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Has anyone tried Adolphos?

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ScarlettNola May 12, 2009 07:33 PM

I have heard mixed reviews-but more good than bad. Just wondered if anyone has been there and has an opinion about the best dishes, service etc. I love Italian but am interested in trying a new place. Thanks in advance.

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    JazzyB May 13, 2009 05:15 AM

    Not a fan. It has a grimy ambience and medioce food. Crabmeat crepes were best selection. Try 1179, Cafe Giovanni, Irene's, Vincent's.

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      ScarlettNola May 13, 2009 05:36 AM

      Thanks! Been to all of those places but not 1179. I think I will try that. Any suggestions on entrees or apps there?

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        JazzyB May 13, 2009 11:57 AM

        We had the chef prepare a 5 course tasting menu. This is not offered on the menu and is done depending upon the crowd in the rest. Search Eleven79 for my review.

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          kibbles May 14, 2009 07:37 PM

          we did the 5-course tasting as well -- we musta stolen that idea from you, JB. it was great. was the friday before Gustov and the great hurrication, so pretty memorable for us.

          i love the atmosphere of Eleven79, its dark, wood, and classy. best hidden gem date spot.

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        edible complex May 13, 2009 05:36 AM

        or Fausto's, Ristorante Da Piero, Ciro's Cote Sud, Gio's Villa Vancheri, Del Porto or Cafe di Blasi.

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        Fydeaux May 13, 2009 07:08 AM

        I have been there several times over the years and have loved it every time. A soft-shell crab dish (it may have been a special) is one of the best meals I have ever had. Yes, the ambiance is anything but high-toned, but for me this was part of the charm. And I had no complaint with service whatsoever.

        If there is a downside, I dont recall that the wine list was anything special. But that wasnt an issue for us; we were always able to find something complimentary to our meal.

        1. edible complex May 13, 2009 08:02 AM

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/519734
          for more discussion on Adolfo's from last year.

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            pinkbayou May 13, 2009 08:38 AM

            The service is snotty, food subpar for the price. Menu often lists things that are unavailable or not presented with dishes (side salads, etc). After being treated very poorly there about six months ago I have not been back. The dining room is musty and old fashioned, the kitchen tiny, the cooks unhygenic looking and the servers very very rude, plus service is much too slow.

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              pilaf May 13, 2009 03:51 PM

              Fydeaux is spot on. While the wine list is limited, there are more than enough vino offerings, and I think the food is wonderful (particularly the stuffed cannelloni, escargot and fish topped with crawfish cream sauce. Mind you, if you're looking for white table clothes and obsequious service, this place ain't it. It is more akin to a dive, with the service and surroundings being very casual. But it is the closest thing in my mind to a small, family run trattoria in southern Italy. If you want an Italian place that is quite a bit nicer, but still reasonably priced with excellent food, try Maximos.

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                kibbles May 14, 2009 07:43 PM

                you nailed it.

                but on a side note i gotta say...ive tried Maximo's 3 times now, and while i love the space, i cant say the food really did anything for me. what do you recommend there?

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                kibbles May 14, 2009 07:40 PM

                i am a fan. in contrast to fine dining, their space is dark, quirky and charming. if you get a table by the window you have a great view of frenchmen street. i succumb to the Ocean sauce everytime -- shrimp, crawfish and crab in a creamy red sauce smothered on top of just about anything.

                my only complaint -- cash only. really bugs me; how a place serving escargot can not accept credit card is absurd.

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                  fds002 Mar 5, 2011 03:01 PM

                  Adolpho's consistently good food and value. Like eating in your Momma's upstairs kitchen. Service is spotty, but who is in a hurry? Cash only. Corkage if you want. Been to all the others listed and they are good too. I spend twice as much money at Irenes and Cafe Giovanni. Probably because I can't take my own wine in with me.

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