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Dinner in New Orleans - suggestions?

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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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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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.