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Sep 25, 2008 06:25 AM

Best Place to Eat Appetizers

The husband loves to have some good wine, a unique salad, and several appetizers in lieu of a dinner entrée. Looking for a good variety.What place would the local, and frequent visitor, hounder recommend?

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  1. I would try Delachaise. Its on st.charles. Its a wine bar...but with great food. Also try Vega Tapas. Its on Metairie Road. Its tapas style- small portions. Its great!

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    1. re: cereed007

      Cereed007, this is perfect!!!! Thank you, I can't wait to try it.

      1. re: FoodChic

        Try Mimi's too. Very creative and delicious.

        1. re: Tonto

          I second Mimi's in the Marigny. It's a bit rough around the edges, and the service is a bit aloof, but the food is delicious. Go late. It's quite an experience.

          1. re: HalfShell

            Thanks, I just looked at Mimi's! I'm torn now, but now, thanks to the hounders, I have some amazing choices!

            Thank you all. I'll report back on my choice after next weekend!!

            1. re: FoodChic

              Just beware that Delachaise just recently lost its chef. Other tapas options are Rio Mar and Baru.

              1. re: N.O.Food

                I have been since Chris left. I thought it was still good, has anyone else been?

                1. re: N.O.Food

                  I second Rio Mar as a place with great variety (though along a seafood theme).

        2. re: cereed007

          I hear theres a new place called Rambla( in the old Lemongrass location) that has fantastic tapas and small french plates.

          1. re: Johnette

            True, haven't been but they have good credentials .
            Owners of Cuvee and Dakota

          2. Your best bet is Cuvee. Excellent appetizer selection, reasonably priced and varied wine list, and a chop salad that's the best in town.

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            1. re: pilaf

              Cuvee's apps. are excellent, especially the shrimp napoleon and pork cheek app. I really don't like their chopped salad. It should be called "brunoise salad". Hazelnut bomb dessert is also good. Skip the moonpie and flan/custard thing. Wolfe's (formerly Peristyle ) just opened and has a small plate menu. We chose about 7-8 plates, ranging from $7-20 (for duck sausage and foie gras) Had excellent short ribs, crab salad w/roasted beets, potatoes etc. . Most from small plates menu, some apps. from dinner menu. All were good with the exception of the fish taco and charcuterie plate (the selection changes). 3 w /cocktails ran $150. Herbsaint also has good apps. Rambla (the Cuvee guys) recently opened (last week) in the International House Hotel. It is a small plates/tapas rest. Brigtsen's also has great apps. I prefer sitting on the front(enclosed) porch.

            2. Try Lilette. I frequently eat solely off their appetizer menu.


              Cuvee is another good choice, though I think you'd do pretty well grazing on salad/apps at just about any fine-dining restaurant in New Orleans.

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              1. re: Robert Peyton

                Cochon. it's one of my favorite places to eat. lots of small plates for sharing
                fried boudin with pickled peppers
                grilled andouille with sweet potatoes, mushrooms & pear vinaigrette
                spicy grilled pork ribs with watermelon pickle
                onion braised pork cheeks with grits & horseradish herb vinaigrette


              2. There's a new place in the CBD called Ramblas that you might want to check out. It's tapas with a local-ish twist. I also like the small plates at Arabesque.

                I can't think of anywhere with really unique salads in town... my favorite is the tropicale at Le Crepe (w/ the basil dressing on the side), but they're not exactly pushing any envelopes. St James does good salads, too, but your other choices are limited to cheese and charcuterie, and you have to pick up your wines next door...

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                1. re: foodmuse

                  In addition to the salads and cheese and charcuterie boards, St. James does have sandwiches, in addition to frequently changing specials. Earlier this week the special was raclette over potatoes with cornichons, mustard, and I think one or two cured meats on the side.

                2. Consider Cafe Giovanni's "feed me". App. portions: 4 courses/4wines $55 or 6 courses no wine $65. Usual fare : oysters Giovanni, seafood caprese salad, veal ravioli Bologenese, beef tenderloin or duck with sides. Add a fish course and dessert with the 6 course. They will change this up, just ask. Singers on Fri/Sat. You will not leave hungry.

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                  1. re: JazzyB

                    You can do a lot better than Cafe Giovanni. Place has been serving mediocre food for years. Went over the summer, did exactly what you are advocating. 6 courses with wines ( which were essentially the Cavit Collection and other barrel wines). Price did not match the food. And the opera singers put a limit on the ability to talk to your date.

                    All of the plates had a common theme. In each plate, there was one more element that was needed and each plate had an element that was horribly executed.

                    Sorry for the rant, but that place is not worth a visit. Especially given the other places mentioned.