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Nov 16th, 2013, 09:53 AM
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St Charles Trolley to Commander's Palace

We will be in NO for two days the end of the month. We have never been to the Garden District before and would like to take the Trolley to visit and have lunch at Commander's Palace. Where do we catch it? and how long should I count on it taking us so that I can make reservations for lunch?
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Nov 16th, 2013, 09:59 AM
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We just did that - you catch it on Carondelet St, just before it meets Canal St.

We rode the St Charles street car several times. There can be issues, delays etc. I would plan on 40 minutes which would include waiting time for street car. I would add a few minutes, personally, and if you are early, you can walk around Lafayette Cemetery.
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Nov 16th, 2013, 10:04 AM
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Thanks DebitNM! Also, what is the dress at noon?
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Nov 16th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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No real dress code, but a warning: try not to fill up on the fantastic bread while you're waiting for your meal!
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Nov 16th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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has trip planner, very helpful.
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Nov 16th, 2013, 10:45 AM
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We went to several places for dinner and had read that jacket was required for men at these higher end places. DH did; MANY did not.
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Nov 16th, 2013, 11:37 AM
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Thank you, so glad DH does not have to wear a jacket!

I will heed your suggestion not to eat all the bread!
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Nov 16th, 2013, 01:50 PM
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Good thinking about the bread because you will want to have room for the bread pudding!! It will be a challenge however!!
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Nov 18th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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I am so disappointed! CP is full, cannot take us! I made reservations at Antoines but is there another restaurant that would be a better choice?
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Nov 18th, 2013, 02:15 PM
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If you feel like taking a bit of a trip - take the St Charles street car out a way, to Birch St. Get off and walk back a block to Jeanette St and have lunch at Boucherie. Make a reservation. It will take about an hour's ride and you will have to get off the street car and take a bus part of the way as they are working on the streetcar lines past Napoleon. No extra charge and the buses are waiting for you as you exit the streetcar. Great lunch.

OR

Take the #11 Bus along Magazine St and have lunch at Clancy's on Annunciation St. Great Food.
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Nov 18th, 2013, 03:03 PM
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Thanks Deb, I considered Boucherie but it would take so much time and we only have, not quite, 2days. How's Arnaud's for lunch and maybe CW Fins or Muriels for dinner?
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Nov 18th, 2013, 03:45 PM
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We did Muriels. DH had a great dinner - Bayoubaisse and I had the Drum. Mine was good, his was much better. Have a drink on the Balcony first. Buy it at the bar and then just take it upstairs. If there is a function upstairs, no can do.
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Nov 19th, 2013, 05:52 AM
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Thanks again Deb
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Nov 19th, 2013, 06:01 AM
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You could take the streetcar out to the curve and get off and eat at Camellia's.

If you really want to eat at CP, keep calling to see if they have a cancellation. It's a nice stroll from there past (and into) the lovely cemetery on the way to Magazine Street. I adore the gelato and pastry shop on Magazine, Sucre.
http://www.shopsucre.com/

If you can't choose between Antoine's and other options, take the wonderful walking and tasting tour that visits many of them with samples of their most famous foods - and even a visit in Antoine's kitchen. We REALLY enjoyed the tour.
http://noculinarytours.com/
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Nov 19th, 2013, 07:00 AM
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The St. Charles street does not currently go to "the curve"; it stops @ Napoleon. You have to switch to bus...which gets you to Carrollton but isn't as "fun" as streetcar. If the goal is to take streetcar AND have lunch, there are several nice places just past Lee Circle including Emerils which I was told does lunch Thursday and Friday. Several others...including Chopped Champion Matt Murphy's Irish House.
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Nov 19th, 2013, 07:17 AM
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Hi Starrs, the cemetery is one place we want to walk thru..What stop should we get off in order to do that? I think we will dine at Muriels, Antoines, and Acme while in NO
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Nov 19th, 2013, 07:24 AM
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Washington is the stop for Lafayette #1. You can also go to St. Louis #1 ; it isn't a far walk from FQ. There were lots of tourists at both.
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Nov 19th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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I was just in New Orleans three weeks ago and went to Commander's Palace for lunch. We did not have a reservation, but it was not a problem! If you're in the area, it's worth a try to just go in like we did. It was a Tuesday. The bread pudding souffle was wonderful (the 25 cent martinis were fun, too)! We were not even planning to go there, but Coquette was not open for lunch that day. I had on my sneakers! They didn't turn us away, we had great service!
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Nov 19th, 2013, 08:35 AM
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The streetcar went to the curve when we were there. It was a lovely ride. We actually ate lunch at Cooter Brown's, thanks to the recommendation of a Fodorite. They had the best po boys in NOLA - and I've had Louisiana reps take me to a lot of places known for their po boys

Good beer too. It's a dive kind of a place - the polar opposite of CP.
http://www.cooterbrowns.com/main.html

Raw Oysters from the Oyster Bar, the City's Best Boiled Crawfish (weekends), boiled shrimp and great tavern food including Poor Boys, Seafood, Specialties and SideOrders.

When in town, take a relaxing 30 minute ride on the beautiful St. Charles Ave. streetcar line from downtown (stop #43). Shop the Riverbend and join us for a pint, raw oysters, boiled crawfish, or one of our overstuffed po-boys. Relax, shoot pool, or get lucky on our video poker machines. We also have 15 wide-screen televisions, including an all-sports satellite system, for your viewing pleasure!

Hope to see you soon!
http://www.cooterbrowns.com/main.html
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