I will be in New Orleans for the first time for a few days in mid-March. If you had to choose only one of the "fancier" restaurants to dine at in the city, what would it be? My husband and I would like to do one no-holds-barred expensive meal - I have been reading a lot about Emeril's, Stella, August, and R'Evolution in this category. We are looking for food that's excellent but also showcases the city's culinary style, maybe a bit of a romantic atmosphere. Also I would like to stay away from the more touristy restaurants. Thoughts? Any other recs?
Also, I haven't done much research yet on off-the-beaten-path eateries, and i'm sure there are many, but if any of you locals have any recommendations for anything not to be missed, I'd appreciate that too.