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Which of these restaurants would you select for Monday lunch?

K all, so I have planned my trip to NO in a couple of weeks and my itinerary is pretty much set with the exception of Monday. We will be flying out back to NY at 6pm and want to have a nice lunch before we go. Since the flight is late, we will be able to enjoy a nice leisurely lunch at around 1:30 or thereabouts. I have reservations at Emeril's currently, but am considering other options. One thing is we do not want to travel too far from the hotel obviously, because we need to go back to get our bags before we leave. So nothing in the Garden District or too far outside of the FQ. Here are some others I am considering. Where would you choose?

Luke, Cochon, Willie Mae's (maybe be too far), Restaurant August (I'm sure you will all recommend this), Brennan's for some brunch.

I know the choices kind of run the gamut from inexpensive to fine dining, but price is not an issue. Just looking for the best suggestions on food and experience since this will be my last day in New Orleans.

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  1. August. IMO, Luke and Cochon are merely ok. Brennans has always been disappointing. I really like Willie Maes. The chicken is made with a wet batter that produces a shatteringly crisp crust. Since you were considering a dinner at Antoinnes, I'd suggest a snack or lunch in their streetside Hermes bar (instead of wasting a dinner). You can get a sampler plate as well as anything off the restaurant menu. Most rest. close at 2. I find it is not a good idea to dine so close to closing, especially if you plan on lingering.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      I have Antoine's booked for Saturday night thanks though.

      1. re: JazzyB

        August does close at 2, as does Willie Mae's I believe. Luke and Cochon are open through to dinner. If I were you I'd either stick with Emeril's or go to August at 12:30 or 1.

        1. re: uptownlibrarian

          had lunch at August yesterday. 1:30 reservation. left around 4pm and was not the last table.
          and lunch was spectacular!

          1. re: edible complex

            Just reserved for Monday lunch! Can't wait!

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              order a Hemingway (mojito made w/J instead of soda) to start at the bar.
              they also have a good wines BTG list.
              cheers!

            2. re: edible complex

              Is their menu on the site the most updated dyknow?

              1. re: steakrules85

                there are items on the online lunch menu that were offered on the a la carte lunch menu yesterday but not on the 3 course lunch menu. a lot of the items may be slightly changed to them due to seasonal ingredients.
                if available, get the pate and the mozzarella tomato plate for apps.
                for entrees, we had the tortelli and the duckling.
                for dessert, the cheese crepes and the fried cheese were incredible. I'm hard core chocolate anything, but our waitress suggested these two instead of the chocolate offering yesterday...can't say enough how glad I am that she did.

                1. re: edible complex

                  Thanks for the recommendations on the menu. got my eye on the duck as I love duck.

        2. IMO, you couldn't go wrong with any of these except Brennan's. I've always had wonderful food at Luke and Cochon. August is, imo, the best restaurant in NO (going tomorrow-yay!). I also love Willie Mae's chicken. I don't see why it would be too far should you decide on it; you'd have to cab it, but it's a short cab ride from the FQ.

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          1. re: nomadchowwoman

            How hard is it to get a cab in NO? Are they fairly plentiful in the FQ?

            1. re: steakrules85

              Cabs are plentiful in FQ. Not so by Willie Mae's. Take a phone # for a pick up. WM's is an eat and go place, not condusive for a leisurely meal. If you don't get there at 11( when they open ) you may have a long wait, standing outside, on a less than scenic street. Thanks for coming. Enjoy!

              1. re: steakrules85

                one of the first manta's learned -when I moved to NOLA - was
                "Don't get excited call United - 522-9771" United Cab. Call in advance
                for your pick up from Emeril's on Monday, then over to the hotel to p/u
                your equipaje and then on to airport. No worries and you'll leave feeling
                like a local.

                  1. re: savory south

                    "Don't get excited call United"

                    haha I was going to post that!

              2. August just opened for lunches during the week, (it used to be just Fridays) it is WELL worth the trip, I promise you won't be disappointed.

                1. I understand that Broussard's has recently opened for lunch as well...