We'll be visiting Labor Day weekend, staying at the Hotel Modern so we have great access to both the Garden District and French Quarter. We'll have Saturday and Sunday all day, plus half of Monday before we have to head to the airport. We are planning to have a night on Bourbon St (probably 2 to be honest), and another on Frenchmen St, with a full day in the FQ and another in the Garden District.
This will be my fourth visit, and my husband's second. The couple we are going with has never been, so I want them to have the best experience possible, both from a sightseeing aspect as well as the culinary and cocktail aspect. For the cocktail aspect I have booked a walking tour through Grayline Tours – something I have taken twice already and have found to be useful when it comes to considering places for dinner afterwards.
While Gumbo Shop is my favorite place to stop every time I come to New Orleans (I love their sampler), I am open to branching out. I saw that Coops Place and Acme both offer a sampler, which I have found is a cost-efficient way to get a taste of a lot of things that are "New Orleans"
I have had both Arnaud’s & Antoine’s on my list since my last trip, and see that Arnaud’s had a tapas menu in their French 75 bar. Boudin wontons just sound amazing!
I see Court of Two Sisters isn't too popular around here, and having eaten there I could forego it, but my hubby has put this on his "have to eat at" list this trip so I am kind of at a loss unless I can convince him otherwise. I’d prefer to try Stanley for brunch.
Also if anyone has some insight to Southern Decadence, I'd love to hear it. I didn't realize it was the same weekend til after we booked, but I am looking forward to being in the middle of it.
Our must-haves for this trip
Muffalettas (and maybe po’ boys)
Sampler of traditional New Orleans Fare (jambalaya, gumbo, red beans & rice and/or creole)
Budget Friendly and not too formal
I'd love to find good BBQ Shrimp
Bars we are definitely hitting up
Lafittes Blacksmith Shop
Bellocq (at our hotel)
Our tentative dining schedule (again I am open to suggestions, especially considering we have a few “virgins” with us ;))
Friday - arrive to Hotel Modern (Lee Circle) at 9pm. Bourbon Street night
LATE DINNER - Most likely Tapas @ French 75 Bar. Backups include Gumbo Shop or Acme Oyster House in case we are feeling something a little heavier
LUNCH @ Cochon Butcher, Napoleon House or Central Grocery for Muffalettas
DINNER on Frenchmen St @ Three Muses, Maison or Marigny Brasserie
BRUNCH @ Blue Plate, Commander's Palace or Trolley Stop
DINNER @ Antoines or Mr B's. I would really like to try Oysters Rockefeller at Antoines though!
BREAKFAST @ Court of 2 Sisters (Husband's non-negotiable for the trip. And it's next door to where we have to meet for our cemetery tour that morning)
LATE LUNCH @ TBD (most likely a brunch spot that got nixed earlier on)