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Jan 18, 2009 10:13 AM

Looking for something special

Where might we reserve for a top-flight, please-all-the-senses anniversary dinner? Elegance of the room/service should macth that of the food/wine choices. Thanks in advance, and we'll post our results.

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    1. I will not argue with EC's suggestion of Restaurant August, but will add The New Orleans Grill @ the Windsor Court Hotel:

      Reviews with each:


      PS I think that the wine service at The New Orleans Grill is much better, but then we did the sommelier's pairing at RA. Their winelist looks very interesting and I feel that we'd have had a much better experience, had I only gone from the list, and not trusted the sommelier.

      Restaurant August
      301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Windsor Court Hotel
      300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: Tonto

          That rec. should work, as well. We had a very good meal there, and the only complaints, that I can come up with were with the wine service. It was not bad, just not up to par with the rest of the evening.


          Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
          1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Thank y'all for the time and thoughts. We've resv'd. @ Stella!; (will check back next time (next ann.) if we're still in town (increasingly likely) for fine choices.)
            Bill H - There's a new grape in the world -Traminette- recent (6yr) hybrid from Cornell and upstate-NY growers/vintners. It's a floral-spicy-solid wine that lacks the (overpowering-to-some) body of G'wurtz (one of its parents), and when finished properly is a versatile accompaniment to the wide range of spicy/hot/robust meals I favor. Really only available in the Finger Lakes/NY region, but 'the more you know......

            1. re: brucec

              Thank you for the H/U. I have found few of the hybrids, that I really liked, but a lot of that could be the winemaker's finishing of the grape. I'll keep my eye out for this one.

              Do you have any recs. on producers? I do not normally head to the NY section of the wine shop, but will on your rec. Sounds a bit like a cross between a Viognier and a G'wertz. Done right, I do enjoy floral whites. Just because the grape is a hybrid, or being planted in AVA's that are not normally on my radar screen, does not mean that they are not wonderful - gotta' try it.



              1. re: Bill Hunt

                My 1st choice is by Castel Grisch, followed closely by McGregor's and Dr. Frank's (Constantine Frank, who is a truly pivotal figure in the growing of vinifera grapes in several US climes.)

                1. re: brucec

                  Thank you for the recommendations. Now, I just need to see if I can find any in AZ. Even much of CA's (that's the state, not our northern neighbors) production does not make it here.


      1. Stella! was full Sat. and we had a late-ish (9:45) res. - there was some concern that the quality of the food/service might be lagging by then. There was NO need for concern. We opted for the 7-coure chef's menu and were never let down. From the amuse' to the lagniappe (that makes 9 !) we were, by turns, bedazzled an delighted. Of note were the soup (squash puree' w/ bacon and a savory chocolate), and fish (the ideal combination of a shatteringly-crisp exterior wrapping done-to-perfection buttery flesh). The sevice was unobtrusive, competent and always arrived half a beat before one thought of it. Wine selection was broad and (to-this-eye) fairly complete, and the staff was happy to open and leave the bottle(s), per instruction. We could not have been better pleased.

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        1. re: brucec

          Thank you for the report, and glad you enjoyed it.

          Back in previous days, NOLA was a late dining city. Things changed with Katrina, but it sounds like it is getting back to that, with later seatings and kitchens staying up longer. I feel that this is a good sign.