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Mark Alberts Jul 11, 2008 11:11 PM

Hi, I'll be in town next week. I have been to Galatoire's twice for Friday lunch on previous visits and really enjoyed the whole rigmarole. But I am interested in trying someplace new and I am looking for recs -- a festive place with good food that makes lunch feel like a special occasion, and that we will not be out of place to be drinking and enjoying ourselves. Creole or contemporary La. food preferred. thanks!

  1. edible complex Jul 12, 2008 06:37 AM

    Patois or Clancy's, both Uptown,
    in the Qtr., the Rib Room or Mr. B's.

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      JazzyB Jul 14, 2008 06:47 AM

      Commander's or August ( more elegant than festive). Do not miss the Buster Crab.

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        Mark Alberts Jul 14, 2008 09:48 AM

        I notice you recommended Cuvee to another poster for lunch; apparently they're open for lunch on Friday now, too. Suitable?

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          JazzyB Jul 14, 2008 10:34 AM

          Definitely, although like August, more subdued and elegant than festive. Don't miss the shrimp remoulade napoleon app.

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            Blumie Jul 14, 2008 10:58 AM

            Their excellent chopped salad and the shrimp napeloan (which I think of as a deconstructed shrimp po'boy!) would make a wonderful lunch.

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      kibbles Jul 13, 2008 08:25 AM

      while im not sure if it qualifies as feeling like a special occasion, Palace Cafe is offering a two-course lunch at yesterday's high temperature -- eg, if it was 87 out yesterday, lunch is $8.70.

      i tried it last friday and was not disappointed -- soup, and bacon-wrapped scallops salad.

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        JazzyB Jul 14, 2008 10:39 AM

        Regarding Palace Cafe, I feel the expression "you get whar you pay for" applies to their temp. lunch special. While ok, it won't "wow".

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          kibbles Jul 14, 2008 05:49 PM

          well...i just have to say that a cup of soup and bacon-wrapped scallops at a pretty good restaurant for less than 9 bucks is a "wow" for me -- couldnt even get an appetizer at chili's at that price point. :)

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            JazzyB Jul 14, 2008 06:36 PM

            Better than Chilis, but definitely not in the same ballpark as Cuvee or August. $24 for 3 courses at Cuvee is IMO a far better value. An opportunity to dine at one of NOLA's best rest. vs a middle tier, for not much more .

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              kibbles Jul 19, 2008 08:16 AM

              but thats 2.5x as much as $8-9. $10 is a very different price point, especially when eating on the lunchhour. $8-9 for two courses at a good restaurant (even if mid tier) just cant be beat.

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                Mark Alberts Jul 21, 2008 02:49 PM

                We did go to Cuvee and it was pretty much as you said - elegant but quiet (perhaps, it being mid-July, especially so). A very good value for three courses, delicious food. I'd be very happy to choose from the full menu at dinner. Thanks much!

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          johnnyforks Jul 13, 2008 03:39 PM

          Quarter:
          Mr. B's - old school
          Bayona - new school
          Warehouse District:
          Cochon
          Herbsaint

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            ClevelandRandy Jul 21, 2008 02:21 PM

            How is BonTon for lunch on Friday?

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              TigerAtty Jul 22, 2008 06:21 AM

              Phenomenal. Try the oysters alvin. It gets crowded, so I would suggest calling ahead or going slightly off the lunch hour.

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                Tchoupitoulas Jul 22, 2008 08:15 AM

                I'll second that!!! Get there around 11:00 though. Fun atmosphere on Friday, lots of drinking going on (not to excess) and the food is wonderful....so are the waitresses.

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                  ClevelandRandy Jul 22, 2008 08:16 AM

                  The website says it's open until 2pm for lunch, so if I go around 1:30 perhaps I'll be OK? What are Oysters Alvin? I confess, I've never eaten oysters, but certainly willing to try. I'll be there at the very end of August -- are Oysters in season then (or does the month with R rule only apply to raw oysters)? Any other signature dishes I should consider?

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                    bronwen Jul 22, 2008 10:58 AM

                    Mr. B's will fit the bill, I guarantee .......

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                      Tchoupitoulas Jul 23, 2008 07:51 AM

                      End of August should be fine. You can pretty much get raw oysters year round now. The "R" month thing began, I think, before refrigeration in New Orleans to avoid the health risks. They are not as good (fat and salty) but you'll get a taste. They have a wonderful side salad and their crabmeat au gratin is fabulous.

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                        mrsfury Jul 23, 2008 09:23 AM

                        Fabulous yes, as is the salad with house dressing, bread pudding and everything else I have tried there. If I had the money I would eat there at least once a month.

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