Planning activities and food in NO is complicated and everything must fit together like clockwork, far more so than many other cities we've visited. But, I think I've got it. I do want to check in here to see if I've missed anything or am making any mistakes. In general, family of 3 (me, my husband, our 13 year old). Each of us is a fussy eater in our own special way, so I try to make sure menus have a wide enough variety that everyone can find something to eat. My husband and I were in NO about 15 years ago and my son has never been. Arriving late morning 12/24, leaving 12/30.
Here's the plan so far.
12/24 Galatoire's - prepared to get there early and/or wait
12/25 TBD - any thoughts that don't include a multi-course, prix fixe meal? I'm looking at the list of reservations on Open Table. Maybe Atchafalaya.
12/26-12/29 Cochon, Bayona, NOLA (considered Emeril's, slight preference for NOLA menu), Brigtsen's - some reservations made, some still to be made
LUNCHES - we want yummy NO food, but there are also things we want to do and see, so we're trying to make lunch reasonably convenient to activities
12/24 arrive at Renaissance Pere Marquette. Need lunch. I looked at Mr. B's for bbq shrimp or Palace Cafe which we liked umpteen years ago. If I was sure that husband and son, who don't like buttery things, would like Mr. B's bbq shrimp, I'd definitely pick that. But Palace Cafe may suit better. How is it? Not many recent mentions here, although I see it does nicely on Yelp and Urban Spoon. Would we need reservations at either one? Wandering around FQ a bit, antique stores, galleries, architecture. Swing by Roosevelt Hotel (right near ours) to see decorations and get Ramos Gin Fizz at Sazerac. Or maybe we should save that last bit for 12/25.
Fri 12/26 Julia Street art galleries, Southern Food and Beverage Museum, then head over to FQ. More antiques, etc. French Market for lunch and general browsing. May have to interrupt that in the middle to get to the Pharmacy Museum for the 1 PM tour. Is the French Market a good choice for lunch or will we do better if we leave?
Sat 12/27 Save our Cemeteries Tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1 at 10 AM, Backstreet Cultural Museum, then down to the Aquarium. What to do about lunch? If we switched the Friday and Saturday plans, we could go just slightly out of our way and grab lunch at Herbsaint or Emeril's, but then we couldn't do the tour at the Pharmacy Museum. Decisions, decisions. If we switched, would we need lunch reservations at Emeril's or Herbsaint? Other thoughts for a Saturday that aren't geographically preposterous?
Sun 12/28 Garden District, Magazine Street (about half the stores and galleries seem to be open on Sunday), Mardi Gras World. High Hat Cafe for lunch. Need reservations?
Mon 12/29 Honey Island swamp tour. They pick us up at the hotel at 12, return us at 4. I need to find out what the lunch options are.
Somewhere in there, of course, beignets at Cafe du Monde. How is Cafe Beignet? I see that they have lunch and breakfast foods, too, not just beignets and coffee. How is the food?