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Too many restaurants - too little time.

Jan S. | Oct 6, 200306:26 PM

I will be in NO Dec. 11 – 15 and need advice. I thought I would eat dinner at Bayona Thursday night when I arrive (my favorite while there in 2001), have breakfast at Elizabeth's Friday or Saturday morning, do a hands-on cooking class Saturday night, and have brunch at Commander's Palace Sunday. That leaves dinner Friday night and breakfast or lunch on Monday since I have a late flight. (Café du Monde goes without saying at least one morning.)

I thought I would try Brigsten's for Friday's dinner, but in reading your message boards, I am now torn between Stella, Gabrielle, Brigsten's and Peristyle. I am wondering what locals consider "don't miss" of these 4. I will be dining alone, which may make a difference in your recommendation. I've been to Mr. B's, Arnaud's and the Chef's table at Emeril's (besides Bayona and Commander's Palace), and am looking for someplace different with great food and good service.

Also, I have a late flight on Monday and it looks like most places are closed Mondays. I'm wondering if there are any recommendations for breakfast or lunch that day? I will be picking up Muffulettas at the Central Grocery to take home with me (I've done that before – I like them fine), so I'm looking for somewhere to actually eat before I leave - not take-out. Would it be better if I went to Bayona for Monday's lunch and pick one of the other 4 restaurants for dinner on Thursday when I arrive? Or should I stick with Bayona for dinner and go elsewhere during the day on Monday?

Thanks in advance for any and all recommendations.

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