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Dining on Esplanade Ave. - suggestions?

rmw555 Dec 11, 2008 03:20 PM

We are counting the days til our Christmas visit to N.O. - reservations so far at Stella!, Herbsaint, Commanders' for Sunday brunch, and Brigtsens, and doing a cooking class at the New Orleans Cooking Experience. Thanks for all the tips, and stay tuned for a trip report in the new year!

We are staying on Esplanade Avenue, in the 1900-2000 block (the Degas House is in the 2300 block if that helps) -- it is advertised as being "walkable to the French Q" and the Marigny area. Are there any good restaurants in the immediate neighborhood we should check out? And can one realistically (i.e., safely) walk to the FQ/Marigny from there these days?

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    RosemaryHoney Dec 16, 2008 07:36 AM

    Just wanna second (or third) the nominations for Lola's. It was my go-to spot when I lived in NO, and it's always the first place I return to when visiting. The paella is phenominal. Just note it's BYOB.

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      nikinik Dec 16, 2008 07:49 AM

      Also note...it's cash only. The lamb chops with the gorgonzola dipping sauce...o.k. I gotta stop...I'm killing myself!!!

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        edible complex Dec 16, 2008 08:37 AM

        Swirl Wine shop is across the street from Lola, if you need to pick up wine for dinner.
        Lola also does a great lamb stew!

      2. nikinik Dec 16, 2008 05:42 AM

        Lola, Port of Call and if you're in the mood for Mexican....Tomatillos.

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          nola17 Dec 14, 2008 06:31 PM

          just wanted to echo the sentiment that while your immediate neighborhood is safe, one should not walk after dark from it to the FQ or Marigny. Call United: (504) 522-9771.

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            rmw555 Dec 15, 2008 09:20 AM

            Thanks to all for the advice!

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            brendastarlet Dec 14, 2008 05:46 PM

            You're fine in the daylight but don't take any chances at night in your neck of the woods. Esplanade is a dividing line. If in doubt, have them phone for a taxi.

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              swampsue Dec 14, 2008 05:14 PM

              They should be able to help you with restaurant recommendations at the cooking class (if that's the one on bayou road, i had an out of town pal who is a fab cook do it and love it. said the hosts had great suggestions). No restaurant mentioned is particularly close and walking from your spot to the quarter probably isn't the greatest idea. I say this even though I have done so many times, but it isn't for everyone. And certainly do not do so at night. Do check out Liuzza's by the Track on North Lopez, that one you could probably walk to safely (it is a bit of a walk, opposite direction of the quarter, I don't know what you are used to.) And it is always a good idea here to just tune in and pay some attention to your surroundings; if you feel like something might be unsafe, trust your instincts and do not continue on that route. And then enjoy our beautiful city, I am sure it will be a wonderful trip. Thanks for coming.

              1. edible complex Dec 13, 2008 04:43 AM

                Li'L Dizzy's at 1500 Esplanade for breakfast or lunch

                1. jamielynn Dec 12, 2008 04:49 PM

                  Cafe Degas, Lola's are the best two restaurants actually on esplanade. Po-boys and such hit Liuzza's by the track....
                  and I would not walk too far from your spot to anywhere after dark

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