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Mar 5, 2005 03:54 PM

Got a New Orleans Top Ten?

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The last poster talked about some consensus but a lot of variation. I was wondering if the locals and experienced visitors would humor us with a top ten of their faves, in order. What better way to simplify, be direct, have fun, and start a debate! Lists ALWAYS start debates. And if a place make most lists, then it would seem to indicate that it's the quality of food more than individual taste or experience. (Like I assume Brigtsen's would make about every list, and Uglisich's a great deal of them)

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  1. Not really in a particular order, here are my current top 10. Yes I did leave Brigsten's off, and while I would probably eat there before Mandina's, I love Mandina's too much to leave it off a list. Unlike most posters on this board, I don't recommend Brigsten's or Ugelisch's (or Bayona or Marisol), but to each his own. I think my list will tell you the type of person I am.

    Ralph's on the Park
    Commander's Palace
    Dick & Jenny's
    Dickie Brennan's

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    1. re: Fat Harry
      Tha Groovin' Gourmet

      You're like restaurants with apostrophes in the name!

      1. re: Tha Groovin' Gourmet

        Too funny! Good eye, though.

      2. re: Fat Harry

        The Grill Room
        Pho Tau Bay
        Rio Mar

        1. re: Fat Harry
          college chowhound

          from a new york college student who has made her rounds during time here
          Going to Brigsten's and Pelican Club in a month so they can't be on here yet. order is not very important
          1. Cuvee
          2. Jacques Imos
          3. August
          4. Stella
          5. Grill Room
          6. GW Fins
          7. Herbsaint
          8. Mr. B's Bistro
          9. Nola
          10. Palace Cafe

        2. Emeril's
          Commander's Palace

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            1. re: Ike!

              These are more the names I expected! People are throwing me more curve balls than I expected! Everytime I think I've whittled down the most beloved spots . . . .

              1. re: Ike!

                Commander's Palace
                Mr. B's
                G. W. Fins
                Pelican Club

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                Tha Groovin' Gourmet

                I'm game...even if you did already mention my top 2 in order!

                1. Brigtsen's - waited for years to eat there, totally lived up
                to expectations then, continues to do so now. Currently
                debating whether we'll go twice on our upcoming trip.

                2. Uglesich's - making our final (and only 2nd) pilgrimage
                April 20 for a Holy Trinity of lunches. If Jazzfest weren't going
                on we'd be there Friday too. Their closing is the reason we are
                coming to town.

                3. Drago's - the only place we've eaten on each and every visit.
                Says it all except for 2 more words - charbroiled oysters

                4. Mother's - a Ferdie for lunch, an omelet and grits w/debris for
                breakfast, bloody mary's any time. YUM! And of course the ham trim

                5. Joey K's - solid, non-touristy fave of ours for lunch. Possibly my favorite crab/corn soup version...even if the food weren't as good I'd still go for the biggest, frostiest goblets of Abita in town.

                6. Cobalt - best bet for Sunday, bar menu and beverages whenever
                the piano guy, David Torkanowsky, is there. Need to pop in this next
                trip to see if the new chef is up to snuff.

                7. Begue's - the best place if you're seeking a fine meal and demand
                an intimate setting. The place borders on empty more times than not,
                but the food and service have always impressed. Perhaps the most underrated spot in town...a fabulous brunch you rarely hear about.

                8. Palace Cafe - favorite of all the brunches. Commander's caliber
                at a better price. Their Santa Barbara, CA location rocks, and NO rocks mightier.

                9. Morning Call - more often than not we stay in Metairie. We love being able to drive a mile or so for the best beignets and cafe au lait,
                with no tourist trappings whatsoever.

                10. Old N'awlins Cookery - KPaul's for the pretension-weary and/or those on a budget? Not the trendy stuff, but the basics are there. I've never planned on going there, but every time I've wound up there over the years I've been pleased.

                1. I'm making this list with the caveat that I haven't been to a bunch of places that I'm sure would be contenders. But, here goes, not in order, more by genre:


                  That's 9. For the 10th, it's between Bayona,Gautreau's and Lilette, but I've only been to each of these once, and awhile ago. So it's a bit arbitrary, but I pick Gautreau's.

                  Places I haven't been: Peristyle, Delmonico, Emeril's, GW Fins, RioMar, Pelican Club, Dominique's, Cuvee, Bon Ton Cafe,La Petite Grocerie, Ralph's...

                  Honorable mention: Dick and Jenny's, Crepe Nanou, Jamila's, Vincent's, Mat 'n' Naddie's, Cafe Degas, Martinique, One.

                  See? It's too hard. Good luck with running the stats.

                  1. 1) Galatoires
                    2)Mr. Bs
                    3)Commanders Palace
                    4)Crescent City Steakhouse
                    8)Franky and Johnnys
                    9)Café Giovanni

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                    1. re: joedontexan

                      Might have helped to launch a new thread, gentlemen.

                      Mixing your 2013 lists against pre-Katrina lists is odd (and "top ten" lists are problematic to start with).

                      Just sayin' ...

                      1. re: Gizmo56

                        This and the fact that Joedon has Bozos on the list and it closed as well as Franky and Johnny's

                        1. re: roro1831

                          It won't matter much until Da Track opens but I thought Bozo's was only temporarily closed. I recall there were some nastiness, and landlord issues etc. Has the plug been pulled f'sure?

                          1. re: hazelhurst

                            It is re opening. The people that own Mr Eds bought it.

                          2. re: roro1831

                            Bozos and Franky and Johnnys have both closed? Say it aint so!!