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Bayona or Arnaud's?

bklyneats Apr 14, 2009 08:11 AM

I need some help deciding which reservation to keep. My husband and I are coming for Jazzfest next week and have made a reservation at both Bayona and Arnaud's but can only keep one. We're both huge foodies and can't wait to get back to N.O. (and jazzfest) for both the food and the music. We were leaning towards Bayona, but having a hard time making the commitment. If given the choice of those two and wanting something that would really make you feel like you're getting something you can't get in NY, which would you choose?

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    ScarlettNola RE: bklyneats Apr 14, 2009 09:20 AM

    I really have never been a big fan of Arnaud's minus the history. I have not eaten there in several years so I am not one to judge the type or quality of food they serve. However Bayona is one of my all time favorite restaurants in the US. I love the courtyard dining and the creole cottage where the restaurant is housed. We now live out of town but come back home to NOLA 5-6 times a year and probably eat at Bayona at least half of those times. The food quality is consistently excellent and the service quite good as well. Some of my best dining experiences have been at Bayona during both lunch and dinner.

    1. nikinik RE: bklyneats Apr 14, 2009 09:42 AM

      Definitely Bayona...hands down.

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        ScarlettNola RE: nikinik Apr 14, 2009 11:59 AM

        Bklyneats: I just noticed a post on the board about Arnauds, and when I read it saw that roro1831 noted that it was a thread from 2003 so I am not sure how relevant it is to the current dining situation at Arnauds, but you may want to read it as well for further information

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          FoodChic RE: ScarlettNola Oct 26, 2010 08:15 AM

          +1 Bayona...not even a contest!

      2. N.O.Food RE: bklyneats Apr 14, 2009 02:08 PM

        Bayona. If you want an old-line restaurant, go to Galatoire's.

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          zach623 RE: bklyneats Apr 14, 2009 03:59 PM

          My wife and I have been visiting New Orleans twice a year, every year for the last ten years and we always make it a point to visit Arnaud's for dinner each time we are down there. You won't be disappointed if you visit Arnaud's for dinner.
          Stop in at the bar before dinner and have a drink with, depending on who is bartending, Chris or Tito. Tell them the couple from NJ sent you

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            bronwen RE: zach623 Apr 17, 2009 11:17 AM

            I am a huge fan of Arnaud's, it's really special, you won't regret it!

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              jessepilot RE: bronwen Apr 18, 2009 01:58 PM

              Arnaud's is fabulous. Consistently great food, with a great New Orleans atmosphere.

              Bayona is good too, but they're more adventuresome and less traditional than Arnaud's. I also think they are not as good, but as you can see, there are a lot of people would disagree. Given the choice I would undoubtably choose Arnaud's, every time.

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            www.gumbocooking.com RE: bklyneats Oct 25, 2010 07:17 PM

            Tough choice between the two. Can't go wrong either way. If it were me I would make plans to dine at both restaurants as they both are fantastic.

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              jking3702 RE: bklyneats Oct 27, 2010 09:47 AM

              Bayona had the most amazing quail salad, it is traditional menu item and bone sucking good. 5 of us dined at bayona on the 16th and all shared plates: rabbit ragout, lamb loin with goat cheese, med rare salmon steak, the garlic soup... not one thing was amiss. Desserts were even more fought over. not saying Arnauds isn't worth a trip but I certainly can vouch earnestly for bayona. fit for a foodie sitting outside in fab October weather eating lunch or dinner.

              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                noradeirdre RE: jking3702 Oct 28, 2010 07:29 PM

                God, I love that quail salad.

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