My wife and I will be visiting over the MLK Holiday weekend. Though both originally from Louisiana, we now live in the other LA, where it is nigh unto impossible to get good creole food, unless it comes from our kitchen.
Until this time last year it had been ages since we had visited, and as we are not from the NoLA area originally we are using these (hopefully to become) annual visits to reacquaint ourselves with your beautiful city.
Last year we stayed only a couple of nights, but had the great pleasure of lunch at Cochon, dinner at Brigtsens, Jazz Brunch at Commander's, and dinner at August ... along with some treats from Sucre and an early morning breakfast from Cafe du Monde (one of the few NoLA food experiences I remember from my youth).
This year we will drive in around lunchtime on Saturday, stay just off the quarter in the CBD, and leave early Tuesday morning for a leisurely drive back to LA. Our focus is on what we cannot get in Los Angeles, or at other stops along our route back. This eliminates most ethnic cuisines, BBQ (stopping in TX Hill Country), Tex-Mex, New-Mex, and pizza (stopping at Pizzeria Bianca in PHX). Also we will be trying the new Luke in San Antonio, so no need to recommend the one in NoLA. Here is what I'm thinking in terms of food ...
Lunch: Central Grocery Muffie
Breakfast: Brennan's (depending on how late we are out the night before)
Lunch: Parkway Po-boy
Lunch: Mr. B's
We also want to try both Haydel's and Randazzos (Manny's in Metarie from two displaced local friends) King Cakes, swing by Sucre again, try Croissant d'Or and perhaps Camelia Grill or Brennans if the appetite strikes us.
Nothing is set in stone ... other places we are considering are Herbsaint, Boucherie, Green Goddess, Clancy's, NoLA, Willie May's, and I am sure there are more I am forgetting.
One thought I am considering is moving Galatoires from dinner Saturday night to lunch Sunday, eliminate Brennans and move Herbsaint to dinner Saturday night. We would probably grab a quick bite Sunday morning at Croissant d'Or.
Thoughts, suggestions, alternatives? Everyone's welcome to chime in, and thank you so much!