Mandina's, Mr. B's or Palace Cafe?
All three have been recommended to me - which should I pick?
Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll; all 3 have been recommended
to me; which.......? You're the best judge of your tastes--scroll down and read some of the top-shelf advices further down this pg. Mandina's is belly and soul-warming neighborhood food; Mr. B's could be considered more "up-scale" and N.O.-experience (or not). Can't speak knowingly of Palace Cafe. Do the homework, make the choice---then it's YOUR choice. No losers in your list.
Both are somewhat similar in style and price, owned by the same family, and they're close in proximity to one another. I like each for very different reasons: Mr. B's is darker, hard wood floors, not comfy cozy per se, can be noisy, and the food slightly better or, more accurately, more interesting - it is frequently my dining choice. Palace is bright, airy, mostly tourists downstairs, mostly all locals upstairs, and somehow the ambiance is better here overall.
Mandina's is basically home cooking and nothing especially to write home about. If you're in from out of town, given our city's many other selections I'd line thru this on my must do list if I were you.
Haven't been to Mandina's in a while but I definitely concur that the food is better at Mr.B's. It is a bistro, with resultant higher noise levels than Palace, but also more energy and a very convivial staff.
Personally, I'd narrow the list to Mr. B's or Palace if you have to choose. You won't do wrong with either one. And since they are so close, you can have dinner at Mr. B's then stroll over to the Palace for dessert...white chocolate bread pudding!
A favorite of mine that many locals don't like is K-Paul's. Still one of the finest meals you'll get in my opinion.