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San Jose Hound revisits NOLA - have a few questions

SanJoseHound | Nov 5, 2009 08:43 PM

First I'd like to say thank you to all the locals and visitor-experts who so patiently and helpfully post replies to this board. I've been trolling for awhile and have appreciated your generosity! My husband and I visited New Orleans for the first time one year prior to Hurricane Katrina, and fell in love with the city and the people. Taking advantage of some awesome airfare deals ($79 one-way from San Francisco!) and a great Papa Noel rate at the Monteleone, we are so excited to return next month. We are bringing our good friend and frequent travel companion so we will be a party of 3. The guys have let me do most of the choosing. We will have 4 full days, Thursday to Sunday. I think the quality of the food matters most. We will have to do some touristy stuff like Cafe du Monde and Pat O'Briens. I've left breakfast out because I think some days may turn into brunch - or at least a non-heavy breakfast. We won't have a car but are fine with taking taxis or street cars. It may be sacrilege but I don't want to go to Galatoire's. You'd be surprised at the ability of 2 adult men to morph into whiny children when they are hungry, thirsty, or presented with any kind of hassle while on vacation (at least the 2 men I have in mind). I don't think the whole Galatoire's experience would sit well. My questions are: (1) What is the approximate cost of the chef's tasting menu at August? I reviewed their website but wasn't able to find it. The price itself is not an issue, but I want to inform my friend in advance so there are no surprises. And has anyone had the wine pairings recently? I remember reading mixed reviews previously, that the wines were not paired well with the food. (2) Is the Jazz Brunch at Commander's Palace "worth it"? Or can you recommend a sunday brunch that is just as good, without the jazz? Any other advice you may have will be much appreciated. I can't wait to return.

-Carminia

Thursday:
Lunch - Cochon
Dinner - ? maybe somewhere in the Quarter?

Friday:
Lunch - muffuletta from Central Grocery
Dinner: Emeril's

Saturday:
Lunch - Parasol's (special request from our friend)
Dinner - August

Sunday:
totally open
maybe Jazz Brunch @ Commander's Palace?
Dinner suggestions please...

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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