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First time in NOLA and loves seafood

foggy_town | Dec 21, 200910:04 PM

My wife and I will visit New Orleans for the first time in late January for 5 days. Both of us are pretty much seafood people, not really into meat (other than duck, which we like). Based on initial research, we have narrowed down to make the following dining reservations:

• Sunday branch at Commander’s Palace. How long shall we plan for the brunch? I believe it opens at 11am, and we are leaving on a 4pm flight. Will it be a rush?
• Friday lunch at August. We gave some thought about dinner, but their 5-course tasting menu has too much emphasis on meat for our liking. The prix-fix lunch seems to be a great deal.
• One dinner at Brightsen’s. I heard great things about its seafood plate and duck dish. How long does it take the streetcar to get there from CBD? Is it easy to find a cab for the ride back to CBD at night after dinner?
• Either lunch or dinner at Rio Mar: We need some variety, in case we get tired of the rich Southern food. Any other suggestions?

For the rest of the trip, we will eat at more moderate / casual places. A couple of questions:

• Oysters: We always eat oysters raw, but are open to trying cooked version. Acme, Felix’s and Luke are frequently mentioned. Do they specialize in raw, fried, or broiled version?
• We never had red fish before. Is it the same as drum?
• I will arrive in New Orleans on Wed and my wife joins me next day. What will be a good restaurant on my first night, dining solo?

Does that sound like a good plan for 2 first timers from California? Thanks for sharing your thought.

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