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May 1, 2008 03:45 PM

We had planned on going to Stella

but after JFood's review I'm having second thoughts. I can pick any place I want. Been to Commander's, MiLa, LaBoca, Rio Mar, Brigtsens, Bourbon House, Mr. B's, Brennan's, Arnaud's, Red Fish Grill, Tommy's, Cochon and Crescent City Steak House. (I am probably forgetting a few others.) He does not eat Thai but everything else is fine. I've heard good things about Iris and Clancy's. I'm not a big steak fan (love LaBoca's pastas, could not stand Crescent City Steakhouse's non steak items) but if they have other goodies on the menu a steak place is acceptable. Should I stick with Stella?

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  1. Stick with Stella. Restaurants have off nights and that was probably one. Search the board for the number of emphatic recommendations for Stella.

    1. If you do go, the other couple ordered the Fish and Chips and the Beef and they really liked it. The gnocchi did not get rave reviews and should probably be avoided as well.

      But there was no excuse for the service.

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      1. re: jfood

        Thanks mikek & jfood. I do want to go. I suppose I'll see if anyone else advises against it and go from there. I have been pestering hubby about going so I'd hate to have a less than spectacular meal and then a 40 minute drive home.

        1. re: mrsfury

          Working on the review. Prior to Jfood's, less than "stellar" experience, we had a wonderful meal. Wife even ventured that they may have wrested the banner from Brigtsen's. I did not go quite that far. "Stella! was Stellar," should appear on this board, before the weekend, if I can keep my interruptions to a minimum.


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            My view is that Brigtsen's vs. Stella comparisons are not fruitful; they are wildly different restaurants.

            1. re: Blumie

              I totally agree. My comments, and those of my wife, were based on the "enjoyment factor." Both rated very high on that scale.

              Now, I have to try MiLa on the next trip, as it is getting some great press (even in Phoenix), and seems to be a hit with many on this board.


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Yes, do try Mila. It is wonderful. We were there in March and were very pleased on all fronts. Truly exceptional.

        2. re: jfood

          actually, i really enjoyed the gnocchi w/ lobster and truffles. it was amazing. my favorite is still August's, however, followed by Herbsaint.

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          1. Go. Stella is right now the best restaurant in the city.

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            1. re: jeffchow

              I'm not dissuaded by these mixed reviews. I still intend to try Stella in a few weeks (along with August and Emeril's).

              1. re: bgut1

                I would not let one bad review from one of the busiest nights of the year deter me from going. Jazz fest would be right up there with Mardi Gras & Sugar Bowl for busiest most tourist in town times. I do not blame them for pushing the tasting menu If I were in their shoes I would probably go with a set menu for Jazz Fest. Musch easier for the staff.

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