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ZestyZ Apr 6, 2008 08:19 AM

I am looking for a restraunt within walking distance of the Queen Anne B & B. These are the options the hotel lists...would you recommend any of them? If not, what would be a nearby alternative?
* Emeril's Delmonico's (Upscale Steak House)
* Zea's Rotisserie (American cuisine specializing in rotisserie chicken and pork)
* Hoshun Restaurant
* The Melting Pot (Fondue)
* The Trolly Stop Café (24-hour breakfast)

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    JacquiS Apr 6, 2008 09:08 AM

    I'm going to New Orleans for the first time in a few weeks myself. Even though I haven't been there I wouldn't recommend the Melting Pot since that's a chain that can be found anywhere. Go to a unique place that serves up the creole/southern food that the area is famous for. Submerge yourself in the city and enjoy and save the chain food for when you get back home.

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      JGrey Apr 6, 2008 09:12 AM

      Delmonico is very nice, but not exactly a pop-in-for-lunch spot. I'd head down to Magazine St before any of the rest of those, though Trolley stop is fine for breakfast. On Magazine, Stein's Deli is right at Jackson Ave, then down by Louisiana are several-- Joey K's, Byblos, Rocky's Pizza-- Lilette is a little past Louisiana heading uptown. And of course Commander's is right there on Washington in the Garden District.What do you consider walking distance?

      Oh, Delachaise is a little bar with great (non-bar) food, right on St. Charles just past Louisiana.

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        Carrolltonsnob Apr 7, 2008 11:55 AM

        Delachaise is great- they open at 5pm I think, and server food very late- I think to 1am? Andi t's GOOD food, not bar food.

        Isn't the Trolley Stop closed?

        I noticed a new placed- West Indies Cafe- with outdoor dining at the St. Charles Athletic Club- they had live music and it looked like it had a lot of potential.

        As JGrey mentioned- If you are from NYC, you might have a different version of walking distance than us lazy New Orleanians.

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          JGrey Apr 10, 2008 08:35 AM

          My visiting parents went to Trolley stop over Easter to get their grits fix.

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        sw79 Apr 6, 2008 02:49 PM

        You'll be near the street car route, so you should take that uptown to Carrolton & go to Jacques-Imo's on Oak. I would not recommend any of the restaurants your hotel listed. Superior Grill on Louisiana & St. Charles has great Margarita's, Dick & Jenny's on Tchoupitoulas & Napolean is a great, I heard Ignatius on Magazine has good "creole" food, The Acme Oyster House on Iberville in the quarter has the best poboys in town. The Columns Hotel on St. Charles near Louisiana has the best bloody mary's and brunch in town, Bluebird Cafe on Prytania also has a nice brunch, and Sulleys on Magazine as well.

        1. Juvu Apr 7, 2008 12:50 PM

          You should probably avoid Hoshun like the plague. Iv'e heard nothing but reviews of disappointment.

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            mikek Apr 7, 2008 01:45 PM

            I think it may be quite close to Surrey's for lunch, which is fantastic.

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              ZestyZ Apr 7, 2008 09:31 PM

              Those are some great recommendations. I'm a major walker but I'll be with my parents who are not (and we don't want to drive or take the street car since they'll be tired from a long car ride). So probably a 5 block walk or more would be pushing it. We are leaning towards Zea's unless we find a close alternative. Thanks!

              1. sirvelvet Apr 8, 2008 05:49 AM

                I recommend the Blue Plate Cafe for both breakfast and lunch. It is an easy walk from the Queen Anne and has good and interesting dishes.

                1330 Prytania St.

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                  Clem943 Apr 8, 2008 04:00 PM

                  ZestyZ, with all due respect, I can't imagine traveling to New Orleans only to eat at a chain rotisserie chicken restaurant recommended only by a hotel. Didn't you notice that not a single person who responded mentioned (much less recommended) Zea? You easily got over a dozen recommendations in 7 different posts for great New Orleans places you could get to by cab or trolley within the time it would take you to walk 5 blocks.

