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First-timer, end of May -- can't decide!

Whats_For_Dinner | Apr 8, 2011 10:29 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm lucky enough to have three nights in New Orleans with the express purpose of experiencing as much great food as my credit card will allow (which isn't really all THAT much.)

I'm a female in my 20's and I'll probably be there by myself; tentatively scheduled for May 26-29, and I'll be attending Cochon 555 (SO EXCITED.) on the Saturday.
Will be staying in the FQ, but I love to walk and I have no problem with public transit.

I'm a cook by education and trade, and a lover of food in general, so I'm dying to experience local flavour as well as hopefully get a taste of fine dining, though one taste may be all I can afford.
In the same vein, I'm quite adventurous in terms of what I'll order, and I tend to seek out menus that are a little on the innovative side. That said, with casual eats I definitely want to dive into some classic local flavour.

I've got a list going, mostly based on all the other similar threads that are kicking around right now, but it's a pretty unwieldy list, and I was hoping to have a little help narrowing it down.

As I'll be alone, and I'd love to watch the goings-on in the kitchen, places with bar seating/open kitchens, or at least places where a single diner wouldn't feel weird, would be perfect.

Casual places I'd like to hit:
-I know I want a good po'boy, and I'm leaning towards Johnny's.
-Good jambalaya -- Coop's Place?
-BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's?
-I'd love a good beignet, but I'm hearing that Cafe du Monde isn't all it's cracked up to be. Where can I find great beignets?

-Looking at NOLA (bar seating looks good), Herbsaint, MiLa, Coquette, August, Bayona...?
-I hear there are lunch specials at a couple places (August, for instance) that might be a better option for me than dinner.

I'll have several midday-type meals and probably two dinners -- one of which I'll splurge on.

My other question is regarding any interesting markets or even grocery stores that I might be able to visit? Next to eating food and cooking food, shopping for food is possibly my next favourite thing. I recall reading somewhere that there's a farmer's market on Saturdays?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Coop's Place
1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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