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kittykatkid Mar 10, 2009 05:11 AM

Hi Hounds,
If you had to choose one really great memorable meal at a high end restaurant for a special birthday in NOLA where would you go? Price not an issue?
Thanks!

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    JazzyB Mar 10, 2009 05:26 AM

    August.

    1. nikinik Mar 10, 2009 06:15 AM

      Stella!

      1. N.O.Food Mar 10, 2009 06:20 AM

        Depends. What kind of food? Nola/Creole or upscale fusion? Stella is fusion. August is French/Creole. Those are probably the two best options, but they're on different ends of the food spectrum.

        1. bayoucook Mar 10, 2009 06:23 AM

          Bayona (Susan Spicer's restaurant) or Emeri's Delmonico.

          1. edible complex Mar 10, 2009 06:29 AM

            Galatoire's

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              bonesrus Mar 10, 2009 06:33 AM

              Without a doubt..............STELLA!

              1. BayouTeche Mar 10, 2009 07:41 AM

                Another for August.

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                  philmaur Mar 10, 2009 08:01 AM

                  Bayona... & Happy B/D! I'll be celebrating mine there next month.

                  1. TaTee Mar 10, 2009 10:38 AM

                    If you are going to celebrate at lunchtime, I would suggest Commander's. At night, I would go to Galatoire's.

                    1. Bill Hunt Mar 10, 2009 07:51 PM

                      Not to cast doubt on any of the other recommendations that you have gotten, but I'd look at the New Orleans Grill at the Windsor Court Hotel.

                      I've reviewed many of these restaurants, but you might need to check the dates a bit now:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/433877
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/523095
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570653

                      Hunt

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                        mhdousa Mar 12, 2009 10:42 AM

                        Herbsaint went out of their way to create a special experience when we celebrated a birthday there last month. The food was phenomenal.

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                          joedontexan Mar 12, 2009 04:18 PM

                          Antoines since 1840 enough said.

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                            N.O.Food Mar 12, 2009 04:26 PM

                            Too bad their food has gone so far down hill.

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                              joedontexan Mar 12, 2009 04:39 PM

                              New Orleans food critic Tom Fitzmorris just had his birthday lunch there cant be all bad.

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                                N.O.Food Mar 12, 2009 05:52 PM

                                When's the last time you ate there?

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                                  edible complex Mar 12, 2009 06:10 PM

                                  doesn't mean anything that he ate there

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                                    Hungry Celeste Mar 17, 2009 10:12 AM

                                    Now that's a lukewarm rec if I ever heard one....

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                                      Sallieb190 Mar 17, 2009 10:15 AM

                                      If Fitzmorris ate there - I'd go elsewhere...

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                                      CheBeret Mar 12, 2009 07:11 PM

                                      Hate to say it but I agree. It's got history and ambience, but the food isn't worth the money and is nowhere near the best in town.

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                                        kittykatkid Mar 13, 2009 08:45 AM

                                        Thanks for all the suggestuions. Having sat at the kitchen table at the Commanders Palace twice, I am looking for something along that experience. They serve a wonderful 5 course meal with wine paired to each course. You have a private chef, you get to sit in the kitchen and watch all the goings on. It is very interesting to say the least, then at the end of the meal they bring out the dessert bomb as they call it. Which is 6 or eight (I can't recall )different full size desserts!!! Truely a foodie's delight!! But the table is fully booked for every night we will be in NOLA. I am thinking August, they have a chef's menu there right. Anyone who has been there and done that???

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                                          ZestyZ Mar 14, 2009 06:27 PM

                                          August or Stella. I had amazing, life changing meals at both. They both have tasting menus.

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                                            kittykatkid Mar 15, 2009 04:58 AM

                                            I am thinking August, I have never been there and I have been to Stella twice. I lOVE Stella, I think there food is excellent, but the people I am going with wanted something different this time. A tasting menu would be great, I never had the tasting menu at Stella though.

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                                              uptownlibrarian Mar 17, 2009 08:17 AM

                                              The tasting menu at Stella! has some smaller portions of things from the regular menu, so for something completely different go with August.

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