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Spending a 3-day weekend in New Orleans, Looking for great restaurant

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jenna131 Sep 18, 2009 09:55 AM

My husband and I will be in New Orleans with another couple for his 27th birthday next weekend (Sept 25-27), and are staying right off the French Quarter. I am looking for some great restaurant recommendations and some fun nightlife suggestions in that area. Specifically, I am looking to reserve his birthday dinner on Friday night around 9pm. I have been to New Orleans once before during the tomato festival a few years back and loved it. I have already been to NOLA before, so I would like to try something new. And I would prefer something that is not too expensive. NOLA range is good.

Looking forward to reading everyone's responses. Thanks!

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  1. nomadchowwoman RE: jenna131 Sep 18, 2009 10:31 AM

    Herbsaint is probably in the same range--and it's really great for a celebratory dinner.
    I also love Donald Link's other restaurant, Cochon, which is more casual. Luke is also good and pretty reasonable.

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      jenna131 RE: nomadchowwoman Sep 18, 2009 01:16 PM

      I was actually considering Herbsaint! Will look into it!

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        nomadchowwoman RE: jenna131 Sep 18, 2009 01:32 PM

        It's one of my favorites--and I love a whole lot of them! Have a wonderful stay.

    2. edible complex RE: jenna131 Sep 18, 2009 10:49 AM

      right off the Fr. Qtr. could be either the CBD or the Marigny.
      will you be on foot, renting a car, or cabbing it?

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        jenna131 RE: edible complex Sep 18, 2009 01:15 PM

        We are planning to be on foot, but don't mind walking further than most. Staying at the InterContinental.

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          edible complex RE: jenna131 Sep 19, 2009 03:27 PM

          for your Friday night: Luke, Cochon, Mila, RioMar, La Boca, Rambla, Domenica and August are in that vicinity. as is Herbsaint.

          and you could hop on the streetcar and head Uptown for Casamento's, Pascal Manale's, Commander's Palace, Brigtsen's, Boucherie, and too many others to mention. you could also stop at the Avenue Pub and eat inside at J'Anita's. Cafe Granada is also on the streetcar line on Carrollton, and they have outdoor seating if weather permits.

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            knowsthejoints RE: edible complex Sep 19, 2009 06:08 PM

            Also consider Lilette and Stella

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              jenna131 RE: knowsthejoints Sep 20, 2009 12:43 PM

              Thanks May do Lilette for Saturday night dinner!

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                edible complex RE: jenna131 Sep 20, 2009 01:58 PM

                my faves at Lilette:

                Braised veal cheeks with mixed greens and horseradish vinaigrette

                Braised pork belly with tomato-cucumber-basil salad and garlic bread

                Coq au vin with mushrooms, red wine, bacon and croutons

                Quenelles of goats cheese crème fraiche with poached pears, pistachios, and lavender honey

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              jenna131 RE: edible complex Sep 20, 2009 12:43 PM

              Thanks for the great suggestions! I think we would prefer to go to a restaurant thats not inside a hotel, although Luke looks great!

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                kimfair1 RE: jenna131 Sep 20, 2009 01:21 PM

                My wife and I just visited recently (see my trip report) and we had a wonderful dinner at Luke, and a great lunch at Herbsaint. Couldn't recommend either enough. Stay away from dinner at Commander's (also see my report), though folks seem to appreciate lunch there.

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                  kukubura RE: kimfair1 Sep 20, 2009 02:33 PM

                  Lunch at Commander's Palace is one of the gret pleasures in life.

                  I haven't had dinner there but I can easily believe what I've read here. It's really a destination lunch (and brunch) place. Not to be missed for those meals.

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                    mb123 RE: kukubura Sep 21, 2009 09:02 AM

                    I was there this weekend and ate at Galatoire's for Friday lunch and Cochon for dinner. Galatoires is a nice classic New Orleans experience, slow paced, and service will help you with your celebration (they get the whole dining room to sing Happy Birthday to patrons). But you will pay $$$$ for Galatoire's.

                    Most of the time hotel restaurants stink, but in NOLA it isn't necessarily the case... don't rule something out if it's attached to a hotel.

                    I used to live here and didn't think Commanders was ever that great, but perhaps I didn't order the right things the times that I ate there.

                    Cochon is more casual and was incredibly delicious. Try getting several small plates/boucherie instead of a main dish. My favorites were the boucherie plate and the roasted corn cava w/heirloom tomatoes (probably seasonal). You could reasonably eat at Cochon, ordering 4-5 small plates and a few drinks, for $65-75.

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                      jenna131 RE: mb123 Sep 21, 2009 09:27 AM

                      I am leaning towards Herbsaint for dinner Friday and Luke for dinner on Saturdat night. I can see that NOLA hotel restaurants are better than most. Any other recommendations? For lunch/brunch?

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