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jmorri26 Aug 10, 2009 09:37 AM

Hey guys,

I'm a born and raised New Orleanian but am having a bit of a time trying to figure out a restaurant to go to. My mom has a big birthday coming up and a friend from out of town wanted suggestions for a good place to have a casual party (no renting rooms or anything, just maybe 15 people acting up with a cake) but nothing fancy (Antoine's, Galatoire's, Bayona, etc) or too touristy (Mother's,Margaritaville, etc) something where you could get a really good meal but not pay too much (think like 10-15 for an entree). Something down in the quarter is what I'm looking for but I've been away for a few years so my restaurant picks might be off from what others would recommend. Give me y'all's picks.

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    twangster Aug 10, 2009 11:59 AM

    Could try Eat (eatnola.com). Or maybe Mahony's on Magazine if you're willing to get out of the French Quarter.

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      jmorri26 Aug 10, 2009 12:08 PM

      If we go out of the Quarter we'd probably go to Superior Grill on St. Charles (my mom really likes it) but I haven't even heard of Eat. I'll check them out.

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        smctexnola Aug 10, 2009 08:05 PM

        Oh absolutely try Eat! It's my favorite party spot--perfect for big groups. Also, I think Mandina's is an excellent spot...though it's not in the quarter, it's pretty nearby. I don't know how they handle big groups, though.

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          joedontexan Aug 11, 2009 04:05 AM

          Refish grill on bourbon might be a good idea

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            poca1969 Aug 12, 2009 10:45 AM

            As much as I like Redfish, I wouldn't suggest them because it is a tourist spot. If you're interested in the Italian route, I'd suggest Mona Lisa's on Royal street. I attended a rehearsal dinner once and it was quite lovely. Just talk to the owners, they'll set something up for you. And depending on what time you go, Stanley's might be a good spot but they close at 7 and have a limited bar for 'bday festivities'

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            ScarlettNola Aug 11, 2009 04:50 PM

            We were at Mandina's last Monday night and there was a large birthday party group in the upstairs area by the ATM machine. It is something to look into.

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            22ndstreet Aug 12, 2009 05:56 AM

            Yep! Superior Grill is great for a good fun Mexican spot

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          22ndstreet Aug 12, 2009 05:55 AM

          outside of the the french Quarter is Two Tony's Restaurant. Their seafood dishes and Italian are comparable if not better than the best in New Orleans. It is casual and reasonably priced. It is under rated in my opinion. very much a family atmosphere

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