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Drago's at the Hilton

N.O.FoodFan Aug 16, 2007 10:55 AM

I've never been to Drago's (but have had others' renditions of their incredible charbroiled oyster dish) and I would like to go. Does Drago's at the Hilton have the same culinary thrill as the original? I'll be in the quarter and would be more convenient than Metairie. If not, I will find a way to Metairie. Also, any other dishes that shouldn't be missed there? Thanks in advance for your opinions!

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    iknowwhatitmeans RE: N.O.FoodFan Aug 16, 2007 11:22 AM

    They started kinda rough, but by last report it seems like they got it together more or less. personally, i'd chance the hilton before having to drive through the strip mall, it always makes me a little sick after a great meal.

    1. dcata25 RE: N.O.FoodFan Aug 16, 2007 11:23 AM

      All I have read is that they are not as good as the ones in Metarie - they cannot smoke them in the Hilton. We are arriving on Saturday but I do plan on trying them to see for myself.

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        iknowwhatitmeans RE: dcata25 Aug 16, 2007 11:33 AM

        can't smoke em?!? than whats the use? now i'll have to go to Metairie for the next fix. i'll just have to have a friend drive so i dont have to look.

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          dcata25 RE: iknowwhatitmeans Aug 16, 2007 11:40 AM

          yep - can't smoke 'em - something to do with the hotel codes . . .

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            SkippyT RE: dcata25 Sep 5, 2007 10:29 PM

            My name is Scott and I am a Front of House Manager at the Drago's in the Hilton. I would like to clarify. We smoke the Charbroiled Oysters using the exact same process as the Metairie location on the same type of grill and try to keep the same menu consistency in all of the dishes. We do however have a more advanced hood exhaust system that removes the excess smoke from the dining area so the entire hotel's lobby does not end up smelling like a smokepit. Thank you.

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              dcata25 RE: SkippyT Sep 6, 2007 05:36 AM

              Hi Scott,

              Your oysters do not look like or taste like the oysters in the Metarie location. They are also not as charbroiled as the other location. They were not cooked enough. They were not as good in IMHO.

              PS - My hubby had ordered 2 dozen before tasting them. They had brought had 3 extra on a plate before they brought out the second dozen and those 3 oysters were nice and blackened and charbroiled. However, none of the 4 dozen we ordered looked like that!!

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          N.O.FoodFan RE: dcata25 Aug 16, 2007 12:56 PM

          Your feedback of the place after you go would be very much appreciated!!!!

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            dcata25 RE: N.O.FoodFan Aug 17, 2007 07:11 AM

            Sure will - 24 hours and counting down until I will be in the City I love so much . . .

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              localfoodie RE: dcata25 Aug 17, 2007 08:26 AM

              I recently went to the Dragos in the Hilton and the service was great for a new restaurant, the timing of the food was good. I do have to say that while the oysters were fantastic, the rest of the meal was so so.

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                paz5559 RE: localfoodie Aug 17, 2007 08:54 AM

                OK, so far, absolutely no different from the Fat City location!

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                  cor RE: paz5559 Aug 17, 2007 01:49 PM

                  Yeah...it is totally no different from the one in Fat City {and sooo worth it not to have to drive out to Metairie}. The owners/operators actually took painstaking effort to have it EXACTLY the same as the Fat City location.

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                  Hungry4Good RE: localfoodie Aug 17, 2007 03:02 PM

                  Good to hear. Did they taste like they'd been over a flame? Other than some raw oysters, what else would you order there next time if you were with a bunch of hungry people?

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                    yehyourite RE: Hungry4Good Aug 18, 2007 03:23 AM

                    Went there for lunch a couple of weeks ago, the char broiled oysters were divine, everything else was o.k., not bad, not memorable.

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                  jnc RE: dcata25 Aug 17, 2007 03:23 PM


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                    dcata25 RE: jnc Aug 27, 2007 10:32 AM

                    I was there this past Tuesday for lunch and did not find the charbroiled oysters as good as the location in Metarie. They are not smoked and do not have the same taste nor do they look the same. Go to Metarie for the real thing.

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                      N.O.FoodFan RE: dcata25 Aug 27, 2007 10:50 AM

                      Thank you very much for your report! I've been looking forward to it. Any other revelations from your trip?

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                        dcata25 RE: N.O.FoodFan Aug 27, 2007 12:13 PM

                        Please try Commander's Palace and Restaurat August. This was our 30th trip to New Orleans and this was the 1st time we ate at these two restaurants. Heavenly . . .

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                          N.O.FoodFan RE: dcata25 Aug 27, 2007 02:30 PM

                          I think Commander's was the first restaurant I went to in N.O. 25 years ago and make it a point to go every visit. Lunch is a wonderful and delicious event and quite reasonable, to be followed by a pleasant walk in the Garden District. I consider August to be the best restaurant in town.

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              jnc RE: N.O.FoodFan Sep 1, 2007 08:27 AM

              The results here look like 5 FOR and 1 AGAINST the oysters at the new location. Looks like I'll be going unless there are some more negative votes.

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                ml.drake RE: jnc Sep 4, 2007 03:45 PM

                I like the metairie location, better ambiance. ACME has delicious grilled oysters too.

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                  Hungry Celeste RE: ml.drake Sep 6, 2007 07:08 AM

                  Yeah, I like ACME in Metairie's grilled oysters, too. Does the Quarter location do char-grills?

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                    N.O.FoodFan RE: Hungry Celeste Sep 6, 2007 09:32 AM

                    Yes they do. I think they're good, though its the only place I've had them so I can't compare. I'd love to hear from somebody how they stack up.

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                mac8111 RE: N.O.FoodFan Sep 6, 2007 05:41 AM

                I was there for Labor Day weekend, and the oysters tasted great. The only thing that seemed off was that they didn't seem as large as they did in the past. My wife finally got to try what I had been praising for years, and she loved them.

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                  Frolic RE: mac8111 Sep 6, 2007 05:55 AM

                  When were you last here? Oysters tend to be small in the summer. That's just the nature of the beast.

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                    robertslsu RE: Frolic Dec 31, 2007 07:09 PM

                    How much does a dozen raw and charcoal oysters cost at Dragos?

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                      Hungry Celeste RE: robertslsu Jan 1, 2008 03:16 PM

                      Dunno, but here's a link to their website w/phone numbers: http://www.dragosrestaurant.com/index... You can call 'em and ask. Be warned that the photos on the website will make your mouth water.

                2. Hungry4Good RE: N.O.FoodFan Jan 2, 2008 01:52 PM

                  Finally went there Monday. We thought the oysters were tasty but we didn't like the corporate environment much.

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                    pterostyrax RE: N.O.FoodFan Jan 5, 2008 08:05 AM

                    We have eaten at Drago's in Metarie 6-10 times a year for the last 6 years. We have eaten at Drago's at the Hilton three times since they opened.

                    The oysters are just as good at the Hilton location as they are at the Metarie location.

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