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Casual Eating in New Orleans

We have 10 people coming from the East Coast for a weekend in New Orleans. I've read the posts on the legendary places, but Friday night we're hoping for great food someplace more casual. Any suggestions? Coquette, Mr. B's, or are there any hidden secrets of even more casual places with great foods and that take reservations? Thanks!

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  1. Go to Grand Isle on Convention Center Blvd. Its casual, great food, and they take reservations.

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    1. re: heidiraeNOLA

      I gotta disagree with this suggestion. It was terrible when I went and I've heard nothing but mediocre reviews on it.

      For a casual atmosphere that is fun with a group, I'd suggest Jacques-Imo. They don't usually take reservations, but they will if you have a party of 5 or more.

      1. re: nikinik

        Jacques Imo's has really seen better days. Look at Cochon, very casual, run by one of the City's most prominent chefs, food is Cajun inspired but unique, highly reviewed by the NYTimes, very popular among locals. It really stands out. Your only problem might be the size of your group. If you encounter problems, there is always K-Pauls.

        1. re: nikinik

          Grand Isle is so hot and cold. I work a block from there and have had one great meal followed by mediocre to terrible. I'd go to Mr. B's over Grand Isle. I'd go to Bon Ton over Mr. B's but I've never tried making a reservation there. I just go.

        2. re: heidiraeNOLA

          maybe for the raw bar and some turtle stew. otherwise, avoid.

          1. re: heidiraeNOLA

            Went to Grand Isle one time and it was so bad, we've refused to go back. Sorry Joel, it really was that bad.

          2. head to Boucherie. make a reservation now!
            eat everything!

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            1. re: edible complex

              Yep...Boucherie is great...but definitely make reservations as the place is tiny and with a group that size, you'll never get in without one.

              1. re: nikinik

                "The Joint"....has the best BBQ in town.....check it out. Cheap and good n smokey.

                1. re: moxieman

                  I didn't care for The Joint...but it might've been an off day...which is easy to do with BBQ. Or maybe I'm just really picky as we bottle and sell our own sauce.

                  Other than our own, my favorite is Hillbilly.

                  1. re: nikinik

                    When I go to the joint right as it opens at 11 (before the lunch rush) I'm always really happy with the BBQ. When I go after, at 3 or so, it doesn't taste as good... I'm not sure why this is. Maybe it's just me and I'm not as hungry in the late afternoon.

                    1. re: nola79

                      As it sits, it might also dry out too.

                      1. re: nikinik

                        How about Mandinas on canal street they got a website check it out

                2. re: nikinik

                  How would Boucherie be with a group of 10 that could have the potential to get loud?

                  1. re: jaba

                    I think it's too small for that size group, especially if loud. Boucherie is very small, and other diners would assuredly be disrupted by a loud group of 10.