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New Orleans most underrated restaurants

joedontexan Jun 14, 2009 11:33 AM

1)French Market Inn

2) Redfish Grill

3) Pelican Club

4) Guys PoBoys

5) Bombay club

6) R and O's

7) Ye OLde College Inn

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    Lebowski316 Jun 14, 2009 01:42 PM

    Dot's Diner

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      ScarlettNola Jun 14, 2009 02:13 PM

      Sara's, Orleans Grapevine Bistro, Ruby Slipper Cafe, Ye Olde College Inn, Iris, Bistro Daisy

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        edible complex Jun 16, 2009 01:38 AM

        I'll see your Sara's and raise you a Jamila's and a Ciro's Cote Sud. these are always on my hit list, along w/Martinique Bistro.

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          ScarlettNola Jun 16, 2009 01:58 AM

          I think I will have to fold. : )

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            uptownlibrarian Jun 16, 2009 06:40 AM

            Definitely Sara's. I love that lemongrass soup, and the saag paneer is awesome.

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              edible complex Jun 16, 2009 07:58 AM

              I always get the lemongrass crab bisque and the lamb oxford and a saag paneer.
              and only eat in the "living room".

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                lawstudent Jan 9, 2010 01:37 PM

                I've been once and was underwhelmed. I think I will go back and try what you suggest. I'm a sucker for a crab bisque.

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              Bocuse NOLA Jun 16, 2009 07:22 AM

              +1 on Ciro's, EC. Nothing too exciting. Just classic French done well at reasonable prices.


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                edible complex Jun 16, 2009 07:59 AM

                their lasagna always tastes like more!

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                  lawstudent Jan 9, 2010 01:38 PM

                  I agree but, we had the fish special once and it was out of this world. As was the soup du jour that night. Damn, now I am craving Cote Sud.

          2. bodie Jun 14, 2009 02:44 PM

            Iris, Dante's Kitchen and Rio Mar?

            1. mrsfury Jun 14, 2009 05:08 PM

              If R & O counts then N.O. Food & Spirits (nextdoor) does too. I hear they sell out of the rabbit early every time it's on the menu. I forget which day. I had a few very good good lunches there.

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                roro1831 Jun 14, 2009 07:20 PM

                The white bean and rabbit special is Thursday, and if you aren't there by say 12:30, it might not be left.

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                NolaNick Jun 14, 2009 05:40 PM

                One Restaurant and Lounge on Hampson. Just ate there last night for the first time and submitted my report minutes ago. I think Elizabeth's in the Bywater is underrated as well.

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                  robrob Jun 21, 2009 04:45 PM

                  I LOVE One. Great food, great service, sweet atmosphere. Sitting at the food bar is fun too.

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                    lawstudent Jan 9, 2010 01:40 PM

                    I agree about One. Best crabcakes in town. Delicious fish, steak and gnocchi all under $25. The flourless chocolate cake is soo much better than mine. And mine is pretty good.

                    This thread seems to be about all of my favorite places!

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                  hazelhurst Jun 15, 2009 01:25 PM

                  I haven't been to Ye Olde in ages but I was a stalwart there from 1975 thru the 80's and 90's. I'm glad they opened up again but it ain't the same,of course, Not their fault. Is Leindenheimer still doing that special roll for them?

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                    ScarlettNola Jun 15, 2009 01:54 PM

                    That is a great question-I love that place!

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                    miss sarah Jun 15, 2009 04:40 PM

                    Dante's Kitchen seconded.

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                      jamy Jun 18, 2009 09:55 PM

                      +2 on Dante's. Just because Brigtsen's is across the street shouldn't take away.

                    2. Bill Hunt Jun 15, 2009 07:27 PM

                      Interesting question. By "underrated," do you mean on a local level, or on a national level? Also, by underrated, who is making this determination, the CH board "members," or the press? If press, then is this local, or national/international?

                      Just curious, as these things can make a big difference.

                      For me, the list is shorter.

                      1.) G W Fins
                      2.) Stella! in many quarters

                      Interesting thread, but maybe some guidelines would help.


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                        bywatertim Jun 15, 2009 08:18 PM


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                          joedontexan Jun 15, 2009 09:20 PM

                          Mr. Hunt local level and my fellow chowhounders are making the choices

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                            Bill Hunt Jun 16, 2009 07:57 PM

                            Thank you for the clarification. Sounds like some good recs. so far, and I'm taking notes.



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                          Lebowski316 Jun 16, 2009 11:26 AM

                          Frostop and Joey K's. Good stuff.

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                            lawstudent Jan 9, 2010 01:43 PM

                            Are you talking about the Frostop on Claiborne by Felipe's? I've been wanting to try it. Are the burgers and fries better than Cooter Brown's?

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                            Al Lunn Jun 21, 2009 01:47 PM

                            Mandina's on Canal if it is still there

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                              ScarlettNola Jun 23, 2009 02:33 PM

                              They did a big remodel after Katrina and are bigger and better than ever!

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                                kukubura Jun 24, 2009 12:23 PM

                                Which Maspero's? The one on Chartres or the one on Decatur?

                                I haven't been to either in years and wonder if I should bother going back.

                                On ChowHound, from other threads, I'd definitely say Pelican Club. I thought the food, service and atmosphere (and prices, actually) were all really excellent. I've seen a lot of negative comments here, however.

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                                joanieloch Jun 21, 2009 06:05 PM

                                I know I should find another thread for this - but - what do you think of Li'l Dizzy's Cafe? We ate at Eddie's way back when Eddie was alive - and then again after he died and it wasn't very good the second time. It was the BEST FRIED CHICKEN EVER when we ate there the first time!!! I'm coming back to NOLA for a visit in September.

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                                  JazzyB Jun 22, 2009 05:38 AM

                                  Cafe Giovanni's "feed me."

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                                    FoodChic Jun 29, 2009 08:27 PM


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                                    Mark Alberts Jun 22, 2009 11:46 AM


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                                      brucec Jun 23, 2009 04:52 PM

                                      good call

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                                        lawstudent Jan 9, 2010 01:35 PM

                                        Maple St. Cafe! It smells faintly of old people and the service sucks (unless you get Jesse), but the food is delicious. The best oysters amandine ever.

                                        It doesn't hurt that it's about a mile from my house.

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