I will be in New Orleans from Jan 20-23 with my husband to celebrate my 40th birthday. We are looking for restaurant recommendations for dinners, and perhaps one or two lunches. We are staying in the Green House in the Garden District, but can also walk/taxi etc to other areas. Price wise we are willing to splurge for one or two of the meals, but inexpensive is good too! Authentic New Orleans food/experience is what we are after for the most part, and atmosphere is just as important as the food.
A couple places that seem to be not-to-miss are Galatoire's and Commanders Palace. I've made a reservation for Galatoires but I see now that it is the downstairs where we would want to be. How early should we come to wait in line, and how long would we wait? Also is Commander's palace better for lunch or dinner or jazz brunch?
Any and all other suggestions welcome!