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Feb 9, 2009 11:14 AM

Need Restaurant Recommendations

My hubby and I are headed over to NO for this coming weekend. I have not been in a long time and my hubby has never been to NO. I would like to know what are some great casual spots to dine at. Also, we want to bring back some king cake for friends/co-workers, so what is a great place for that. Thanks for any help you can provide.


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  1. what part of town are you staying and will you have a car?
    this will help with the recs.

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    1. re: edible complex

      We will have a car since we are driving from Houston and we are staying downtown at the InterContinental at 444 St Charles Ave.

      1. re: Chrissym1981

        consider Crabby Jack's, Rivershack Tavern, Galley Seafood, Parkway Bakery, Parasol's, Boucherie, Cochon, The Joint.

        for King Cake, I like Haydels.

        Crabby Jacks
        428 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Parkway Bakery & Tavern
        538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Galley Seafood Restaurant
        2535 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001

        Parasol's Restaurant
        2533 Constance St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Rivershack Tavern
        3449 River Rd, Jefferson, LA

        The Joint
        801 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

        Haydel's Bakery
        4037 Jefferson Hwy, Jefferson, LA

        1. re: edible complex

          Thank you so much for the list. I wrote them all down. I can't wait to go!


    2. Hi Chrissy. There are, of course, lots of great casual spots to dine. But I will give you just a few tips. Across the street from your hotel, Luke is great. Very casual, but also a very high standard for food. If you go there, some great entrees are the Luke burger, the shrimp farci, the vanilla scented duck, and the poulet (chicken) grand mere. Also, if you want to do some real interesting stuff that's casual and cheap, you should hit up the Vietnamese scene on the west bank. Check out Tan Dinh and the Hong Kong Market (which is really totally Vietnamese and not Honk Kong at all). There is a great pho shop in the Hong Kong Market complex. If you're interested and want directions, just say so. I can add them here. But as long as you're staying at the Intercontinental, make sure to hit up Luke!

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      1. re: reuben6

        Hi reuben6! Thanks for the recs! I will definately try out Luke's. I would love directions to the Hong Kong Market complex. My hubby and I love vietnamese.


        ETA: I just noticed Luke's is owned by John Besh! I can't wait to go!

        1. re: Chrissym1981

          Chrissym1981, did you go to Luke? If so, how was it, am trying to decide between Luke and Red Fish Grill for my first ever lunch in NO. Arriving this coming Friday moring and will be starving! How was the rest of your trip? Thanks in advance.

      2. Hi Chrissy, a great new restaurant just opened about a month and a half ago at 2800 magazine street. It is similar to a french bistro but so much more. it is becoming the talk of the town! It is opened tuesday through saturday lunch and dinner. Also, it is very affordable.

        I would recommend a king cake from la boulangerie. they are great!

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        1. re: chloe29h

          hey Chloe29h.....what's the name of this new place? Enquiring minds want to know!!!

            1. re: roro1831

              Thanks for the name of the new restaurant!


          1. re: chloe29h

            I will have to go to this new place on Saturday! Thanks!


          2. I agree with the suggestion of Haydel's but I continue to argue, with all the vigor that superannuation affords, that you cannot get a King Cake now and even if you could buy something called a King Cake (or Kings Cake) you shouldn't. It should be illegal to sell them outside The Season. May as well have a St Joseph's Day Altar in July....