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Late night, near airport?

How late is late? Voodoo BBQ has a location just west of the airport (attached to Ramada) and we grabbed it on our way out to plantations and it was great. I wrote a review on it if you want to search it.

Feb 03, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Trip Report Jan 16-19th, 2010 - LONG!

Great to know! Thanks!

Feb 01, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Trip Report Jan 16-19th, 2010 - LONG!

Whoops! That doesn't surprise me (that I got them mixed up), after all that research it all started to morph together. Of course I took one look at the menu at Galatoires and almost left because I was so overwhelmed! Not only is there an entire page of what they are known for but then you have another 3-4 pages to weed through. Thats why I got the special and in hindsight I should have just picked something crab or shrimp and I am sure I would have been fine. Oh well! Next time I will talk him into taking a jacket so we can try those oysters at Antoine's! Thanks again!

Jan 21, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Trip Report Jan 16-19th, 2010 - LONG!

Quick clarification - soup trio at Commander's is turtle soup, gumbo and shrimp bisque.

Jan 21, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Trip Report Jan 16-19th, 2010 - LONG!

I want to start by taking a minute to thank all of you so much for your guidance and recommendations, I am convinced (as the only place that wasn't recommended and pre-planned on here I hated!) that without all your insight we (my husband and myself) would not have gained nearly as much weight on this trip! :) Quick sidenote on pricing - we tipped 20% everywhere and we tipped on the non-discounted totals so some were higher like Luke (as it was really cheap for happy hour and service was great so we hooked him up) and Camellia's because we loved Ricky! So full disclosure...

Sat, Jan 16th
We landed at 12:20pm so the plan was to order takeout from Voodoo BBQ and grab on the way out to River Rd to see plantations as they have a location on 61 (Airport Hwy). GREAT PLAN and CHEAP!
Voodoo BBQ - St Rose - right next to the Ramada (important to know or you will miss it as its hard to see heading west from the airport) (www.voodoobbqandgrill.com)
My husband got the Carolina sandwich (has coleslaw) and I got the pulled pork sandwich, as sides we had fries, corn pudding and mac and cheese. My expectations/standards were very low for this meal as we figured it was this or Wendy's (the only other thing on airport hwy) but we were very happy with this. The sandwiches were excellent, meat was so tender and I loved their BBQ sauce. Mac and cheese was unremarkable, corn pudding and fries were good but don't travel as well boxed up as the sandwiches do. Two thumbs up from both of us!
After hitting a couple plantations we checked into our hotel in Baton Rouge and headed to dinner at:
Juban's - Baton Rouge
My husband had oysters 3 ways to start (Maxwell, Bienville and Rockafeller) and really enjoyed all of them. It is here that he decided he likes Rockafeller the best (he had never had any of them before). He had a cup of gumbo to start that he also enjoyed very much and for our entrees he had the hallelujah crab and I had the special which was roast chicken with crawfish sauce over pasta with sauteed vegetables. Now, I have to admit, I was a little nervous about the soft shell crab as I am a picky eater and the idea of just breaking off a leg with shell and chowing down made me uneasy but after one bite of my husbands crab I knew why they call it the Hallelujah crab! If you havent seen it, go to their website and check it out! (www.jubans.com) Now my special was the best roast chicken I have ever had but the Hallelujah crab was insane. Lightly battered, perfectly cooked and tastes even better than it looks. Had my chicken not been excellent I would have tackled my husband for it. Instead he was very gracious to share a bite every few minutes with his pregnant wife to keep her subdued! I had told them when I made reservations that it was an anniversary trip and they remembered and brought us a champagne toast on the house before dessert that was excellent. I wish I could tell you what kind it was (I am sure they probably use a house champagne you could find out easily enough) but it was delicious the one little sip I had! My husband was more than happy to finish off both glasses and he is NOT a champagne drinker so that says a lot! He also had a mojito with dinner that was just that, a mojito. Dessert was creme brulee (also excellent) and our server was Madeleine and we could not have been more thrilled with the food and service here. The portions were generous, servers extremely attentive and atmosphere lovely. LOVED IT! ($100 all inc., free champagne toast) 10!!!

