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May 9, 2002 06:04 PM

Stella? August?

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I'm staying at the Maison de Ville for my 50th birthday trip the first week in June. I asked their concierge to pick a nice restaurant that's open on Sunday night, and he came back with these two. I'm totally unfamiliar with them. Can you help me choose?

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    Hungry Celeste

    A definite buzz surrounds Restaurant August at the moment. Seems like every other food publication I pick up has John Besh/Restaurant August in it (Gourmet, Saveur, etc.) Haven't heard much about Stella, and the name seems a little silly/touristy.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      Stella just opened, and I have not heard anything about it yet.

      Stick with August, great reviews since it opened.


      1. re: Yvette

        Actually, Stella has been open for about a year, longer than August. We have friends who live around the corner from Stella and have liked it from the beginning. We haven't been to either, so can't give personal guidance here.

    2. Both chefs are extremely ambitious and inventive, and both restaurants are new -- I've enjoyed the fancy food at both, when I've been in the mood for fancy food. You're more likely to feel like you're eating in a New York restaurant at August, because the food is SO polished (for New Orleans). This is not a bad thing, just a fact. Stella is a smaller restaurant in a quiet area of the French Quarter. Heck, it's a toss-up. You're unlikely to be disappointed at either.
      At August, order any oyster preparation, and the pheasant choucroute if it's offered. At Stella, try any soup or gumbo, the scallop entree and the frozen creme brulee.