This topic keeps coming up but since it is New Orleans it never gets old. First stop would be, as Paul Smith suggests, look at what’s on the website. Jacques Imo (anything fried by fried chicken is best and then you can go to the Maple Bar next door), Uggie’s, Mother’s for breakfast is great but bring your cholesterol medicine, Casamento’s but closed in the summer. Galatoire’s is an old favorite – go on Sunday when tout New Orleans shows up but you can’t be shabby (ask for Reynard, he’s the best waiter) and don’t sit upstairs. Herbsaint is a good in-between place between casual and big splash and lets you eat the Spice Girl’s food without mortgaging the bank. Maison deVille restaurant has a nice garden, good food and a famously hospitable maitre’d. Mayhaw Man, I was rather disappointed in Artesia, I guess all the magic went to Restaurant August at much higher prices too, but if you do go to the North Shore then be sure to stop at the Abita Springs brewery home of the famous Turbo Dog. Laisse le bon temps rouler carotopp!