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klejnieks Mar 31, 2008 01:23 PM

Hi,

My husband, my nine-month old daughter, and I will be coming to NOLA at the end of the month. We're both fairly adventurous eaters and would love some recommendations for moderately priced restarants that wont be shocked at the idea of us toting our daughter along for an early dinner. Noise is a plus, she loves to sing during dinner. As for cuisine, we're really up for anything. We both will eat almost anything. Price is a factor, as we're not looking to break the bank for either meal. We'll probably have two evenings free.

Thanks!

Kristen

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  1. N.O.Food RE: klejnieks Mar 31, 2008 02:20 PM

    I'm not sure there's a restaurant in town where it would be okay to bring a baby who "loves to sing during dinner."

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      CEfromLA RE: N.O.Food Mar 31, 2008 02:34 PM

      The only one that I could think of was Mulate's. It's pretty noisy....

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        Carrolltonsnob RE: N.O.Food Mar 31, 2008 02:39 PM

        Maybe Deanie's Seafood in Bucktown.

        I would think that a lot of the places that would be LOUD enought so that the baby wouldn't offend would also be filled with smokers and drinkers and therefore would not be a good fit.

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          klejnieks RE: Carrolltonsnob Mar 31, 2008 03:06 PM

          Really? I'm surprised, we've been in baby friendly nice restaurants in both NY and DC. She's not crazy loud at all, just a normal happy baby. In both NY and DC plenty of people eat early dinners with their little ones.

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        cocomac RE: klejnieks Mar 31, 2008 05:16 PM

        Grand Isle next to Harrahs. The Turtle Stew is awesome and raw oysters are really good. It's loud and I saw plenty of babies last time we were there. Not too pricey either.

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          Blumie RE: klejnieks Mar 31, 2008 06:54 PM

          To be honest, if you have any places in mind it might be easier for us to tell you if it wouldn't be acceptable to go. I happen to think it's fine to go to most places for an early dinner with a non crying (even if singing) infant.

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            JGrey RE: klejnieks Mar 31, 2008 08:04 PM

            I've taken my baby to Mandina's, and more recently to Cafe Granada for tapas, and ate outside. Any of the family type joints, Liuzza's, Ye Olde College Inn, etc. Cafe Degas would be a little more upscale (but still midrange) but I think they'd be fine, especially early. I haven't been, but I bet EAT restaurant in the quarter would also work.

            Oh, possibly Riomar?

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              phyllisstein RE: klejnieks Mar 31, 2008 08:53 PM

              Almost every time I've been to Dick & Jenny's for an early dinner, a number of the tables have kids ranging from newborn to 5 years old. Any seafood restaurant would be a good fit (Deanies, Frankie & Johnny's, Saltwater Grill, R&O's, etc.). Also neighborhood joints like Liuzza's or Joey K's would work well too.

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                klejnieks RE: phyllisstein Apr 1, 2008 07:02 AM

                We've been to Dick and Jenny's (actually with Annie), and that was great. Two places that caught my eye because of recs on this board were Cochon and Lukes.

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                  malenky RE: klejnieks Apr 1, 2008 09:51 AM

                  Cochon would be perfectly acceptable for a baby. They also play very good hip music so she may enjoy that.

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                chris in illinois RE: klejnieks Apr 1, 2008 07:04 AM

                My wife and I took our 10 month old to NO in the spring of 2005 and we had nothing but great experiences everywhere we went. On that trip we went to Mr. B's, Acme's, Deanies in the quarter, Bourbon House, Felix's, K-Pauls and Commander's Palace to name a few. We went to lunch at CP and were treated like royalty and they paid special attention to our little guy (he wasn't a singer though ;)).

                K-Paul got a gold star though. We were upstairs finishing our desserts when my son threw up on the table, mortified I looked around to see if anyone had noticed and saw one of the staff quickly coming our way. She quietly gathered our remaining dishes and folded up he table cloth before any other diners noticed.

                If you let the establishment know about the little one ahead of time, they can usually seat you in an area a little out of the way so that the baby can be a baby and minimally impact other peoples' experience.

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                  klejnieks RE: chris in illinois Apr 1, 2008 07:07 AM

                  Thank you so much for your response!

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