Sun, Jan 17th
Woke up and headed to NOLA. Started our touring but ended up getting hungry mid morning and stopped at
Cafe Pontalba - right diagonally across from the Cabildo. Now here is where I know that your suggestions made all the difference! This was not on the plan or list of places as alternates but my husband wanted a quick cup of gumbo and bloody mary so we stopped in. (Note - Gumbo Shop turned out to be half a block north of here and I WISH we had gone there instead so if you are in Jackson Square you might head up St Peters half a block and try it instead.) They were not very busy, all tabs are automatically gratted (15% is added for gratuity already) and the service was poor as you can imagine. Also, when she gave me back my card and slip it looked like it had not been gratted and I had to search for the detail receipt to see that it had - this is a personal pet peeve of mine as I think its shady. Sorry, I waited tables for years in high school and college and had many large tables with grats and I was upfront with people so it makes me crazy when servers try to double dip on this, especially when you can't get them to look your way except to take your order and your credit card! Anyway, I digress. So my husband got a bloody mary and gumbo, I got a crab cake. My husband actually really enjoyed his gumbo and the bloody mary was good. My crab cake on the other hand - terrible. It was warm on the outside and cold in the middle. I waited for about 5 minutes to try and grab our server to see if she could have them nuke it or something (we were really hungry and just wanted something quick and I almost NEVER send anything back) but never saw her so I just ate it so we could leave as quickly as possible. Even the warm parts were not good. I could have gotten better in the frozen section of Costco. I didnt even give my husband a bite because he seemed to really be enjoying his gumbo and I didnt want to spoil it for him! So mixed reviews here because he did really like his gumbo but you couldn't get me to ever go back! ($27.38 all inc and only place we tipped 15% and thats because it was an auto grat!) Lunch was at:
Acme's - FQ (www.acmeoyster.com)
There was a little bit of a line but it moved quickly, we were seated at the oyster bar right in front of the TV which was great as the Cowboys game was on and my husband is a huge fan so this was part of our itinerary. (Plus we were right in front of the oyster cam so we called the grandparents to get online so the kiddos could see us and our 4 yr old son got a huge kick out of watching us the whole time!) Husband got oysters on the half. The shuckers were hilarious, we had a great time and really enjoyed ourselves but I can't say the bang for your buck is here - see Luke's review. Chatted with "Stormin Norman" who gave me a pearl for my daughter (due in April) and told us all about the TV shows that have been filmed there, showed us pics of celebrities on his phone that have come there and showed us the Hall of Fame (15 dozen just to get on the board - gross!!!). So husband had the shrimp etoufee and I had fried crawfish and a side of red beans and rice and that side item was excellent, tasted exactly as I was hoping it would and really hit the spot. Rest of the food was unremarkable here but I will tell you what did get us excited - dessert! They have a pecan cobbler on the menu so I asked one of the shuckers what that was "its like pecan pie without the crust and boring stuff" - boy was that the perfect explanation! Topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and served in a martini glass this was the highlight of our Acme's experience and my husband's vote for BEST DESSERT. Husband took a pic and emailed it to all his friends at home to make them jealous. :) He also tried the Abita beer here for the first time and became a fan, and would have them all over the next couple of days. Dinner was at:
Red Fish Grill - FQ (www.redfishgrill.com)
We found a coupon in the visitors guide for a free bottle of red or white wine with dinner and had high hopes for Red Fish and boy, we were not disappointed! My husband started with the gumbo and said it was the "best meat" of any gumbo and that remains his consensus post trip. He now understands why there are so many "best" recommendations as he says every gumbo he had was so different they were almost impossible to compare. Our free wine we got to pick which we thought was unusual (most places give you the cheapest thing they can find) and we chose the mezzacorona pinot grigio which we both REALLY enjoyed and again, we arent wine drinkers so very pleasant surprise. I had the grilled gulf fish (bay snapper) with blue crabmeat sauce and potatoes and my husband had the chile rubbed ahi tuna with southwest rice and beans and HOLY COW I was NOT sharing. :) This is the BEST FISH I have ever had and would not be beat on the rest of the trip. I cant say enough about this, especially considering I don't generally like fish! I seriously almost licked the plate clean and told our server (awesome) Trey to tell the chef he had the happiest pregnant chick in the world at our table and I was never leaving! My husband was also thrilled with his chile rubbed ahi even though he has had Ahi many times, its never been prepared like this. He was very full from all the eating of the day plus gumbo but hung onto his plate an extra 30 minutes because he had to finish it! Once our server Trey found out it was our anniversary trip he insisted on buying us a dessert and we got the pineapple/coconut sorbet because it sounded like the lightest thing we could get and we were both already stuffed and can I just say - props to Red Fish again as this was the BEST SORBET I have ever had. You could really taste the fresh flavors of both the pineapple and coconut and it wasnt too icy, perfect consistency, I licked the bowl clean (seeing a trend here?). So from a girl that rarely, if ever cleans a dish (theres always something I pick out) I cleared every plate at Red Fish and couldn't have been happier with our experience. 10!!! Thanks so much to those who recommended it, this was a last minute change from NOLA since we wanted somewhere a little quieter with more seafood options. ($100 all inc., free bottle of wine and free dessert)

