IF YOU GO:
One of the oldest gourmet capitals in the New World, New Orleans is among the least expensive, and we saved further by adopting the French custom of taking our main meal at midday. At none of the restaurants where, for lunch, we had three-course meals (without wine) did we pay more than $37 each. At gourmet restaurants, reservations are always recommended, and ask about the dress code because a number still enforce rules about what you can wear.
-Bayona, 430 Dauphine Street; 504-525-4455. On Saturdays, the $25 prix fixe three-course light lunch is probably the best bargain in town.
-Cafe du Monde, French Market and other locations; no reservations. Wear washable clothes and be prepared for a dusting of confectioner's sugar when you bite into your warm beignets.
-The Camellia Grill, 626 South Carrollton
Avenue; 504-309-2679. You and your party will be the only tourists there, I promise.
-Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Avenue; 504-899-8221.
-The Court of the Two Sisters, 613 Royal Street; 504-522-7261.
-Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon Street; 504-525-2021.
-Gumbo Shop, 630 St. Peter Street; 504-525-1486.
Alan Behr: email@example.com
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