watching lots of live music and having a classic upscale meal elsewhere
Clancy's - I notice their sample menu only has the smoked crab at lunch and not dinner
Bon Ton Cafe
Mid-range places I'm considering: Cochon, Toups South, La Petite Grocery, Compere Lapin, Seaworthy
Casual, no-reservations-required places I'm considering: Port of Call, Casamento's, Cochon Butcher, Lilly's, District Donuts,
Breakfast/brunch: Surrey's, Cake Cafe, Cafe Du Monde
Po'boys: Domilise's, Parkway, Johnny's or Killer PoBoys, depending on where we are.
Music: Will definitely check out Bacchanal. For just music (no nibbles), we will be trying to watch a couple shows at Preservation Hall. Looks like Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor, and d.b.a. are all good places too.
I've heard good things about the fried chicken at Willie Mae's Scotch House. Are they affiliated with Willie's Chicken Shack, which seems to have a lot of branches?
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated - thanks!