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Upscale yet Laid Back New Orleans Dinner

Hello all N.O. Hounds.

I am looking for a good place that I can go by myself while I am here on business for a nice seafood meal that is definitely high quality but also not stuffy. I would like to relax at a bar, have some quality (ideally craft) beer, and some top notch seafood.

I have been to Delmonico's with a group here (okay), Avenue Pub (outstanding.. but limited menu), and the rest have been group dinners. I have one more night and I really want to enjoy something that fits this mold- is it Acme Oyster House, Cochon, Rambla??

Im trying to do research but am coming up a bit empty in making a clear decision.

Thanks a whole lot.

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  1. No doubt someone will come up with the ideal match...the beer issue is one I cannot speak to...but I suggest Clancy's. The food is good and it is a reloaxed place. There will be suits but also slacks and open-neck shirst. You can sit at the bar which is a bt tight but lots of fun. It is my go-to place when I don't have the time or inclination to go downtown and have a nice 3+ hour dinner.

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      I was a bit disappointed by the food at Clancys. Everything was fried or dripping in butter. I think Brightsens is a better choice.

    2. go to the oyster bar of Luke or La Cote Brasserie

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        1. re: joedontexan

          I was going to suggest Mr. B's. We've dined at the bar there a few times and it fits the bill, for sure. Plus, you know. bbq shrimp.......

      1. I'd look into GW Fins. Not sure of the beers, ales, stouts on tap, as I'm more of a wino, but the atmosphere is laid-back, the service good, and the seafood great. It's also pretty far off of the radar screens for many.



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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          GW FINS IS FABULOUS. Really high quality seafood. I concur.

        2. I recommend Restaurant One on Hampson or Coquette on Magazine. At One, you can sit at the food bar and watch the chefs at work, and Coquette has a lovely New Orleans atmosphere with high tin pressed ceiling tiles. Both have a luscious crab cake appetizer that is almost all crab and no fillers - only flavor enhancers.

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          1. re: foodophyle

            Coquette's menu changes frequently thus the crabcake may not be available. Their food is good and cocktails creative.

          2. Mila or Patois also fit your bill.

            1. Besh has craft beer made for him by Heiner Brau in Covington, LA http://www.heinerbrau.com/
              and has good seafood at Luke although seafood is not the main target there. There is a wide selection of oysters and a single would be confortable eating at the bar.

              I don't know about the food at Crescent City Brew Pub. The brewery connected with Harrahs casino might have better food. The Abita Brew Pub is way out of your way. It is not a 4 star restaurant but serves much better food, including sea food, than almost any brew pub I know.

              It is unfortunate that in much of the U.S. good beer and good food (particularly "high quality" seafood) are mutually exclusive.

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              1. re: collardman

                I'd stay far away from the food at Gordon Biersch at Harrah's.

                  1. re: swampsue

                    I have since had a meal at Gordon Biersch. It wasn't bad but it wasn't good. There is no real incentive to return there.

                1. re: collardman

                  when i had the food at the CC Brew Pub it was pretty atrocious. few years back so who knows, but it was poor enough to take it off the list permanently.

                  1. re: kibbles

                    I've only been there for an "event," but have to admit that the food left many of us scratching our heads. Not really a fair test, but with the other reports, maybe we were not wrong.


                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      i was also there for a conference event besides dinner once. i dont remember a *lot* of difference between the two.. fried little things.

                      but i am a fan of local brews, so ill probably give it another shot one day.

                      1. re: kibbles

                        I love "fried things," but was a bit unimpressed by any of those. Maybe when dining outside of the "event menu," things would be different and better.

                        Just my observations,