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                    Carrolltonsnob Apr 9, 2008 08:31 AM

                    Hey Zea isn't bad- I like it. It's a local chain anyway.

                    Don't be discouraged ZestyZ. If you end up at Zea, you will have a good, easy, casual meal.

                    It might be unadventurous, but it's a lot better than a LOT of chains I've been to while visiting middle America.

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                      Hungry Celeste Apr 9, 2008 01:48 PM

                      I agree: skip Zea's. Nothing special at all, mid-priced chain restaurant food. Note that I didn't say it was awful, just not worthy of your limited vacation time.

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                    Hungry Celeste Apr 9, 2008 01:59 PM

                    Trolley Stop is basic, greasy, cheap breakfast food; nothing special, but it will fill you up for under $10. Melting Pot is a chain; overpriced, mediocre ingredients swathed in fondue....if you MUST do fondue, try one of the chocolate dessert fondues at the bar. Personally, I would skip it. Delmonico is fine, though not inexpensive.

                    How about Slice for good pizza? And why does it have to be within walking distance? The St. Charles Streetcar is $1.25 per ride, and you can take it into downtown for LOTS of options (like Herbsaint, directly on the streetcar route) or father into uptown for loads more options. Or walk over to Magazine Street, also served by an end-to-end bus line and home to a wealth of good to great places to eat occupying every level of the price spectrum.

                    If you like dives, try the St. Charles Tavern for basic food in a very casual atmosphere. Also in the same general area is Sushi Brothers, which serves standard Americanized sushi & other Japanese food.

                    You're coming to a food city: don't let your experiences of NOLA be determined merely by proximity or you will miss out on the true flavor of the city.

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                    Slice Pizzeria
                    1513 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    Herbsaint
                    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    St Charles Tavern
                    1433 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    Sushi Brothers
                    1612 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                      mrsfury Apr 9, 2008 05:21 PM

                      Celeste, I have been to St. Charles Tavern several times recently. Call me crazy but I like their little buffet for lunch. The fried chicken is pretty darn good. I have not had anything terrible there, as I have at almost all other buffets. The bartender/waiter guy is really nice too. He makes you feel as though he truly appreciates the customer.

                    2. BayouTeche Apr 9, 2008 02:35 PM

                      Mr. John's Steakhouse. Evidently not as good as pre-K, but should still be better than Zea's. http://www.mrjohnsristorante.com/

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                        BayouTeche Apr 9, 2008 02:38 PM

                        Though, I did find this: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/480997

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                        mct1 Apr 9, 2008 08:38 PM

                        Delmonico is too nice and expensive after driving in a car all day, and the melting pot is too exepensive, not that good, and takes three hours to cook and eat your meal.

                        the best of the above will be zea's it is a local chain that is fairly casual and moderatly priced and has pretty good food. may not be traditional new orleans food, but it is very good.

                        There are plenty of restaurants in the area, it shouldnt be hard finding something to eat.

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                          southerngal Apr 9, 2008 10:33 PM

                          If you do go to Zea's...I think their grits are great. I always get grits as a side. I had shrimp & grits the other day. It was really good. The grits are so rich and creamy. Didn't care for their cheesecake.

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                            ZestyZ Apr 10, 2008 08:01 PM

                            I appreciated the heated debate on the subject. Rest assured that the rest of our time in NOLA will be spent at places recommended by CHers (as best as I've been able to sort through the considerable amounts of debate (Cochon, August, Luke, Stella, Napoleon House, Coops). That is one meal that needs to be low maintenance with location as the primary criteria. Unfortunately I haven't heard a walking distance place that seems to offer more than Zea's. (We are from NY so pizza is not an option).

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                              mrsfury Apr 11, 2008 07:17 AM

                              Zea is very good. We love the paninis, sugar snap peas, grits and desserts. The chocolate mousse and sweet potato bread pudding are what we order . Three people could easily share one portion.

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