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Sep 17, 2009 06:11 PM

bday dinner on a tuesday night?

hello i need some advice from you fine folks...i will be celebrating my bday on a tuesday night the last week in october, and while i have already decided to go see the rebirth brass band @ the maple leaf, i have no idea where to have dinner! i dont need a fancy place, and it'll only be myself and a friend anyway. my one last splurge dinner was at brigtsen's almost 2 years ago, and, while i enjoyed it, it unfortunately was not mind blowing (i had the seafood sampler as my main). i eat all foods, but particularly love seafood, and i LOVE dessert, esp. bread pudding (no raisins or nuts please!), and all things chocolate. also, if there's any other clubs you recommend, please let me know...thanks for the info!

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  1. in that area are:
    One Restaurant
    Jacques Imo's
    Sara's in the Riverbend
    Mat and Naddie's
    Martinique Bistro
    Dick n Jenny's

    Happy BDay! Cheers!

    1. Edible is making some good suggestions; I'll just add my two cents.
      Boucherie: just ate there for the first time, and Wow! we loved it and will go back--but the menu, as you might guess from its name, is meat-centric, very light on seafood.
      One is great little restaurant, though I haven't been in a while.
      Jacques Imo's has a kind of cajun road house feel; it is funky in a good way, with an extensive menu of mostly rustic, pretty rich food. I love the food. My husband does not. Also, with only two people, you won't be able to get a res, and the waits can be very long.
      If eating a little ways from your club is not a problem and you want to splurge a little, almost any in the second group would be excellent (i'm partial to Clancy's). I don't think Dick 'n Jenny's takes reservations, but maybe that's changed.

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      1. re: nomadchowwoman

        thanks for the recs edible and nomadcw...i was thinking about clancy's; is it similar to brigtsen's as in atmosphere and food? i just love the idea of eating in a house. and who would you say has some of the better dessert menus? thanks again!

        1. re: unocal

          Well Clancy's always seems livelier, Brigtsen's somewhat quieter. I guess the food is similar--both are often called "Creole," but Brigtsen's seems to have more of a cajun or rustic influence. Clancy's is famous for softshell crab, oysters and brie, veal, duck, lemon ice box pie. It's a very good place. A place right near Clancy's, btw, which I had forgotten about, and is similar to Brigtsen's & Clancy's is Restaurant Patois. It too is an excellent eatery.

          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            Can you still get soft shell crabs in October? I hope so!

            1. re: steakrules85

              I just bought some last week. I'm not sure if they're readily available in October, but it seems as though they're always on the menu at Clancy's.

          2. re: unocal

            Clancy's frozen brandy alexander is all you need for dessert.

        2. I would go to One. It's in a house and the food is delicious. Get the crabcakes and the flourless chocolate cake for dessert.

          My birthday is the first week of November and I'm going to One or Coquette.

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          1. re: lawstudent

            i may just do that lawstudent; i appreciate your info...and happy early bday to a fellow scorpio!