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NOLA - Hwy 90 - Lafayette

Just wanted to report in on our visits to NOLA and SW Louisiana.

New Orleans --

Borgne -- Dinner
Delicious dinner. The place is a bit noisy and was busy. Not sure if that was usual or if that was because of the New Orleans Bowl between Tulane and U of L.

Cocktails were not good. Served in a plastic go-cup. I was told that was because of the football crowd, but my wife and I and daughters weren't going anywhere and $10 cocktails should be served in a glass.

Dinner was delicious. I had the fish in a bag and it was perfectly cooked.

Atchafalaya -- Sunday brunch
I can't recommend this place highly enough. There was a nice jazz trio playing and they had a bloody mary bar with numerous "fixings".

Gumbo was delicious. Eggs were perfectly cooked. Service was perfect.

Jeanerette --
Yellow Bowl - lunch

Crawfish etoufee was the best of the trip. Fried crawfish was plentiful and delicious. Shrimp au gratin was rich and perfect. Service was friendly and very accommodating.

Lafayette --
Prejean's - lunch

I think that the etoufee was better at Yellow Bowl. The roux seemed a little "thin". However, the boudin balls were out of this world. Thin crust and very light without being dry. Gumbo was top-notch and crawfish bisque was super as well.

Thanks for all your help!!

Jan 02, 2014
topekahawk in New Orleans

NOLA - Hwy 90 - Lafayette

Thanks for Casamentos. What do you think about Borgne?

Nov 21, 2013
topekahawk in New Orleans

NOLA - Hwy 90 - Lafayette

Hazelhurst,
Can you give me a recommendation for a casual authentic NOLA dinner for Saturday night? Creole rather than Cajun as we are headed to Lafayette. Something fun which my daughters (9, 14 and 17) would enjoy. They aren't picky at all. All eat raw oysters. Thanks!

Nov 21, 2013
topekahawk in New Orleans

NOLA - Hwy 90 - Lafayette

Our Saturday in New Orleans is on the 21st of December. Our Sunday on route to Lafayette is on the 29th of December.

Nov 19, 2013
topekahawk in New Orleans

NOLA - Hwy 90 - Lafayette

Hello Hounds!

I need some recommendations for one lunch and one dinner on a Saturday in NOLA. Wife and I and 3 girls (17, 14 and 9). All are adventurous. Cost per meal -- $100-$150. We are staying at the Sheraton on Canal and have a car.

We are driving to Lafayette after that via Hwy 90, so a recommendation for Sunday lunch in Houma, Jeanerette, Abbeville or Maurice would be appreciated as well.

Finally, Sunday dinner in Lafayette.

We are looking for authentic Creole and Cajun. No steak or BBQ as we are from Kansas City. Thanks!

Nov 19, 2013
topekahawk in New Orleans

Father-Daughter B-Day Trip

We will be in NY June 7-11. My daughter and I will celebrate her 17th birthday while we are in NY.

Shopping will be a big part, but will do all the general sites too.

We are willing to cab anywhere to eat, so it doesn't have to be near the hotel.

For dinners, we will likely clean up at the hotel and then cab from there.

As far as her favorite foods, she's pretty adventurous. She loves Chinese dumplings and upscale white tablecloth dining.

Apr 19, 2013
topekahawk in Manhattan

Father-Daughter B-Day Trip

Need food suggestions for a June father-daughter (17th Bday) trip in Manhattan. She's never been to NY. I haven't been for 20 yrs. Trip will be centered on fashion, shopping and museums -- as you would expect with a teen girl.

No Mexican, Steak or BBQ as we can get that at home. Price per meal - $60 per person max.

Food types - ANY. We are not picky. Tapas, Chinese, Dim Sum, Korean, French, American, Italian, Seafood, Molecular Gastronomy. Maybe some iconic NYC places or celebrity chef places (Batali, Bourdain). She likes to dress up, so fine dining isn't out of bounds.

Hotel is on 31st betw 5th and 6th.

Friday - arrive on Amtrak at Penn Station at 6:00pm
Dinner - thinking something casual - maybe Korean

Saturday - Shopping and museums
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Sunday - church, museums and shopping
Church 10-11am (7th Ave betw 32-33)
Brunch
Dinner

Monday - More shopping (ugh)
Breakfast
Lunch
Pre-theater Dinner
Show at Imperial Theater (45th betw 7-8)

Tuesday - Depart LGA at 5pm
Breakfast
Lunch

Thanks for any help in advance! NYC choices are overwhelming.

Apr 19, 2013
topekahawk in Manhattan

Recs for dinner - 3 couples in NO for upscale and fun dinner

I am a small business owner and will be in New Orleans for a conference next week. I am bringing my two employees and our spouses - a total of six people. I've seen Delmonico's, Emeril's, CP, Arnaud's, Antoine's, and Galatoire's mentioned, but I'm not sure as I've only been to New Orleans twice, the last being 10 years ago.

