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Good N.O. Restaurant with Bar Seating

SQHD May 18, 2009 12:34 PM

I'm looking for restaurants that have bar seating available with a full dinner menu and is still a worthy restaurant to visit. Tourist traps are frowned upon. Dressy-casual at most, nothing too fancy. I'm traveling by myself on business and I would rather sit at a bar as opposed to by myself at a table. I've been to Cochon (I guess thatcould be considered a tourist trap of sorts!) and loved it but I'm just looking for something else to vary my experience. Even Herbsaint is an option if I were to stay with the same chef, but places like Stella would probably not be an option... Any suggestions?

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    ScarlettNola RE: SQHD May 18, 2009 01:01 PM

    I would try Clancy's, Dick and Jenny's, Restaurant August, Delachaise, MiLa, Rambla, and Herbsaint. You would be just fine when dining in business casual at these places.

    1. edible complex RE: SQHD May 18, 2009 04:31 PM

      I'm not a big fan of One R&L, but many here swear by the food. The bar has seating overlooking the galley kitchen, so you would be entertained while dining.

      One Restaurant & Lounge
      8132 Hampson St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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        Ross B RE: edible complex May 18, 2009 07:17 PM

        I typically don't like eating at the bar, but I've very good experiences at the bars at both NOLA and GW Fins.

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          nikinik RE: edible complex May 19, 2009 02:41 PM

          I love One and the bar is great because you can watch the chef's prepare your food.

          You can get the full menu service at the bar at Rio mar.

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          SQHD RE: SQHD May 19, 2009 02:14 PM

          MiLa looks interesting. I do see that they have a "bar menu" available, do they also have a full dinner menu available at the bar?

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            ScarlettNola RE: SQHD May 19, 2009 02:38 PM

            Yes it is. We have eaten off of the dinner menu at the bar in times past.

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            Annasta RE: SQHD May 19, 2009 03:18 PM

            I was thinking that perhaps Mr. B's would fulfill your requirements. They have a nice bar, good food and atmosphere. I have no been for dinner so atmosphere maybe a little different for the dinner crowd.

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              joedontexan RE: Annasta May 19, 2009 05:59 PM

              Cafe Adelaide and Redfish grill are two outstanding places to eat at the bar.

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                mrsfury RE: joedontexan May 20, 2009 12:22 PM

                Last time I went to Adelaide, a couple of months ago, the food was just ok. The rice in the gumbo was mushy and there was not a lot of flavor to the dish. My friend was underwhelmed as well. It used to be one of my favorite lunch spots.

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              lawstudent RE: SQHD May 19, 2009 06:17 PM

              I think the easier question would be what restaurants don't have food service at the bar.

              I love eating at the bar at One, the bartender is a great guy. I also recently had an outstanding dinner at Coquette and their bar is huge and beautiful. My old standby is Mat and Naddie's - they have a tiny intimate bar and sometimes the bartender gives you a complimentary bowl of the yummy spiced pecans. I think you would have a nice meal and maybe some nice conversation - nothing too intrusive, I like my solitude when I dine alone - at any of these places.

              Have a good time!

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                edible complex RE: lawstudent May 19, 2009 06:37 PM

                agreed. I love eating at the bar at Chateau du Lac. food and service are always terrific. and I LOVE eating at the bar at Clancy's.

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                  ScarlettNola RE: edible complex May 19, 2009 06:56 PM

                  I think that Clancy's would be my number one choice for bar dining. It is a great experience to say the least and the food is great as well.

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                    SQHD RE: ScarlettNola May 20, 2009 10:40 AM

                    Hmm - you may have convinced me. No menus online for Clancy's though that's not a huge deal. Is is cheaper than some of the others like MiLa?

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                      ScarlettNola RE: SQHD May 20, 2009 12:17 PM

                      It is at a similiar price point, and I truly love the food. The atmosphere downstairs(much like Galatoires) is what truly sells me. It is almost as if you are at a party in Uptown New Orleans where great majority of people know one another and a few do not-but stick around and you will probably make new friends. It is a fun and exciting place to eat (and drink) but if you prefer more solitary dining, I would chose MiLa. (I also think the food at Clancy's trumps MiLa) but it all depends on what you are looking for.

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                        edible complex RE: SQHD May 20, 2009 01:32 PM

                        my faves at Clancy's: oysters w/brie app; any of the seasonal salads, but especially anything w/creoles and lump crabmeat; sweetbreads; veal chop; smoked soft shell crab. and don't forget a frozen brandy alexander for dessert.

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                          ScarlettNola RE: SQHD May 20, 2009 07:07 PM

                          You will have to let us know where you ended up dining. I am especially curious to see what you think of Clancy's if you chose to dine there, as it is always a go-to place for fun, food, and frivolity IMHO.

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                            ScarlettNola RE: SQHD Jun 12, 2009 10:23 AM

                            Where did you end up dining and what did you think?

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                        Blumie RE: lawstudent May 20, 2009 10:33 AM

                        Well, Brigtsen's, for one, does not offer a bar to eat at. That said, I went there once as a solo diner and had a wonderful meal.

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                        JazzyB RE: SQHD May 20, 2009 11:35 AM

                        We've dined at K-Paul's bar. 'Emeril's has a food bar. You can also dine at the regular bar or at a bistro table in the bar area. Wolfe's has tables in the bar. Dining at the bar itself should not be a problem.

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                          twangster RE: SQHD May 20, 2009 12:01 PM

                          On the lower end, you could check out some bars that serve good food, like Coop's Place and Yo Mama's.

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