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Jan 22, 2008 12:54 PM

Ignatius for dinner

Has anyone been to Ignatius for dinner? If so, can you please advise as to menu options and pricing? They really should get a website.


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  1. Is this place worth the bother? I never hear anything about it, and I (for one) can't get past the dumb name. Somebody tell me why I should go there...

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      Is the name taken from "Confederacy of Dunces"

      If so, then maybe the food will be a menu of Lucky dogs and bologna sandwiches.

      Sounds like some good eats to me.

      1. re: kevin

        yeah. it's named after ignatius j. reilly, protagonist of "a confederacy of dunces". i went there once soon after it opened. the idea seemed to be a rather small menu of classic new orleans dishes done well -- red beans & rice, roast beef poboy, crawfish etouffee. i had a chisesi's ham and cheese poboy. you can't really mess that up, so i can't really comment on the food too much. i will say it's a nice little place with nice employees.

        1. re: Shiloh

          Oh, c'mon, I know perfectly well what the name references. It's a dumb reference...Ignatius is obsessed with his digestion ("my valve"), he half-heartedly sells lucky dogs, and food doesn't play a huge role in the novel (Santa Battaglia's potattis salad aside).

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            i don't see how its a dumb reference. he's arguably the most colorful and famous literary character in a very literary city. that the restaurant is located in new orleans is justification enough for me. that its namesake was a glutton adds a degree of justification. either way, it's best not to judge a book by its cover.

            1. re: Shiloh

              Blanche duBois would get my vote as most famous literary character associated with New far.

              1. re: Hungry Celeste

                Well, fame to a degree is a matter of opinion. Suffice it to say that both Streetcar and Confederacy earned Pulitzers for their respective authors. I think it hard to deny that, however one ranks them, both characters are iconic. Given the enduring place of Confederacy in the southern canon, one could argue that "Ignatius" is no less locally evocative than "Stella," which seems to have worked out ok as a restaurant name. In the end, I'm a lot more concerned with what comes out of the kitchen than what's on the letterhead.

                1. re: jeffchow

                  Where's the librarian lady when we need her???

                    1. re: TigerAtty

                      I couldn't come up with anything better than Blanche. I was going to say Stella, because that might be more recognizable to people, but I definitely wouldn't go with Ignatius. Streetcar is far more well known thanks to Brando. At least for now, until the ill-advised Confederacy film project comes to fruition.

                      Scarlett and Rhett honeymooned in New Orleans, does that count?

      2. I went once for a late lunch...had a salad that was unimpressive

        my friends had the roast beef sandwich (was ok but didn't really qualify as a po'boy) and a bowl of gumbo that was extremely fishy smelling and tasting

        my problem was that I ordered an iced tea (it was warm) and I was refused ice...I got a bottle of tea (republic of tea, I think) and a glass- the explanation from the server was that drinks were being served "camp street style" which was totally lost on me- because I expect ice in my iced tea

        it cost about 30 bucks for that lunch and the ice issue was enough for me to never go back

        1. It's pretty cheap for a sit-down on Magazine. I had the Debris sandwich and thought it was quite good, especially for $8. I'm not from down here originally so I can't assess for authenticity, but it was tasty. It's worth a try.

          1. Had nearly the same experience as chef4hire...barely adequate service, arrogant waitstaff whose explanation is always "that's the way we do it in New Orleans" even though I actually live down the street, and no ice, no refills on iced tea. Went twice and am never going back. Most everything on their menu is available at Joey K's down the street, with friendly service and lots more flavor.

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            1. re: thursby

              are you all kidding me? ignatius is great. one of the best roast beef poboys hands down, nice servers, cool armosphere. killer gumbo, good prices,

            2. I love Ignatius. I think their food is pretty good, especially for the price. The soups aren't that great, but everything else is awesome.

              Water with no ice with the carafe on the table and small glasses I find to be kind of Euro and charming. And they serve beer in little brown paper bags - the "Camp Street Special."

              The servers are kind of aloof and weird, but the guy who owns it is the same guy who owns the Rue, and he hires all of those hipster kids. Though I have had friends over the years who've worked at Rue, and they are not aloof & weird.

              I don't think the name is stupid - I have a special place in my heart for both St. Ignatius & Ignatius Reilly.

              I usually agree with you, Hungry C - but not this time. You should at least check it out.