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What is better than Mat & Naddie's (where I will go if no one replies) on a Monday night at a similar (or cheaper preferably) price? We went there last week and sat on the courtyard - Started with the grilled oysters and they were fantastic. I got the scallop salad and he got the duck confit. The scallop salad, though small, was awesome as usual. The duck was ok. Top it off with the cheapest bottle of chardonnay they had ($32 a bottle) and wonderful live music - overall it was a great evening for around $100 including tip.

Any suggestion for a similar experience? I've been thinking about Martinique or Ristorante Civello. Anyone know how pricey they are and how good?

Also, on a side note, any suggestions for BYOB restaurants? I find that is the cheapest way to get a good meal and save money. Anybody been to EAT in the quarter? It's byob. Small menu, food's not bad (I heard the brunch is great), and no corkage fee!

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  1. We went to Mat & Naddie's a few weeks ago, and the dinner was superb. Had the smoked oysters, sicilian olives and Shrimp and Crawfish Croquettes to start. Then we split a salad.

    I had the special, which was the largest panko crusted softshell crab I've ever seen. It was delcious, with a spicy (but not too hot) red chili sauce underneath, and microgreens.

    Our waitress suggested an excellent bottle of wine that was smokey and paired well with the oysters. I can't recall what the rest of the table had, but it was one of the best meal's we've all encountered.

    The courtyard is perfect, when the sun goes down. It may be too hot this evening.

    I've been meaning to go to EAT, but I'd rather stick to the Uptown establishments.

    1. I've really been wanting to go back to Martinique, haven't been there in some years. Price-wise comparable to M&N. Civello I mostly hear is overpriced. Have you been to Iris? Really good.

      Most of these are probably closed Mondays, but check Clancy's, Gautreau's, Upperline, Brigtsen's, Lilette, and I had a great meal at La Petite Grocery a few weeks ago, however, reviews are pretty uneven. Dick and Jenny's reminds me of Mat n Naddie's.

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      1. re: JGrey

        Most of the places in JGrey's post are, in fact, closed on Mondays. Stella!, however, is open and thus a great Monday night option.

        1. re: Blumie

          That's what I was afraid of. As far as I can tell, though, Iris is open on Mondays. Can't find a website for them, but a couple listings say Mon-Sat.

          1. re: JGrey

            Iris is definitely open on Monday. 6-cl. For reference, their website is irisneworleans.com
            It is a little confusing, as they don't list which days they are open, but I ate there on a Monday a few weeks ago.

            1. re: mikemill

              They do indcate Monday-Saturday 6-10 on this page: http://www.irisneworleans.com/About.htm

              1. re: Blumie

                How far is Iris from the French Quarter? How much for a cab ride?

                1. re: arizonagirl

                  It's in the same area as Brigtsen's and Jacque-Imo's. 6 miles from the quarter, $20.

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                  Iris Restaurant
                  8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                  1. re: JGrey

                    thanks

      2. Isn't Civello closed?

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        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Yes, for quite a few weeks now.

        2. Update: We went to Clancy's and it was good enough, but not as fun as last Monday at Mat & Naddie's. The atmosphere on Monday nights with that little band on the courtyard just can't be beat. And the cheapest Chardonnay at M&N's kills the cheapest one at Clancy's.

          The eggplant app was pretty good. We split the mozzarella and tomato salad, which was ok. I thought it was gonna be a big stack of tomato and mozz, though, and it was more greens than anything. Blake had the soft shell crab entree and that was seasoned well, but small. I had the shrimp and grits as an entree. It hit the spot even though the grits were runny. It had a beautiful taste.

          I know we probably didn't try the right things, but we like to stay under $100 when we go out. We really can't even afford that but we just can't stop ourselves. It's the only cure for the Mondays.