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Feb 3, 2009 07:09 PM

visiting in April need help with restos

We are visiting in April and our friend reccommended these place, but it doesn't sound like a great line up:

Tommy's Italian
le petite grocery
Cafe mihn.

I live in nyc so I feel like I can always get great italian here and I need some more suggestions. I love seafood and all cajun food. Please help. We are not on a tight budget since it is a short trip.

What about jacques imos (sp?) and bristens?? I'm really clueless

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  1. Clancy's is a great neighborhood classic. Get the sweetbreads, oysters w/brie, fried smoked soft shell crabs, and the veal chop. A frozen Brandy Alexander for dessert is my choice or another round of oysters w/brie.

    Tommy's is fine, but I prefer Irene's. It won't be like the Italian you get at home, and there will be some seafood on the menu. It will not disappoint.

    Vizard's is also good. I have not been to their new location, but recent reports is that they still have the best roast chicken dish in the city. I had it at the old location, and it was different and memorable.

    La Petite Grocery is getting mixed reviews. An alternative nearby is Lilette. I love this place and their food is very good. My Lilette faves are: Braised veal cheeks with mixed greens and horseradish vinaigrette, Braised pork belly with tomato-cucumber-basil salad and garlic bread, Coq au vin with mushrooms, red wine, bacon and croutons, Quenelles of goats cheese crème fraiche with poached pears, pistachios, and lavender honey.

    Luke...LOVE it. Start w/ some P&J's oysters, pâté of Louisiana rabbit and duck livers, and moules et frites. The try /the choucroute maison of housemade sausages and slow cooked Berkshire pork belly, cochon de lait, and knuckles. If you want a burger, it's made of local Charolais beef, Allen Benton’s bacon, onions and Emmenthaler cheese with housemade fries. Or, depending on which day, check out the daily specials.

    Mila: haven't been, but reports are more good than bad. You may want to give them a look at lunch.

    Cafe Minh is fantastic. Start w/Crabmeat and Sweet Corn Soup, Summer Rolls, Trio Meat Satay, and Crispy Nutty Oysters. I love their Bouillabaisse, Lacquered Duck, and the Red Curry Shrimp.

    Also look at Cochon, Patois, Iris, and Martinique Bistro.

    Patois is fun for Sunday brunch. Their gumbo is tasty, as are the mussels and fries, fried rabbit, and croque madame. Most every report here is glowing.

    Iris just moved to their new location in the Fr. Qtr. For started, try sweetbreads, veal cheek ravioli, duck confit, and foie gras. For dinner, I like their scallops and the skate wing. If you're into cocktails, they have a varied menu that works well with their food.

    Martinique Bistro is delightful and has a nice courtyard for outdoor dining in April. I can't seem to get passed their jumbo lump crab salad and their soups right now. They always have interesting dinner specials menus.

    Iris Restaurant
    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Clancy's Restaurant
    6100 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    Luke Restaurant
    333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130

    6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 70118

    Martinique Restaurant Bistro
    5908 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    Irene's Cuisine
    539 Saint Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

    5015 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

    Cafe Minh
    4139 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

    2 Replies
    1. re: edible complex

      Wow, thanks edible complex. I'm definitely going to save that information.

      1. re: edible complex

        I was lamenting in a separate post that Luke doesn't seem to get the love... I stand corrected. I agree, it's great.

      2. Go to Irene's over Tommy's. Irene now takes reservations. We tend to go like 6PM so as not to miss her specials. I am a NYer (left 20 years ago; family had a pizzeria/restaurant in Queens) and Irene's Italian is as good as you can get up in NY. Get her chicken rosemarino and creole cheesecake!!!

        Been to Clancy's, very good, but expensive.

        Go to Luke's - we go often.

        If you will be there on Sunday, go to Commander's Brunch - Excellent!!!

        1. Brigtens is very good, with a creole flair and they sevre seafood, I think it would be perfect for you. Make reservations it is small and it is packed most of the time. Stella and Bayona are two of my favorites in the french quarter.

          1. Ok...I went to Vizard's on July 30, 2009. It was great! Had crab/shrimp salad and softshell crab. Friend had Crab Nelson...great! Sampler three-dish set menu was tried and it was great. This place is great.

            1. Commander's Palace. Do not miss.