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brucewein Apr 19, 2008 02:00 PM

Please rank:Brigtsens,Herbsaint,Galatoires,Cochon,Gautreaus
Also,opinions on Coops as an inexpensive break---how long of wait generally?

  1. m
    mikek Apr 19, 2008 02:20 PM

    1) brigtsens
    2) gautreaus
    3) herbsaint
    4) cochon
    5) galatoire's

    1. l
      Littleman Apr 19, 2008 07:44 PM

      Galatoire's, Brigtsens, Gautreaus, Herbsaint and Cochon.

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        pilaf Apr 20, 2008 02:25 PM

        Gautreau's
        Herbsaint
        Galatoire's
        Brigtsen's
        Cochon

        1. Bill Hunt Apr 20, 2008 09:31 PM

          Hm-m, interesting request. I have only dined at three of the five (or six, if you add Coop's). My ranking would be:
          Brigtsen's
          Galatoire's
          Cochon,
          based on personal experiences. However, if I get to add a couple, then it would be:
          Stella!
          Brigtsen's
          Galatoire's
          August
          Cochon
          Bayona
          Arnaud's
          G W Fins
          Mister B's

          Sorry, but I had to mix this thread up a bit.

          Hunt

          1. j
            JazzyB Apr 21, 2008 05:06 AM

            I've not been to Gautreau's.
            Herbsaint
            Brigtsen's
            Galatoire's
            Cochon
            I'd prefer a burger from POC or a poboy from Johnny's over anything Coops has to offer. . .

            1. h
              Hungry Celeste Apr 21, 2008 07:53 AM

              Why Coop's? It's okay, but if I were visiting NOLA, I'd rather go to Casamento's, Parkway Bakery, Liuzza's by the Track for a relatively inexpensive break. For a seriously inexpensive break, get some takeout from Tee Eva's and sit in Laurence Square Park (corner of Napoleon & Magazine).

              1. p
                phyllisstein Apr 21, 2008 11:17 AM

                Gautreaus
                Cochon
                Brigtsens
                Herbsaint
                Galatoires

                1. crimsonfancy Apr 21, 2008 12:27 PM

                  Cochon
                  Brigtsen's
                  Herbsaint
                  Gautreau's
                  Galatoire's

                  I've not been to Coops but I see it poppin' up here allot.
                  Cochon is listed top for my last visits but is growing too busy maybe.
                  I still hit Adolfo Garcia's Rio Mar...fine ceviche and that grilled octopus.

                  1. m
                    mikek Apr 21, 2008 02:13 PM

                    The variation in answers is rather remarkable...and may I add that a restaurant coming in "last" is no slight to that particular restaurant. I have had great meals at all of them, just some took me to higher culinary highs than the others listed. A pretty tough question, and considering places like Stella, August, CP, etc. are not given as options it is all the more incredible.

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                      Rum Runner Apr 22, 2008 09:35 AM

                      The difference in rankings reflects, among other things, that each of these restaurants is totally different from the others -- in atmosphere, menu category, pricing (to a lesser extent), age and -- which I think is very important -- the ability to converse in its dining room without having to scream. In this respect, the worst is Galatoire's and the best is Gautreau's, assuming there won't be a table for six or more in the downstairs dining room.

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                      wadelit Apr 23, 2008 01:06 PM

                      Gautreaus
                      Herbsaint
                      Brigtsens
                      Galatoires
                      Cochon

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                        gumbolox Apr 23, 2008 01:54 PM

                        I think that the differences between these choices has to do with era rather than quality.

                        Galatoires is a dining experience from the turn of the last century. I grew up eating there in the 1950's and 60's and most recently around their 100th anniversary (just pre K). I was relieved to find that not much had changed. One of the few places I ever wear a coat and tie. Authentic haute Creole, nothing cutting edge but a glimpse back in time and wonderful food.
                        Brigtsens grew out of the Paul Prudhomme revolution of the 1970's of which Frank Brigtsen was an important part. Cajun (country) meets Creole (urban) Personal, warm, fresh, seasonal local specialties in a very homey atmosphere. I missed this new cuisine when it first arrived (left N.O. in 1976), but Brigtsen's has become a favorite on recent trips home.
                        Only been to Gautreau's once and liked it very much. Intimate, elegant but not too fussy. Roots in the 80's perhaps?
                        Loved Herbsaint on several visits in the early 2000's. Local but updated, it seemed somehow related to what we were experiencing in CA at the time.
                        Haven't been home since Cochon opened, but it seems to be a new, more rustic country/Cajun thing in New Orleans, and of course, it 's gotten great press with the same chef/owner as Herbsaint.
                        So, I think any ratings would have to be based on a preference for a particular style rather than which is "best"

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