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Feb 27, 2008 09:24 AM

French Quarter dining - mid week

So if it's a requisite that you will eat in the quarter the few hours you're in New Orleans, is there a must visit for mid-priced New Orleans influenced food? It appears we're looking at two Brennan restaurants - Mr. B's Bistro and Redfish Grill. Thoughts? We are going redfishing the next AM but doubt we will be cooking our catches the next night since it will be a long day (in LaFitte).

Also, I assume the Quarter CdM is close if I want to grab some beignets and ground coffe to take back with us for breakfast the next day.


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  1. Bayonna's is superior...located just outside of the Quarter

    4 Replies
    1. re: S Marquis

      Actually Bayona is right in the Quarter, and while I dispute the premise that eating in the Quarter is a requisite for anything (on the contrary, most tourists stay in the Quarter, and I think it's essential that they get out!), I agree that Bayona is one of the better choices in the Quarter. Stella is another. These two are far superior to any of the Brennan options.

      Cafe de Monde is close, but beignets don't keep well.

      1. re: Blumie

        What I meant is that the group has decided that we are going to eat in the Quarter for this meal. So it's a requisite for this meal only.

        Both Bayonna and Stella look delcious, although Bayone is described as "Located in the heart of the French Quarter, featuring Mediterranean, Asian and Indian cuisine ..." rather than New Orleans/Cajun cuisine. Is this right? By mid-priced, I was also for something priced little lower in 20s for mains.

        And sorry, I forgot to clarify but there will be 10 or 11 of us. Per Stella's website:

        "Because of the size and ambience of our dining rooms we do not seat tables with more than seven guests"

        Jeans and a polo are ok for these places?

        And I know the beignets are best right out of the fryer with powdered sugar, but since I won't be heading out from LaFitte to grab some at 4:30 AM, will they be ok for the next AM? It's either that or packaged cold breakfast ...

        I appreciate the responses.

        1. re: Dax

          First, with respect to Bayona, the cuisine is neither Mediterranean, Asian, nor Indian, although influences of all might be found on the menu. But it looks like you're looking for more classic New Orleans cooking. (Note that Cajun food is NOT classic New Orleans cooking, although there is plenty of Cajun food in NOLA.) In any event, for a group that size looking for good casual dining, Mr. B's might do the trick. Also check out Palace Cafe. Neither are on the top of my list, but both are solid and do a good job with groups. Emeril's French Quarter restaurant, NOLA, might also do the trick.

          I don't think beignets will be good the next morning. But since Cafe du Monde is open 24 hours, if you give yourself enough time you can pick up fresh ones in the morning.

          1. re: Dax

            Cold/room temp beignets are not good. IMO Herbsaint and August are a short cab ride and much better dinner options.

      2. Just a follow-up that we ended up keeping our reservations at Redfish Grill. While it was pretty good (I loved their take on buffalo fried oysters and the Redfish was simply but deliciously prepared) and the service was excellent, it was kind of a zoo. We were seated right by the door so when the 5,000,000 other tourists started pouring in at 6:30, the cold wind came in right behind them to join our dinner party. Whatever, it was basically what we needed.

        A hell of a lot better than Boutte's Bayou Restaurant in Lafitte the next night (shudder). Fried, fried, and fried seafood that was more likely to have come from a Sysco freezer than the local fishing boats.

        Glad I got to eat some redfish since I only managed to catch one on our fishing trip.

        I will try to eat better during Jazzfest.

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        1. re: Dax

          make sure to go to Palace Cafe for brunch one day on your way to the Fairgrounds!

          1. re: bird33

            Bad move (IMHO)! Never fill up on brunch before going to the Fairgrounds!

            1. re: Blumie

              I agree with Blumie on that point. The food at JazzFest is nothing like your typical fare for such events. Rather, it includes some of the best Cajun and Creole dishes you're likely to find, as well as African and Mediterranean choices. We always come hungry and leave stuffed and happy!

              If you haven't tried it, I'd also recommend the Bon Ton Cafe, which is just a couple blocks upriver from the Quarter on Magazine St. IMHO, it's probably some of the best real Cajun food in New Orleans. The Oysters Alvin, in particular, as truly to die for. Just remember that they're open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday only. Lunches are essentially the same size and price as dinners, which makes it a great place to go for a late lunch, and then just have something light for dinner.

              1. re: Blumie

                I agree. On previous visits I ate twice a day at the fairgrounds and pretty much ate no where else (hic).