My wife and I will visit New Orleans during the first week in August, staying five nights at the Roosevelt Hotel (with no car). Our visit coincides with Satchmo SummerFest, and so we are planning to do the festival "club strut" on Frenchmen Street on Friday night, and catch at least one full day of the music over the weeeknd at the Mint (probably Sunday, but waiting to see the artist lineup on both days before a final decision). Meanwhile I am trying to plan the rest of our stay and I have appreciated all of the insight this board has provided.
My main question is about the heat and humidity. The two of us are average physical specimens in our mid-50's and we reside in the Pacific Northwest, where heat is very rare and humidity only comes in the form of cool rain and fog. We are going to have to pace ourselves.
Any thoughts about navigating the city in August heat? Can we expect air conditioning in most establishments? Will we be wise to favor cabs over long rides in a streetcar? Are the standards of dress in formal spots like Commander's Palace and Galatoire's relaxed at all in Summer? Any seafood that is to be avoided altogether in August (or, conversely, which is especially good in late Summer)?
Also, I am wondering how many establishments participate in the "COOLinary" promotion that happens in August?
All advice will be appreciated. Currently, here are the places I am hoping to work in:
A lunch at Commander's Palace
A dinner at Emeril's
Lunch or dinner at Herbsaint, Coquette, August, GW Fins, Mr. B's Bistro
Grilled oysters at Drago's (Hilton location, because we'll have no car)
Happy hour pizza, apps & wine at Domenica
Cocktails at Sazerac, Bar Tonique, French 75, Tujague's, Napoleon House, and the Carousel Bar
Breakfasts at Cafe du Monde and Camellia Grill (FQ location)
Muffaletta at central Grocery or Frank's
Po Boy at Parkway Bakery
I'm also interested in Green Goddess and, Cochon (and Cochon Butcher), but they may need to await a future trip. I'd like for us to dine at Galatoire's as well, but for me that's an "either/or" experience with Commander's Palace (on the same visit).
Thank you for any thoughts about our plans and about survival strategies in the August heat.