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.
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.
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.
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.