Hello NO hounds. Trying to put together a last minute trip to your beautiful city and have a few questions. Just wanted to say we're from NYC and it's not our first time here, but our first time together. DH has visited New Orleans in more recent times for work and has eaten at Cochon, August, Galatoire's, etc (he has not been to Herbsaint or Cuvee). But it's been about six years since I've been there. We enjoy all sorts of food, but are definitely leaning towards eating cajun/creole food (or at least cajun/creole inspired) as NYC really lacks decent options (and the late NYC Jacques-Imo's was just a shadow of the original -- and judging from recent threads, there seems to be a dowhill alert). So while a restaurant like Lola sounds great, it's not exactly what we're looking for. Cost really isn't too much of an issue, but we would like to mix up casual dining and fine dining. We'll be staying at the Westin near the French Quarter. This is what we have so far:
Friday late dinner -- Cochon
Saturday lunch -- Luizza's by the track
Saturday dinner -- Herbsaint
Sunday lunch -- Cassamento's
Sunday dinner -- Galatoire's
For breakfasts, we thought we'd play it by ear and grab something at Cafe du Monde and Croissant d'Or -- that is, if we're hungry after eating all our delicious, rich meals.
1. Is it redundant eating at both Cochon and Herbsaint? Should we choose just one? Or are these experiences different enough?
2. For classic fare, am I better at going to Galatoire's (downstairs) or Arnaud's?
3. I've also been reading great things about Cuvee. What are your opinions regarding eating at Cuvee instead of Herbsaint on Saturday? Or how about August?
4. Any standout dishes I should be ordering from the above restaurants? I've read great things about Cochon's wood-grilled oysters, Herbsaint's pork belly, Luizza's by the track's gumbo and BBQ shrimp po-boy (though it seems that the thing to get is the oyster one, but leaning towards the shrimp as we're going to Cassamento's the next day).
5. Is my beloved Uglesich's (or as DH likes to call it, Ugalicious) really closed? I've been reading these reports that they are still closed. But their website says otherwise. And if it is indeed open, is it as good as before?
6. I would also love some advice regarding whether or not we should rent a car. When we visit cities, we generally try not to rent a car as it can be a pain in the ass. We generally take cabs and public transportation. But due to an injury, I'm having issues walking right now, and am not so keen on renting a motorized scooter. How difficult is it to catch a cab or streetcar from these restaurants?
7. I'd also like to pick up a few things -- Duke's mayo, Zapp's chips, Crystal's hot sauce, creole mustard, etc. Is there a decent market in the French Quarter where I can do this? I don't mind paying a bit extra shopping in the FQ as we're not sure if we'll be renting a car. And would we be able to pick up some decent andouille and tasso ham at these markets? Or do we need to go to LaPlace for this?
8. Any other oustanding breakfast recs?
Thank you so much!