SO and I will be spending 1 and a half days in NO with his parents just prior to a cruise they are treating us to. We will have opportunities for 3 meals on Saturday and brunch on Sunday and would like to treat them to something special, but not extravagant, for either Saturday night dinner or Sunday brunch.
His folks are very casual, thrifty, and well-traveled. Dad is from France and they both love to try local cuisines, but dislike touristy places. We will probably be staying downtown, but we are all avid users of public transportation, so as long as the locations are accessible in that way, we are game for a bit of a trek via bus, etc. Also, we are going to be more interested in historic attractions than Bourbon Street.
What I'm hoping for is recs for the following:
Breakfast place with good beignets, coffee with chicory, etc., but nothing too touristy--where would locals get theirs?
Seafood or BBQ for lunch--something affordable($20 p/p) and the more atmosphere, the better. Authentic atmosphere, I mean, not just a plastic statue of an alligator and an owner with three first names, of which at least one is an adjective...you know what I mean? Maybe they don't have those places there, hopefully...
Dinner or Brunch --again, something special, but not extravagant, maybe$50p/p without alcohol, where a skirt for ladies and slacks for men will suffice. Prefer a cuisine specific to New Orleans, but not necessarily from a famous TV chef :-)
Thanks, Hounds! All replies welcome!