First off, I am so glad I found this site It will make my trip to NOLA in a few weeks that much more enjoyable. This is only my second visit and the last time (10 years ago) the only fine dining we experienced was Alex Patouts on Royal. I have no idea how we ended up there (and I have never heard it mentioned on this board).I have read a LOT of posts over the last few weeks and have decided (I think) on where I will have my 3 dinners:
Wed (3/23/05): Galatoires. This is the complete no-brainer choice for me. Classic New Orleans, simple presentations of seafood in what sounds like a very interesting atmosphere. The place reminds me a little of Joe Muers in Detroit (Im not saying Joes was as good!). I plan on having trout or pompano if available.
Question: If we get in line at 6:30 on a Wednesday night, how long for a table (I definitely want to eat downstairs)? I understand you can wait in the bar now, so its no big deal to me. Gotta try my first Sazarec and Pimms Cup anyhow.
Thu (3/24/05): Bon Ton Café. This place is close to our hotel (The International House) and I have never read a bad review on this board. Im hoping for a soft-shell crab entrée. Plus the fact that its not the most expensive place doesnt hurt.
Fri (3/25/05): Im torn between NOLA, GW Fins and Mr. Bs. Im leaning heavily toward Mr. Bs because I want to try the barbecued shrimp. Ill let anyone try to persuade me otherwise.
We definitely cannot eat 3 big meals a day, so breakfasts will be light (except maybe on Saturday) and lunches will be Acme, Johnnys Po Boys, Mothers, Napoleon House, Central Grocery or Cameila Grill. We leave Saturday afternoon. I have read that Petunias is a good breakfast choice Any others? Or maybe well just have a big lunch any suggestions?
I also need ideas for where to go (in or near the Quarter) for good music and atmosphere in the evenings. Were in our 40s so please suggest appropriately. Is there a good web site to learn about where to go for music?
Thanks in advance to all who take the time to reply. I love reading the reports by others and I will post mine after our trip.