Just back from our first trip without our daughter. Since it is next to impossible to enjoy a resteraunt meal with a toddler in tow, husband and I were determined to have at least a few good meals in New Orleans. Here's the report....
The Gumbo Shop- After walking around the quarter a bit we passed this spot. I remembered reading some positive posts on this board, so we gave it a try. Great gumbo (I had the okra seafood, he had chicken andouile). Solid crawfish ettoufee and shrimp creole. Added bonus was the prix fix menu that was around $20 for three courses. We left stuffed and would go back again.
Galatoire's-- After debating between lunch here or Commander's Palace, we chose Galatoire's based on proxemity to the hotel. It was a good choice. Again we were surprised at the value. Three course lunches in August are $20. I had the turtle soup, soft shell crab meuniere, and creme caramel. He had duck breast, oysters brochette, and banana bread pudding. We added a crabmeat maison app. Every dish was spectaular (especially soft shell crab). We loved the people watching, seersucker suits and ladies in hats. We won't go back to New Orleans again without a stop here.
Acme Oyster-- We ate at the bar, free entertainment was provided by the bartender arguing with the servers. She couldn't have been nicer to us. Plates of fried seafood were yummy. Oysters, shrimp, and catfish, fries, and hushpuppies served with butter. This is what I crave that I can't get in New York. My husband liked this place more than Galatoire's.
Krystal-- Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but after many drinks we needed something greasy to soak up the alchohol and those little burgers sure were good :) 10x better than White castle.
Cafe Du Monde-- beniets and cafe au lait while listening to the trumpet player on the street was serene until the angry mother with four kids sat next to us. After listening to her scream for five minutes we ordered coffees to go and walked across the street to central grocery.
Central Grocery-- Two muffalettas for the plane ride and to share at home. I was happy they had sandwiches at 8:30 in the morning.
Thanks to all you chowhounds for the previous postings that helped us decide where to eat. A week after the trip we're once again scarfing down our meals in 5 minutes to avoid toddler tantrums.