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dockingman Apr 1, 2008 09:19 PM

We're going down to New Orleans (1st time down there for all of us) from Montréal next week for a conference, and I would like to treat 2 coworkers who helped me out big time for a nice weekday dinner. I'm looking for something that would be unique, preferably with local ingredients, and a casual atmosphere. My budget is up to about $100/person after wine, tax and tip.

Some ideas I was playing with:
- Cochon
- Herbsaint
- NOLA
- Cuvee
- Tujague's
- Brigtsen's
- Stella

I'd be happy to hear your comments on these choices or others I might be overlooking...

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    JazzyB Apr 2, 2008 04:56 AM

    August is another good choice but like Cuvee and Stella, more upscale than casual. Herbsaint seems to best fit your criteria. Personally, I'd skip NOLA.

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      Hungry Celeste Apr 2, 2008 07:41 AM

      Hmmm, of your list, I'd go for Cochon or Herbsaint. Not on your list but worthy of consideration is K-Paul's.

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        pilaf Apr 2, 2008 07:55 AM

        While it is my favorite restaurant in the city, I have confirmed several times recently that its difficult to come in under $100/person at Stella, if you order wine.

        In addition to Herbsaint, which I think does a wonderful job in terms of local ingredients, I would add Commanders, although I wouldn't call it casual (same with Cuvee and Stella). I had an excellent meal there last week, and their $39 three course dinner has plenty of local variety, which helps offset their ridiculously priced wine list.

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