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Oct 24, 2009 01:49 PM

Help us graze around the Quarter.

On our three-night trip next month, we’ve planned dinners at Jacques-Imos and Brigtsens, and lunches at Napoleon House, Commander’s Palace, Acme and possibly Bayona.

But for one night, we’d like to hop (hopefully not stumble) around some of the Quarter’s finest restaurant bars and sample some great appetizers and small plates, not full meals.

Here’s what I have so far:

Dickie Brennans Steakhouse ($5 drinks and apps)
Hermes Bar (Oysters Rockefeller and Souffleed Potatoes)
Mr. B’s (Gumbo and BBQ Shrimp-do they do a small or half order?)
Arnaud’s French 75 (not sure they serve food?)

Is this a good plan? What am I missing? We're staying at the Roosevelt, so we'd like to stay on foot, and I imagine we'll start or finish at the Sazerac Bar.

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  1. You should put Iris on your list, they have a large bar and I am sure they would be happy to accommodate you. The food is very nice, past James Beard award winner. The other two power house restauants in the Quaterer are Stella and Le Meritage, call and see if they would fit into your plan. Maybe Muriels, people like their goat cheese crepes. Bourbon house for baked oysters and raw of course. Maybe Royal House over Acme for raw oysters, Its a little more upscale. I am trying to remeber if GW Fins has a bar nice bar area, their food is nice. Slide by the Green Goddess, they make great cocktails, and have some very interesting wines. Check the chefs blog to see waht he has planned. Chris DaBarr. Napolean House is nice for drinks, but they don't put much effort into their food.

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    1. re: CharlieH

      Wow, thanks so much. Iris looks wonderful (veal cheek ravioli), and the bar gets rave reviews. Will check out these others, too, especially Green Goddess. Lots of buzz there.

      1. re: CharlieH

        GW Fins' bar is very nice, and have eaten some apps there.

      2. you could also graze the CBD: MiLa, Domenica, Rambla, Luke, Hersaint, August, Cafe Adelaide
        or the Warehouse District: RioMar, La Boca, a Mano, Emeril's, Cochon, La Cote Brassiere, Tommy's Wine Bar, WINO

        1. Sounds good; I would move Acme to your grazing night, and for the char-broiled oysters, not raw. Splitting a dozen or half dozen would be ideal.

          The gumbo at Molly's is superb and my own FQ favourite.

          I had a fois gras appetizer at Marigny Brasserie a while back that was truly the stuff of dreams, but I understand from other posts that they have fallen off considerably.

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          1. re: Fydeaux

            Boy I can tell we're going to have to pace ourselves! I figure we can hit 4-6 places before burning out or filling up...but with only 3 1/2 days, too many restaurants, too little time! And in an effort to combine great NOLA classics, both dishes and establishments, there's another question: Where would be the ultimate place to end up for dessert? Although we're not big dessert eaters, there needs to be something awesome we can split.

            1. re: Lunarmodule

              I'm normally pretty big on dessert, but somehow in New Orleans, I rarely seem to get to them (Possibly because in N.O., the meal never really seems to end?). I always have pralines shipped home, and Leah's are my own favourite, but as with everything else, everyone seems to have their own preference.

              It's kind of hit & miss as to whether or not you will run into her, but if you find Pearl the Pie Lady, anything she sells is likely to be heavenly. Buy a pie or two, find a scenic spot to sit, and indulge.

              For a more conventtional choice, many people rave about the coconut cake at K-Paul's, but I remember their having cheesecake with a blood orange topping that was just wonderful.

              I'm not sure that ANY amount of time is sufficient to hit all the places that should be hit in New Orleans. But that's just one of the reasons we need to keep returning.

          2. I have been horribly unimpressed with Dickie B's Steakhouse, but others seem to enjoy it. Even when my favorite nephew was a sous-chef, I would not go back. Too much good food and service in NOLA.



            1. Sounds like fun! re: Mr. B's if you order the shrimp at the bar you can split it. We did that a couple of times. Once they even split it up into two plates and I swear we each got more than half a serving's worth. Probably because they recognized that it was our third time getting it in like 5 days!

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              1. re: kukubura

                I'm really dying to try the BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's, even after reading the recipe (OMG, 3 sticks of butter!). My husband is allergic to shrimp so sharing's not an option. Unless we want to make a stop in the emergency room for a nightcap. ;-)

                1. re: Lunarmodule

                  hmmmm... well, the lunch portion is cheaper... fyi i've cooked it at home and it came out incredible, so if you can't get it there that's always an option. have a shrimp loving friend come over and make a big pile of it.
                  Here a pic of my homemade version...