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

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

    1. 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. Stanley ? Galvez

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

        1. 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

          2 Replies
          1. re: FoodChic

            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

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

          2. 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

            7 Replies
            1. re: nola79

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

              1. re: hazelhurst

                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

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

                  1. re: paz5559

                    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

                      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

                    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.

                  3. re: nola79

                    A strong second for K-Paul's.

                  4. 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. 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