Hello, Fellow Chowhounds! Hope you are all having a tasty 2009!
I will be in New Orleans for the Tulane graduation (nephew). Plan to arrive Thursday night - May 14. Family accomodations will be important - we'll be doing the crawfish boil on campus Thursday night. Saturday night is Chef's Night at the Frat House....... yes, I'm 50, but one of the frat boy's Dad is a Chef in NO and promised to put out an authentic NO dinner. Saturday will be early early for the graduation, so will do Luke at the Hilton St. Charles, which is where we are staying.
That leaves Friday brunch, Friday dinner - both on the less expensive side in deference to family. When they leave on Sunday afternoon two of my sisters and I plan to start splurging. Here's my initial list of possibilities - any thoughts? Also, I adore Farmers Markets - I see they are on Saturday and Tuesday - thoughts on those as well?
Note: My sister and I are fighting on some restaurants. Ideally, I would like a total NO experience. I recognize that there are some fabulous restaurant, like Bayona,Stella!, but I want to feel the NO/Creole/southern experience at every meal.... Alos, we will not have car, and will rely on st. charles line, walking, or cabs...
Friday breakfast/lunch: Central Groc muff, in a picnic by the river
Friday Night: Cocktail at Arnaud's - a Sazeral or French 75; Felix's; The Old Abscinthe House or the Bourbon House for more cocktails...
Sunday Brunch: Celebratory Brunch: Dantes Kitchen or Patois? Or, if family can afford, would best high end choice be Galatoires?
Sunday night: Upperline
Monday: Trolley Stop - then day long tour of bayou and plantations
Monday night: August
Tuesday: this is tough - Croquette; or Pascal Manale BBQ Shrimp Po Boy, or Oliver's Creole Restaurant (crawfish etouffee), or Herbsaint???
Tuesday night: Brigtsens
Wednesday: Johnny's Poboy
Other considerations - based on my readings of this site and others and my tastes:
Rambla Cochon (lunch); Commander's (lunch, NOT dinner) or K-Pauls' (Turtle Soup)); Yo Mammas (Crawfish); Casamentos (on Magazine street, after shopping - oysters); Dookey Chase (creole+soul); tujaques; NOLA Grocery (lunch); Boucherie