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adda Mar 19, 2008 04:21 AM

hey y'all (especially hungry celeste, billhunt, jazzy b, you know who you are) need a local's advice on where to go for a birthday dinner and a dance after maybe, on april 1, and i promise to take your advice. nothing super fancy, just big easy fun. thanks

  1. j
    JazzyB Mar 25, 2008 06:22 AM

    Maple Leaf definitely. Great music. If you want great food as well , then skip Jacques-imos and Snug Harbor. You can get by at Herbsaint, Brigtsen's, La Boca, Martinique, Mat and Naddie's with a polo or button down, jeans/khakis, but not Commander's. My choice would be Herbsaint although Mat and Naddie's is closer to the Maple Leaf. If you are steak lovers then La Boca. The skirt steak and fries are outstanding. Portions are huge. Sides and dessert enough for 2.

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      wendymai Mar 22, 2008 08:49 AM

      I agree with jeff about Iris. We just went and had a fantastic dinner - I had duck breast with a picholine olive sauce that was to die for. My husband loved his short ribs. Also an excellent warm chocolate cake with homemade chocolate ice cream for dessert. The place is very cozy, and if the weather's warm you can sit outside. Our waiter was a bit brusque, but that was the only down side.

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        jeffchow Mar 20, 2008 06:43 AM

        Several options depending on taste:

        1. Agree w/Hungry C on Maple Leaf, if you're feeling funky. Rather than Jacques Imo's, I'd try Dante's or Iris in the same neighborhood. Iris if its a romantic dinner for two, and Dante's if the group is larger.
        2. Agree with Snug Harbor for jazz (but no dancing there). Also, the food is not so good. Go next door to the Marigny Brasserie for very nice vino and dining. You can listen at Snug Harbor, or dance till your feet fall off at almost every other place on Frenchmen (Spotted Cat, DBA, Cafe Brazil, et al).
        4. Finally, you might consider the Rock N Bowl, and you could grab a bite at Mandina's beforehand.
        Good luck and happy B'Day!

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        1. re: jeffchow
          adda Mar 22, 2008 06:36 AM

          well, thank you guys, will post reports, can't wait

        2. Bill Hunt Mar 19, 2008 08:11 PM

          Now, you must know that I have not been a "local" in 30 years, even though I married a native.

          For many years, we found ourselves in NOLA for wife's birthdays. We always did Commander's Palace and got table #8 in the turret. We did this maybe 10 times.

          However, after last week's trip, I think I'd opt for Stella! I will do a full report by this weekend, and have to say THANKS to the CH folk for the initial rec.. Wow, did they ever get this one right!?!

          Dancing, huh? Well, I am not much of a dancer, though my wife is. I always point to the scar on my knee and plead off... I really cannot help you there - sorry.

          Just asked my wife the rhetorical question, "if we were in NOLA for your b'day, where would you want to eat?" "Stella!" was her answer.


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            lawstudent Mar 19, 2008 03:59 PM

            What about Snug Harbor for some dinner and jazz?

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              nolalawyer Mar 19, 2008 12:16 PM

              If you end up at Jacquesimo's either go early or make a reservation. You have to have 6 people in your party for a reservation.

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                Hungry Celeste Mar 19, 2008 07:13 AM

                April 1st is a Tuesday night....I'd have dinner at Cochon, then head uptown to hear ReBirth at the Maple Leaf.

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                1. re: Hungry Celeste
                  supa k Mar 19, 2008 07:53 AM

                  you should definitely go to the Maple Leaf to hear ReBirth! They are fantastic! You should also grab a safety pin and pin a few dollar bills on your shirt. You will be amazed at how much money you make (and at how many people will wish you a Happy Birthday!)

                  I hope you have a great one! :)

                  1. re: Hungry Celeste
                    figida Mar 19, 2008 10:54 AM

                    If your going to Maple Leaf, might as well have dinner at Jacques-Imo's. Fun atmosphere and right next door!

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