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Coming down from NYC and have some plans. Will be staying in the Garden District and looking at some of the smaller places in that area (as well as Gallatoires and Cochon on other nights). Sometimes when you want to relax the big Commanders Palaces of the world are too much.
I see Brigsten's gets most of the talk from Uptown. But when I look online at the menus, Brigsten's looks just kind of crazy and all over the place-- guacamole with shrimp remolaude etc. The menu at Upperline is much more enticing. Can somebody tell me-- is there some secret to the craziness of the menu at Brigstens or are there really good specials there? What is the deal? From the posted menus I am heading to Upperline.
Our place is also near Ignatius--worth a lunch?

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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  1. i have never been to brigstens but have only heard good things. it's on my list for sure. i live near upperline though and go there a fair amount. it is delicious--especially love the fried green tomatoes, cane river shrimp, turtle soup. the duck dishes are also good. and the restuarant itslef is very quaint and artsy. happy eating!

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    Upperline Restaurant
    1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

    1. Both are very good, though I haven't been since pre-K. In the same area on Magazine, is Lilette and Le Petite Grocery......which I like better than Upperline. Also, one block over from Upperline on Robert is Le Crepe Nanou (French bistro style food, not just crepes). Good food, large portions and fair prices. No reservations and it will be packed with locals from the neighborhood.

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      Lilette
      3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

      Upperline Restaurant
      1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

      1. Dick & Jenny's is also in that area, as well as Cafe Atchafalaya

        1. When we make one of our occasional visits to NO, both Brigtsen's and Upperline are high on our list. Two great New Orleans restaurants.

          I second the accolades for the fried green tomatoes at Upperline!

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          Brigtsen's Restaurant
          723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Upperline Restaurant
          1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

          1. I live a couple of blocks away from Upperline and Crepe Nanou (they are a block apart) and I adore them both. Brigstens is divine. Upperline's atmosphere might be a tad more fun. The cooking style is actually somewhat similar to Brigstens. I have never heard of anyone eating at Ignatious. I'd rather pick up a fully dressed roast beef poyboy from Domilises if I were you. On that dinner, if you want to spend a few extra dollars (in the same neighborhood), try Gautreaus. Chef Sue Z. won a James Beard award (?).

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            Gautreau's Restaurant
            1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

            Upperline Restaurant
            1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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            1. re: cwbjkf

              Domilise's r.b. poboy is awful. Igantius's r.b. is pretty good though.