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looking for casual lunch near the Mint

Carrolltonsnob Oct 31, 2007 01:19 PM

Any suggestions for "ladies who lunch"? Looking for nice atmosphere, preferably with outdoor seating or a nice view. I was thinking Tomatillos, but the menu just does't look that good. Not Port of Call or Buffa's- something a little nicer and lighter.

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    cor Nov 1, 2007 12:17 PM

    Marigny Brasserie around there has great lunch.

    1. uptownlibrarian Nov 1, 2007 07:27 AM

      If you are in the mood for Mexican, El Gato Negro on French Market Place is good. I think they have a table or two on the sidewalk. It faces the French Market flea market section and is next to that artist co-op. They also have good margaritas, I had a carrot one recently that was interesting and tasty.

      El Gato Negro Mexican Rstrnt
      81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116

      1. sirvelvet Nov 1, 2007 06:02 AM

        Tomatillo's is fairly decent for 'Mexican' and they have a great outdoor patio. Also, you may want to consider Praline Connection on Frenchman. No outdoors but you can get a streetside seat.

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          Hungry Celeste Oct 31, 2007 02:48 PM

          Tujague's serves lunch! (or at least they used to, before the "thing". You might want to double-check).

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            JGrey Oct 31, 2007 01:25 PM

            Cafe Amelie? I haven't been there, but the courtyard sounds lovely. Bayona has reasonable lunches.

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              philmaur Oct 31, 2007 03:45 PM

              I agree. Cafe Amelie's courtyard is perfect for a "ladies outdoor lunch" (W-S 1100-1600). Bayona is also a fine choice (W-S 1130-1430) but further away from the Mint. Can't go wrong with either of these two establishments.

              1. re: JGrey
                Shiloh Nov 1, 2007 11:40 AM

                agree on cafe amelie. it's exactly what you're looking for.

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