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Need local restaurant recommendations please

Hi Everyone

Could I get some local food recommendations please if anyone has the time?

I will be staying this weekend for 4 days and am looking for all the best local restaurants/places to eat.

I don't need anything fancy, just awesome food and good environment. I love seafood and just about anything else, not picky

Will be staying in the French Quarter but am also willing to travel if its not too much of a hassle.

Will be doing Super Sunday and leaving on Wed

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Hi syn...here are a few (and I just got back from Mardi Gras so I'll have a couple more to add to my ever growing list soon!) along with my personal observations/comments, which may differ greatly from what others think:

RED GRAVY. 125 Camp Street (at Common) Mon-Fri 6:30 am – 3:30 pm, Sat. & Sun. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (504) 561-8844 (Vera Blue’s place) EVERYTHING is delicious!!!!!!!.

great breakfasts, great sandwiches, great chicken, great meatballs! Around $10.00 - $15.00

COURT OF TWO SISTERS. 613 Royal Street & Toulouse

Jazz brunch daily 9 am - 3 pm, Creole a la Carte daily 5:30 pm - 10 pm (504) 522-7261

Extensive menu for brunch, and Cajun/Creole dinners. ($28.00 + $2.73 tax = $30.73 per person) Buffet food that's not the greatest (al la carte eggs benedict is!) but the atmosphere is phenomenal...like walking into a living, breathing Claude Monet paining. The courtyard outdoors, where we always eat, is covered by a 100+ year old Wisteria. Fountains splash and the sunlight plays thru the trees....the atmosphere is the best in the city! ALL the deserts ROCK!!!

CAFE FLEUR DE LIS. 307 Chartres Street & Bienville

7am - 3 pm Daily , Sundays 8 am - 3 pm (504) 529-9641 Bacon/Sausage, Egg, Cheese Croissant, hashbrown varieties (like "Hasbrown Everything" with bacon, sausage, ham, cheese and gravy) Breakfasts and lunches. Around $10.00 It's good, but not spectacular in any way.

CLOVER GRILL. 900 Bourbon Street & Dumaine

24/7. Grilled style diner food. (504) 598-1010. Around $10.00 Usually run by gay dudes. When they're there, it's FUN...when the straight dudes are there, it's less than mediocre. I've yet to try their omlet (cooked under a hubcap!) but many of my friends say it's the best ever

GAZEBO CAFE. French Market, 1018 Decatur Street & St. Philip

No hours given. (504) 525-8899 Live Jazz and ice cream pina coladas and Daiquiri's in a Paris-style courtyard...also Cajun/Creole food, Po Boys! Around $10.00-$15.00

Their frozen ice cream drinks are incredible. Food's pretty good too!

QUARTERMASTER STORE. 1100 Bourbon Street & Ursuline

24/7 (504) 529-1416 Double Bacon Mushroom Cheeseburger, Chili Cheese Fries, Stuffed Potatoes, Po'Boys, various dinners, beer. Around $10.00 They have a small deli in the back. Easy, basic food that's cheap!

JOHNNY'S PO-BOY, 511 St. Louis Street & Decatur

Daily 9 am - 3 pm 504-524-8129 (says even the failures are edible!) Around $10.00

Breakfast biscuits are the best. $3.95 and HUGE!

VERTI MARTE. 1201 Royal Street & Gov. Nichols

open 24/7 504-525-4767. "All That Jazz" with "WOW" sauce (They also deliver) Around $10.00 LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Verti Marte!

PAT O'BRIENS. 718 St. Peter Street & Royal

Opens Mon-Thurs-noon, Fri-Sun-10 am 504-525-4823 HURRICANES!!! The Hurricane is $11.00 and you get $3.00 back for returning your glass to the bar. Ask for Cherlyn (our Sis!) as your server—she ROCKS!!! My sis LOVES the "Rainstorm". They make a DAMN FINE lemonade too (with rum!) Pat's also serves really (surprisingly!) good food!

STANLEY'S. 547 Saint Ann St. at Chartres. 504-593-0006 8 am-3 pm (all is delicious!) Around $10.00-$20.00 Eggs benedict on French bread...oh yummy!!!!!

CROISSANT D'OR Patisserie, 617 Ursulines Avenue & Chartres

6;30 am - 2 pm. Closed Tuesdays 504-524-4663 bechamel croissant Around $10.00

Gorgeous place. Food's good, not spectacular (altho it's all baked fresh every morning!)

