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smsmith Mar 15, 2010 07:51 AM

My wife and I will be staying in the FQ this coming May. We've been down the last two years and find we can't stay away. We like the FQ because we don't need a car to get around and we've found excellent dining so far.

Every year I try to find new places for at least a meal or two. I've read lots of posts here and it does get overwhelming trying to figure out which 3 restaurants to have dinner at (we're there for 3 nights).

We've been to Arnaud's, K-Pauls, GW Fins, and Mr. B's for dinners. I'm looking to try at least 2 new places this year. I know "consensus" is hard to find here, but what would be your three top choices for dinner? We're mainly looking for places that are relatively "upscale", but good food is the main priority. The restaurants need to be in the FQ - thanks for any input .

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  1. nola79 RE: smsmith Mar 15, 2010 08:08 AM

    Bayona, Irene's Cuisine, Le Foret (not technically in the quarter but just across Canal)

    1. BayouTeche RE: smsmith Mar 15, 2010 09:34 AM

      Galatoire's, Bayona & Bistro at Maison DeVille

      1. nikinik RE: smsmith Mar 15, 2010 09:56 AM

        Pelican Club

        1. nomadchowwoman RE: smsmith Mar 15, 2010 10:25 AM

          Assuming you mean strictly in the FQ and assuming you enjoyed the places you cite, Galatoire's is a good bet. I'd also recommend Irene's and Le Meritage. I don't see too much on these boards about Iris, but we've loved it the two times we've been. I also love lunch at Bayona, but I haven't been there for dinner in years.

          Now if you're willing to cross Canal Street, there are several good restaurants in walking distance of FQ, but I'll trust you want to stay in the Quarter and not throw any more choices at you.

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            nomadchowwoman RE: nomadchowwoman Mar 16, 2010 01:03 PM

            OK, venturing out of FQ, I'm seconding JazzyB: Restaurant August (my current favorite NO rest.) is just barely across Canal.
            Emeril's is also excellent as is another favorite, Herbsaint, but they are a little farther--not much, I do that distance all the time--walking distance, other side of Poydras. I also love MiLa, which is also just across Canal, and if you get a hankering for a more casual, Italian meal, Domenica, in the Roosevelt Hotel, just across the way from MiLa, has wonderful food and out-of-this-world pizza.

            Are you feeling overwhelmed yet?

            Have a great time--and be sure to let us know how it goes.

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            figndate RE: smsmith Mar 15, 2010 10:46 AM

            In case you are in the mood for Italian, Maximo's on Decatur is a really wonderful spot. They have the best mussels in white wine I have ever had, and a rack of lamb TDF. Also, it's kind of off the beaten path, but there is another little Italian place called Adolfo's on Frenchmen street above the Apple Barrel Bar that is truly delicious. It's incredibly tiny, but so worth the trek.

            1. FoodChic RE: smsmith Mar 15, 2010 01:24 PM

              In the French Quarter there is Bayona, Mr. B's, Galatoire's, and The Grill Room.
              One fabulous option is to have the Chef Duke Feed Me at Giovianni's. The waiter will ask about food likes and dislikes and they will create a custom tasting menu with paired wines. We had a fantastic time when we had our Feed Me evening.

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                lawchick RE: smsmith Mar 15, 2010 07:57 PM

                Green Goddess on Exchange Alley. Very avant garde, yet filling and delicious food. I ate there three weeks ago and am going back this week (on another trip to NOLA). It is a lenghthy dinner process, but an amazing experience. I'm a vegetarian and my husband an avowed meat-eater, and we both left totally stuffed and satisfied.

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                  FoodChic RE: lawchick Mar 16, 2010 03:47 AM

                  Gren Goddess is wonderful, but it is very casual. The OP is looking for upscale.

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                    smsmith RE: FoodChic Mar 16, 2010 05:48 AM

                    Thank you for the responses so far. We are open to any suggestions - upscale or not - as long as the food experience is quality. That's the most important part of the deal I guess.

                    nomadchowwoman-we're staying at the Monteleone so crossing Canal a few blocks would be "doable". Any suggestions you may offer would be appreciated.

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                  Liz Gober RE: smsmith Mar 16, 2010 06:59 AM

                  A couple of my favorites in the FQ are Iris and Stella for dinner. Pelican Club is also very good. I see you're not opposed to crossing Canal and in that case I would highly recommend MiLa in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel. Le Foret in rather new but also very good for dinner.

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                    JazzyB RE: smsmith Mar 16, 2010 07:23 AM

                    Venture to the CBD/Warehouse district (across Canal, not far) to August and Emeril's.

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                      smsmith RE: JazzyB Mar 18, 2010 12:48 PM

                      Thanks again to everyone. Right now I'm leaning towards the following list:

                      Cafe Giovanni

                      Feel free to talk me out of any that you think appropriate.

                      Whoa, how did the links get posted in there?

                      Galatoire's Restaurant
                      209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                      Bacco Restaurant
                      310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      Cafe Giovanni
                      117 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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