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I'm making my second trip to New Orleans in a couple of weeks. Although I ate some tasty food, I don't think I planned my meals very well during my first trip last year. If you had three days in New Orleans, where would you eat? What are some places that I definitely cannot miss? Also, can someone tell me more about Luke? Prices, is it better for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, etc. Thanks everyone! I can't seem to stop reading all of the New Orleans posts. I'm dying to be back in New Orleans!

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  1. First, Luke was great...I went there for dinner on a thursday and they had a 3 course special for 21 bucks...the entree was very good veal cheeks.

    Are you looking for downtown/warehouse district? If so, Cochon, Herbasaint, Tommy's, Rio Mar, Drago's (downtown location in Hilton), and Mother's (for a cheaper price point.

    If you can get away to other areas of the city...let me know. Mandina's, Brocato's, Dick and Jenny's and Clancy's would be at the top of that list.

    What is your price point? Where did you eat the last time you were here?
    There are some great bars you should hit up too...Carousel Bar, Lafitte's Blacksmith, and all of Frenchman St.
    Its great to hear someone missing New Orleans...I knew the feeling well.

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    1. re: bbares81

      We'll probably do at least one nice dinner, maybe $40 pp not including wine. For lunch, I'd like to stick to $15-$20 pp.

      I'm a little embarrassed of how little I recall of the restaurants from last year. We ate at Acme, but I've read some good things about Casamento's. I absolutely adore oysters so advice on that would be much appreciated. We also did the Cafe Du Monde thing, which I wasn't terribly impressed with. Because we hadn't planned well, we ended up making last minute decisions...some of which weren't that great. Last year I was so excited to finally visit New Orleans that I hardly paid attention to the names of restaurants.

      We'll have a car and are always happy to take cabs so we are not restricted to one particular area.

      I'm fairly certain we're going to try Luke. The menu on Rio Mar's website looks delicious. There are so many choices. It's a bit overwhelming...

      We're staying at Le Richelieu in the FQ. Could we walk to Frenchman Street? Any specific bars or restaurants to check out there?

      Thanks for all the help!

      1. re: megany09

        Casamento's is great, definitely go.

        Your hotel is very close to Frenchman St, if you walk over via Decatur, you'll go by Molly's on the Market and Coop's Place (great food), both good little bars. Frenchman St has a very good italian place (Adolfo's), and good cheap Lebanese at Mona's. d.b.a. is a great bar, and the spotted cat has free live music.

    2. Top three, based on my last visit would be:
      1.) Brigtsen's
      2.) Restaurant August (still need work on their sommelier's wine pairing, but great food)
      3.) G W Fins

      Now, trying to also calculate in my previous, pre-K, grand tour, I might put Galetorie's as my #3, but did not have time to go last time down.

      Wife tells me that she'd do:
      1) Brigtsen's
      2) G W Fins
      3) Restaurant August with Cuchon a very close followup)

      Since she's the NOLA native in the family and the chef, I cannot discount her suggestions.

      As for Luke, we did not make it - sorry.

      Hunt

      1. Luke serves breakfast, lunch and dinner - all are quite nice, my preference is for lunch. Price-wise, it's mid-range - not Restaurant August prices nor Mother's.

        Stella
        The Grill Room at the Windsor Court for Chef Greg Sonnier's slow roasted duck, etc.
        Cochon
        Lilette
        Cuvee
        La Petite Grocery
        Rio Mar
        La Boca

        Mandina's is over-rated, I'd do Casamento's, skip Drago's in the Hilton and toss in The Bon Ton. I'd also think about checking out the newest place Uptown, Patois. Any interest in ethnic?

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        1. re: eat2thebeat

          I love ethnic food, especially Vietnamese. What do you suggest?

          1. re: megany09

            The best Vietnamese is on the West bank (i.e. Tanh Dinh) or in New Orleans East, both fairly far and confusing drives with nothing else in the neighborhood. Very good is Doson's Noodle House, near the corner of Carrollton and Canal, with the added bonus of being across the street from Angelo Brocato's for dessert.

            1. re: JGrey

              I would second the Frenchman St. rec's above and push Adolphos and Coops...the Hookah bar is okay too and the apple barrel is interesting (located below adolphos (which is also BYO for $5)...I always get the Veal Ocean....Irenes is slightly better/cleaner and is right by your hotel....

              I also have a huge affinity toward ethnic foods...especially Vietnamese...the Westbank is a fairly short drive...I would hit Nine Roses or Tan Dinh...then drive to the Hong Kong Market (also on the wbank) It is an extremely large Asian market...clean and cheap...if it were in Chinatown, NY it would be a tourist location....there is also some cool Vietnamese run shops in the same strip mall purveying assecories, etc. and a bubble tea place that is very good... If you want to justify a trip to the Westbank even more...check out Algiers Point...lots of historic houses and some great bars...Old Point Bar and Crown and Anchor Pub....Mardi Gras world (where floats are made) is right there as well. You can take the ferry across the river for $1 and catch some impressive views of the city...then the ferry lets you off at the foot of canal st.