Mon, Jan 18th
Camellia Grill - St Charles/Carrollton Ave (www.camelliagrill.net)
Praise Jesus to those of you that recommended this place on the streetcar line for breakfast. Wish we could thank you each personally! We hopped off the streetcar at the Carollton curve right in front about 2 minutes before they opened. Our "server" if you want to call him that at a counter breakfast place was so much fun, (Ricky) we cut up with him the whole time. I got a ham and cheese omelette (picky eater remember) with fries and my husband got a waffle. So, BEST OMELETTE I have ever had. Be prepared - they are HUGE! Our server said we could split it but my husband was in the mood for waffles and eggs so he got that and I still gave him half of my omelette and our "little" breakfast before touring the Garden District became a highlight of our day! The grill cooks and counter guys were awesome, my water never got less than 3/4 full, a grill cook talked to my husband about why cane syrup is so much better than regular syrup and they all joked about football. Once again - very fat and happy preggo after this and CHEAP! Total bill was about $20 with drinks and tax and everything - we tipped them $10 if that tells you anything about how we felt about our food and service there! ($30.58 all inc.) After some touring we were off to:
Commander's Palace - Wash Ave/Prytania in the Garden District
(www.commanderspalace.com)
Again - thanks to all for the recommendations! We sat in the garden room, everyone wished us happy anniversary throughout the meal (we also liked that literally everyone we passed on the way to our table welcomed us to the restaurant - think 20-30 people!) and it was gorgeous. My husband started with the soup trio, had never had turtle soup before and enjoyed them all, the shrimp bisque coming out the winner for him. He got a 25c martini and seafood under glass and I had the white shrimp and grits. We of course, ordered our bread pudding souffle at the same time and glad we did because if we had waited we might have been tempted to pass as full and happy as we were after this meal. Service was exceptional, my entree wins the title of BEST SHRIMP I have ever had. Cooked perfectly and though I was nervous about the rest (I like grits but not sausage or peppers/onions) I at every bit and cleaned my plate - the trend continues! My husband's entree was interesting, it comes out tied up in a plastic bag that they open across your plate. He really enjoyed it and sorry I dont have more details than that but I was so absorbed in my shrimp that he may have told me and I just didn't catch it! :) Bread pudding souffle - amazing. We arent meringue lovers so we just pushed the top layer aside but the bread pudding itself - YUM! Again, I don't particularly care for bread pudding and I was elbowing my husband to get more than my fair share of this dessert! Just when we thought it couldn't get any better we were wished happy anniversary and thanked for coming to Commander's by Lally Brennan herself! 10!!! ($90 all inc.)
Luke - CBD at the Hilton www.lukeneworleans.com
So we couldnt miss Happy Hour at Luke and were glad we didn't. Although we were stuffed from lunch still, my husband managed to down a dozen oysters and they were so good he actually ordered another dozen! These got his vote for best oysters of the trip. They looked to be about the same size as Acme's but were pleased to discover that the shells were deep so these were very fat oysters. At Acme's they told me they save the big ones to chargrill and put the little ones on the half which makes sense I guess but considering they are $14 a dozen at Acme's and these were 25c a piece I would have declared Luke's the winner based on size and value alone never having eaten one, my husband declared them the winner on taste so appears to be a clean sweep this visit for Luke's. ($21 all in with $6+ tip!) 1/2 price drinks so husband got a couple vodka tonics and we were off again until dinner at:
Bon Ton Cafe - 401 Magazine in the CBD (www.thebontoncafe.com)
Thanks again, this was a last minute change from Drago's at the Riverwalk and I can't imagine there is any way that Drago's could have been better! This is a family owned place tucked away in the CBD and apparently one of John Besh's favorite spots as they had just aired on Friday "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network and John Besh had picked the Bon Ton Cafe's Crab Au Gratin! Now I had heard good reviews, but nothing prepared me for this. (Oh, and by the way my husband had the crawfish dinner which was crafish 4 ways - etoufee, omelette, sauteed and creole and he said it was excellent as well.) They use huge chunks of Louisiana blue crabmeat with a rich creamy cheese sauce and holy smokes! This will put you in your grave and you won't even put up a fight! I did after much coaxing allow my darling husband one bite and he said he liked it even more than macaroni and cheese which I am sure sounds ridiculous but this boy LOVES homemade mac and cheese more than anything! He got a Rum Ramzey which is their signature drink and I was surprised by how much he enjoyed it as he is usually a beer - martini kind of guy. I tried a taste and it was exceptional - no wonder its a closely guarded family secret and the bartenders don't even know how to make it! (Its made up by family members during off hours in big jugs and then poured over ice by the bartenders.) Now on the flipside, when we were dead in the water on dessert our server insisted on bringing us copies of the recipes for their bread pudding and salad dressing, both of which apparently are highly regarded and often requested, as she hoped we would get a chance to try it at home after our trip. I am not a cook but after everything else we had there I am seriously considering giving it a shot! My husband also had what he considered to be the BEST GUMBO of the trip here and my BEST CRAB DISH ever vote goes here! I am giving it my BEST DISH award as well although it was a tough battle with the fish from Red Fish and shrimp and grits from Commander's for sure! Our server was Jennifer and she was very fun, we got checked on by the manager twice and the place definitely has a friendly family vibe that you don't see enough anymore. 10!!! (Plus a good value at $97 all inc.)

