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Ken in MS Aug 18, 2009 11:30 AM

I'm on my way to NO again for Decadence and need a little help with a restaurant recommendation.

We come 2 or 3 times per year and our itinerary is usually set by our restaurant choices (how else should you do NO?) We've done K. Paul's, Muriel's, Bacco's, Irene's, Snug Harbor, MiLa, Santa Fe, Lola's, even Vine & Dine, plus some others. This trip is pretty much planned out except for dinner on Sunday. The option I'm looking at is GW Fins.

I know the reviews are hit and miss, but it sort of fills the niche we have. Our fish-hater is not coming with us, so fish is a good option this time. But we are meeting two from Florida who have never been to NO, so we don't really know what they might like. So I'm trying to pick the brain of the Chowhound posters to get some alternative suggestions for GWFins. Probably in the same price range (just guessing about people's preference there), for sure in the Quarter (none of us wants to be driving during that particular weekend!), with decent food, decent wine/drinks, nice or cool atmosphere.

I may have to just line up some options and let the visitors pick. Any help would be appreciated!

  1. ChiTown_NOLA_SF Aug 19, 2009 04:02 PM

    Luke is in the Hilton on St Charles (300 St Charles) and is only 3 blocks from Canal. It is worth the short walk (across the neutral territory)--they brew several beers there and they have fantastic charcuterie/terrines/rillettes as appetizers.

    Mr B's would be a great place for BBQ shrimp in the FQ--maybe even consider Arnoud's followed by Mr B's-- oysters followed by BBQ shrimps......mmmmmmmmh......

    Luke Restaurant
    333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Mr B's Bistro
    201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      BackBite Aug 19, 2009 12:41 PM

      I would love to try Green Goddess down in the Quarter. They finally have their license to seel booze so they have a rotating menu of specialty cocktails.

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        powderhound Aug 19, 2009 11:20 AM

        Check out Luke (in the CBD, quick walk from FQ). John Besh's take on the french brasserie is always my go-to choice on Sunday nights. Convivial atmosphere will perfectly compliment your Decadence weekend,


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        1. re: powderhound
          Ken in MS Aug 19, 2009 12:54 PM

          Thanks for the suggestion. I like the idea of getting a little bit away from the FQ for dinner, but don't know how my compatriots will feel. But, I love John Besh's take on restaurants.

        2. N.O.Food Aug 18, 2009 01:13 PM

          Stella, just don't order the sea bass with shark fin broth.

          1. BayouTeche Aug 18, 2009 12:14 PM

            GW Fins is a good choice. Other options in the Quarter:

            Maximo's for Italian
            Meauxbar for casual French
            Iris for contemporary/modern fare
            Bistro at Maison de Ville for French bistro (a personal favorite)

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            1. re: BayouTeche
              Ken in MS Aug 18, 2009 12:49 PM

              Checking into these. Thanks. Just, FYI, Meauxbar is closed for summer vacation the last week of August thru first week of September--right when we'll be there!

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