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Okay, I am planning a trip to NO in a month, and am overwhelmed with all that I have to choose from....I keep making my list and revising it! Would those of you in the know recommend Brigtsen's or Dick and Jenny's? I am going with my best friend, we are not true gourmets but do love good food and a good time. We are planning 2 "nice" dinners and one "dive" dinner, think I have the other choices narrowed down.
Thanks!

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  1. Brightsen's is far superior to Dick and Jenny's even though d&j's is really good. Do both. Do brightsen's as your nice night out and d&j's as your dive. Even though d&j's is not really a dive, it has a less formal atmosphere and less formal food. All that said, you can't miss with either.

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    1. re: N.O.Food

      Dick & Jenny's is not at all a dive. While I agree that Brigtsen's is better, given the OP's description of himself and his friend -- "we are not true gourmets but do love good food and a good time" -- I would suggest doing Dick & Jenny's for the nicer dinner and Coop's, in the quarter, for the dive (where I ate their incredible fried chicken at the bar last night).

      1. re: Blumie

        Thanks to both of you...I knew I could not really go wrong with either, and I just my have to insist on both! I will look at Coop's for our dive meal, and maybe 86 the other choice I had for a 'nicer' meal.
        Funny how I never ever have so much trouble deciding where to eat in any other city......Beth

        1. re: betheroo

          New Orleans has been known to do that to folk. I always find that I run completely out of time, no matter how long I spend in that town. It finally gets down to where can I stand NOT to dine. We should have that kind of choice elsewhere.

          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Hunt,
            I appreciate your input on this board, you really seem to know your food! Did I see you on the DC board as well? We are headed there with kids in tow for spring break (it's fun! it's educational! What could be better? LOL) and I am lurking there for info too.
            Beth

            1. re: betheroo

              Yes you did. Good catch, as I was only on for two, or three threads. When we travel, I try to get a few new spots, and see if my old favorites are still doing well. As we get to DC about 4x/year, I try for one old and one new, since most nights are spoken for. Made Le Paradou & Vidalia last week (both old to me), and one was for an event.

              For a family, I like Vidalia and Michel Richard's Citronelle. Both are up-scale, but quite friendly. Neither is inexpensive, but worth the money. So long as the kids are used to tableclothes and napkins, they should be fine, and the food is very good. Neither is a "family-style" restaurant, but very enjoyable. Le Paradou (probably my favorite in DC) is a bit formal for the younger set. However, I was introduced to Galatoire's at about 10-12 and quickly learned what fine-dining was all about. Before that, I'd been taken to Antoine's and Brennan's and shown how to behave with all adults around me.

              The DC board seems to really "get it." I have found very few faults with any of the recs. Only minor complaint is that they get into "trendy" a bit too often, unlike this board, where it's all about the food. Words like "trendy, hip" and "happening," are seldom used - only comments on the food and the service.

              Hunt

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Thanks for the recommendations. I looked at both Vidalia and Citronelle, and while that would be lovely for me and hubby, the kids would be horrified/terrified! I have a 13 year old that would love it (my adventurous one) but the rest of them would whine that there were no chicken fingers on the menu. Sigh. We will start slow with them, like the Native American Museum cafeteria.
                Thanks!
                ob food note: I have been convinced to try both Brigtsen's and Dick and Jenny's during our trip. ANd in the interest of serendipity, we will not plan the other night and let the whim of fate (armed with advice from CH, of course!) take us where it may. I tend to overplan, so this is an exercise in faith for me!
                Beth

                1. re: betheroo

                  Do not know of a restaurant in the DC-area with chicken fingers, but that's probably because we do not have children!

                  On Brigtsen's, I hope that you have food and service, that is half as good as our worst experience - you will love it.

                  I also plan, making restaurant reservations 6 mos. out for trip to gastro-cities. I tend to fill up every free night, and that is sometimes a mistake. There have been a few occasions, that I would like to just kick back and find a nice, quiet lower-key spot, but have all the reservations confirmed and on the spreadsheet. A friend always plans every third day of a vacation as "open," with nothing planned. Maybe I should do the same with the dining.

                  Have not done D&J's, but they are highly regarded on this board. It'll be the trip-after-next, before I can try them, since I've already filled every free night in March. It'll be the first trip to NOLA, without a Brigtsen's-fix, in about 9 years, unless one of the events is being held there.

                  Enjoy, and post your "finds" to the DC board.

                  Hunt

          2. re: betheroo

            What about Casamento's or Frankie and Johnnie's for your dive joint? They'll be better than Coop's.

            1. re: N.O.Food

              Yes, Casamento's has made the short list too! Actually, my short list is now a long list. sigh What a nice problem to have, too many good restaurants. If only I was going to be in NO as many hours as I have spent just planning where to EAT in NO!

              1. re: N.O.Food

                Good call re: Frankie & Johnny's - they're famous for their crawfish and I always liked their fried chicken.

        2. Just FYI. Dick and Jenny left after katrina, but the food is just as good. The restaurant didn't miss a beat. One of the few places that is still equally good as before the storm. So if anybody says, "d&j's isn't as good cause the chefs left" that's not true.