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Apr 28, 2008 03:12 PM

Luke, Stella, Brigtsens, Cochon - dress codes?

I am trying all of these restaurants for the frst time during Jazz Fest week - do any of them require jacket & tie?

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  1. Unfortunately, there's only one place I know of in Nola that requires a jacket and that's Galatoire's. Cochon and Luke are fairly casual but a sport coat would not be out of place at either. I would probably wear a coat to brigtsen's or stella but neither require one.

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    1. re: N.O.Food

      Cochon is *very* casual during the week or at lunchtime. I think on a Friday or Saturday night a little bit more would be appropriate.

      1. re: Adrienne

        We ate at Cochon on Friday and dressed nicely but quite jacket necessary, for sure. Plenty of folks in jeans. Ate at Brigsten's on Saturday and while my husband did wear a sport jacket there, there were plenty of men without.

      2. re: N.O.Food

        I wore dressy jeans and a button up tucked in with brown loafers to Stella and was fine.

      3. lol, you can tell I shade on the conservative side when it comes to restaurant dress. I'm still having nightmares about the time we were eating dinner at Emeril's and a guy strolled into Emeril's with a fanny pack, large brimmed hat, shorts, and a t-shirt that said, "I got bourbon faced on shit street!" I also love eating at Gal's and seeing the men come in without a coat and be forced to put on an ill-fitting blue house jacket. Personally, I wish more places had strictly enforced dress codes.

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        1. re: N.O.Food

          What about attire at Herbsaint? My wife and I have reservations there Friday night before seeing a late Rebirth Brass Band show, would love not to have to change in between and still be comfortable at both. Any advice?

          1. re: mrm

            Herbsaint you can go jeans and a button up as well. In my time at Tulane, I found many places outside of the Commanders/Galatoire's level of fanciness to be particularly understanding of attire during both Mardi Gras and Jazzfest. One year we had a dinner at Brigtsen's before a show and were in rainbow sandals and it was fine.

            1. re: mrm

              I would dress nicely at Herbsaint -- not formally, but I wouldn't wear jeans... I've worn a skirt or nice pants there.

              Cochon on the other hand... I've had lunch there wearing scrubs. I thought I was going to be embarassed but other people were wearing sweatpants.

              1. re: Adrienne

                When I say jeans, I mean dressy, dark, not torn, etc. This could be me living in Miami now, but I think nice jeans are ok unless it is a formal restaurant.

                1. re: mikek

                  I agree there are very different levels of jeans. When I was at Herbsaint I did not see anyone wearing jeansat all, but that doesn't mean there aren't any jeans that could possibly be ok -- just not what I think of as standard jeans.

                  I think I made that less clear instead of more.

                  1. re: Adrienne

                    I think the only place you need to dress up would be Galatoire's.

                    Brigsten's you're fine with a dress shirt and jeans.

                    Even in the heat of an extremely humid summer, I think shorts and a T-shirt would be out of place though.

              2. re: mrm

                Look sharp and you'll be fine - like the other posters said, nice jeans with a buttoned-up, tucked-in shirt. If you look like you just came from, or are about to go to, a Panic show, you'll probably feel a little out of place.

                1. re: N.O.Food

                  Haha, I am certainly in no condition to eat when I have just come from or about to go to a Panic show!

                  1. re: mikek

                    Except some wild mushroom rissotto (sp?)!

                    1. re: N.O.Food

                      And chocolates for dessert! Ah what I would do to be at the fairgrounds right now instead of studying for law school exams...

                      1. re: mikek

                        Oh, yeah? I'm burning civ pro into my brain as we speak.

                        1. re: N.O.Food

                          Ha me too! At least you can go to a night show here and there when you finish or apply the jazzfest thread if you can shake free. Ps...i fully expect this to get modded any min but email me at specialkz7@aol for moral support, see if I can find a good panic gem to send over to get you through finals.

              3. re: N.O.Food

                It's been a few years since I've been to Emeril's 8<( but I will never forget my last meal there, a lunch with my brother. We were dressed nicely -- polo shirts and chinos -- and were given a window table. As the slobs started pouring in with their t-shirts, shorts, etc, they were seated as far from the windows as possible. It was so obvious and so funny.

                Unfortunately, the place was soon full of slobs. But, their money is as good as anyone's, right?