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K-Paul's

Any opinions about this restaurant? My hubbby wants to go there for his birthday when we are there in October. Thanks.

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  1. It's wonderful. Another suggestion if open would be Commander's Palace, as it is a NOLA institution. Looks like that is what you are aiming for. So many truly fantastic choices are open in NOLA.

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    1. re: Jesdamala

      Thanks. This will be our 23rd trip since September 2001. We have never been to KPauls.

    2. I'm not a fan. We much prefer Brigtsen's where the student has far surpassed the master IMNSHO. If you've never been there I'd recommend it for a first visit. The food is arguably better, the prices are about 25% less, and the service is as warm and unpretentious as you will find anywhere. That was certainly not the case when we visited K-Paul's. The entire staff made it seem as if they wanted to be anywhere but working at the restaurant.

      1. K-Pauls is my all time favorite New Orleans restaurant. The food is exceptional, the room is warm and lively, and Paul's presence adds to the fun as he second line's through with the band. I have never had anything but excellent food there. He cooks with love and it shows. Sorry about GroovinGourmet's experience, but it's far from the usual reaction. I live here, and if I had the $$$, I'd eat there at least once a week!

        1. K-Paul's is one of my favorite restaurants as well. However, I have recommended it more than once to people who didn't like it. The food is very, very rich, and I think people who are used to light, California-cuisine-type offerings are overwhelmed.

          I do like Brigtsen's, but in my opinion he has not reached the level of mastery of flavor layers that Chef Paul has. If you've ever watched his cooking show, you'll see what I mean.

          1. K-Paul's is a great restaurant, the best Cajun restaurant in the world.

            He went through a period of extraordinary early success but then had severe health problems and the restaurant floundered in the mid to late 90s. We went there several times during that period and it was uncrowd and inexpensive. No longer. The management of the kitchen has tightened up, the food is more consistent, the crowds are larger and the prices are higher.

            You have to understand that this is very unhealthy food with a lot of sugar and fat. And it doesn't look particularly elegant, either. But it is a style you ought to try.