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Hi - My boyfriend and I've visited New Orleans twice -- once in 2007, once in 2008. We're planning a trip for early April. Anything new or newly excellent that we should try? Or a good old stand-by that is highly recommended?

We've been to:
Acme Oyster House
Napoleon House
Johnny's Po-Boys
Cafe du Monde
Central Grocery
NOLA
Commander's Palace (we walked around the cemetery there after and saw Noah Wylie)
Coop's (mmmm jambalaya)
Brennan's (for dessert)
Mona's Cafe (I think that's the name, on Frenchman)
lots of other random places that I can't remember

We eat everything and would like to probably have one awesome dinner and try to save $$ on everything else. We'll be staying in the Quarter or nearby. Oh, and my boyfriend loves soup, so if anyone has a great soup recommendation, do tell. =)

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  1. maybe new to you are Arabesque, Cochon, Rambla. Patois, MiLa, Luke, il Posto, Stein's Deli, J'Anita's.

    great soups: sunchoke and cauliflower at Iris, gumbo ya-ya at Mr. B's, seafood gumbo at Muriel's, crawfish spinach bisque at Jamila's Cafe, lemongrass crab bisque at Sara's in the Riverbend, bouillabaisse at Cafe Minh, cream of oyster rockefeller at Brigtsen's, turtle soup at Mandina's. and though not a soup, the lamb stew at Lola's on Esplanade is killer.

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    1. re: edible complex

      Thanks for all the suggestions! Where is Rambla? Citysearch doesn't have it... What other places would you suggest that are delicious but not super expensive?

      1. re: peachacid

        http://ihhotel.com/restaurant.html
        the above link to Rambla.

        for more economical eats in the Quarter, try Mena's Palace, Jazz Tacos, Coop's Place, Eat, Felipe's, Orleans Grapevine, Sidebar on Conti at Exchange Alley, Stanley at Jackson Square, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen in the Fr. Market.

      2. re: edible complex

        Looks like Arabesque is closed except for catering ...
        http://www.arabesque-nola.com/

        1. re: twangster

          yep, they closed after I posted...so sad, it was great.

          1. re: edible complex

            I must have been on an off night. I didn't think it was horrible, but everything was kind so-so. The Mediterranean type stuff was fine, but not as good as Lebanon's or Mona's or most Lebanese places. The escargot were fine, but not as good as Nanou. The bread was ok, the service was ok, etc. etc. So we just never got around to giving it another shot. I wonder if others had similar experiences, or if maybe the location was a problem?

        2. re: edible complex

          Arabesque is no longer serving, catering only. Rambla is in the International House Hotel. From a price standpoint, I would avoid Stanley. Two po boys, 1 order of fries, 2 cokes ran $50. You can do much better for the money.

          1. re: JazzyB

            Wow, what did you order at Stanley. IMO the Reuben is the best thing they have and it's only around $10. Throw in a $5 cup of their gumbo, which has large chunks of 4 different kinds of meats (Andouille, Shrimp, Duck, and oysters?) Thats plenty enough and high quality food for the price. I'd say it's a perfect place to go.

            1. re: bfug

              Not fair. If you order the kimchi po boy and the softshell crab, it'll be that much. Anything else, much less.

        3. + 1 LOLA!
          Jacques-Imo