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Three Early September Days in New Orleans -- Looking for Up-to-date recommendations

I'll be arriving on Friday 9/1 before lunch and departing on Monday morning 9/4. Was thinking of Gallatoires for lunch on Friday, if that's still a good thing. I researched the heck out of restaurants for a trip last year, and a gal named Katrina messed that up. So I'm wondering to what extent things have changed: new places? places that used to be good that are now not so good? I'll be staying at Maison Dupuy in the Quarter, so would prefer to stay in the Quarter, CBD, Warehouse District (unless there's something further that is accessible by public transit -- can't really justify a $30 cab fare for Brigstens, for instance). Love all kinda of quality chow, and will be dining alone (looking for suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Have previously eaten at Bayona, GW Fins, Upperline, Bacco, Petunia, so would probably want new suggestions. Any help would be totally appreciated.

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  1. For breakfast or lunch, head over to Stanley on Decatur, they are open til 3 everyday (edit: duh, that's what I meant, sorry). Same family as Stella! Great breakfast and lunches. Strong coffee!

    Walking along Frenchmen for dinner or a nightcap is fun too. For dinner I like Adolpho's, good Italian food. Also a good area to catch some jazz and a nightcap.

    Muriel's is good. Yo Mamma's is great for a burger and shot of tequilla.

    Broussard's would be a great new place to try. Excellent service and food. Beautiful place.

    1. I like Stanley too and they are open on the weekend as well. Magazine Street has some great restaurants: Byblos, Table one , La petite grocery, Lilette, to name a few. If you go to nomenu.com there is a list of restaurants open since the storm and other food facts. I like Nola in the quarter too, Emeril's testing grounds.

      1. Add to your list: Herbsaint, Cochon, Cuvee, Restaurant August (since you're a single, they might be able to squeeze you in somewhere if you're flexible)...all of these are readily accessible from the quarter either on foot or by a short cab hop. Emeril's, too, is worth a shot.

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        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Yes, we ate at August when it first opened and it was lovely and delicious.

        2. Personally, I think Upperline and Bayona are still the cream of the crop, as is Brigstens but I certainly understand not wanting to spend wads of cash on roundtrip cab ride. Lilette is another place I would add to the list - lunch is fairly reasonable there, especially compared to dinner.

          As far as new places:
          Iris is certainly one of the best post-Katrina additions to the dining scene - as is Table One. I have yet to visit One (different from Table One) but hear it is pretty great too. Cochon is excellent but not as inexpensive as it may initially seem.

          I love Savvy Gourmet's food and foodie-ness - and the communal tables are great for meeting others if you are dining alone.

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          1. re: bodie

            One is excellent, and very affordable. If you can, it's fun to sit at the bar and watch the two chefs do their magic.

            1. re: Crepe Suzette

              One's prices have gone up, and I wasn't as excited about it last time I was there. They're pretty profligate with the salt. Still very good, though. I LOVE Iris.

          2. I would not recommend Broussard's as another poster did. We were there recently in July and it was terrible. My husband's veal shank was all fat. My veal was barely cooked. I was told that if you do go to Broussard's, just get their fish dishes not meat.

            1. If you want quality food and want up to the minute, I would recommend Galatoires for the traditional creole New Orleans place and yes, Friday lunch is still packed. Also, one of my favorite restaurants right now is called Alberta. It is tough getting a reservation and I dare say not a tourist in sight. Fantastic food, small and intimate and all locals. I had a very mediocre meal at August with awful service so I would not recommend it. Clancy's is very good but I have to always warn people about the noise and the "see and be seen" country club atmosphere. Vizards is excellent right now which is not far from the French Quarter. Bayona is wonderful, Cuvee is excellent, and also Herbsaint.
              Hope this helps.

              1. I totally agree about Broussard's but want to emphasize that the fish dishes are a hidden secret of the Quarter. The Oysters Broussard and the Pompano Broussard are two of the best fish dishes I've had anywhere. The sauces are tasty and light. Try to get Lawrence as your waiter if he is not bartending and you'll be well entertained. Good deserts also.