              Warning: know where you are driving...print out a map....the Westbank has some very bad pockets of high crime areas....

              1. re: bbares81

                I am from here and it is not confusing, but this girl is not from here and there are some areas of Algiers that should be avoided.

                1. re: bbares81

                  Take a deep breath, y'all: none of the places I rec'd below are in (gasp) Algiers; all are in well-traveled, brightly lit locations. And Algiers Point is easily accessible by ferry without risking life & limb. Sheez, it's the West bank of NOLA, not the West bank of the Jordan. There is a line between obvious big-city caution and reactionary "bad neighborhood"-ism.

                2. re: bbares81

                  In keeping with confusing directions and dialects it is Algiers Pernt.

                3. re: JGrey

                  Oh, c'mon, I don't think those drives are confusing, and you can do some windshield tourism of the greater area on the way. Note: I wouldn't rent a car just for this purpose, but if you already have a car and really like viet food: Pho Tau Bay is on Westbank Expressway, just off of Stumph; Tan Dinh is on Belle Chasse Highway, just south of the Expressway. If you really like viet food, head out to NO East and visit Dong Phuong, a nice little viet bakery w/restaurant attached.

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                  Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery
                  14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

                  Pho Tau Bay Restaurant
                  113 Westbank Expy, Gretna, LA 70053

                  Tan Dinh
                  1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste

                    Not confusing if you're from here, but for someone like me, from the great land of grid-like, straight roads, it took a few years to get the hang of it. :) Especially since there are a fair number of street signs still missing and directions are given in lake/river upriver/downriver format instead of NS/EW.

                    1. re: JGrey

                      "...and directions are given in lake/river upriver/downriver format instead of NS/EW."

                      Whoa, hold up, directions ARE given NS/EW, baby...lol.

                      As long as you understand that Canal St. is the dividing line between Uptown (bounded by the river) and downtown (bounded by Lake Ponchartrain) and streets labeled south are Uptown, and north are downtown (confusing for a minute, I know, but bear with New Orleanians), it's a simple matter to get directions to a place on the downtown lake corner of Napolean & Tchoupitoulas...lol.

                      just don't confuse folks by expecting them to know to put their dirty dishes in the zinc, bruh...

                      1. re: funkjester

                        Thanks for all the suggestions and the safety advice. I'm from Memphis so I am quite accustomed to exercising caution when driving through different sections of town. If we venture out that way, I'll definitely make sure I get good directions.

                        Does anyone have a favorite place for bubble tea?

                        1. re: megany09

                          Mr. Bubbles, inside the Hong Kong Supermarket on Behrman Highway. Multiple choices for tapioca pearls/jellies, as well as a long list of fruit flavors.

                4. re: megany09

                  HungryCeleste's list is a good one. I also like Ba Mien in New Orleans East and on the West Bank, there's Pho Danh4, Pho Bang, and 9 Roses (for butter beef on a tabletop grill, the #2 - shrimp paste on sugar cane skewers and the #9 - sliced rare beef on red onions, and chopped herbs, lightly dressed and garnishes with lemon peel, etc.)

                5. re: eat2thebeat

                  Can you give me some specifics on La Petite Grocery? The menu on their website looks quite tasty plus I couldn't help but notice the $.50 martinis during happy hour...

                  1. re: megany09

                    I found La Petite Grocery quite the disappointment. My ex and I went there for dinner one night, I believe it was to celebrate my new job, and it left a great deal to be desired.

                    I'd do Cochon, Irene's, Adolfo's, Herbsait, and Iris instead.

                    1. re: Vivi Doom

                      I agree about La Petite Grocery. When I went, I was greatly disappointed with the service and the food. I would not go back.

                  1. re: JazzyB

                    Definately Herbsaint (forgot about it in my earlier post).

                  2. Speaking of Luke, I went there Friday night and had AMAZING food but HORRENDOUS service. Has anyone else had this issue?

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                    1. re: cor

                      Yes, the service is really lacking, but I love the food.

                      1. re: cor

                        Similar situation here. All the food was stellar, but the the first dozen raw oysters took 30 minutes to come out. I asked the waiter why, who replied that the bartender told him to give our order to the attractive woman sitting at his bar. I don't know which blew me away more, the honesty or the act.

                        1. re: Hungry4Good

                          Having experienced the same, I'll keep this going. The guys in the kitchen clearly know what they are doing (pork rillette was nearly perfect--topped only by Cochon) but the service is an issue. We had raw bar issues, and both my soup and cochon with (amazing!) french fries came out at the wrong temperatures.