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Feb 9, 2008 11:13 AM

1 Meal only in New Orleans...

My wife and I will be in New Orleans for a short time. We unfortunately have 1 evening only that is not already planned. With that one evening, which restaurant would you go to?? Thanks for all the help.

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  1. brightsen's, bayona, commander's, august, or galatoire's. I don't think galatoire's has the best food, but to me, it's the quintessential new orleans dining experience. If you go, be sure to wear a coat or they'll put you in an ill-fitting house jacket, you'll look like an idiot, and all the diners will look at you like you're an idiot. just fyi.

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    1. re: N.O.Food

      In case the OP is looking for the number online, it is Brigtsen's, no "h" in it. just fyi.

      1. re: mikek

        Thanks for the correction. I've been misspelling it for years! ha!

        1. re: mikek

          Haha, it is a tough one to get right, I used to put the "s" before the "t" for a long while. And my vote is for the tough to spell restaurant as well!

        2. re: N.O.Food

          All good recs., and some very nice NOLA dining. I guess that if I had to choose only one, it would be Brigtsen's, but have had great meals at the others, as well.

          In NOLA, it's always a good idea to have a jacket, for most of the fine-dining. Though it is not a requisite, as in years past, most of the other diners will appreciate your efforts, and you'll not likely to be out of place.


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Mr Hunt

            That is wise advice. You can't go wrong with Frank but Galatoire's is a classic that others can only aspire to. I disagree with other posts that it is "not the best food" in the city--what they do well is non pareil and it is impossible to beat them at it. In the Modern Food Well, they are assaulted by the myopic view that they are not "innovative"(what a stupid term that is!). And I am grateful to you for pointing out the need for a jacket (I argue as well for a necktie). A waiter once told me that if a stranger has enough self respect to dress well, then he will recieve more respect in return. Maybe so....But I'll be damned if ever I am in there--or Commanders or any other War Horse--without a coat and tie. And no one sits at my table without similar garb. Standards public behavior have collapsed but not in my world

            1. re: hazelhurst

              Sage advice that you cited. I do love Galatoire's and have major fond memories of every visit. The food is wonderful and the ambiance is, without a doubt, the best in the city, but I still lean toward Brigtsen's. That, however, is just personal and based solely on the food. Last trip, August impressed me on almost every count, so I would move it up near the top of my short-list.

              As for the jacket, I always travel with one, and even don it for every meal after 6:00PM in Hawai`i. Personally, I'd like to see more STRONG recs. for coats and ties in fine-dining locations, rather than a relaxation of those standards. However, I've seen too many fine-dining establishments down-scaled recently, in favor of a very casual approach. I have also found that the demeanor of the patrons, as well as the noise level, also seems to change. Too bad in my book.


        3. My wife and I have been in that situation. Brigtsen's.

            1. August. Or, head up town and go to Dante's.

              1. Another vote for Brigtsen's.

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                1. re: Blumie

                  Galatoire's, Antoine's or Arnaud's for a wonderful old school New Orleans time.