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Cookie Baker Mar 18, 2010 02:38 PM

I am returning to my beloved NO in two weeks. Staying in the FQ and will only be able to dine in the FQ. I believe I have been to most of the NO best;

Emerils
NOLA
Arnauds
Galatoires
Antoines
Mr B
Cafe Palace
Dickie Brennans
Brennans
August
Bayona
Herbsaint
Luke
Dracos
Bon Ton
Mothers
Felixs
Mulate
Another oyster place I can't remember

I'm sure I have missed a few. What's next?

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    Liz Gober Mar 20, 2010 07:58 AM

    This is strictly my opinion but forget about Mulates, Felixes (exc. for oysters on the half shell), Mothers, Palace Cafe and Arnauds. Had lunch at Broussards recently and it was only so-so.
    Cafe Amelie is lovely, but go for a later lunch. K Pauls, while over the top in flavor is too heavy for my taste, unless you like lots of deep fried foods. There are so many choices....so have fun.

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    Cafe Amelie
    912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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      figndate Mar 19, 2010 10:16 AM

      I totally second Maximo's (really really awesome mussels and killer lamb chops) and MiLa (BBQ lobster is one of the best things i have ever had, as are the truffled grits). I had a decent meal at Maison de Ville recently. Food was tasty, but my app was cold unfortunately. Stella! is amazing, and I adore Herbsaint (though not in FQ). The dishes are so scrumptious (try the house made stuffed pasta...it changes periodically). I have heard only good things about Green Goddess. I would say Pelican Club can be hit or miss. I have had great and so-so meals there. I keep hearing that Adolfo's on Frenchmen is a tiny, cheap, slice of South Italy heaven, but haven't tried it yet. If you are after any lunch spots, and are willing to cross Canal, Butcher right next door to Cochon (same chef) is so awesome. Their turkey sandwich is the singular best version of that staple I have ever had. Duck pastrami sliders and marinated brussels sprouts are also incredible.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Herbsaint
      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Green Goddess
      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. nola79 Mar 18, 2010 08:29 PM

        Irene's Cuisine
        Tujague's
        Broussard's
        K-Paul's

        Not quite in the quarter but just across Canal:
        MiLa
        Le Foret

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        Irene's Cuisine
        539 Saint Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Le Foret
        129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: nola79
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          hazelhurst Mar 19, 2010 08:24 AM

          Those are all good ideas..how is Broussard's these days? Haven't been in at least three years

          1. re: hazelhurst
            paz5559 Mar 19, 2010 09:55 AM

            IMHO, while lots of good suggestions have been made, I personally would skip
            Tujague's, Bourbon House, Royal House Oyster, Galvez,. Also LeForet, while excellent food, has not worked out a lot of the service kinks yet, and should be considered in the future, not now.

            1. re: paz5559
              FoodChic Mar 19, 2010 10:17 AM

              And...what are your suggestions for the quarter?

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                hazelhurst Mar 20, 2010 07:27 AM

                Of the ones you mention, I'd go with Tujague's only..and not that it is terrific but is is fine for the ordinary. And the bar is tons of fun.

                Last night at Clancy's there was aman next to me raving about Le Foret but I did not have a chance to cross-examine in detail

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                Tujague's
                823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

                Le Foret
                129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. re: hazelhurst
                  FoodChic Mar 20, 2010 08:43 AM

                  I've read so many negative reviews on Le Foret and only a handful of good reviews. The restaurant is beautiful and the menu looks so great - I'd really like to see them overcome their curernt issues and obvious growing pains.

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                  Le Foret
                  129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

              2. re: hazelhurst
                nola79 Mar 19, 2010 02:24 PM

                I went about a month ago. The restaurant was only about half full at dinnertime. I had the trio of oysters which was nice, but also tried the corn, shrimp, and sweet potato bisque, which was delicious. The pompano napoleon had an excellent caper sauce, and for me, was the highlight of the evening. Also tried the redfish broussard, which was the only disappointing dish of the night. It wasn't bad, but the seafood accompanying the fish (shrimp and crab) outshined the fish itself. The service was attentive throughout the evening, didn't have any complaints there.

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                snocat Mar 19, 2010 01:05 PM

                A strong second for K-Paul's.

              4. FoodChic Mar 18, 2010 02:56 PM

                Cochon, Cuvee, Cafe Giovanni, Dominica, Bourbon House, Coops, and Royal House Oyster

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                Cochon
                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                Cuvee Restaurant
                322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Bourbon House
                144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Cafe Giovanni
                117 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                1. re: FoodChic
                  nikinik Mar 18, 2010 03:46 PM

                  Cochon is great, but not in the quarter.

                  Add Pelican Club

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
                  312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: nikinik
                    FoodChic Mar 18, 2010 03:51 PM

                    It is great, but since the OP has about seven options in CBD and Warehouse I thought I'd add some additional choices.

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                  brucec Mar 18, 2010 02:55 PM

                  Stanley ? Galvez

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                  Galvez Restaurant
                  914 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                  1. BayouTeche Mar 18, 2010 02:54 PM

                    Bistro at Maison de Ville
                    Green Goddess
                    GW Fins
                    Iris
                    Le Meritage
                    Maximo’s
                    Meauxbar

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                    Green Goddess
                    307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    1. Suzy Wong Mar 18, 2010 02:50 PM

                      Stella!
                      http://www.restaurantstella.com/

                      While not "traditonal" N.O. cuisine, a true gem not to be missed!

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