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I need three great restaurants for dinner. I have not been to New Orleans in a couple of years. The last time I was there I tried Stella and August and both were great. I have no problem returning to either if they crack your top 3. I'm not sure if there are any new places that are worth trying.
So, what is your top 3? I'm going to go with the consensus so please try to rank em, if possible...

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  1. 1. August
    2. Brigsten's
    3. Cochan

    Alberta was also very, very good when I was there in October, but I've heard it's gone downhill since then.

    1. I almost agree with funkjester, but would substitute Stella! for August and rank them
      1. Brigtsen's
      2. Stella!
      3. Cochon

      If you haven't been to NO in a couple of years Cochon will be new to you. It is much more casual than any of the others mentioned, pretty loud and very, very good.

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      1. re: ddavis

        All of these are fine choices, but too often this board rehashes the same restaurants over and over again. There are so many choices beyond what is recommended here by what must be visitors not locals. Upperline, Vizards, Cuvee, Iris, Lilette, Clancy's,Gautreau's, One, Dante's. You get my drift. Happy Dining

        1. re: Tonto

          Tonto, which three make the cut?

          1. re: Sobe

            I would say Cuvee, Vizard's, Upperline.

            1. re: Tonto

              Just so I'm clear on this: If you had only three meals to eat in New Orleans you wouuld choose Cuvee, Vizard's and Upperline?

              1. re: ddavis

                ddavis, what would your top 3 be?

                1. re: ddavis

                  No, but Stella and August had already been tried. I was just trying to add some variety.

                  1. re: ddavis

                    Disagree with Upperline. Not even in top 10.

            2. re: ddavis

              Having had a truly horrid experience at Stella!, I personally would disagree with that -- and return August back into that list. But it's all personal experience . . .

              Further, while I have loved my meals at Cochon, I wouldn't list it as one of my top three of dinner.

              Alphabetically: August, Bayona, Brigtsen's, Lillette, Upperline, Vizard's, with the "nod" going to the first three based SOLELY on the fact that I've dined at each more than once with consistently excellent results. (Yes, Tonto - I'm a visitor to New Orleans, not a local.)

              1. re: zin1953

                this is off topic a bit, but since we are talking about NOLA I thought i would share:

                Did you know that the Ritz Carlton hosts a crawfish boil on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm for $12.50 per person. it's open to the public, not just hotel guests.

                Top 3 - and these aren't so much fine dining as just plan amazing:

                Crabby Jack's (best Alligator "cheese cake" aka quiche
                Port O Call (burgers and bloody mary's to die for)
                Dante's (amazing dinner with a wonderful porch)

                I've of course had great meals at Commander's Palace Jacques-imo's and Emeril's in the past, but you all have heard of those. I am not a local, so I can't wait to try the ones mentioned above.

                1. re: strephking

                  I guess you were just watching Giarda's special on the Food Network too :-)

                  1. re: sivyaleah

                    I was! i really want to try Petunia's next time i'm in NOLA.

                    1. re: strephking

                      Read this board then - if I remember correctly, there has been some "iffy" reviews of Petunia's.

                      1. re: sivyaleah

                        Petunia's is great for breakfast and decent for lunch. I would not include it, though, in a "top 3" list. (I personally also don't think it's worth waiting 45 minutes in line for, but an always happy to go when I am able to get in without waiting.)

                  2. re: strephking

                    Jacques-imo's serves the alligator cheesecake, not Crabby Jacks

                    1. re: paz5559

                      And it is definitely more of a cheesecake than a quiche. Think savory.

                      1. re: paz5559

                        I did not have alligator cheesecake at Jacques-imos, it was at Crabby Jacks. It was a special, and it was awesome! i remember the entire experience like it was yesterday.

                      2. re: strephking

                        Port O Call is great but I always have to stop by Camillia Grill and Mother's for lunch when I'm in town. The crawfish boil sounds good. Do you have more info?

                        1. re: strephking

                          I sure hope the Ritz-Carlton isn't doing a crawfish boil now, because it's not a good time to be eating them.

                          1. re: Frolic

                            If I had to think of a less appropriate place to eat crawfish than the Ritz, I'd be hard-pressed. Okay, maybe inside a church. Boiled crawfish are NOT fancy-hotel-restaurant food. Not even fancy-hotel-casual-restaurant food.

                            1. re: Hungry Celeste

                              i saw it on Giada, i am not sure when the episode was originaly aired.

                              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                Hungry Celeste, thank God for you. Nothing is worse than having great food on the table, and being afraid to eat it cause the place is TOO STUFFY..... Any recommendations on fresh oysters in Nola now?

                                1. re: barclaypie

                                  Wait two weeks, then go to Casamento's. It's still August...no R, no oysters, no Casamentos.

                                2. re: Hungry Celeste

                                  Now, I had great crawfish at Christian's, which was IN a church, but I suspect that it is long gone. Does that count? [Grin]

                                  Hunt

                        2. Current standings

                          1. Brigsten's
                          2. August
                          3. Cuvee

                          1. 1. Brigtsens
                            2. KPauls
                            3. Cochon

                            1. Hey, I dig Cochon, but it's not the same sort of high-church fine dining as August or Cuvee....chairs are wooden, atmosphere is bustling, food is delicious, straight-ahead, strongly flavored. I'd rank August, Cuvee, and Gautreau's or Upperline.

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                              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                                I included cochon because I'm finding lately that the best food is not coming out of those high-church, fine dining places...not trying to be difficult- just explaining why it made my top 3 list