NEW ORLEANS SCHOOL OF COOKING. 524 St. Louis St. & Decatur

Tue/Wed/Sat/Sun 10:00 am - 12:30 pm 504-525-2665 27.00 ($24 with coupon!)

If you do this, go when Michael is the instructor! AMAZING guy, great food, lots of history lessons! You don't cook--you watch and get entertained before you get fed!

CAFE DU MONDE. French Market

open 24/7 no need to call! Cafe au lait, beignets, orange juice Around $10.00 for two!

A must stop--ALWAYS!!!

MENA'S. 200 Chartres Street & Iberville

6:30 am - 6:45 pm, closed Sundays. 504-525-0217 local joint, basic good, cheap breakfast Around $10.00 (but I find they’re not so great anymore…and the prices have gone up)

CENTRAL GROCERY. 923 Decatur Street & Dumaine

Tues-Sat 9 am - 5 pm Closed Sun/Mon 504-620-0174 Muffuletta (10" round sandwich) Around $10.00 A "classic", but the last couple I've had there were kinda stale. They're also like the Soup Nazi...surly and not pleasant to deal with.

GUMBO SHOP. 630 Saint Peter Street & Chartres

Daily noon-8 pm (504) 525-1486 Blackened catfish. Around $10.00-$20.00 Hit and miss. Sometimes it's REALLY good, others...meh....the drinks are NOT good (how can anyone F*ck up alcohol?!)

PORT OF CALL. 838 Esplanade & Bourbon

open lunch and dinner. 504-523-0120 Burgers and "loaded baked potatoes" “Neptune’s Monsoon” Around $10.00- $20.00 Crowded and not as good as Yo Mama's, which we found later!

MARGARITAVILLE. 1 French Market Place/1104 Decatur Street & Ursuline 11 am - 9:30. 504-592-2565 Volcano nachos, frozen Margaritas, Deep Fried Turkey Po Boy Around $10.00 - $20.00 Totally fun, good food, good drinks!

REMOULADE'S. 309 Bourbon Street & Bienville

11:30 am-midnight 504-523-0377 Wings and fries (all is good!) Around $10.00 - $20.00

Some of the best drinks around!

CHARTRES HOUSE CAFE. 601 Chartres Street & Toulouse

Mon-noon, Tues/Thurs-11 am-1 am Fri/Sat- 10 am-2 am Sun 10 am-midnight. Closed Wed. 504-586-8383 Fried catfish, "Taste of New Orleans" and PECAN PIE!!! Around $10.00 - $20.00 They no longer serve the pecan pie (which was the best in the city) but we love this place and always try to stop in at least once!

FIORELLA’S CAFE. 45 French Market Place/1136 Decatur St & Gov. Nichols Thurs.-Mon. noon - 9 pm. (504) 553-2155 Fried pickles, Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese Around $10.00 - $20.00 OMG Fried chicken!!!!! The place is not the "cleanest" in the city, but even the NOLA chefs we know love their fried chicken and try to "overlook" the kitchen! Don't use the bathroom...I think they must pour all the chicken grease on the floor there so no one comes out alive! LOL!


Call for hours. All kinds of food, from eggs benedict to hot Muffalettas. (504) 524-8990 Around $10.00 - $20.00 Serves muffalettas warm with the largest glass of beer I've ever seen in my life!

EL GATO NEGRO MEXICAN. 81 Farmer’s Market Place & N. Peters

Weekdays 11-9, weekends 9-9. 504-525-9732 Mexican food (brunch Sat/Sun 9-11 am only) The most PHENOMENAL Margarita in the WORLD!!!!! Around $10.00 - $20.00

We LOVE Mexican food, and this is HANDS DOWN our fave restaurant in the city!!!

The Margarita is TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FELIPE’S TAQUERIA. 301 N. Peter’s St. Wed-Sat 11 am - 3 am. Sun -Tues 11 am - 10 pm 504-267-4406 Around $10.00 (Sucks next to El Gato Negro)

COFFEE POT. 714 St. Peter Street & Royal 504-524-3500 (all is delicious!) Around $15.00 - $20.00 "Sassy" waitresses. Some people take it prsonally and get offended, but they are FUN! ("Can I have some more butter please?" "NO!) Stuff like that. Most of them have been there 20-30 years. Occasionally, Shirley, who is a Gospel singer as well, will "break into song"...the thought still sends shivers down my spine. Incredible! More expensive than a lot of places, but everything they serve is amazing!

