@chet I would offer dining suggestions, but so much as changed since I last visited there, much less lived there (pre-Katrina). So I had to go to my friend Zach, who lives just up the road in Baton Rouge and regularly visits family in New Orleans, where he's from. When I asked him for recommendations, he said: "Cochon and Peche are great. Felix’s is in the quarter as well. Turkey and the Wolf is supposed to be good, and Parkway for a poboy is de rigeur."
And of course, there's always Cafe du Mond in Jackson Square for beignets and coffee. Enjoy!