RE: One dinner in New Orleans
My suggestions: if the ersters are running and the place is thus open, go to Casamento's on Magazine Street for an erster loaf and a serving of daube. If not, and you're there on a weekend, head on through the quarter and get on St. Claude Avenue; proceed to Mandich's on St. Claude in the Bywater for their evening repast. They're open at night only on weekends. If you are there on Wednesday or Thursday and wanna splurge a tad, head out U. S. 90, cross the Huey P. Long Bridge, and keep going until you come to Waggaman, where you'll find Mosca's. You'll have to wait, but it's well worth it.
If sor some reason none of those work, go to Mother's on Poydras Street. Have a debris or a Ferdi Special and be glad to be alive. Everything there is good.
If that somehow fails, The Hummingbird Hotel Cafe on St. Charles near Lee Circle is ALWAYS open and you'll never go wrong there, although the place most certainly looks suspect at best... at very best.
I could list more, but this is enough to generate some responses. Hope we've helped you.
Nostalgically, Ort. Carlton in Chillified Athens, Georgia.