YO MAMA’S. 727 St. Peter Street & Royal/Bourbon 504-522-1125 Peanut Butter/Bacon Burgers Around $10.00 - $20.00 (One burger and baked potato EASILY serves two people!!!!) It sounds gross, but it's DELICIOUS!

CAFÉ ENVIE. 1241 Decatur Street & Gov. Nichols

Mon-Sun. 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. 504- 524-3689 Around $10.00 Nice place for breakfast. Good, not spectacular

COOP’S PLACE. 1109 Decatur Street & Ursuline 11AM to CLOSE 504-525-9053 Red Beans and rice with 2 pieces of Cajun Fried Chicken $8.50 The fried Chicken was great, but once was enough, as I don’t like the environment all that much.

ACME OYSTER HOUSE. 724 Iberville at Bourbon. 504-522-5973 Chargrilled oysters. Around $10.00 - $20.00 My first-ever attempt at Oysters. Really good, but long lines and I'm not that big on seafood.

JACQUES IMO’S. 8324 Oak Street. (cab) 504-861-0886. Mon-Thurs 5-10 pm Fri-Sat 5-10:30 pm Around $15.00 - $20.00 Okay, but over-hyped. However, if you make a night of it, it's next door to the Maple Leaf Bar, which (reportedly) has some of the best jazz EVER.

JAGERHAUS. 833 Conti at Dauphine. 504-525-9200. Closed Mon/Tues. Wed-Fri 11am-10pm Sat-Sun 8 am – 10 pm. Potato Pancakes, Perogies, Spaetzels, GREAT German Food and Beer. Around $15.00 - $20.00 LOVE Jagerhaus, but we love German food! The hot pretzels ROCK!!!

OCEANA’S. 739 Conti at Bourbon. 504-525-6002. Daily 8 am–1 am Around $15.00 - $20.00 Not someplace I’d go twice! Don't make the mistake of going once!!!

NAPOLEON HOUSE. 500 Chartres Street at St. Louis. 504-524-9752. Pimm’s Cup Around $10.00 - $20.00 PHENONENAL building. Food is mediocre, but you MUST try a Pimm's Cup there! SURLY "greeter" (she must be a family member to keep her job!)

DAISY DUKE’S. 121 Chartres St. at Canal. 504-561-5171. Open 24/7 Around $10.00 - $15.00 good, not great food--except for the appetizers, which were incredible!

IRENE’S CUISINE. 539 St. Philip St. at Chartres. 504-529-8811. Mon-Sat 5:30 pm – 10 pm Around $20.00 - $30.00 AMAZING!!!!! This is on the corner of the block at the Provincial...if you like garlic, the wafts of it ALONE will draw you in. Expensive, but not "uppity" and the food is incredible!

LIBORIO’S CUBAN RESTAURANT. 321 Magazine St (Decatur) at Gravier (2 blocks from Canal) 504-581-9680. Cuban Coffee. My sis was CRAVIING Cuban coffee...it's little more than espresso here.

BROTHER’S FOOD MART. 148 Carondalet (Bourbon) at Commons. (one block from Canal) 504-592-1113. Deli fied chicken and fries (CHEAP & GOOD!) Full Convenience store. Around $5.00! This place has great chicken! The problem is, they have no seats or counter, so by the time you get someplace to eat it--it's cold! Didn't matter, it was still delicious, and like 85 cents a piece!

LUCKY DOG. Various Streets Hot Dogs! Around $5.00 The one at Bourbon and Toulouse is the best....these are best when you're hammered! Pretty gross when sober--but a CLASSIC New Orleans must do--so get hammered and try one!

THE GRILL. 540 Chartres Street. At Toulouse. 504-522-1800. 8am - midnight 504-861-9311 8am – midnight Around $10.00 A diner. Nice, friendly staff, good food, POURABLE butter! I used to believe you could NEVER have too much butter...until I ate breakfast here and poured butter on EVERYTHING! LOL!

DOOKY CHASE. 2301 Orleans Avenue (504) 821-0600 Tues. – Friday 11am – 3 pm $20.00 Another classic, run by Leah Chase (who's in her mid 80's and still goes to work in the kitchen everyday) It's a cab ride out, and a buffet, but SUCH DAMN GOOD FOOD!!!!! They open at 11 am.(close at 3 pm) IF you plan to go, be waiting at 11 am. By noon, the line-up is around the block!

