For the past several years my wife and I have gone to NO for the Reveillon season when the restaurants do special holiday meals and music. There are so many good places to eat that you can hardly miss but there are a couple outside the famous like Commander's Palace and Emeril's that you might want to try although most of these are to the pricey end too. Maybe others can add to a list of the best Big Easy eateries.
Cochon (Not to be missed is the bacon and oyster sandwich mmmmmm)
Luke (John Besh is the chef and the sazerac cocktail is the besht)
Herb Saint (just outside the warehouse area at 701 St.Charles)
Boucherie (Out near the end of the St. Charles streetcar line on Jeanette. They used do a food truck but opened a restaurnat in an old house and it's one of our all time fave's)
Bayona (Susan Spicer's place at the north edge of the French quarter)
Domenica (Another John Besh special)
The WWII museum is worth every penny if you are a history buff at all.
Audubon Park is easy to get to on the streetcar and is a lovely place to walk or jog if you want to get away from the French Quarter craziness.
I also think that the music clubs on Frenchman Street just across Esplanade from the French Quarter are every bit as good as those in the Quarter itself.
None of the above is any big secret but to those who have not been there or have never explored outside the French Quarter I thought I would share the above favorites. Enjoy!