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Jan 19, 2010 03:35 AM

Resturants to avoid in the French Quarter?

A group of cost worried freinds are going with my wife to the French Quarter at the end of February. What resturants should be avoided?

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  1. Any place with a guy outside trying to lure them in; any place with a plate of representative food covered with plastic wrap on a little table by the door; any place on Jackson Square other than Stanley or Murial's; all sit down restaurants in the French Market; any restaurant in the first seven blocks of Bourbon Street other than Galatoire's; Lucky Dogs are gross.

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    1. re: uptownlibrarian

      lucky dogs aint bad! all meat. loaded with chili & onions. whats not to love? they is what they is - a hot dog, and dawgs have their place..

      but i stand by you on the salesmen -- good restaurants dont need guys hawking the wares. (Alpine, comes to mind)

      1. re: kibbles

        Don't get me wrong, I love a good hot dog. If you want to keep eating Lucky Dogs, never talk to any vendors. The stories...I've said too much.

      2. I hear all the raves about Acme but I've had better oysters many times elsewhere. I'd say it was average so I don't waste my time there while in NO. I also avoid Brennan's because I'm not crazy about it anymore either. It's good just not as good as so many other places.

        If you're going during MG, you best just eat where you can wait less than an hour in line. Or make some reservations before you go.

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        1. re: texasredtop

          They are going at the end of Feb. Mardi Gras will be over by then, it's on the 16th.

          1. re: texasredtop

            I always giggle when I see all the tourists lined up outside Acme for hours, when they can get the same oysters cheaper and without the wait right across the street at Felix's. I've read some mixed reviews about Felix's but we eat there all the time and I have never once had a bad experience.

              1. re: eat3bites

                something to be said for atmosphere, however. the atmosphere at Felix's is on par with my insurance company's waiting room. not good. at all. and thats enough for me not to go or take anyone there... (i like dives as much as the next fella, but its not even a dive)

                1. re: eat3bites

                  Could not disagree more! I've had the food an Felix and it is not good! There is a reason people eat at Acme. The oysters are great, the fried shrimp and crabs are wonderful, and the char grilled is the best in town. Felix has terrible service with a completely disintersted staff.

                  The only people I know that bash Acme are the ones that haven't been there.

                  1. re: FoodChic

                    I've been there twice but wasn't impressed. I think Casamento's fried oysters are much better. We ate there because it was around the corner from where we were staying and just walking around late at night and wandered in. We tried it a second time on a different trip just to be sure that we weren't there on a bad night before and still weren't impressed. I wasn't bad, but it just wasn't anything memorable either. The last couple of years, you see a line of about 20 - 30 people out the door. Somebody likes it, that's for sure.

                    1. re: texasredtop

                      Casamento's is wonderful, but it's far from the Quarter.

              2. you received greats recs on your other thread for budget minded eating.
                if they are unsure of pricing, most restaurants will let you peruse the menu before being seated and some will have the menu posted outside the establishment.

                1. Pere Antoine's [note: NOT the same as Antoine's] made me want to cry. It is the only restaurant I have actually warned people away from when they were on the sidewalk checking out the menu. Beyond horrible.

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                  1. re: midcity

                    Was going to post that. Someone should confiscate that space and openm a real restaurant. It's a plum location but they are committing food crimes there!

                    (I've actually done the same thing as you... did you copy that post word-for-word from something I wrote in an old thread?!?)

                    1. re: kukubura

                      No, but I'm glad someone else is warning people away--I was wondering if it was too pushy of me, it's very out of character of me to go up to strangers like that, but it just seemed like it would be worse of me NOT to tell them.

                      1. re: midcity

                        In that same spirit we should warn everyone against the Court of the Two Sisters. It's not lethal but why spend the money ther when you can go elsewhere

                        1. re: midcity

                          I'd appreciate it if I was entering there to eat, I guarantee you. I don't spend enough days in NO every year to get all of the things I want and I am very disappointed when I get a bad meal. If they don't appreciate it going in and ignore you, they'd probably appreciate it upon leaving. :-)

                          1. re: texasredtop

                            I actually like Court of the Two Sisters for sentimental reasons. The meals I've had there were solid, but there are so many "wow" places in N.O. that now that I live here, I understand why locals don't go there.

                      2. re: midcity

                        Oh my, I can't agree more. Just the worst restaurant we have ever attempted to eat at ever. Once our order was placed, we had a very long wait for our dinner and then the wrong order was delivered and it was cold. We could not wait to get out of there

                        1. re: midcity

                          Agree! This restaurant is horrible! I think Pere Antoine's serves frozen vegetables reheated in a microwave. Seriously.

                        2. Ralph and Kacoo's. There are much, much better seafood restaurants in the Quarter.