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Jan 11, 2010 08:14 AM

Suggestions for pre-theatre dinner near the Chat Noir?

My husband and I are coming down next week for a much anticipated visit to NOLA. This will be our fifth trip, and we're planning on getting to a few places that we haven't had a chance to try in the past. We're especially looking forward to August for Friday lunch, Dante's Kitchen for Saturday brunch, Dick & Jenny's for Saturday dinner, then Commander's for Sunday brunch. Our last evening, we'll head back to Coops.

On Friday night, we have tickets to the cabaret at the Chat Noir, which begins at 8:00 p.m. We're staying at the Pere Marquette. Any recommendations for somewhere to catch a (fairly early) bite beforehand? Any suggestions for a post-theatre drink in the neighbourhood?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Herbsaint is next door and generally very good. excellent gumbo and apps, tho its been a long time since ive had entrees.

    1. I would second on Herbsaint--entrees are as delicious as appetizers. If you want something more casual and less expensive, there's an Italian restaurant, Leonardo's, next doo, between Herbsaint and Le Chat Noir. I've never eaten there, but a good friend of mine really likes it.

      1. Herbsaint is the obvious for its proximity and good food. Close to your hotel are MiLa, Domenica and Luke, if you cannot get into Herbsaint (show nights can be hopping).

        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        817 Common Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        Luke Restaurant
        333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130

        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. I was also thinking Herbsaint, but again, might be tricky without early Reservations. If not, Rambla is also nearish to your hotel, in the International House Hotel on Camp. It's primarily tapas, and is open rather late (in case you fing need a post-cabaret bite or drink). The bar in the hotel is quite snazzy as well.

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          1. re: swampsue

            Spanish sounds good - we spent a few weeks in and around Barcelona in August, and couldn't get enough tapas. I've read so many good things about Herbsaint, that I'd hate to rush dinner, but tapas might be a lighter alternative...