Need fine dining help
We've been to NOLA many times and I used to go there a lot on business. We're returning in late August for a long weekend. You're not going to be able to talk me out of Sun brunch at Commander's but, other than that, we're open to whatever. So, here's my run down of fine dining places we've been:
-Emeril's probably 10 times (back in our more novice days)
-Nola and Delmonico twice each. Nola - very avg. Delmonico - 1 amazing dinner, 1 whiff.
-Commanders. 5 times, 5 stellar experiences.
-Arnaud's. Only once. Very rich food but overall very good experience.
-Antoines. Disappointing considering the price tag.
-Clancy's. Very good to great.
-Peristyle - but it's been 7-8 yrs. Can't even recall what we ate.
-GW Fins - Great seafood but not all that New Orleans to me.
-Brennan's - went 1 time for biz function. Good not great. Touring the wine cellar was cool
-Mr. B's - high marks but heard it went downhill post K?
-Restaurant August - fabulous but there's 10 places just like it in Dallas
-Brigtsens - relaxed, incredible food, maybe our fave of the bunch.
-Dickie Brennan's Steak. I live in Dallas, still wondering why I went to New Orleans and went to a steakhouse :)
-Gallatoire's - underwhelmed but we were a little drunk and probably had "out of towners" written all over us.
-Upperline - enjoyed this a lot. wine list pretty disappointing though.
-Lillette - went right before Katrina and was really impressed.
-QSR - it was okay. crowd was very interesting.
-Rene Bistro - solid but nothing memorable
Most likely, we'll hit one or two of these again but I would love to hear if there are any glaring omissions on our list for great creole cuisine. And, if there's a "next big thing" chef that's opened a new creole-ish place, I'd be very interested in that too.
We've also enjoyed Snug Harbor for jazz on previous trips. Any recommendations there would be appreciated too!!
Thanks so much for your help.
Based on your list, plus an addition, or two, here is my take, based on recent visits:
4.) Restaurant August
8.) G W Fins (not really NO fare, but good take on local seafood)
OK, that does not narrow it down all that much, but that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.
re: Bill Hunt
Add to Hunt's list:
Herbsaint: when they're "on" it's wonderful
One: really good, riverbend
Cafe Giovanni: do not order ala carte, get the "feed me" (tasting menu). There are 2; 4courses/4 wines $55, the other is 6 courses $65 without wine. You will be quite full. They will pair upon request. It is NOLA Italian. Very creative sauces. opera singers w-f-sat. Chef is always in house and makes the rounds.
Dont miss Gautreaus, probably one of the better meals i have had in the city in quite some time. Clancys, Lillette, and Stella are still spot on. Rene Bistro is closed now, and Chef Rene is no longer at La Provence, so catch him next trip. Cuvee is great if you want contemporary. August is still good, but I think Besh has to many irons in the fire imo.
At the moment, MILA is my top choice in the city for an interesting, upscale meal. Period.
But, August, Bayona, Herbsaint, Brigsten's, Upperline, and G.W. Fins (and LaProvence on the Northshore) would, and always are, in the running, as well.
And, in the less formal category, Cochon is somewhere I go back to again and again. Order all of the small plates-at once-and then, if you aren't full, delve into the entrees. It's a great way to figure out the place.