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Foodie's first trip to New Orleans and needs advice!!

Hi All,

I posted in February 2012 asking for restaurant advice for my first trip to New Orleans and got such wonderful responses. I ate incredibly well on that trip. I am now planning my second trip to New Orleans the week of Christmas and am wondering what has changed (am sure quite a bit!) Are there are any new must-try places and have any previously recommended places fallen from grace?

Also, we'll be strays over Christmas. Does anyone know where we can go/what will be open to get a New Orleans-style christmas meal?

Finally, best place for Vietnamese food in the city?

Dec 15, 2013
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Info on Willie Mae's Scotch House

I just got back from my trip to NOLA. What's my verdict on WMSH? It was AMAZING.

I am a big foodie and have tried about half of the places on Ny Mag's "9 Fried Chickens to have Before you Die" list, but this took the cake. It was honestly the best friend chicken I have ever tasted. The meat was incredibly juicy (it was dripping all over) and the skin had a crispy crunch that was nothing short of devine. I was honestly in some sort of food trance/food'gasm until about 2.5 pieces in and my bf said I had never looked so happy in all the meals we have had together. Also, for people who complain about long waits, we got there at 11 and only had about 10-15 minutes for our food. Service was speedy and great.

And for the record, I have also tried David Chang's friend chicken at Momofuku and thought that WMSC was far superior. While the asian style friend chicken was probably the second best friend chicken i've ever had, his classis southern fried chicken was nothing special. Everyone at my 8-person table agreed with this.

Mar 14, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Info on Willie Mae's Scotch House

Would you guys suggest lil dizzies over Willie Maes?

Mar 07, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

The Infamous Line at Galatoires

It is our first trip to Galatoires, so we have been advised that we must do the line and eat downstairs at Galatoires. We only have about three days in NOLA and have quite the packed itinerary. Just how serious is this line business? If we show up at 11AM on a Saturday (30 mins before opening), how long will we have to wait for a lunch table? Or what about showing up at 11:30am sun? How early do you have to turn up to get seated upon opening for Sat or Sun lunch? Just want to have an idea about what we are dealing with in advance!

thanks!

Mar 07, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Info on Willie Mae's Scotch House

Hey all!

We are planning our first trip to NOLA next week and was hoping someone could confirm if Willie Mae's is open on Saturdays? We have seen conflicting information online with some sites saying it is open and some is saying it's closed. We are only going to be in town Sat through Mon, so it would be great to have this info so we can plan around it.

Also, if we show up at 11AM, will there be much of a wait?

THANKS IN ADVANCE!

- Lis

Mar 04, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Foodie's first trip to New Orleans and needs advice!!

Is Wille Maes' open on Saturdays? Finding mixed information on the net.

Mar 02, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Foodie's first trip to New Orleans and needs advice!!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful advice everyone! A few additional questions:
- How early should we show up at Galatoires if we don't book the upstairs? We want to eat lunch as early as possible on Sat so we can go on a tour at 1:15. How early would we have to arrive to get seated by 11:45?
- Similar question regarding Willie Mae's Scotch house. How long is the wait to get seated there?

Finally, I know this is a food site, but everyone has been so helpful that I was hoping you could give me a few tips regarding hotels. We have a room reserved at Le Pavilion, but I am starting to have second thoughts and wanting to change to somewhere in the French Quarter (most french quarter places are booked up, but there are a few nice looking places left). We only have three days in NOLA so perhaps its easiest to be right on top of it all? What do you guys think? Better to stay in the French Quarter or just outside? Have people heard good things about Pavilion? What about Le Marais or Dauphine Orleans Hotel in the french quarter?

THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THE FABULOUS ADVICE!!

Lis

Mar 01, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Foodie's first trip to New Orleans and needs advice!!

Hey everyone. Thanks so much for all the wonderful responses! This has been so helpful!

A few more questions: Since we aren't going to be in NOLA on a friday and can't experience the friday lunch scene at Galatoires, is it better to go for lunch on a weekend or a Monday? What is the next best option.

What would you choose between Lil Dizzies or Willie Mae's Scotch house?

Feb 26, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Foodie's first trip to New Orleans and needs advice!!

So would you not recommend doing galatoires for lunch on a day aside for Friday? How long is the line usually? I want to be prepared!

If August has such mixes review, would people on this site recommend Bayona over August? I definitely want to go to one of the two so please let me know what you think is best!

Finally, we are also really excited to check out live music while in NOLA, are there any good places in the area near brigtsens and dante's? What time do most places with live music start up (asking so I can schedule reservations at good times to be able to also see live music)

Thanks!!

Feb 24, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Foodie's first trip to New Orleans and needs advice!!

Thanks for all the feedback! Where is the best place to try Cajun food? Can anyone recommend a fun place for Sunday brunch? Thanks!

Feb 24, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans

Foodie's first trip to New Orleans and needs advice!!

Hey All!

I am a foodie (based in NY) and planning my very first trip to your lovely city of New Orleans in March. I was hoping to get some advice so that every meal counts. Please let me know what you think of my suggested food itinerary -- I have also included some questions below. Also, please keep in mind that my bf is vegetarian, so we can only go places where are are at least a few veg options (I really wanted to go to Willy Mae's but it doesn't look like they have any veg dishes).

Here is the food itinerary I am thinking of so far:

Three Dinners:
1. August
2. Dante's Kitchen
3. Couchon or Brigtsens - Which would you pick? Is there a place I am over looking? Is Couchon the best place to try Cajun food? Does Brigtsens have veg food?

Three lunches:
1. What is the best Po'boy place to go? It seems like Liuzza's by the track, Domilise's and Parkways are some of the top places? I'd like to go to one of them. What is the best?
2. Galatoires -Is this better for lunch or dinner? If dinner, which one of my dinner options should I substitute out or switch to lunch/brunch to include Galatoires?
3. Lil'Dizzys: I've heard this is a great place to go for Sunday Brunch?! Do they have veg options?

And of course, I also plan on going to Cafe Du Monde for Breakfast and to Angelo Brocato's for gelato.

Let me know what you think! Thanks in advance!

Lis

Feb 23, 2012
Lisabethm in New Orleans