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.