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Saturday night Dinner for 2-- suggestions, please

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We'll be in New Orleans next weekend celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary. We live in Los Angeles. We're having dinner on Friday, our actual anniversary, at Commander's Palace.

I need a suggestion for Saturday evening. I am allergic to shellfish & my husband doesn't eat pork. The concierge at our hotel made a reservation for us at Upperline but the chowhounds on this board don't seem to care for it much.

We're looking for something nice & memorable. It doesn't have to be fancy but cost is not an issue. We'd love something unique to New Orleans but Commander's Palace may be that place. I asked the concierge to make a reservation at Stella! but she thought it wasn't unique which is why she suggested Upperline.

Can you help me out?

The following night, Sunday, we'll be at Monmouth Plantation in Natchez, which I understand is a pretty formal, multi-course affair.
Thanks!
Lisa

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  1. Clancy's, Galatoire's, August, Brigtsen's
    Happy Anniversary!

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    1. re: edible complex

      My husband added that he'd like someplace with great atmosphere too...

      1. re: roxhills

        Cannot comment on Clancy's (have not been), but each of EC's other recs. have great atmosphere, though different.

        Galetorie's is "Old New Orleans," and is elegant, plus the "people-watching" is near the top. Great "classic" New Orleans food.

        August is lovely and also elegant (more contemporary, than Galetoire's). Think quieter, well-dressed diners, in a slower atmosphere. Great "modern" take on New Orleans cuisine, featuring local products.

        Brigtsen's is more homey, though still definitely up-scale. It is in an older house. It is very nice, though a tad more casual, than the other two. I still wear a jacket, when dining there, but you'll see fewer suits. The cuisine is Chef Frank Brigtsen's unique take on both "modern" and "classic" New Orleans fare.

        All three are great in all aspects, just different.

        Hunt

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        Restaurant August
        301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Galatoire's Restaurant
        209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Brigtsen's Restaurant
        723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118