                1. A new wonderful restaurant to try in New Orleans - and one of the few offering late night dining? LA BOCA! located in the Warehouse District on Fulton St., it's an Argentine restaurant owned and run by RioMar chef and owner Chef Adolfo Garcia. (by the way RioMar itself is one of the best kept secrets in town for the wonderful fish dishes and the best ceviche I have ever had!) LA BOCA has wonderful steak and pasta dishes and a delightful selection of Argentine and Italian wines. The portions are sizeable and the wine prices are incredibly reasonable. Try the Chorizo or empanada appetizers; the hearts of palm and avocado salad with salsa golf; the flank steak or bone in rib eye; and leave room for the dulce de leche crepes or dulce de leche ice cream. If you want to hit RioMar for seafood it is right around the corner at Julia and South Peters - do not miss the ceviche and try the Tres Leches desert. The wonderful thing about New Orleans restaurants is that no matter what the style of food - we have lots of great restaurants. (I agree Broussards is not so good. I think Byblos is HORRIBLE. Stay away from Muriels (good atmosphere - food is hit or miss) Lilette is a fabulous restaurant on Magazine. Uptown does have its share of treasures. If you are set on staying downtown - I would recommend the two restaurants above, RioMar and La Boca and I would heartily recommend Bayona, Cuvee and most definitely Restaurant August, the food is absolutely delicious and gorgeous, but the portions are somehwat small. Bon Appetit!

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                  1. re: Alina

                    I disagree that Byblos is HORRIBLE, but you must like Lebonese food. And you don't have to rob a bank to afford to eat there. My encounter with La Boca was uninspiring and it isn't even prime beef, but at primo prices. I agree with your other comments. Also 7 on Fulton is good, but I understand David English will be leaving as chef so it might not be good for very long.

                    1. re: Tonto

                      oh I LOVE Lebanese food. I eat it about once a week actually, and Byblos is at the bottom of my list. I think The Nile Cafe is the best Lebanese in town. (opened after the storm, on Magazine, across from the Rendezvous Bar) Their Labna is the most flavorful - very minty. And the hummus is wonderful, the addition of the hot sauce kicks it up a notch. They always serve their pita nice and toasty; the owners are very friendly; and the red lentil soup is delicious. Lebanon Cafe also has good hummus and labna, but in my opinion not as good as the Nile's. Lebanon, however, makes the only good tabouli in town - with great big chunks of veggies and the right amount of lemon. Every other lebanese place in town makes their tabouli far too oily. Mona's is a far third, and quite frankly, with such good Lebanese abound in town, Byblos in my far humble opinion is just well - I personally can't stand it. Check out the Nile - I think you may enjoy it - and it is very, very inexpensive. re: La Boca - sorry you didn't like it. I'm going tonight for my 4th visit - I think it is quite good. Perhaps it is because I am from Argentina and so many of the flavors remind me of my grandmother.

                      1. re: Alina

                        Thanks for the tip on the Nile. I will definitely try it.

                  2. What about Cafe Adelaide and Delachaise? Jumping in here for a future visit in the fall

                    1. I can't believe no one has recommended Stella's or Irene's both in the French Quarter and walking distance from the Maison Dupuy. I don't think I've ever been disappointed at either restaurant.

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                      1. re: Potsy

                        i TOTALLY agree with irene's. we went with friends a few weeks ago and it was marvelous. but, be prepared to wait. just get in, put your name on the list, and head down the street for a beer at the irish bar whose name escapes me. but, it's right down the street. and if you are nice to "bubbles", the hostess, she will be great to you.

                      2. I endorse Stella's. I also endorse Lilette's. Stella, perhaps not for a single. Lilette is a neighborhood place, and fabulous!...a distance from the Quarter. Both are tops with me! I have a strong, instrinsic connection to NOLA and everybody going, dining...is helping to rebuild this incredible city! Thanks!

                        1. The best in the Quarter is Bayona by far. For good breakfast try Crossiant d'Or. Also, in the Warehouse District is 7 on Fulton and Wolfe's.

                          Cuvee is very good. There is a new wine bar in the Warehouse District - Tommie's Winebar next to Tommie's (good Italian).

                          For lunch in the Quarter try Redfish Grill.

                          1. Keep in mind that Chef David English will be leaving 7 on Fulton at the end of the August. We'll see what happens there.

                            1. OK, thanks to ALL of you for your suggestions. Wish I had more time to explore. Seem to have it narrowed down to: Gallatoires (friday lunch), Lilette (saturday lunch, followed by exploring Magazine St.). I need 3 dinners and Sunday brunch. For dinners I have it narrowed to: Irene's, Stella, Cuvee, Herbsaint, D. & Jenny's and NOLA. Keep in mind I'm dining solo, and that I believe only NOLA and Irene's are open on Sunday night. Help me pick the best 3. Also, any Sunday brunch suggestions that are NOT a major production? Are Stanley or Croisant D'Or open on Sunday? Thanks again!!

