I am going to be in town next week and a group of us is supposed to have dinner at Nola. I am reading some old posts on here and seeing bad things? Should we avoid it? We will be near the convention center so we are tourists, yes, but we are also real foodies. Is there somewhere we should go instead? Thanks!
Other dinners planned are Rio Mar (went 4 years ago and loved the ceviche, is it still good?) and Brennan's (one of the group has a thing for bananas foster).
We went to two of his restaurants, Emeril's (his first) and Nola. Loved loved loved his first, Emeril's on Tchopoutooulis St. (sp?). Nola's is a bit loud and crazy prob. because of the location.
Another great place that won't ever let you down is Bon Ton's and if your friend loves bananas foster, they'll fall in love with this place's bread pudding with brandy sauce - leave room!!! The locals go here for dinner, but tourists have found out about it too.
Live down there for 7 years, been going back every year for a week - JUST TO EAT!!!! :-)
I felt NOLA was better than Emeril's, but I know many would disagree...but as a general statement I would stay away from his restaurants all together, but I understand tourist gravitate there.
I would replace it with Restaurant August or Galatoire's.
I would also avoid Brennan's as well...the better presentation and substance for bananas foster is Arnaud's (the food is better than Brennan's too).
Since you are stayting in the Warehouse District, other restaurants that you may want to check out are: Cochon, Tommy's Cuisine, and Herbsaint.
When my pops was visiting a couple of years ago, he ate by himself at Emeril's and had a meal where the pretention was so thick that he couldn't enjoy the food; there's just too much attitude.
Go with August. I still have foie gras dreams from four months ago. If you go to Galatoire's, you should request Robert as your waiter (everyone has a favorite; he's mine).
Skip Nola's - it was horrible when we went for my birthday. We canceled the entrees after having a couple of appetizers that were sent back. They totally ruined by birthday dinner.
I dined at Emeril's post-Katrina, this past summer. The food was great, much better than I remembered from earlier trips. The service was awesome. No attitude. In fact, there seemed to be a lot of "gratitude" that people were spending money there. I very much enjoyed myself. I've raved about it ever since. Haven't been to Nola's post-K, but pre-K, it was crowded, crazy and fun.