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Dec 11, 2007 07:51 AM

Steakhouse in NOLA

I used to live in New Orleans about 2.5 years ago. For my farewell dinner, my friends took me to a steakhouse that I loved but can't remember the name now. It was in the Garden District, just above St. Charles on a side street, tucked away into a residential neighborhood. No frills whatsoever. You had to walk through a bar to get to a very simple dining room. They had some great cheesy potatoes too. I just cruised around online and I think it might be Charlie's but not positive.

If you know what I am talking about, let me know!! :)

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  1. It was Charlie's. You had to choose b/w 2 cuts of steak and there was nothing but steak there?

    10 Replies
    1. re: mikek

      Exactly. I think it was filet or T-bone (for 1, 2 or 3) the night I was there.

      1. re: Kwonton

        Charlie's is still closed I believe. The business has been purchased, but the fellow who owns it claims when it reopens nothing will have changed. Except it might be less of a dump.

        1. re: Tonto

          It couldn't really become MORE of a dump, could it? ;)

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Only if they trained the rats to actually serve the steaks.

            Anyway, they're working on the building but it looks like at least a few more months. That was and will again be a nice little corridor of Dryades/Danneel to spend an evening. Oysters at Manale's, dinner at Charlie's or Gautreau's, coffee at Il Posto or Neutral Ground.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              Charlie's Steakhouse (4510 Dryades St., 895-9705) is expected to open in late December.

              Below is an article about Charlie's and Matt Dwyer's mission to restore the 75-year-old New Orleans institution.


              1. re: speyerer

                Yeah, Charlie's. I have watched the rebuilding with interest and think the proposed December opening is a bit optimistic. But I don't care. Whenever they open, I will be there!
                I must tell a story. When I moved to New Orleans in August 1976, I enlisted a neighbor teenager to help with getting my 7 foot Duncan Phyfe sofa up the stairs, along with a bunch of other furniture. I told him I would treat him to a steak dinner if he would pick the place. (Didn't know about other, better dining options back then!) Anyway, he directed us to Charlie's. I couldn't believe the place. No menus, but red checked tablecloths and waiters with starched aprons. My sister ordered a Bacardi cocktail - the waiter looked a little puzzled, but then brought her a juice glass full of straight rum. When ordering, he just said "you want de big steak or de little steak?" The onion rings were fabulously greasy (and good!), the salad was a wedge of iceberg lettuce (unchopped), tomato quarters and thin sliced bermuda onion, but you could smell the roquefort dressing when he came out of the kitchen. Ummm. French fries were quartered russet potatoes. The steak itself was sorta like Ruth's Chris version, and if it was a bit too rare it didn't matter - you could slice it and cook it more on the 500+ degree metal platter. I once saw one of these burn a hole through the tablecloth. Anyway, I was terrified about paying because I had a limited amount of cash and in those days they didn't take credit cards. The total bill for three steak dinners, cocktails, etc. came to $43. Needless to say, I became a regular (well, once a month maybe - I can eat only so much red meat) and Ms Dottye and I bonded.
                I don't care if the rats do end up being waiters; to paraphrase Field of Dreams, "Rebuild it and they will come!" But I do hope the bathroom door will close this time around . . .

                1. re: hjacmc

                  Great memories! That dressing is the stuff of dreams. Anybody know the secret? Any homemade roquefort dressing is simple and delicious, but they do something a little different it seems.

                  I too think the end of December is optimistic, but I guess it's hard to tell from outside. I was by there this morning and there seems to still be a least a few weeks of work on the exposed side of the building. If the inside is all finished maybe New Year's is a possibility! Charlie's is one of my most highly anticipated reopenings and I hope to be there on opening night.

                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                    I think the secret to the roquefort dressing was heavy cream. Man, that stuff was rich! And those huge hunks of roquefort! I could have enjoyed just a bowl of that stuff and some French bread.

                    1. re: Jeeves_too

                      Oh, I used to go all the time - I'd have a drink at the teeny little bar downstairs then go up for a huge steak and even bigger onion rings, and as has been said terrific roquefort dressing! I'm glad it's reopening and hope they won't gussy it up too much.

                      1. re: bronwen

                        I stopped by there shortly before I left town for the summer (early May) and asked the crew what was going on. They said it was expected to reopen in about a month. So, depending on how much credence you give to construction crews these days, maybe we can soon get a report on the joint!