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First time in New Orleans - help me fill the holes in my itinerary

ah6tyfour | Mar 18, 201605:55 PM

Hi everyone! I've been wanting to visit New Orleans for years and finally have the chance. I'll be in the city for four days in a couple weeks. I'll be traveling with a buddy of mine who loves to eat, but isn't as into it to plan the vacation around eating. Haven't booked a hotel yet, but will be in French Quarter. Here's what I have so far:

Arrive Sunday afternoon
-Dinner at Gumbo Shop (or should I do Herbsaint?)
-Maple Leaf Bar for Joe Krown Trio and free crawfish boil

-walk around without a plan (Bourbon Street, Frenchman street)
-Catch basketball game at Smoothie King Stadium
-apps/drinks/cheap oysters afterwards?

-Brunch: Atchafalaya (or Commander's Palace if jackets are not needed for lunch)
-head to the Abita Brewing Factory for a tour (might not go since it's so far away). If we do, there's a gas station along the way that supposedly has great boudin brought in by some family out in boudin country, so we'd stop for that. Or replace this whole thought with a swamp tour.
-Dinner: Toups Meatery

Lunch: Sallie Mae's

Not on the schedule, but will get at some point during the trip are, of course, beignets from Cafe du Monde and a hurricane from Pat O'Brien's. We'll prob get a Sazerac from Roosevelt. We'll probably pass on muffaletta since I really hate olives.

So here's where I need help. Monday is pretty much unplanned on purpose and is our tourist sightseeing day. Are there a place or two that I missed that should be included here? And is there anything at the stadium that's not to be missed? Yelp reviews for the stadium mention jambalaya and boudin a couple times, but there's no mention of it on the concessions list (they do have red beans and rice). Any suggestions for a late meal after the game? Perhaps a bar/eatery for cheap oysters?

There are so many suggestions already for brunch and lunch. Is there such a thing as a Tuesday jazz brunch? That'd be my ideal choice to fill in Tuesday. I assume brunch on the riverboat would be sort of a tourist trap? I initially wanted to go to Galatoire's here, but I'm afraid it'd take up our entire day (waiting in line for a table downstairs and then eating). Do you think it's worth it?

I'm a bit afraid I'm missing out on some key culinary experiences, so let me know if this plan seems unbalanced. A lot of places require a jacket, so they're not feasible. But places where a dress shirt and slacks should be okay.


Gumbo Shop,
Maple Leaf Bar,
Commander's Palace,
Toups Meatery,
Café Du Monde Coffee Stand,
Cafe Du Monde,
Pat O'Brien's,
The Sazerac Bar,
Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak,
Smoothie King
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