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How to have a Non-Touristy Experience at a Tourist-Filled Restaurant

Lexma90 | Nov 8, 201612:45 PM

My significant other and I are making a short return visit to New Orleans, a city we love and have visited quite a few times. As is usual for him, he wants to visit restaurants that we've been to before; I (as usual) prefer less well-known restaurants, either new and trendy or neighborhood favorites.

We have compromised, but that means we're definitely returning to Arnaud's and possibly also Commander's Palace (for Sunday brunch). The food at each place is good, I agree on that, but have felt when eating there that I'm just another tourist (which I am, even though I've eaten there previously), and the waiter will repeat the same speech he/she has already given hundreds of times.

Any suggestions for how to make the experience better? Are there less well-known menu items at Arnaud's that the waiter is less likely to mention? Other great brunch places to help me persuade my mate to enjoy Sunday morning somewhere else?

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