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21st B'day dinner in the Quarter

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ljgol323 Aug 6, 2008 10:58 AM

Hi all,

I'm coming to NOLA this weekend for my sister's 21st birthday and need Friday dinner recommendations. She's never been before so it would be great if we could find a place that can give the true New Orleans experience. We are staying at the Marriot on Canal and want to stay within walking distance. It's a mixed group of foodies/non-foodies, so something that appeals to all is essential. Also on that note, not outrageously expensive is important too. And most importantly, it should be festive and a place where MANY drinks can be downed.

I've thought about Galatoires (although maybe a little expensive for those non-foodies), which I've been to before and always had a great experience- although I think we would have to make reservations at the dreaded upstairs. I've also considered Mandina's. I know it's not in my French Quarter criteria, but I hear I can take the street car to get there? I haven't been post- Katrina... a possible concern there might be safety of 5 girls walking around after dark.

Thoughts? Ideas? I'd love some new ideas- I've been to NOLA several times and I feel like I always eat at the same places, so I would love any suggestions!

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  1. edible complex RE: ljgol323 Aug 6, 2008 01:09 PM

    scroll thru the list of COOLinary restaurants and the Summer Menu Thread for places offering 3 course dinners from $25 - $30. in the Qtr., you might try Pelican Club, Redfish Grill, Bayona, Muriel's or Bacco. call first to see if the special menus are offered on the night/time of your dinner.
    have fun!

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      nolalawyer RE: ljgol323 Aug 6, 2008 01:53 PM

      I would do Bacco or Mr. B's, both have a loud, fun atmosphere. If you go to Mr. B's you can hit the Carousel bar in the Hotel Monteleone, right across the street for fun drinks!

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        heavy d RE: nolalawyer Aug 6, 2008 04:13 PM

        i would take a cab or the streetcar to Jacques-Imo's Cafe. to me it's a great place for a b day party i would call for reservations and i would go early so you wont have to wait along time to eat. they have a cool little bar in the front order a watermelon mojito. you can also go next door to the Maple Leaf bar and get your drink on while you wait for your table just tell the hostess to come and get you when ready. . if you don't want to leave the quarter then i would go to Red Fish Grill.

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