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Where to eat on a Monday?

CEfromLA Feb 11, 2008 01:02 PM

Coming to town April 10-18th for French Quarter Festival (again) and sticking around for a few days afterwards.
I, literally, have made up a calendar for those 9 days, charting out where to go, where to eat, etc.
My scedule is almost figured out except for Monday 4/14.
Anyone have a good suggestion for a Monday? We usually try to hit a 'high end' restaurant for lunch (since it's usually less expensive at lunchtime) and something more casual in the evening.
Since lots of places aren't open on Monday, I can use some advice and/or suggestions!
Thanks!

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    Blumie Feb 11, 2008 06:47 PM

    If you don't mind going high end for dinner, Stella is a great option any night of the week, and one of the few high end places that's open on Mondays.

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      calliope Feb 11, 2008 07:14 PM

      The last few times I've eaten at Commander's, its been lunch on a Monday and delicious. In fact, I'll be there on a Monday for lunch next month.

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        Hungry Celeste Feb 12, 2008 06:37 AM

        Forget the high-end on a Monday. Go to Cafe Reconcile and eat red beans & rice, which is the traditional Monday lunch in NOLA.

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          missmable Feb 12, 2008 11:30 AM

          I absolutely second Hungry Celeste. Great food, great cause (it's a non-profit) and there's nothing as comforting as red beans and rice on Mondays. They have a website: cafereconcile.com. They're entire menu is pretty good including the *gasp* white meat only fried chicken. Even my skeptical, dark meat only eating brother was quite impressed.

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            CEfromLA Feb 13, 2008 07:13 AM

            That sounds like our winner! Can we take the streetcar? It looks like kind of a walk from the Jackson/St. Charles stop. At the risk of sounding like a wuss, is it a safe walk?

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              missmable Feb 13, 2008 07:19 AM

              Mmm, that neighborhood is a bit dicey. Personally, I wouldn't walk there.

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                CEfromLA Feb 13, 2008 07:45 AM

                So it's a cab ride or not at all?

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                  Blumie Feb 13, 2008 08:09 AM

                  You definitely can walk there. Take the St. Charles streetcar around Lee Circle and get off near Terpsichore St. It's just three blocks from there to Cafe Reconcile.

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                    Hungry Celeste Feb 13, 2008 08:18 AM

                    Yes, you can walk, although the immediate area has its fair share of blighted houses & vacant lots. If you are comfortable in slightly sketchy urban settings, try it out. All of New Orleans is a patchwork of prosperous and poverty stricken or blighted areas--a quaint shopping district is frequently just blocks away from much rougher territory. I just came back from San Francisco, and after seeing the Tenderloin, I laughed at the hotel & guidebook's admonitions to "stay away"--I thought it looked just like home to me...everything is relative, I guess.

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                      CEfromLA Feb 13, 2008 08:27 AM

                      OK, slightly off topic, I know, but to EAT good food, you have to GET to it!
                      I looked at the streetcar map and didn't see a stop at Terpsichore; is there one? It shows the Jackson St. stop and the next stop as Howard and Carondelet. Thanks!

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                        Blumie Feb 13, 2008 09:32 AM

                        The maps do not show all the stops. They stop every few blocks.

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                      missmable Feb 13, 2008 08:32 AM

                      Since you're an out-of-towner who's never been to the area, I'd take a cab. If you think the area's ok once you're there, you can always take the street car back. And my suggestion earlier wasn't to frighten you, it's more of a "better safe than sorry" approach. I've been mugged here before and I still walk around a lot of New Orleans, including my own neighborhood which is often considered sketchy.

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                        CEfromLA Feb 13, 2008 08:48 AM

                        We've been to New Orleans many, many times over the past 20 years. We used to walk to Ugly's from the streetcar and that wasn't a problem (same neighborhood?). We're from Los Angeles; we don't frighten easy, but just try to always be 'aware'!

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                          kevin Feb 16, 2008 12:01 AM

                          I walked from the warehouse district to Uggie's back when it was still open. Seemed around to me, except for a panhandler or two.

                          Some sections of central city might be a little more rough and tumble. I wouldn't necessarily recommend walking from the CBD or quarter to the Crescent City Steakhouse on Broad St.

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                          kevin Feb 15, 2008 11:59 PM

                          what's your neighborhood?

                          yes, you kinda have to get out of the FQ for more good food (don't get me wrong, the quarter does have good food too).

                          dick and jenny's i've heard is in a sketchy area, but i never really thought so.

                          Brigsten's at the riverben might be near a sketchy area, where you might not want to walk late in the night.

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