You're all nuts! In the best of ways of course. I can't believe it took me this long to find this site. Now I've only got three days until my trip, and two hours of message reading has ADDED restaurants to my already-too-long list. At least you also knocked some of my "for sures" off.
This morning's list to narrow down to six was: Upperline, Bayona, Clancy's & Girod's Bistro for "nicer" meals, Uglesiches, Atchafalaya, Oliviers, and Felix's or Acme for filling in the funky edges. Now I've got to add Brightsen's and Galatoires, which hadn't even made my long list, so what gets cut? Girod's right off the bat unless someone comes to its defense, if only because I haven't seen it mentioned by anyone.
Course with a weekend visit (arrive 9 pm 3/3, leave early am 3/8) and no reservations so far, supply and demand may narrow my list for me. Also, we're staying in the FQ so I don't want to spend every evening cabbing out to eat.
Had planned on dashing to Olivier's as soon as we dumped our bags, but saw some trash talk about them. Rita's any better? Need somewhere in the FQ we can get into before closing!
Friday Lunch: Since people seem to prefer Bayona for lunch than dinner, and they and Uggy's are both only open Friday, I have a dilemma. Since we're spending the afternoon paddling the swamp, I think Bayona is going to have to go. Protests?
Friday Dinner: Reservations permitting, could be Upperline, Brightsens or Galatoires. Will have to tell hubby to pack a jacket; that might scotch the Galatoires deal.
Saturday breakfast: Cafe du Monde of course
Sat. lunch: Had hoped for Bayone, but no weekend lunches. So maybe a return trip to Commander's Palace is in order, since everyone on this site loves it so. Or Cafe Atchafalaya? The Splendid Table raved about their vegetables! Comments?
Sat dinner: Same list as Friday
Sunday lunch: Oysters and crawfish as Felix's or Acme, whichever suits our fancy
Sunday dinner: Again, same list (minus Brightsens which is closed) if my hubby will let me keep eating. We want plenty of "authentic regional" but wonder if Bayone or Upperline provide a slightly lighter break? At the same time, I'd rather not break the bank.
So there's the list. And even though a million others have asked for opinions on some of these same places, I'm going to do it again. Your thoughts for a good mix of styles, convenience and budget are appreciated!