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Feb 18, 2008 10:24 PM

Best Choice on Magazine?

I'll be squiring relatives who are visiting N.O. for the first time. We have a few meals planned, varying between the grand dames (Commander's, Galatoire), neighborhood joints (Parkway, Liuzza's) and one or two notable newer, semi-adventurous restaurants. One of the days will include shopping and strolling along Magazine, and it's likely we'll end up having either lunch or dinner there. I need some advice on choosing between Lillette, La Petite Grocery, Iris, Martinique, Table One, or anywhere else (along these lines) that's recommended. What say ye, eaters?

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  1. Well, Table One no longer exists -- so eliminates one option.

    1. Iris is not on Magazine, but well worth the short trip. I'd order them Iris, Martinique, Lilette, La Petite.

      1. Think it depends on which part of Magazine you will be strolling and shopping down. If it is a nice early Spring day in New Orleans, Martinique has a nice outdoor patio, Iris, I am almost positive, is not open for lunch and I would check on La Petite's hours as well. Iris is small and cozy, in my opinion a table bigger than 4 people is a little tight. May also want to consider Bistro Daisy for dinner. I have eaten lunch at Lilette and thought it was terrific. I had the Skirt Steak with a Chimichurri sauce and potatoes fried in Duck Fat. Of course, walking is more difficult following that.

        1. If you don't mind getting a little closer to Lee Circle and don't care about the casual atmosphere, I highly recommend Surrey's Juice Bar. Great casual dining.

          1. I don't think it's open yet, but Vizzard's will be opening up soon on Magazine b/t Napoleon and Jefferson. IMO, Ignatius is also a good option.

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            1. re: david2393

              Vizard's is open - I saw a bunch of people eating there last week. In my opinion, I think Martinique and Le Petite are pretty overrated. I've never been to Lilette.

              Good places to stop on Magazine:
              Savvy Gourmet
              Cafe Rani