Tues - Jan 19th
Cafe du Monde for beignets and cafe au lait - all excellent. ($14 all inc.)(www.cafedumonde.com)
Central Grocery - right when they opened (9am) for a muffaletta to take home (my husband is taking for lunch this week so will update with his review on this later). ($14.21 for whole.)
Galatoire's - FQ (www.galatoires.com)
We sat downstairs and what a beautiful setting. The service here was incredible. So much so that at one point I actually looked around to see if the place was bugged because the nanosecond after the last bite or sip of anything the next dish or refill was hitting your table! My husband says he thinks the mirrors are one-way and they have monitors on the other side of the wall sending texts to your servers! I did get a kick out of the fact that not one server seemed to be under 50, most obviously older than that! Homer was assigned to us and was top notch. My husband started with the Oysters Rockafeller and dubbed these the best of the trip (I guess that shouldnt be too surprising since they invented them!). He really liked how the spinach was almost like moss and they were served on rock salt, unique and delicious. He chose the Crab Sardou and I had the Red Fish Special. Now this is where I am almost afraid to say that they lost me. My husband's crab sardou was incredible, he couldnt say enough about it. However, my red snapper topped with crabmeat and garlic butter was not. Now the crab was great so I ate it off and then drenched the fish in lemon to choke the rest down. Now remember, I am not a big fish eater so I had my husband try it to make sure it wasn't just me and he agreed that it was not by any means exceptional, and was maybe OK if you liked all fish and this was a $31 dish! It was very fishy tasting, a little slimy and the seasoning/slight breading did nothing for it. :( Now I will say that everything else there was so good we will go back if we ever make it back to NOLA but I will be staying away from the fish! I tried my husband's crab sardou and despite not normally being a fan of hollandaise sauce, it was exceptional and I could have easily eaten every bite of that instead! Oh - they also got my husband's vote for BEST BLOODY MARY ever and BEST DISH of the trip for him (very hard choice between this and the Hallelujah crab). For dessert my husband had the banana bread pudding - awesome, and Homer brought me a free little custard but I was so stuffed I could only take a few bites. So mixed reviews on food, but BEST SERVICE vote in a very tough category as Commander’s, Red Fish and Juban’s were right there as well… Not a value eat though as this was our most expensive meal and it was only lunch! ($130 all inc., free custard)

