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FUN, DYNAMIC restaurant for ~20 kids aged 8-14?

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Coming to NO for a cheer competition. Pls. recommend a FUN, dynamic restaurant for ~20 cheerleader girls, aged 8-14? Wanting French Quarter/Metairie area.

Would like good food, not too expensive, but w/great party atmosphere, like Magic Time Machine.

Bubba Gumps, Cafe Maspero, Deanies, Ralph&Kackoos have been mentioned -- pros/cons of those? What do you suggest? Thanks in advance!

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  1. Hm. You may be forced to choose between atmosphere and food. On your list Cafe Maspero sticks out as having the best food, but it isn't really a party atmosphere. Bubba Gump, Hard Rock Cafe and Margaritaville all have that kind of vibe, but definitely do not have the good food.

    When you say French Quarter/Metairie do you mean one or the other? Because those areas of town are not at all close to each other in case you are not aware.

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    1. re: gastrotect

      thanks gastrotect for your reply!

      we have families staying all over NO -- french quarter to metairie sheraton. the cheer school didn't book us rooms (like they usually do) in any particular hotel, so it was "find your own place to stay".

      we'd like to try and get a big group of the girls together for dinner on saturday, at a restaurant that's not too pricey or stuffy for the parents, but yet FUN enuf for the 8-14 age range. both parents and kids will be present.

      the hard rock cafe atmosphere's great, but we have that in hometown already. something more unique to new orleans...

      hmmmm... how about going for 60% good food and 40% atmosphere? location-wise, i think closer to french quarter or morial convention center areas would round up the most families.

      thank you!

    2. Ralph and Kackoo's isn't good.

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      1. re: nikinik

        hi nikinik! thanks for the heads' up!

      2. Mulate's? theyre near the convention center, do fried seafood and have zydeco music.

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        1. re: kibbles

          20 girls plus parents? I would think you'd need a reservation no matter where you go.

            1. re: kibbles

              Not sure if you're talking to me, I was just replying to the original poster. They have a party of 20 girls plus parents on a Saturday night, I'd think they'd need reservations no matter where they go for a group that big.

              1. re: Suzy Wong

                ah - youre post was a reply to me so i didnt understand what you were saying in relation Mulate's.

                1. re: kibbles

                  I just replied to the last post posted. That's what I always do.....

                  1. re: Suzy Wong

                    gotcha. since the messages on chowhound are nested to indicate relationship of the replies (also cited w/ the "re: kibbles" text labels) that can be kind of confusing.

          1. re: kibbles

            While I don't think the food at Mulate's is outstanding, it's definitely not bad at all and it would be a good atmosphere. I think it MIGHT be a little on the pricy side, but I'm not positive.

          2. I ilke the idea of Deanie's out by the Lake or maybe R&O's in the same area, it would be much easier to get everyone together than in the Quarter. Actually, the food isn't bad at Margaritaville, just be careful if you are wearing flipflops. Palace Cafe is actually pretty huge and they could probably do something, 20 people isn't that many, you would need close to $20 a head to eat there though. There is also the Crescent City Brew Pub. They handle large groups all the time. ch

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            1. re: CharlieH

              gotta say, was just at Margaritaville monday nite (free $22 since my birthday lined up w/ their official Margaritaville Day), and the food...not good. even w/ the free $22 i wouldnt do it again. cheesecake was frozen, seafood dip was grody.. i guess the nachos were good -- they seemed house-fried, and were layered w/ meat so it wasnt all chip. but other than that it was a no-go.

              what do you enjoy there best?

              1. re: CharlieH

                20 kids plus their parents, that sounds like a big group, at least to me.

                1. re: Suzy Wong

                  a big thank you to everyone for their postss! i'm taking notes on the restaurants you all mentioned, and letting the other parents decide where to go.

                  making reservations is a very good idea which i hadn't thought about! thanks again for all the suggestions!!! you all are a great help, and i appreciate your time!

                  a belated happy birthday wish to kibbles...!

                  1. re: chuah

                    hah. thanks.

                    let us know what you end up doing.