Yes, I'm sorry to say this is another "Rate my itinerary" post, but I do have some questions that have been gnawing at me as well. First off, my wife and I will be in New Orleans for the first weekend of Jazz Fest (I wish they would announce the lineup already!). I run my own food blog and have never been to your fine city and wanted to experience the best it has to offer (at all price points mind you) while in town. I'm more interested in cajun/creole cooking than anything else. Here's what I have so far:
Thursday: Afternoon flight arrival. Staying near N. Galvez St. and Orleans Ave about a mile NW from the French Quarter. Check-in and clean ourselves up. Dinner will be August's Degustation Menu.
We will be attending the Fest either Friday or Saturday depending on what bands are announced for which day. I've done my research and will be seeking out Prejean's Gumbo, Crawfish Monica, Cochon de lait Po Boys, among many many other things to feast on. No non-fest meals planned for that day.
Non-Fest Day: Lunch at Mr. B's Bistro (BBQ Shrimp and Gumbo Ya-Ya). Dinner will be at Emeril's New Orleans.
Sunday: Commander's Palace Jazz Brunch. Snack at Creole Creamery (we both love ice cream and try to taste the best in every city we travel to). A late dinner will be the Jambalaya Supreme at Coop's Place.
Monday: A few quick snacks before our flight out in the evening. Po Boys at Parkway and a nice lunch of Red Beans and Rice at Cafe Reconcile.
Now for my questions. Since we'll be staying in a lesser trafficked area of town and have no car, how much should the location of a restaurant factor in to our choice of dining there? There are many places I've ruled out because they've been out of the way (Brigtsen's, Boucherie, Elizabeth's, Dick & Jenny's, etc.), but is it relatively easy to get around in the city? I've looked at the bus/street car maps and think we could swing it, but I wanted to get some firsthand opinions on the matter.
And one other simple question I had that: Is Brennan's the type of place that we could go to and only order Banana's Foster? Bananas are probably my favorite food, and I would love to try the dish that made them famous.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions/opinions.
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118