So in summary, our "Best" awards go to:
My husband's:
Best Bloody Mary - Galatoire's
Best Dish - Crab Sardou - Galatoire's
Best Gumbo - Bon Ton Cafe
Best Oysters - Luke's
Best Signature Drink - Rum Ramzey - Bon Ton Cafe
Best Dessert - Pecan Cobbler - Acme's
Best Breakfast - Camellia Grill
Best Crab - Hallelujah Crab - Juban's (since Best Dish was crab also, have to have an award for this one!)

Mine:
Best Dish - Crab Au Gratin - Bon Ton Cafe
Best Shrimp - Commander's
Best Crab - Crab Au Gratin - Bon Ton Cafe
Best Fish - Grilled Gulf Fish - Red Fish Grill
Best Dessert - Pineapple/Coconut Sorbet - Red Fish Grill
Best Breakfast - Camellia Grill
Best Chicken - Juban's

Lastly, we want to thank the people of New Orleans for their generosity in every way - spirit, portion size, service, anniversary wishes and personality. We had an amazing trip and will have memories that last a lifetime. Having been to NY and San Francisco, I officially declare NOLA the Best City of Great Eats! We love you NOLA and can't wait to come back!

Jan 21, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

Thanks! Have Mena's for breakfast on the way out to the Garden District on Monday, it was a perfect recommendation!

Jan 11, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

Roberto's is dinner only on Saturdays. :( We will be mostly on the west side (Hwy 18) so that rules out Hymel's and we are staying in Baton Rouge so wont be anywhere near Middendorf's. :( St Rose is dinner only Sat as well, that seems to be the trend and thus, the reason I could only come up with Voodoo as an option! The Seafood Pot right at the bridge near Destrehan looks like it might work as well - anyone have any thoughts on it?

Jan 11, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

We are going to Oak Alley and Nottoway but we land after a long flight at 12:15pm and have to grab our car rental so I know we will be too hungry to eat at Oak Alley or Nottoway, plus we are tight on time to see both with the drive times and all so was hoping for something good and quick right on the way. I know Latil's is at Houmas so that is out, but will check out the rest you listed - thanks so much!

