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Jun 14, 2008 04:01 PM

Best kept secret in New Orleans

We just got back from NOLA and I had to write about our favorite place. The Grapevine on Orleans Street(half a block off Bourbon) is a jewel. The chef has been there for over two years and always has something wonderful on the menu. The wine list is diverse and exciting - over 500 wines to choose from (try the wine flights if you are undecided).

This is one of those places where you can go in and immediately feel like a local. It's small - seats maybe 30 inside for dinner plus the bar. There is a courtyard but we have not been in the city when the weather was cool enough for us to enjoy. Sit at the bar and get to know the staff - have a glass of wine with the cheese board. Be sure to let the chef choose as he never dissapoints. Move to a table now that you've met everyone and enjoy a wonderful meal.

What is truly incredulous is how they put out the level of quality food from such a small kitchen (actually smaller than a ship's galley). A must go!!!

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  1. We have never been there. The menu looks wonderful. Thanks for the info! Do you know how long they have been there? I didn't see that on the website.

    3 Replies
    1. re: mrsfury

      They have been there about 5 or 6 years. We live just around the corner and go there once or twice a week--sometimes to eat, sometimes just to drink. And we've been doing this for about 5 to 6 years. Another good secret place is Amalies in the 900 block of Royal. Beautiful setting and good food. It is probably one of the most romantic places in the Quarter, especially at dusk.

      1. re: Panama Hat

        Wow thanks. I wish more people would post about places like these. Is Amalies open for lunch, or dinner only?

        1. re: mrsfury

          Cafe Amelie is in the Princess of Monaco Courtyard & Carriage House at
          912 Royal Street.
          call for hours (504) 412-8965
          they do breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it is best to call for actual days and times. John Boutte sang there on Fridays (early evenings) for a while there after Katrina. It is a beautiful setting for just about anything.

    2. I'm not in New Orleans any more but when I lived there (on Chartres in the Faubourg Marigny) I stopped in alot for a drink and a snack. Their wine prices are excellent and the atmosphere lovely. I heartily recommend it too and am glad it's doing well!