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Jul 9, 2009 05:27 PM

panicking!! Hows Murials

I will be arriving on Monday . Murials is on my FQ short list. Whop's been there recently.
And How is it for lunch?

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  1. There's a first anniversary thread from the last week or so where they ate at Muriel's. You should be able to find it easily. It'll help your search if you spell it right, of course! ;)

    1. OOPS! I said i was Panicking!!

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      1. re: TVC15

        Well calm down! There's plenty of great food in New Orleans to go around!

      2. I like Muriel's, but it is not tops to me. A lot of great ambiance and character to the building, but don't count on this as a formal dinner spot. You will find a lot of VERY casually attired folks dining there, which is fine unless you are looking for an upscale meal. I would try Bayona.

        1. my last meal at Muriel's was very good. start w/the shrimp & goat cheese crepes or the seafood gumbo. you cannot go wrong w/either the puppy drum or double cut pork chop. for dessert, go w/creme brulee or bread pudding.
          different rooms have different vibes, and there are a lot of them to choose from. have a drink on their balcony overlooking Jackson Square if they are serving upstairs; if not, start in the courtyard. be sure to take a peek upstairs at the Seance Room and have a drink there upon request.

          1. I was that first anniversary thread kukubura referenced. My gf and I had a fabulous dinner there just a couple weeks ago. I recommend it. Highly. I can't imagine lunch isn't also great. My gf and I treated dinner as formal, but it is not a formal place, if that matters to you.

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            1. re: gastrotect

              The food is very good. Atmosphere is great. I just think they adverstise themselves as a more upscale restaurant than they actually are. It is not necessarily the restaurants fault-they have many components of fine dining, it is simply a lot of the clientele is casual. I just had the crawifsh and goatcheese crepes at French Quarter Fest and they were absolutely wonderful

              1. re: ScarlettNola

                Ok I'm calming down. Maybe its just excitement . My Muriels question stems from the fact this will be a family trip, My wife has been to NO before but it will be my 6yr old sons first time. He is well behaved at restaurants but I don't see him eating BBQ shrimp just yet.
                I'm looking for places that will have something for everyone. Heres my short list
                Coffee pot
                Cafe Du Monde
                Coops ( if they have take out)
                Napoleon house
                Coissant D'or
                Clover Grill
                Praline connection
                Cafe Adelaide
                And did I mention we will be in town for 2 1/2 days?
                So maybe I am a little panicked.

                1. re: TVC15

                  i hope you're in training...that's a lot of restaurants for 2.5 days.
                  i'd skip Adelaide and Bacco to shorten your short list.

                  1. re: edible complex

                    You will be okay in Coops with your 6 year old prior to 8 p.m. I would also skip Cafe Adelaide, Bacco, and Praline Connection. I would add Mandina's. There is something for everyone there including a children's menu. It is one of my favorite casual restaurants.

                    1. re: ScarlettNola

                      Really? Coops is OK before 8pm?
                      I thought no kids . This is wonderful news!

                      1. re: TVC15

                        i am so sorry,,,,,I was thinking of Cooter Browns. We just had a debate on the board as to whether children were allowed there. I had just finished reading a book to my little one called, "Good Night Nola" and they discuss Cooter's fries. Don't know where my brain was...Again, very sorry to dissapoint.

                        1. re: ScarlettNola

                          perhaps your brain was clogged due to those cheese fries from Cooters. I feel a valve tightening with just the memory of them.

                          1. re: edible complex

                            With a cold Abita Amber draft. My cholesterol is shooting up as we speak/type.

                          2. re: ScarlettNola

                            Don't worry about Coops.
                            I'll see if they have take out.
                            I was thinking Adelaide in the lounge area by the bar .
                            My wife and I can have a cocktail and our son an iced tea and maybe a nibble from the bar menu. Is there bar menu not good?

                            1. re: TVC15

                              Are you referring to the Swizzle Stick lounge at Loewes Hotel? I have never had any food directly from there, so I can't judge it. Due to your short time in NOLA, you may want to consider choosing Napoleon House, where you and your wife can enjoy a refreshing Pimm's cup, and your son a sweet tea or whatever he prefers. You won't regret it, I just think that you may be wasting your time on "bar food" when you could be out and about taking in the sights. Napoleon House is close to Jackson Square, so that y'all could check out the Cabildo or Cathedral. A few other suggestions for activities in the FQ are the Voodoo Museum or Musee Conti Wax Museum on Conti Street. Call for hours. I am not certain if they are yet back to full hours after Katrina. The past few times, we just happened to pop in and they were setting up for a private party, but allowed us to come in. It gives you a great sense of New Orleans history and your son will love it.

                    2. re: TVC15

                      with your time constraints, i would nix these:

                      Adelaide - unless youre staying there its likely out of the way.
                      Clover Grill - good grill, but not really special to new orleans
                      Coops - while im in the minority, i find this bar food over-rated and sloppy
                      Praline Connection - wasnt good food when ive been.

                      ...there are a lot of really good restaurants in town, you shouldnt have any problem filling your eating itinerary.

                      its also the summertime which means summer specials at many restaurants. the brennan-owned joints (Bacco is one) have fix prixe where you can enjoy 3 courses for $25-35. the COOLinary menu is another popular special w/ many participating places:


                      good luck!

                      1. re: kibbles

                        Pelican Club has a ridiculously cheap early bird special right now. We ate there at full price and had a wonderful time. Either way, it's worth a look. The special is a steal.