Jan 11, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

This is great info - thanks! For some reason everything I looked at had Galatoires open only for dinner, glad you brought this up as everything I read said jackets required but their website says thats only for dinner and Sundays! I really wanted to hit one of the "original three" but thought all wanted jackets or werent open for lunch so I am so glad you brought this up!
We are in the Garden District on Monday and of course, Casamentos is closed on Mondays, but it was top of my list until then. We just dont have enough time to see/do what we want and shuttle around so I was trying to work the places we wanted to eat at into our intinerary according to where they were located.
I am looking up Mena's Palace now - great info!!!

Jan 10, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

I had looked at Cochon at one point but then had opted for Dragos or Bon Ton over there for some reason I cant entirely recall now to be honest! So many choices, so little time! But, thats exactly the reason I am asking the experts...
Sunday night we will be in the heart of the FQ so I hadnt thought about going back out to Cochon, Green Goddess is new right? Of course I have touristy guidebooks and I dont think they had much or anything on there yet so I will do some homework and check it out. Thanks!

Jan 10, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

I looked up Camellia Grill and its perfect - just what I was looking for! Great location, right hours, looks like great breakfast choices - thanks so much CHs!

Almost there...now if I can figure out Sun night dinner and Tues lunch options we will be set and I will do a full report when we get back!

Jan 10, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

Thanks so much for the great idea so far, I am taking copious notes! To answer questions posed so far:
PRICE/DRESS - Tues lunch (whole trip really) price is not an issue, but needs to be business casual at the dressiest as husband doesnt want to pack jacket, etc.
CAR - We will have a car the first day but will be hitting plantations, staying in Baton Rouge, then swamp tour in the am and return car at noon on Canal a few blocks from our hotel. The rest of the time we will be hoofing it/using a Visitour bus/streetcar pass.

Now that the Cowboys won last night my husband will be wanting to catch the game while at Acme's for lunch - is this the best place to grab some oysters on the half/lunch while catching the game in the FQ/CBD?

As I am only a couple months from having our third kiddo we wont be doing a lot of cocktailing/toasting on this trip but I have definitely added the Sazerac Bar and Carousel Lounge on as stops based on so many great recommendations!

Have crossed off Drago's for Bon Ton (thanks!!) and have Felix's as a plan B to Acme's.

So at this point I guess I am still trying to figure a Sun night dinner (hearing Emeril's then Red Fish?) and Tues lunch in the FQ...

Thanks so much!!!

Jan 10, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Please help me decide! First real NOLA trip!

Ok, here's what I need help with.

1. Hauling it from the airport into plantation country, is Voodoo BBQ the best place to grab a quick bite on the way out of town? (Sat lunch)

2. Is Acme's packed at lunch on Sundays? Is there a better FQ option that wont eat up (pun intended) a lot of touring time?

3. On a Sunday night in the FQ - NOLA or Red Fish Grill? (Husband doesnt want to pack a jacket so we are staying business casual and only have 3 days so looking for great seafood, creole, cajun, southern locales)

4. Mon am - light quick breakfast anywhere on the St Charles streetcar route (coming from Marriott on Canal)

5. Mon night in the CBD - Drago's or Bon Ton?

6. Lunch on Tues before we head to the airport - where have I missed thats a must-eat in the FQ or CBD?

Anywhere do anything fun or special for anniversaries?

Thanks fellow CHs!

Jan 09, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Jan Anniversary Trip - any suggestions for improvement

I apologize in advance for my Chowhound ignorance, I am still getting to know the site! I realize now there is a lot more information I should have provided!

My husband loves oysters, prefers on the half (note Acmes and Drago's) and loves spicy food, we met working at a cajun seafood restaurant - he worked there because he wanted free food, I worked there because I figured since I didnt like spicy food I wouldnt gain 20 lbs working there (I was wrong!). He doesnt want to pack/deal with dressing up so some of the obvious choices for dinner (Galatoires, Antoine's, etc are out).

Since we have yet to find good cajun food in Kansas City and few acceptable southern choices we are ready to eat our fill so we are ruling out Italian, Chinese, Japanese, etc and looking for Cajun, Creole, Seafood, Southern locales.

