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Barcelona for 5 nights in June

Hi all, I badly need your help to figure out eating in Barcelona. I know there are a ton of posts on this topic already, and I've been through all of them, but I still can't narrow down my options. I arrive early in the night of the 19th, and will probably (if I'm not too jetlagged) want to eat something traditionally Catalonian and near my hotel (Renaissance on Carrer de Pau Claris), and then go to sleep pretty early. I was thinking tapas near the hotel. From then on, I have 4 full days and a lunch to plan. As of right now, I have reservations at Alkimia, Lasarte, Pakta (lunch), Cinc Sentis, and Espai Sucre for the dessert tasting. I'm trying my hardest to get a reservation at Sant Pau, but I don't know if that will work out.

Unfortunately my budget does not allow me to eat at all of the above restaurants, so I'm going to have to pick and choose. Although obviously this is a subjective question, at which of the above should I eat? Am I missing anything that's better (besides Tickets and 41 degrees, which of course I can't get reservations to)?

Also, I would like to do a tapas crawl one night, as well as eat at the Boqueria. Any recommendations for either? I know this is a pretty general post, please ask any questions that would help you narrow down your advice.

Thanks very much for helping out a Barcelona newbie!!!

Jun 07, 2013
jammer9050 in Spain/Portugal

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

Thanks!

Mar 19, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

I second that!

Mar 16, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

thanks for the recs

Mar 16, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

Also, I believe we'll be in NO right in the middle of crawfish season. Is there a good place to go for a crawfish boil?

On a another note, I wouldn't be opposed to renting a car for a day for an out of town excursion, crawfish related or not. I would love a taste of real Cajun food, but from what I've read it seems like Cajun country is more than a daytrip from NO. Is that the case? If not, what are some of your favorite places to visit?

Mar 15, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

Does anyone have any suggestions for good BBQ? I've done a bit of research and have found very mixed reviews on NO BBQ. Anyone know anything about The Joint?

Mar 15, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

I like this idea a lot. Now I need to pray that there's a still a res available at Brigsten's...

Mar 15, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

Just to answer your question, ideally I'd like a good representation of soul food with outstanding fried chicken.

Mar 15, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

On that note, because I'm staying in the FQ and at some points might find it convenient to have lunch there, what restaurants are worth it in the FQ?

Mar 15, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

Any reason Bristen's v. Cochon?

Also, one of my favorite dishes in the world is fried chicken. I don't mind waiting on line for food. If you had one place with fantastic fried chicken to choose from, would it be Willie Mae's, Dookie, Dizzy's or someplace else?

Mar 13, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

Definitely appreciate the chicken dishes post (as does my girlfriend!). As for your comment re: Cochon, I was told by pretty much all friends that have visited NO recently that Cochon is a must. Although I do realize that it is very pork and seafood-centric, do you think I would really be missing out on something fantastic if we didn't go? Like I said before, gfriend will not mind going to restaurants just for me (especially if I stuff her with beignets beforehand :) ).

Mar 13, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

Oh believe me, it is. Non-foodieism has been a deal breaker in the past but for her I let it slide...

Mar 13, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans

NYC Foodie First Time (Birthday) Trip to New Orleans April 11-16

Hey everyone, I'm traveling to New Orleans for the first time for my 30th birthday on April 11-16. Staying at the W French Quarter. I'm a huge foodie and can think of no better city in which to celebrate. I've done a ton of research so far and have the following reservations:

Dinners:
Bayona
Herbsaint
Cochon
August

Lunch:
Commanders Palace

I want at least one po' boy experience (probably more), a trip to a soul food place like Willie Mae's, and the obligatory trip to Cafe Du Monde.

My question is, how do you feel about the lineup? Should I add/subtract anything? I was thinking about adding another old school place like Galatoire's for lunch, but I will not be happy if it's good atmosphere with mediocre food. Also, I'm going with my girlfriend, who basically enjoys chicken and only chicken, and has already told me that since it's my bday, she will forgo the usual complaining about food and will go along for the ride.

I'm sure I'll think of more questions as the comments (hopefully) pour in, but would love to hear from some natives (and offer NYC restaurant advice if needed!!!)

Rob

Mar 12, 2012
jammer9050 in New Orleans