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                              1. re: ClevelandRandy

                                I would say Dick & Jenny's is a definite. Eliminate NOLA and then pick two among Irene's, Stella, Cuvee and Herbsaint.

                                1. re: ClevelandRandy

                                  Sunday evening will be tough; Tommy's and Irene's were both closed this past Sunday evening. We had a fantastic meal at Upperline, but since you have been there before (I would go back again anyway... it is that good), you may want to do NOLA. I have not been to Dick & Jenny's Post-K, but I hear it is still good, and if you are dining solo, you can enjoy yourself at the bar, sans the cigarette smoke.

                                  Don't forget to take each of these rec's with a grain of salt, as some of them are not that great. And it looks like you have the right state of mind; stick with the NOLA food. Locals may enjoy places like Rio Mar and even recommend it, but you can get Tapas and great Spanish food, as well as great Lebanese food in most Metro cities (and it is better than in Nola).

                                  That being said, don't shy away from Tommy's or Irene's, they are a New Orleans breed of Italian restaurants, with great oyster appetizers, fantastic duck and one of the best soft-shell crab dishes in the city. The restaurants are virtually identical, and one restaurant became two as a result of a divorce between Tommy and Irene. Only difference is that Tommy's takes reservations and Irene's doesn't.

                                  You have made great choices so far, but I can't comment on all of them, as I don't get as excited about some of the highbrow restaurants like Stella (menu doesn't blow me away), Cuvee (heard WONDERFUL things) and Herbsaint (as the NYTimes pointed out, I've never stepped foot in the place). Hope this helps in your decisions.


                                  1. re: ClevelandRandy

                                    i believe croissant d'or IS open on sundays, but do call to make sure. post-katrina hours are always changing. and as a solo diner, i'd recommend mimi's in the marigny. it's at 2601 Royal St., across elysian fields and down about 1/2 mile. they serve delicious, very inexpensive tapa, they have a $5 corkage fee, AND a band every night. plus, they serve til 2:am.

                                  2. Stanley is open on Sunday. The Palace Cafe is nice because they have a jazz band on Sunday.

                                    1. Second several of the above res in the FQ/downtown area including Stella!, August, and Palace Cafe (I love this place for Sunday brunch, though I'm not a big fan of their highly-touted white choc. bread pudding). I also personally like NOLA, but I understand that there are many who aren't big Emeril fans. People forget about K-Paul's, but chef Prudhomme is still kicking butt over there and he has some truly unique and truly Cajun-based dishes.. Plus Paul was a huge contributor to post-Katrina support of the first responders.

                                      My favorite place in the French Quarter is the oft-overlooked Pelican Club (check out their web site for full menu). Always good seafood, the duck 3-ways is my favorite duck dish in town... upscale without the stiffness of several other FQ haunts... Never had a bad meal here.. GW Fins is the best fish in the FQ.. I like Rio Mar, but it's not a uniquely New Orleans experience at all... Because you're limited on Sunday night dining choices, I like to suggest either Galatoire's or Upperline for that time, though I've heard Upperline has been somewhat erratic of late (plus if you want to stay in the Quarter, then Galatoire's is definitely the choice)

                                      I vote AGAINST Irene's (long wait, inattenative service.. TOmmy's is the better option)... Dick & Jenny's is still good even after Richard Benz sold the place, but I ate there a few weeks ago and the double cut pork chop was very grisly and undercooked, so I would stick w/ the seafood personally... But if you're travelling that far, I'd opt for Brigtsen's instead (my current favorite)..

                                      If you're an oyster fan, DO stop by Drago's on your way back to the airport.. Their chargrilled oysters are the original and the definitive version(all imitators pale in comparison)

                                      Have fun on your visit.. you have some great options...

                                      1. .. I also vote AGAINST Redfish Grill.. Have never been impressed by them..

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                                        1. re: NOLAFrank

                                          I can no longer vote against Redfish Grill as it was the first place I ate (because it was pretty much the only place open) post-K. I was so happy to eat gumbo in new orleans I nearly cried.

                                        2. Uptown, Crepe Nanou is open Sunday nights, as is Martinique. Martinique doesn't get a lot of press, but it should.

                                          I can't say enough good things about Stella. I also really loved K-Paul's, but I've discovered that I have to be careful who I recommend it to. If cream and butter in any way make you feel guilty, skip it.

                                          Also, someone asked about Delachaise above. I love it, cool little wine bar, and the food is outstanding and not too expensive. Not bar food at all. It can get smoky, though, being a bar.