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southerneats Mar 9, 2010 05:59 PM

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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    heidiraeNOLA RE: southerneats Mar 10, 2010 08:46 AM

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

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      nikinik RE: heidiraeNOLA Mar 10, 2010 08:56 AM

      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.

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        CharlieH RE: nikinik Mar 10, 2010 01:05 PM

        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.

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          mrsfury RE: nikinik Mar 10, 2010 06:33 PM

          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.

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          edible complex RE: heidiraeNOLA Mar 11, 2010 09:19 AM

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

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            N.O.Food RE: heidiraeNOLA Mar 17, 2010 01:07 PM

            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. edible complex RE: southerneats Mar 11, 2010 09:20 AM

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

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              nikinik RE: edible complex Mar 11, 2010 10:33 AM

              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.

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                moxieman RE: nikinik Mar 12, 2010 01:29 PM

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

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                  nikinik RE: moxieman Mar 12, 2010 02:34 PM

                  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.

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                    nola79 RE: nikinik Mar 12, 2010 07:39 PM

                    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.

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                      nikinik RE: nola79 Mar 13, 2010 10:35 AM

                      As it sits, it might also dry out too.

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                        joedontexan RE: nikinik Mar 16, 2010 07:56 PM

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

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                  jaba RE: nikinik Mar 17, 2010 09:42 AM

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

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                    uptownlibrarian RE: jaba Mar 17, 2010 10:29 AM

                    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.

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