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What restaurant has your favorite duck?

leetmom7 Dec 24, 2009 08:28 AM

I was going to title this thread 'Quack about your favorite duck' but thought better of it

Anywhoo...lets see if this thread takes flight (sorry).

Brigstens? Upperline? Lots more choices, I'm sure!

  1. edible complex Dec 25, 2009 06:28 AM

    Irene's, Iris, Coquette

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      leetmom7 Dec 25, 2009 07:49 AM

      Thanks again EC. Did I read somewhere that Irene's is hard to get into - no reservations, long waits?

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        kibbles Dec 25, 2009 11:44 AM

        minimal reservations, moderate waits during peak seatings (ive waited longed at Jacques-Imo's)

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      kimfair1 Dec 25, 2009 10:15 AM

      I love duck, and one of the best duck dishes I have ever had was the vanilla scented duck at Luke. My wife, who is not a big duck eater, thought it was the single best thing she ate in our wonderful week of eating through NOLA. Not sure if it's on the menu all the time, but it's worth a try if it is.

      1. bodie Dec 25, 2009 07:16 PM

        My vote would go to Brigsten's. And, if I recall correctly, Brigsten's across the street neighbor, Dante's Kitchen has (or had) more than one good duck dish.

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        1. re: bodie
          texasredtop Jan 21, 2010 08:17 AM

          I had Brigsten's duck and it was excellent.

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          leetmom7 Dec 27, 2009 02:52 AM

          We dined at Irene's last night. We showed up ten minutes before they opened (5:30) - there was a short line, soon it was pretty long - we were about fifth in - and we were seated immediately.

          DH and I ordered the duck - OMG - perfect heaven, I think I like duck now!

          One down, two or three more to go!

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          1. re: leetmom7
            paz5559 Dec 28, 2009 09:40 AM

            is, was, and will always be Chef Sonnier's version @ Gabrielle

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            dcbbq Dec 28, 2009 10:50 AM

            For a change of pace, grab a duck po boy at crabby jack's, across the Jefferson Parish line.

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            1. re: dcbbq
              reuben6 Dec 28, 2009 02:34 PM

              And for a different change of pace, check out the duck at Tan Dinh. So scrumptious.

            2. Jeeves_too Dec 28, 2009 10:56 PM

              J'Anita's at the Aveue Pub on St. Charles Ave. has a great duck panini called St. Chuck Duck. Another delightful change of pace.

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                leetmom7 Jan 7, 2010 03:47 PM

                Finally back home and recovered - for our last meal, I couldn't find Gabrielle's, and my heart was set on Luke's for NYE. My game plan was to show up at 5:00-5:30 to beat the crowds, but DH, my photo bug, decided that it was more important to take pictures of the rising moon from the dock at Blaine's Mardi Gras World. By the time we got back to the hotel to pick up the kids and change clothes, it was too late for any of the good restaurants *snif*. But...we ended up in line at The Gumbo Shop and guess what - they had a mean 1/2 roast duck! Thanks to everyone for your help.

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                1. re: leetmom7
                  uptownlibrarian Jan 8, 2010 07:14 AM

                  You couldn't find Gabrielle because it doesn't exist anymore, unfortunately. But it sounds like you had a great trip!

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                  ScarlettNola Jan 7, 2010 04:09 PM

                  Unequivocally Brigtsens! I am hungry just dreaming about it!

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                  1. re: ScarlettNola
                    BayouTeche Jan 8, 2010 08:34 AM

                    "The Duck" at Cuvee.

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                    JazzyB Jan 8, 2010 09:36 AM


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                      ricodanles Jan 18, 2010 08:38 PM

                      I had duck (just two weeks ago) at both Brigsten's and Commander's Palace. Both excellent, but I would give the nod, by some margin, to CP.

                      1. FleurdeLis Jan 21, 2010 08:12 AM

                        One on Hampson has the best duck and okra gumbo!

                        1. FoodChic Jan 21, 2010 04:44 PM

                          Best duck I've ever had was at Upperline, but that was easily 2002. I've had dinner there once since Katrina and it just was not what I remembered. Would love to see them capture their glory days again.

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                            nolaeater23 Jan 21, 2010 07:09 PM

                            Chef Greg's Duck Cassoulet (deconstructed) at Bistro Maison de Ville is amazing. Can't be missed.

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                              BayouTeche Jan 22, 2010 05:35 AM

                              Yes....that cassoulet is wicked awesome!

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                              CheeburgerCheeburger Jan 22, 2010 05:40 AM

                              Cafe Atchafalya (or just "Atchafalya" now, I think) has a very good andouille stuffed duck that's not on the regular menu, but appears as a special quite frequently.

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                              1. re: CheeburgerCheeburger
                                silverlakebodhisattva Jan 23, 2010 07:01 PM

                                The Woman in The Hat has never met a duck on a menu she didn't like. After years of her being a Brigtsen's partisan, I got her to Upperline when we were in town in 2009, she ate duck on two consecutive nights, and it's now a toss-up.

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                                Jeff_NO Jan 24, 2010 04:25 PM

                                Brigsten's - as good as it gets. Pelican Club - the duck trio thing they do (usually includes breast, confit and something else) is delicious!

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