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Mar 20, 2007 07:12 AM

2 light afternoon meals

I've never been to NO, but will be going for a wedding next week. I have an afternoon to kill before the rest of the party arrives and am looking for some good eats. I'm thinking of going to Uglesich and Couchon. Any thoughts?

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  1. Uglesich's has been closed since well before Katrina, sorry. I haven't been to Cochon, so can't comment. From what I hear, it would fit the bill. How about Casamento's for some raw oysters and gumbo?

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    1. re: JGrey

      casamento's is closed in the afternoons:
      Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
      Fridays and Saturdays 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

      cochon is great-- delicious oyster roast, decadent chicken livers, or if you want an assortment, the boucherie plate. the chicken livers are pretty darn good. if you sit at the chef's counter, sometimes they prop the side door open, which sometimes makes for a nice cross-breeze

    2. Appitizers at cochon or galatoires...or some raw oysters with caviar at the bourbon house...

      1. Two "light" afternoon meals? Casamentos, Cochon, etc. Great food but it is gonna' weigh you down. If you want lighter but great food at lunch, try Herbsaint on St. Charles Avenue or Lillet on Magazine St.

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        1. re: mikey

          i think it depends what you get at those places; at casamentos, you could get a small plate of fried oysters (no fries) and a half dozen raw oysters. at cochon, you could get something like the wood fired oyster roast and one of their salads. so an afternoon meal can be as light or as heavy as you want to make it... also, herbsaint and lilette are closed in the afternoons, so depending on the OPs dining time, he's more restricted in his choice of restaurants.

          1. re: cervisiam

            I agree -- one of my favorite things about Cochon is that I can go there with other people and if one person wants a whole meal and another wants just a snack, it still works out fine because they have a variety of differently sized plates.

            I also *love* their roasted oysters.

            1. re: cervisiam

              Herbsaint and Lilette are most definitely open for lunch, everyday, I am not sure, My friend has lunch at Herbsaint during the business week with regularity and I drove by Lilette last weekend and it was filled with diners in the afternoon.

              1. re: Tonto

                the reason i warned about the opening times is because afternoon could mean 3 pm, or it could be 1 pm.

                Lunch: Monday- Friday 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
                Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

          2. If you are contemplating Couchon, you might want to take a look at: (page 7 of 9). Couchon has just been nominated for "Best New Restaurant," by the James Beard House.


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            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Nominations aside, I have been very underwhelmed at Cochon. For quick and delicious bites in the afternoon, I would hit the small plates at Herbsaint (particularly the pasta dish with the poached and fried little egg atop), Rio Mar tapas, oysters at Acme, fried crawfish tails at Bon Ton, gumbo at Coops, 1/4 muff at Napoleon House, gumbo at Anatole, goat cheese crouton or PBJ at Bayona. And that's just to name a few.