I am preggo and this baby is a picky eater so that rules out a lot for me right now - the obvious are clams, oysters, mussels, soft cheeses, red meat, etc. She (baby #3) LOVES southern comfort food, almost everything I eat right now is starch (think bread, potatoes, grits, etc) and hates anything even remotely spicy. I would consider selling this baby for a properly executed risotto right now! :)
I love seafood, particularly shrimp and like crawfish tails fried or sauteed. Not a huge fan of traditional French cuisine (pretty much ruled out right now anyway because of the soft cheese nix).

So, I am looking for the quintessential diamonds in the rough! Seeing a lot of mixed reviews on some of my choices so here is what I am hoping to find:

Better eats - Latil's at Houmas House or Juban's in Baton Rouge?
Acme's - best oysters on the half in the FQ? Eat lunch there or just get oysters and then eat lunch somewhere nearby? If so, where? Mr Bs?
NOLA dinner replacement in the French Quarter for Sun night?
Light breakfast in the CBD or Garden District for Mon AM? - remember CP for lunch that day...
Lunch where in the FQ Tues before we leave?

Will be grabbing muffalettas at CG for the plane but would grab those after lunch on the way to the airport...

Lastly, does anywhere do anything particularly special for anniversaries? It will be a LONG time before we can swing another trip anywhere so would like to make this as memorable as possible!

Thanks so much chowhounds! Will definitely post detailed reviews post trip in a couple weeks if you can point us in the right direction!

Jan 08, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Jan Anniversary Trip - any suggestions for improvement

Are crawfish even really in season yet? I know March/April is peak but would Yo Mama's or anywhere else in the quarter be boiling them by the pound in the next week?
Thanks all!

Jan 08, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Jan Anniversary Trip - any suggestions for improvement

Ok, made some adjustments after looking at logistics. :) We are staying at the Marriott at 555 Canal and will not have a car there.

Sat - lunch at Voodoo BBQ on way out from airport
Oak Alley, Nottoway
Dinner at Juban's

Sun - swamp tour
Lunch at Acme's or Felix's - keep getting mixed messages on which is better OR get oysters on the half at one and then head to Mr Bs for the rest of lunch
hit Arnaud's Mardi Gras Museum and some of the major French quarter bit -NO Collection, Presbytere, Cabildo, etc
Dinner at NOLA's - mixed messages on this too

Mon - AM Garden District - any recs for breakfast?
Cemetery tour
Lunch at Commander's Palace
Grayline Katrina tour? - had trouble finding one to fit our schedule, this one works at 1pm but is 3 hrs! Anyone have any suggestions?
Canal Ferry Ride
Drago's for char oysters and dinner

Tues
breakfast at Cafe du Monde
US Mint, Blaine Kerns? whatever we missed...
lunch - ? crawfish at Yo Mama's?

Jan 08, 2010
Nikki7280 in New Orleans

Jan Anniversary Trip - any suggestions for improvement

I have been to NOLA before (Mardi Gras '99), DH has not. This time I want to be sure and do it right. Heres our rough plans, please lend me your insight!

Sat
Arrive NOLA around noon, get car, self guided tour some Katrina areas, where should we have lunch?
Destrehan and Oak Alley on the way to Baton Rouge (staying 1 night there)
thought about Jubans or the restaurant at the Myrtles for dinner but my DH hates scary. :) Thoughts?

Sun
Nottoway on way back to NOLA
Lunch at Le Parvenu - Kenner
return rental car
tool around the French Quarter
oysters on the half shell at Acme in the afternoon
tool around some more, Canal Street Ferry ride
Dinner at NOLA

Mon
Cafe du Monde for breakfast
streetcar to Garden District
Lunch at Commander's
more Garden District
Dinner at Stella!

Tues
free time
Lunch at Bayona
head home :(

Dec 28, 2009
Nikki7280 in New Orleans