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Annasta Aug 6, 2008 04:03 PM

At my bosses behest it has been decided that we will take our colleague out to lunch before she departs our lab. There are 6 of us and in previous situations when my boss has suggested we do a group lunch he picks up the tab. I would estimate it was around $75-$90 plus tip. However, this is a special occasion and I would like to suggest someplace nice such as Commanders Palace, Cochon or maybe some others. Of course, its complicated by the fact that we have two vegans and a limited meat eater that need to be accommodated some how. Do you think these two places are reasonable given that this is a special occasion? And would they be suitable for vegan-types with some menu rearrangements? Also, other lunch recommendations are appreciated:)


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    notanotherpoboy Aug 6, 2008 05:06 PM

    two vegans? There are no good fine dining options in New Orleans for vegans unless you call ahead. That given, Herbsaint is doing a great lunch these days. You might want to try Cafe Minh, I think they have some nicer vegan and vegetarian options.

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    1. re: notanotherpoboy
      edible complex Aug 6, 2008 08:18 PM

      LOVE Cafe Minh.

      for the vegans, wherever you go, make sure they are not grilling the veggies where they grill the meat. often there is cross mojonation in kitchens.

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      Hungry Celeste Aug 7, 2008 07:45 AM

      DO NOT take two vegans and a limited meat eater to Cochon. That's a recipe for office jokes for YEARS to come.

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        Shiloh Aug 7, 2008 08:39 AM

        i once dined with a vegan at One, and the kitchen was happy to make her a pasta/veggie/olive oil thing that she loved.

        1. N.O.Food Aug 7, 2008 07:21 PM

          Commander's is fine. Just let them know ahead of time, and they'll accomodate you. There's nothing special about Cochon, and it's probably the least vegan friendly place in town.

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            Annasta Aug 8, 2008 07:47 AM

            Well it appears despite my best efforts Commanders is off the the list along with any other place the sounds expensive. I believe the girls from the office will just get together and do a nice dinner for our departing and belove co-worker. For our group/co-worker lunch The Gumbo Shop has been settled on, it was the only consensus I could get with the least amount of complaint. Sigh...
            Thanks for all your input!

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            rouxdauphine Aug 8, 2008 11:04 AM

            If it's not too late, try to get them to go to the Coffee Pot, just a block away from The Gumbo Shop. Prices similar, tables infintely more comfortable (Gumbo Shop is incredibly cramped) and the wait staff will send your co-worker off in a grand fashion. If Shirley is working, be sure to ask her for a song!

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              Annasta Aug 8, 2008 11:41 AM

              Roux, does the Coffee Pot do a veggie entree or dish? The Gumbo Shop touted a vegetarian daily special which was how the consensus was drawn.

              1. re: Annasta
                notanotherpoboy Aug 11, 2008 12:46 PM

                Seriously, the Gumbo Shop is not good. If you are going French Quarter, Napoleon House has a surprising amount of vegetarian lunch items.

            2. Bill Hunt Aug 11, 2008 09:38 PM

              Some years back, I was faced with a similar prospect. Many of the attendees were from Boulder, CO. We had a vegan, two wickens and four on "HealthMark" diets. Commanders filled the bill. Now, I was less concerned with the price points, and it was dinner, in lieu of lunch, but all was handled well.

              OK, there was a joke about "darhlin' you're in New Orleans, and we don't know nothing about no HealthMark," but that was in jest - sort of...


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