Where should I send Mom & Dad?
looking for some advice from New Orleans hounds:
My father is taking my mother to New Orleans for her 60th birthday and I want to buy them a gift certificate for a nice dinner.
They have been to N.O. a number of times before and I know they have been to the Commanders Palace and K-Pauls. I am looking to send them someplace new. I would like to find a restaurant where they can get a meal they wouldn’t be able to get at home (so somewhere with a local menu would be great but nothing too touristy). It can be pretty expensive but not astronomical (maybe $100-$120 to cover the meal without drinks). They really like friendly service so nothing too pretentious. They are pretty adventurous eaters and don’t have any dietary restrictions.
think that covers it. oh yeah and I'd like to call ahead and pay for a nice bottle of wine so somewhere that had a good wine list would be a plus.
I had a great birthday meal at Cuvee. Not too boisterous, pretty space, really nice staff, and people who know say they have a great wine list. Bayona, Peristyle or Stella would also be good.
If you want one of the old line New Orleans places, I'd go with Arnaud's. You can make reservations, unlike downstairs at Galatoire's.
Ew -- I had bad service and mediocre food at Emeril's last spring. Galatoire's, however, was as good as it's always been. If you want cutting-edge cuisine, go elsewhere, but dining at Galatoire's today is the same experience I was fortunate enough to have 50 years ago with my parents. I love this place!