They open for dinner at 5 pm ONLY on Friday.

VACHERIE. 827 Toulouse Street (at Dauphine) 504 207 4532 Open Daily 7 am – 8 pm $15-$20 If you like eggs benedict with extra hollandaise, they bring it by the bowlful! YUM! Beautiful courtyard patio!

CAFE SOULE. 720 Saint Louis Street at Royal. (504) 304-4636. Newly opened. Gets fabulous reviews. I tried the eggs benedict and the Hollandaise is made from scratch!!!! They also say the bartenders are amazing and VERY creative!

DÉJÀ VU. 400 Dauphine St, at Conti. (504) 523-1931 24/7 Apparently has everything.

Still dying to try this place to! They say it's really good for late night/early morning "people watching"!

I've had only the breakfast po boy delivered and it was good.

L’IL DIZZYS. 1500 Esplanade Ave. (504) 569 -8997. Mon – Fri 7am -2:30 pm Sat 7 am-2 pm $10 -$15 I was DYING to try this one! Finally did…not all that impressed. The fried chicken is okay, but nothing spectacular. For those who say it’s better than Dooky Chase…they’re delusional or on crack!

MAGNOLIA GRILL. 1122 Decatur St. 7am-10pm (Sat and Sunday 7 am – midnight) Around $10.00 LOVE the interior! Good bacon and eggs. Nice place.

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2. Re: Need local restaurant recommendations please

We visited SoBou for about the fifth time (total) during our last visit. We are always so pleased. Very nice and visually engaging, but casual at the same time. Small plates, large plates, medium plates, deserts and crafted cocktails, which you can mix or match as you see fit anytime between 11:30 and 10:00; happy hour 3-6; they're also open for breakfast, which I have not tried. Not inexpensive, but very reasonably priced considering the very convenient location in the W French Quarter hotel. This last visit lovely wife and I shared SoBou Surf and Turf:

24 hour smoked cochon de lait, Louisiana crispy oysters, pickled vegetables & grilled tortillas (build your own tacos)

Out of the park. Finished with a shared CHERRIES JUBILEE & WHITE CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING.

If you find yourself hungry very late or very early, or any time for that matter, there is Deja Vu, a very casual (some would say a dive) 24/7 full service bar and table service restaurant, conveniently located in the French Quarter at the corner of Duaphine St. and Conti St.

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Wow, this is fantastic Thank you so much, I will digest this and let you know what we do:)

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Will also second Herm's listed Vacherie as a very good and nice all around somewhat upscale but reasonably priced breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner choice; conveniently located in the Quarter at Dauphine St. and Toulouse St. Red Gravy is a Forum, and one of my, favorites; in the Central Business District close to the Quarter. I sometimes forget to mention the New Orleans School of Cooking mentioned by Herm, which is a mistake on my part; food, fun and education combined; like being in the audience of a TV cooking show, and you get to eat the food.

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GREAT job Herm! Wow, that makes me miss Nola! A belated thank you to you and Den for the heads up on the 'All that Jazz', have to have at least one every trip. :o)

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6. Re: Need local restaurant recommendations please

Mmm love me some of that Jubilee bread pudding. And don't forget the Alligator Sausages if they are still around

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7. Re: Need local restaurant recommendations please

If you have never been, you really need to consider one of the old line Creole Grande Dames: Antoine's, Arnaud's, Galatoire's and Commander's Palace. All have remarkably good food and the very places themselves are an experience. AAandG are in the Quarter while CP is in the Garden District.

I'm also fond of Brigtsen's, Bayonna, Upperline, Emeril's, August and Herbsaint. They are all upper end on the price scale. K Paul's is the place for Cajun. I've had consistently outstanding meals at those places. Pascal's Manle's has a great oyster bar. There are a million other places, too...explore.

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Great leaving tomorrow. Anything else for local festive environment??

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9. Re: Need local restaurant recommendations please

MUST go to Pat O'Brien's for a Hurricane! (altho they'll have the "Fuzzy Leprechaun" on special for 3 bucks since it's St. Pat's Day)! Thanks, tinywings! You gonna Flok with us again this October? :)

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Imho theBBQ SHRIMP at Mr. B's Bistro are not to be missed. My fave in the quarter and I have tried them in several places! Go for lunch and they have drink specials too!