I'd rather stay away from anyplace stuffy, but some place that could accommodate 6 people without feeling crowded. I want to treat them to an upscale but fun New Orleans dinner. $50pp max with liquor and wine. We are staying at Canal & Bourbon and walking would be great, but if we need to take a cab it's no big deal.

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Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Jul 28, 2011
topekahawk in New Orleans

Springfield, MO - Upscale Private Room Lunch

I am putting together a lunch in Springfield, MO for 15-20 executives and local officials. I need a nice lunch spot with a private room. Anyone know the city and some options?

Apr 17, 2009
topekahawk in General Midwest Archive

Suggestions - daughter and daddy wknd

Just a brief report on the weekend eats. Because of the snow and cold (-23 windchill), we went casual the whole weekend.

Friday -- Pizza at Gino's East. We shared the small pepperoni. It was good, but not the outstanding that I expected. Sauce was fresh and tomatoey, but a little cooler in the middle than I expected. Salad was underwhelming, but the balsamic vinaigrette was good.

Saturday -- lunch at Portillo's. Probably the best meal of the weekend. The Chicago hot dogs were delicious and beefy, not mealy like some can be. Service was surprisingly friendly as well. Fries were disappointing. They seemed mass produced and not fresh-cut. Dinner was tapas at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. Was thinking Iberico, but thought this atmosphere would be more fun for my daughter. Tapas was a 7 out of 10. I really like Jaleo in Washington, DC, and this spot was not as good. The cold potato salad was bland with very little flavor. The venison with mole over couscous was good, but a little overcooked. Bacon-wrapped dates were delicious (the best of the meal). Pork tenderloin skewer was good as well. It came with a horseradish sauces that was not overpowering. For dessert, we shared the bread pudding and it was delicious.

Sunday --
We had a late breakfast at Lou Mitchell's. We got there around 9:45 and the line was 5-deep outside the door. As we stood there, freezing, a server brought out free hot donut holes to snack on. That was a nice touch. Once inside, we sat at the counter. Our server, Maria, could not have been nicer and more patient. I had eggs, sausage, hash browns and a pancake. My daughter had the French toast with peaches. My scrambled eggs were fluffy and delicious. The sausage links were think and meaty (not fatty). The hash browns were obviously fresh cut and not bagged. We had a good view watching them make fresh OJ. They use the pulp to make fresh orange marmalade. I will definitely stop here again.

Jan 20, 2009
topekahawk in Chicago Area

Suggestions - daughter and daddy wknd

WOW! Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into such suggestions. I appreciate it very much. Clearly, you type faster than my 40 WPM. At least I hope so! I will post my reviews of my restaurant visits for all to see in a couple of weeks.

Jan 09, 2009
topekahawk in Chicago Area

Suggestions - daughter and daddy wknd

1. WE ARE STAYING AT THE HYATT REGENCY AT 151 E WACKER. I'M OPEN TO WALKING OR A SHORT CAB RIDE.

2. What kinds of food DO you like? Here are some possibilities to consider:

a. High-end "haute cuisine" fine dining (dress-up) -- I'M THINKING OF THIS FOR SATURDAY NIGHT. SHE IS NINE, BUT LOVES TO COOK. PROBABLY TOO LATE FOR A CHEF'S TABLE RESERVATION FOR NEXT SATURDAY, I SUPPOSE.

b. Mid-priced "casual fine dining" including:
- contemporary American
- Italian
- French bistro -- YES. SHE LOVES ALL THINGS FRANCE.
- upscale ethnic
- seafood
- (steakhouses are excluded)

c. Lower priced "cheap eats" including:
- pizza (including Chicago-style deep-dish pizza) -- THINKING ABOUT LOU MALNATI'S (OR SIMILAR) FOR FRIDAY NIGHT.

- faster food (including our local Chicago hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches). -- THINKING OF HOT DOGS FOR LUNCH ON SUNDAY BEFORE WE HEAD TO THE AIRPORT.

Breakfast places tend to break down into:
- places specializing in breakfast foods (pancakes, egg dishes)
- high-end luxury restaurants with big buffet brunches on Sundays
- places that do a la carte brunches on Sundays
MAYBE SOMETHING VERY CASUAL AND LOW KEY.

EVEN THOUGH SHE IS ONLY NINE, SHE IS NOT PICKY AND IS ADVENTUROUS. THANKS!

Jan 09, 2009
topekahawk in Chicago Area

Suggestions - daughter and daddy wknd

Oops! Arriving the afternoon of Friday, January 16 and leaving the afternoon of the following Sunday. Just looking for a "Chicago Experience" to share with her.

Jan 04, 2009
topekahawk in Chicago Area

Suggestions - daughter and daddy wknd

Looking for food suggestions for a three-day weekend. Dad (me) and my 9-year old daughter. She's not finicky and an aspiring foodie. We are staying on Michigan Ave and will not have a car. I haven't been to Chicago in years, so I have no idea. We live outside Kansas City, so no steak or BBQ suggestions, please.

2 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
2 Dinners

THANKS!

Jan 04, 2009
topekahawk in Chicago Area